Crime & Courts

Wrongful death settlement in 2015 Chester Gap killing

After the criminal proceeding in Rappahannock County, Brittney’s mother, Tina, sued Williams in Warren County Circuit Court, charging wrongful death. A wrongful death suit is a civil proceeding usually brought by the victim’s surviving family members seeking compensation for such things as lost wages, lost companionship, or funeral expenses. […]

Crime & Courts

Rappahannock Circuit Judge Jeffrey Parker to retire

Parker has presided over some of Rappahannock’s highest profile and most controversial cases, including suits arising out of plans made in 2013 by the town of Washington, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Inn at Little Washington to beautify the Washington town square at the intersection where Main Street meets Middle Street in front of the Inn. […]

Crime & Courts

Four indicted for booze, meth, guns and larceny

According to the criminal complaint filed Sept. 7, 2018, Virginia State Trooper C. C Burgoon saw two vehicles on Route 522 traveling at 35 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The vehicles seemed to be traveling together. When he activated his lights and siren, the two vehicles pulled into the Hillsdale Country Store on Route 211. […]

Politics/Government

Lawsuits consuming county’s time, energy and money

Despite several members of the public asking for civility of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors in the New Year, this past Monday’s meeting was marked with disagreement, aggression and raised voices — supplied mostly by Jackson Supervisor Ron Frazier, who erupted several times during the meeting, mostly around the topic of ongoing taxpayer-funded litigation in defense of the county government. […]

Politics/Government

Happy New Year, BOS! Board of Supervisors face new conflict of interest violation charges

Filed by Harris Hollow resident George Sonnett, and represented by local attorney David Konick, the Petition for Declaratory Judgment charges three Rappahannock supervisors and County Attorney Art Goff with violating the state’s Conflict of Interest Act (COIA) on several occasions last year when considering the appointment of Peter Luke as Deputy County Attorney — ironically to help handle the workload of previous lawsuits filed against Rappahannock County by certain residents. […]

Politics/Government

Supervisors, county attorneys wrangle over Bragg suits against government

Almost two hours into the afternoon session, several agenda items touched off an argumentative debate between Jackson Supervisor Ron Frazier, Piedmont Supervisor Christine Smith, and County Attorney Art Goff about the county’s progress in adjudicating Marian Bragg v the Board of Supervisors. […]

Theater

‘Charlotte’s Web’ spins holiday magic at RAAC Theatre

RAAC Community Theatre’s holiday show have always been crowd pleasers, selling out every performance, but this year’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” might top them all. Auditions for the show drew a record number of eager performers, including some news faces, as well as some regulars. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Planners reluctant to rule on lot sizes for short term rentals

Chair Gary Light acknowledged that he personally feels that “the acreage requirement is unnecessary. . . . The main issue is that they are a rough surrogate for a buffer and a protection. If you listen closely to the opposition to tourist homes, it’s not about the use, it’s about not knowing who is sleeping in the house next door.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

Part-time county employee files lawsuit against county for allowing alleged junkyard

In addition to the violations, the complaint reads, “the unlawful collection of junk, refuse, construction materials, and inoperable equipment and vehicles and other garbage at or on the Subject Property is visible from the Petitioner’s [Atkins] property, constitutes a common law nuisance, and denigrates and depreciates the value of Petitioner’s property.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

The bike trail: Dead or alive?

The vote on the trail, conceived as the first leg of a 6-mile multi-use path between Washington and Sperryville, capped nearly three hours of heated public comment from more than 50 county residents. The vote required RappTrails to deliver an irrevocable letter of credit or some other guarantee that taxpayer money will not be used to build the trail. […]

Crime & Courts

Bragg v BOS ordered to trial: ‘Time to resolve this matter,’ says judge

Last Thursday, Judge Parker heard a list of outstanding issues that needed to be resolved before the case — which he said has dragged out for two years — goes to trial. County Attorney Art Goff and local attorney Mike Brown, both representing the BOS, argued that several points made by Bragg should be dismissed because they were irrelevant or invalid. Bragg’s attorney, David Konick, argued successfully that the allegations had merit. […]

School/Education News

Behavioral health services to expand in county, public schools

The Rappahannock school system currently collaborates with the National Counseling Group, which provides therapeutic day treatment services through teleconferencing with psychiatrists (called tele-psych). But recently the NCG has offered to create a satellite office in Rappahannock County and provide services two days a week starting in 2019. […]

Politics/Government

‘Code of Conduct’ for county officials in the pipeline

Both the afternoon and evening sessions of the meeting were punctuated with arguments, raised voices, interruptions, accusations, and anger — certain board members and county citizens alike. Ironic, or maybe timely, as one of the agenda items in the evening session was a discussion about adopting a code of conduct for county officials. […]