Crime & Courts

Rangers rooting out ginseng poachers

Shenandoah National Park rangers have cited 28 poachers this year alone, including a number in recent weeks, in a crackdown on those who illegally harvest wild ginseng root, treasured for its medicinal qualities. […]


‘No Ordinary Person’ at RAAC Theatre

Every year the RAAC Community Theatre production of “No Ordinary Person” takes audiences to far-flung locales touching places of love and fear and discovery in the heart. This year’s show, the 17th annual one, on Oct. 23-24, promises to be no exception. […]

Crime & Courts

Sentence in felony firearm possession

In a bench trial in Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Thursday (Sept. 3) Judge Jeffrey W. Parker found 43-year-old Clifton resident Paul Wilson Northam guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and sentenced him to probation and community service. […]

Land Use/Zoning

GIS: An upgrade for Rappahannock’s maps?

As Rappahannock County explores digitizing the county’s tax and property maps, Culpeper County GIS coordinator Pam Schiermeyer gave a presentation at last month’s Planning Commission meeting on her county’s geographic information system. […]

Foothills Forum

Foothills Forum marks first anniversary

Foothills Forum supporters gathered at the Slate Mills home of Bev Jones and Andy Alexander for the organization’s first annual meeting. The nonprofit is working to enhance the Rappahannock News’ coverage of Rappahannock County’s most pressing issues. […]

Land Use/Zoning

BZA approves Chester Gap tourist home

The Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals last Wednesday (Aug. 26) approved an application from Pete Pazmino and Sheila Lamb for a tourist home in Chester Gap, contingent on Pazmino and Lamb getting a signed sales contract from the current owners. […]

Crime & Courts

Judge dismisses Konick’s suit against town, Inn

Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker rejected lawyer David Konick’s suit against the Town of Washington and the Inn at Little Washington last Thursday, ruling for a second and final time that Konick hadn’t the standing to challenge the legality of the town and Inn’s 2013 “Town Square Beautification” project.


Boundary issues

Last week’s informational meeting about a proposal to designate Ben Venue Road as the county’s first official rural historic district began as a celebration of Rappahannock County’s rich history — and ended in a shouting match, colored by a bit of antigovernment fervor and fueled by property records that remain (as they do in many rural areas) incomplete and hard to decipher. […]

Crime & Courts

Abduction, eluding charges face defendants

Actions in Rappahannock County District Court this Tuesday (Aug.4) included arraignments on charges ranging from abduction to DWI to eluding police. Meanwhile, dates are set in Konick vs. Town of Washington and Spethmann civil cases in circuit court. […]