Land Use/Zoning

Approved: No through Trucks on Ben Venue Road

In the week of July 1, there were three accidents on Ben Venue Road involving through trucks. In the most serious accident, a semi crushed a small car against the road embankment. Luckily, no one was hurt, but Ben Venue residents lost no time in sending photos of the accidents to Brich, Khoury, Lynch, DeTuncq,and Nesbit, as well as to State Delegate Michael Webert and Senator Mark Obershain. […]

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. […]

Health and Healthcare

Free Clinic changes business model to accommodate expanded Medicaid program

The enduring mission of the Fauquier Free Clinic (FFC) is to provide eligible residents of Fauquier and Rappahannock counties with access to comprehensive medical, dental and mental health care. This year, the clinic’s business model underwent extensive changes to accommodate new and existing patients when Medicaid expanded its services for low-income adults throughout Virginia. […]

Parks and Recreation

Another close bear encounter in Shenandoah Park involving food

“We need to talk seriously about bears!” officials said this afternoon, hoping to get people’s attention. “When a bear obtains human food, a dangerous situation is created. The bear will be incredibly persistent about getting more. This [incident] has just happened at the summit of Old Rag and we are dealing with the consequences. We need your help at Old Rag (and throughout the park!)” […]


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. […]

Foothills Forum

Rappahannock group seeks to make housing matches

The group’s aim is to help people in immediate need of housing they can afford but who might not have the time or flexibility to wait for the perfect fit. And in a market that relies heavily on word of mouth, making it hard for renters to know what’s available, linking demand with supply could make the process a lot more transparent. […]

Crime & Courts

When tragedy came calling to Old Hollow

When Gary Noesner’s phone rang in the middle of the night on April 9, 1988, telling him to hightail it to rural Sperryville, Virginia, the FBI hostage negotiator didn’t need a road map. As he recalls in an interview with the Rappahannock News, he’d been in Sperryville only months before picking apples with his family. […]

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. […]