Crime & Courts

Lee sentenced on alcohol-related charges

Brittney Michele Lee, 31, was sentenced in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Monday on charges of a second DWI in five years and drinking while driving with an open container of alcohol, both misdemeanors; as well as a felony charge of a third DWI in five years with a blood alcohol content of .20, almost three times the legal limit of .08. […]


Skyline Vineyard Inn revocation hearing pushed to August

During the meeting, the inn’s owners Carl and Donna Henrickson, along with their attorney Brian Prater, answered to the latest charges by Zoning Administrator Michelle Somers, alleging that the Henricksons violated terms of their special use B&B permit by renting out five bedrooms, advertised for the rental of the entire property, and held unpermitted events. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Cappiali, Skyland Vineyard Inn applications tabled

A preliminary review of Skyland Vineyard Inn’s special use permit application to add B&B rooms was struck from the Planning Commission agenda at its regular monthly meeting last week. Chairing the meeting in Gary Light’s absence was Vice Chair Christine Smith, who moved to strike the item from the agenda because the application was not received in time. […]


Trail names, angels, and bears . . . oh, my!

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in SNP: The Rappahannock News met two thru-hikers — Zac Huxley, 23, of Hartford, Conn., and Dan Egan, 39, of Boston, Mass. — at nearby Elkwallow Wayside, where Dan and Zac were resting and provisioning for the next leg of their hike. They shared their experiences on the AT. […]


Two Democrats vie in Tuesday primary

In the Tuesday, June 11 Democratic primary for District 18 delegate, Rappahannock voters can choose between two long time Virginia residents — Laura Galante of Marshall and Tristan Shields of Rixeyville. In the November election, one of them will face the incumbent, Republican Michael Webert, who is running for his fifth two-year term. […]


Will Comprehensive Plan get some outside help?

Planning Commission begins process for new Food Pantry building: The Rappahannock County Planning Commission is weighing outside assistance to complete the Comprehensive Plan, while conducting preliminary reviews of applications for tourist homes, a campground, school expansion, and proffer amendment for a new Rappahannock Food Pantry building. […]

Crime & Courts

Randy Smoot manslaughter appeal denied

After hearing two and a half days of testimony, the jury deliberated for three and a half hours before returning a verdict of voluntary manslaughter. Smoot was sentenced in September 2018 to eight months in jail. Accounting for time already served behind bars, Smoot was released in December 2018. […]

Crime & Courts

Marian Bragg court date set for February

Circuit Court Judge Jeffery W. Parker has scheduled a two-day bench trial for February 20 and 21, 2020 in the matter of Marian Bragg v Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, a case known as Bragg 1. Filed in 2016, the suit will finally be heard on the merits after having generated hundreds of pages of documents and clocked hours and hours of court and attorney time. […]


BOS approves FY20 budget; squelches Code of Conduct; votes down Planning chair

A fiscal year 2020 budget totaling $26,129,281 was adopted by the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Monday, while at the same time it tabled indefinitely by a 4-1 vote a Code of Conduct and Ethics proposed over a year ago.In addition, by a 3-2 vote, the board chose not to re-appoint Planning Commission chair Gary Light — tasked with overseeing development of the county’s new Comprehensive Plan — for another four-year term. […]