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Supervisor Smith becomes vice chair of Planning Commission

Piedmont District Supervisor Christine Smith, BOS representative to the County Planning Commission, has been elected the commission’s vice chair. The planners re-elected Gary Light as commission chair. Smith replaces Al Henry, who has served as vice chair for several terms. […]

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Webert welcomes Lesinski

Republican Delegate Michael J. Webert of Virginia’s 18th welcomed the Joint Leadership Council of Veteran Services Organizations to the Capitol, including County Supervisor John Lesinski, who was appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam to two state positions overseeing veterans’ affairs. […]

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Riggleman learns congressional ropes, displays lighter side during PBS interview

The congressional freshman class of 2019 is the largest in decades, observed Judy Woodruff during PBS NewsHour, and with them comes a change in party leadership, as well as generational and demographic shifts. And, she might have added, a sense of humor, which certainly can’t hurt the congressional approval ratings. […]

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Planned Unit Development approved for Washington

The measure, reviewed for the past five months by the town’s planning commission and by the council for the last two months, is meant to encourage development — housing in particular — by allowing plans to combine varied and compatible land uses, including housing, recreation and commercial. […]

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Lawsuits consuming county’s time, energy and money

Despite several members of the public asking for civility of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors in the New Year, this past Monday’s meeting was marked with disagreement, aggression and raised voices — supplied mostly by Jackson Supervisor Ron Frazier, who erupted several times during the meeting, mostly around the topic of ongoing taxpayer-funded litigation in defense of the county government. […]

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His the only hand on the U.S. Constitution, Denver Riggleman is sworn into office

Christine Riggleman held an original 1789 copy of the U.S. Constitution beneath the Bible as her husband was administered the oath of office by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The rare copy of the Constitution, considered the world’s longest surviving written charter of government, was provided for Riggleman’s swearing-in by the Library of Congress. […]

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Happy New Year, BOS! Board of Supervisors face new conflict of interest violation charges

Filed by Harris Hollow resident George Sonnett, and represented by local attorney David Konick, the Petition for Declaratory Judgment charges three Rappahannock supervisors and County Attorney Art Goff with violating the state’s Conflict of Interest Act (COIA) on several occasions last year when considering the appointment of Peter Luke as Deputy County Attorney — ironically to help handle the workload of previous lawsuits filed against Rappahannock County by certain residents. […]

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Awaiting a trial date, Bragg vs Board of Supervisors is ‘running the meter’

‘And that costs [taxpayer] money’
As explained by Mike Brown, independent co-counsel to the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors when providing an update last week on the first of two lawsuits filed by local resident Marian Bragg against the BOS, “it’s running the meter. And that costs money.” […]

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Supervisors, county attorneys wrangle over Bragg suits against government

Almost two hours into the afternoon session, several agenda items touched off an argumentative debate between Jackson Supervisor Ron Frazier, Piedmont Supervisor Christine Smith, and County Attorney Art Goff about the county’s progress in adjudicating Marian Bragg v the Board of Supervisors. […]

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Sullivan set to convene final meeting as Washington mayor

Mayor Sullivan, after much thought, announced in May that he had decided against seeking a third term as mayor of the county seat, declaring it’s “time for a change, both for me and the town.” He said his decision “did not come easily.” Mayor-elect Fred Catlin will officially take over the town’s reins on January 1. […]

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Live, from New York, it’s Denver Riggleman?

Michael Che, co-anchor of the SNL segment “Weekend Update” last Saturday, stated: “One of the strangest stories to emerge from the midterm elections is that [of] a Virginia Republican, Denver Riggleman, who won his election despite being accused of being a devotee of Bigfoot erotica. This is an actual picture he posted on Instagram.” […]

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Two supervisors opposed to bike trail slid under FOIA to discuss reallocating grant money

The 16th century phrase “No man ought to look a gift horse in the mouth” was apparently on the minds of two Rappahannock supervisors who while at the same time opposing a 1.2-mile multi-use recreational trail connecting the county’s two public schools explored shifting its earmarked funding elsewhere. […]