Politics/Government

Washington Town Council prepares for new post office

“I feel very confident for the post office to stay in the town of Washington,” said Mayor Fred Catlin. “From what I gather, it has been a done deal, but we just need to get the official signatures on pieces of paper. I hope I’m not cursing things by saying that, but I believe that is where we are, it just needs to get off peoples desks . . .” […]

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BOS approves FY20 budget; squelches Code of Conduct; votes down Planning chair

A fiscal year 2020 budget totaling $26,129,281 was adopted by the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Monday, while at the same time it tabled indefinitely by a 4-1 vote a Code of Conduct and Ethics proposed over a year ago.In addition, by a 3-2 vote, the board chose not to re-appoint Planning Commission chair Gary Light — tasked with overseeing development of the county’s new Comprehensive Plan — for another four-year term. […]

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County’s FY20 budget process approaches finish line

Schools, Electoral Board make final push for salary hikes, social worker position: At one of its few remaining budget meetings Monday night, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors reviewed current department requests in excess of the county’s advertised proposed FY20 budget, in doing so taking no final action. […]

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Lesinski to keynote inaugural AARP Vietnam Veterans program

On March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, designating every March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 3 p.m., AARP will host a Vietnam Veteran Era Appreciation Program in Rappahannock County, featuring Hampton District Supervisor John Lesinski as the keynote speaker.  […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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Plenty of parking would be provided for a future Washington post office

If you are one of those patrons who thinks having to park in the church parking lot across Main Street is an inconvenience, the U.S. Postal Service apparently agrees with you; and the public is invited and encouraged to attend two public forums on the town’s future and future land use, the first to be held 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at town hall. […]

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Hampton Supervisor John Lesinski not seeking reelection

“At this time, I have chosen to focus my future energies on volunteer opportunities in Rappahannock County and on my board appointed positions with the Commonwealth of Virginia and will not seek re-election this November on the Board of Supervisors as the representative of the Hampton District,” reads Lesinski’s Feb. 24, 2019 letter delivered to the Rappahannock News. […]