Politics/Government

Rapp Electric says assertions surrounding transparency, fairness are baseless

Now, in response to the REC’s letter, Heald and Murphy tell the Rappahannock News: “As you can imagine, we were disappointed to see that [REC] responded so negatively to our recent attempt to bring some modest transparency and democracy reforms to our electric cooperative. […]

Politics/Government

Washington residents file for mayor, council; three potential sites for new town post office

Rappahannock County Registrar of Voters Kimberly McKiernan, meanwhile, said the town having moved its election day will be a win-win for everybody. “For the candidates there is a better turnout in November, and it’s better for the town because [holding its election] separately was costly,” […]

Politics/Government

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. […]

Politics/Government

BOS once again defers Planning Commission vacancies; Golf driving range sent back to planners

Before the May BOS meeting, Jackson district residents Rick Kohler and Page Glennie submitted applications for the position. Despite strong recommendations for Kohler expressed by community members at that meeting, Frazier moved to table consideration of the candidates until the vacancy could be advertised. […]

Politics/Government

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.” […]

Politics/Government

Town council approves FY19 budget; and to support Inn festival

During the public comment, former council member Jean Goodine thanked both Sullivan and town clerk Laura Dodd: “I would like to express my thanks to you, John, for your service to the town and how much you have done for it. And I’d also like to express gratitude to Laura Dodd, for decades of work, behind the scenes and making things happen.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

Application for Sperryville golf driving range clears first hurdle, but not without concerns

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission has given the nod to an application for a zoning ordinance amendment to allow golf driving ranges in agricultural and rural residential areas. The application was moved forward when four planners voted in favor of recommending the proposal to the Board of Supervisors. […]

Crime & Courts

‘One question leads to another’ in ongoing criminal probe of county government

Speaking this week on condition of anonymity, the source told the Rappahannock News that the probe, which was launched by the Virginia State Police in February 2017 and is now in the lap of Culpeper County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Walther, remains an ongoing “criminal investigation.” […]

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). […]

Land Use/Zoning

BZA approves tourist home — or is it an Airbnb?

The application was approved as submitted, with conditions placed by the Planning Commission at its earlier February meeting limiting the number of guests and vehicles and requiring certain safety devices be installed in the property. Three BZA members voted in favor of the application. […]