Vineyard owner Jonathan Hickox says his 3-year-old daughter Delaney is quickly being outpaced in height by the vines.

Rock Mills grapes, Bull Run wines

Innkeepers, artists, musicians and others have sunk roots in Rappahannock County, and now so has Jonathan Hickox — literally, in his case, as he’s recently planted grapevines on part of a 115-acre parcel of land he bought along Rock Mills Road. […]

Packed house: Panelists and public talked for more than two hours at the Theatre Thursday.

Pulse taken

The “Rapp Live” forum hosted June 19 by the Rappahannock News filled the 218-seat Theatre at Washington with folks wanting to be informed rather than entertained — though what brought them there has had the town and county buzzing. […]

From the Rappahannock News

Group addresses foster care deficiencies

There’s a foster care crisis — or at least a very big problem — in Rappahannock County, in the estimation of some public officials and others who are concerned enough to want to do something about it. […]

“Must've been the magnets!” NPCF director Cole Johnson joshed at 6 p.m. Tuesday as Give Local’s donations passed $400,000. “When I consider the impact this incredible surge of generosity will have on our local community for years to come, I try to hold back tears — unsuccessfully. I continue to be surprised by the good will of my neighbors.”
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Give Local effort nets $675K

By the time the clock struck midnight on the first successful Give Local Piedmont campaign, supporters had made 3,369 gifts totalling an extraordinary $675,069.27. […]

Thirteen educators discussed ideas on how the Castleton Festival can assist the music programs at area schools with festival general manager Nancy Gustafson (foreground) on March 6.

Castleton plans to bring music to schools

The Castleton Festival is a favorite destination of classical and operatic music lovers as it enters its sixth year. This year, however, the festival organization has plans to reach out to schoolchildren in Rappahannock and surrounding counties. […]

From the Rappahannock News

Boneta Act: Mandate or mishmash?

The signing of a bill last Thursday by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is being hailed as a victory for small farmers against burdensome regulations. But the Boneta Act is also causing some confusion as to what, exactly, it covers. […]

Senior Dylan Hitt (left) and sophomore David Smoot are among the five Rapp wrestlers headed to the state finals this Saturday (Feb. 22) in Salem.
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Double Ds plus three head to state tourney

If there’s a little more excitement among students at Rappahannock High School this week it may have more to do with what’s happening in Salem rather than Sochi, as five members of the Panthers wrestling team are headed for the state finals this Saturday. […]

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Real estate market leads, estate market follows

Rappahannock County may be a leader in some ways, but in terms of real estate trends it is often playing catch-up. Comparisons to jurisdictions further east, where real estate sales are said to be rebounding, can also be tricky, due to Rappahannock’s smaller real-estate universe and higher price tags. […]

Fire and Rescue

Park wildfire takes its toll

Crews battling wildfires within Shenandoah National Park since the weekend picked up a welcome assist from the weather as several inches of rain, snow and sleet fell Monday night into Tuesday morning. “Nothing has come […]

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Town looks into streetlight fix

John Fox Sullivan, town of Washington mayor, plans to meet with representatives of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to talk about the streetlights lining town streets. Sullivan said during a town council meeting on Feb. 16 that […]

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Unemployment rate drops in December

Fewer people were unemployed in Rappahannock County in December than the month before. Decreases were also recorded in Fauquier, Culpeper and Madison counties while there were increases in Page and Warren counties. Among adjacent counties, […]