BOS denies additional legal help with suit

In a three-to-two vote at its July 2 meeting, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors rejected authorizing additional funds for legal help for County Attorney Art Goff. But the board subsequently voted to allow Goff to “feel out” what settling one of several lawsuits against the county would entail. […]


Anger, accusations surround county planning appointments

Members of the public who attended Monday’s Supervisors’ meeting witnessed early holiday fireworks in the form of personal attacks and accusations of cronyism. The fiery display came as the BOS took up nominations to fill two Planning Commission vacancies — one in Jackson Supervisor Ron Frazier’s district and one in the Piedmont district represented by Christine Smith. […]


Approaching six months in office, Curry is rolling Rappahannock in the right direction

“I’m in a good spot,” Curry reflects. “We’re here in the new building. It’s great to have the space that we have to entertain meetings, we’re not on top of each other, and we can be more productive. On the flip side I would rather be in town, close to where the action is happening in the county offices, where I can drop in more easily, be a more visible presence. […]


Ron Makela — jack of all trades — new appointee to BZA

In his 60-some years, Makela has been a 1970’s protester (his words); deputy marshall in Crested Butte, Colorado; mastered the building trades; sold cars; served as president of the Civic League Association, spent 14 years as a professional firefighter and EMT in Tidewater, retiring as captain; and worked at the Chrysler Art Museum in Norfolk. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Size matters . . . when it comes to signs

Nearly 100 people packed into the Courthouse for the May 23 BZA meeting, presumably in support of Sperryville businessman Robert Archer’s application for a variance for a large “sign” he painted on the exterior wall of his business. However, because the public hearing was continued to the June, it was unknown how many members of the public were present in support of the “sign.” […]

Crime & Courts

Virginia Supreme Court grants Bragg FOIA appeal

In the case of Marian Bragg vs the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Supreme Court today (Thursday, May 17) upheld the local llama farmer’s appeal of a lower Rappahannock County Circuit Court ruling surrounding enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). […]