Public Safety

Tick-borne diseases: Every man for himself

For instance, many doctors today will inform patients that a tick has to sink its razor sharp jaws into human flesh for 24 to 48 hours before the little bugger spits its debilitating Lyme bacteria or else some other disease-causing crud into an unsuspecting person’s bloodstream. […]

Public Safety

How not to hit a deer with your car

While there are no exact figures, there are about 1.5 million accidents with deer each year in the United States. The leading cause of human injuries and death is when the motorist swerves to avoid striking the deer. […]



The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office said it was inundated with phone calls early yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon around 1:45 p.m., with concerned citizens reporting a “huge” explosion. […]

Public Safety

Is your well water safe to drink?

Well owners are often unaware of the possible causes of contamination to their water. Older wells may not be sealed properly near the surface or their source of water may be shallow and influenced by potential pollutant sources like feedlots, septic systems, and other land uses. […]

Public Safety

What’s that odor?

Three Rappahannock County families have been placed in temporary shelter by the American Red Cross awaiting the outcome of water sample testing from their individual apartments near Massies Corner. […]

Public Safety

‘Hate has no home in Rappahannock’

Proclaiming “hate has no home in Rappahannock,” some 75 residents from all walks of life — black and white, Christian and Jew — came together this week in the county seat of Washington to denounce the Ku Klux Klan, which days earlier dropped dozens of hate-filled fliers on doorsteps from Sperryville to Flint Hill. […]

Public Safety

Civil War reenactment turns potentially deadly

Blank ammo and cannon rounds producing harmless blasts and smoke apparently weren’t serious enough ammunition for somebody who paid visit last weekend to a nearby Civil War reenactment. As a result, the FBI is now seeking the public’s assistance. […]

Public Safety

Ticks: They’re not just for summer anymore

An Old Hollow resident who suffers from alpha-gal — the red meat allergy caused by a lone star tick bite — was telling the story at Pen Druid Brewery that he looks forward to the first hard freeze every year, when he steps outside his home and dances a lively jig “listening for the ticks to pop.” […]