Agriculture

Where’s the Beef — from?

“We do a lot of lip service to supporting agriculture in the county, and if we could work with our representatives to get this sort of legislation in Virginia I think it would help [boost] sales of local products.” So observed Piedmont District Supervisor Christine Smith, drawing the Rappahannock board’s attention this week to the once popular “COOL” law requiring country-of-origin labels (COOL) for beef and pork. […]

Hunting and Fishing

Rappahannock farmers killing far fewer bears

Five years ago 57 bears were shot out of season, last year only three: In the two years since the Rappahannock News drew attention to the high number of bears killed by Rappahannock County farmers holding year-round “kill permits,” the number of bears destroyed has dropped dramatically. […]

Elections

Whitson throws hat into the BOS ring

Harris Hollow resident Keir Whitson, a former vice chairman of the Rappahannock Water and Sewer Authority, has announced he will seek the Hampton District Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by John Lesinski, who Whitson had previously challenged in the 2015 election. […]

History

Against almost insurmountable odds, Tuskegee Airman Howard Lee Baugh flies into history

Virginia native Howard Lee Baugh lived a long life — albeit barely enough to receive long-overdue thanks from his country. Two months after the Tuskegee Airman addressed an audience in Rappahannock County in January 2007, President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress collectively awarded Baugh and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. […]

Hunting and Fishing

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD): Should Rappahannock residents be worried?

The big question now is whether eating venison infected with CWD is dangerous to humans? In October 2018, the CDC stated: “To date, there is no strong evidence for the occurence of CWD in people, and it is not known if people can get infected with CWD prions. Nevertheless . . . experimental studies raise the concern that CWD may pose a risk to people and suggest that it is important to prevent human exposures to CWD.” […]

Horse/Equine News

Rappahannock now home to one of nation’s largest herds of rare Cherokee, Choctaw horses

“So you had a couple hundred years of breeding and then during the removal [the Indian Removal Act of 1830] the horses walked the Trail of Tears with the people,” says McConnell, who is part Choctaw. “If you couldn’t walk from Georgia to Oklahoma, and carry the old and sick and young and family goods, you’re not part of this breeding pool.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

Valentine’s Day delivery from the Rappahannock County government

“I seem to be getting one thing in writing and then I get something else. One thing in person and then I get something else. It seems like it’s a moving target.”

So reacted Amissville business owner John Cappiali after being served with four misdemeanour summonses based on complaints filed by Rappahannock Zoning Administrator Michelle Somers surrounding his two contracting companies. […]

Volunteeering

Overwhelmed to overjoyed — Rapp residents respond in force to foster parenting

Rappahannock County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Melissa Cupp could not be more delighted with the response by Rappahannock residents to her plea for much-needed foster parenting. Cupp had revealed only last month that a majority of Rappahannock foster youth were being sent to other counties and cities to live and attend school because there were no available foster care homes in the county. […]