Public Safety

Rapp floodplain maps updated

FEMA representatives will meet with county officials in September to discuss the revised flood hazard information, ordinance adoption, and other frequently asked questions and concerns. After that, citizens will have several months to review the updated maps and appeal any information they feel is inaccurate. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Bird flips on Courthouse Row

About 3-hours and 30-minutes into the most recent Rappahannock County Planning Commission meeting, an extraordinary thing happened: Hampton planner Al Henry interrupted the discussion to accuse an attendee of giving him the middle finger salute. […]

Crime & Courts

Judge Parker assumes Bragg cases, professes confusion

But, said Judge Parker, “There is no allegation of [Garton’s] willfulness in the pleading.” Instead, he said, “You’re suggesting the failure to comply was inadvertent, therefore it couldn’t be willful.” Konick, sitting at the lawyer’s table, although Frazier was representing himself, tried to interrupt several times to make Frazier’s case. […]

Politics/Government

BOS denies additional legal help with suit

In a three-to-two vote at its July 2 meeting, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors rejected authorizing additional funds for legal help for County Attorney Art Goff. But the board subsequently voted to allow Goff to “feel out” what settling one of several lawsuits against the county would entail. […]

Politics/Government

Anger, accusations surround county planning appointments

Members of the public who attended Monday’s Supervisors’ meeting witnessed early holiday fireworks in the form of personal attacks and accusations of cronyism. The fiery display came as the BOS took up nominations to fill two Planning Commission vacancies — one in Jackson Supervisor Ron Frazier’s district and one in the Piedmont district represented by Christine Smith. […]

Crime & Courts

Smoot bond amended for monitoring device

In light of the fact that Smoot had not violated his bond in the six months since it had been granted, Williams asked that the device be removed. Judge Jeffrey W. Parker ruled in favor Smoot and his SCRAM bracelet has been removed. […]

Politics/Government

BOS once again defers Planning Commission vacancies; Golf driving range sent back to planners

Before the May BOS meeting, Jackson district residents Rick Kohler and Page Glennie submitted applications for the position. Despite strong recommendations for Kohler expressed by community members at that meeting, Frazier moved to table consideration of the candidates until the vacancy could be advertised. […]

Politics/Government

Ron Makela — jack of all trades — new appointee to BZA

In his 60-some years, Makela has been a 1970’s protester (his words); deputy marshall in Crested Butte, Colorado; mastered the building trades; sold cars; served as president of the Civic League Association, spent 14 years as a professional firefighter and EMT in Tidewater, retiring as captain; and worked at the Chrysler Art Museum in Norfolk. […]