Politics/Government

Adopting county budget a drawn-out process

Ironing out an annual budget for Rappahannock County is no simple task — what if only 7,321 people live here. Consider the meeting schedule alone for the development and adoption of the county’s future FY20 budget began way back on Nov. 13, 2018, when the School Board first discussed and adopted its budget schedule. The Board of Supervisors followed suit Dec. 3 with its schedule. […]

Politics/Government

Gary Settle comes home — for a short time, at least

Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Gary T. Settle returned home last Saturday for his first public speaking engagement in Rappahannock County since his appointment by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam fifteen months ago. “Anytime I can come home on a weekend and be with you folks it’s always a blessing for me,” said the superintendent. […]

Foothills Forum

CCLC looks to broaden children, family reach

Rappahannock’s population trends have not been good news for the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC). In fact, there have been times in recent years when the nonprofit, which has been providing day care and education for young kids in the county since the 1970s, has faced the prospect of shutting down because it didn’t seem it would be able to sustain the enrollment needed to keep operating. […]

Agriculture

Spring chicks are cute, but act responsibly

At feed and farm supply stores across the Piedmont right now, baby chicks are chirping away. According to Dr. Charles Broaddus, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, before making on-the-spot decisions about buying chicks, people need to learn what the birds require. […]

Politics/Government

Parker moves Lesinski case forward

Equating conflict of interest proceedings against Rappahannock Supervisor John Lesinski to being stuck in a “mud patch” with the wheels spinning, Rappahannock County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker has told lawyers on both sides to “get past” demurrers and move the case forward. […]

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. […]

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. […]