A miserable day all around

Art Candenquist arranged for the American Red Cross to assist the Matthew Fewell family with their loss, while a GoFundMe page has also been set up to help the family. It was the second occupied home gutted by fire in the county in as many weeks. No cause of the fire has been determined. […]


Why the cubs crossed the road

This seemingly identical pair of tiny tykes were chasing after their mother and sibling when Rappahannock residents Jay Ward Brown and Kevin Harrison Adams came upon them last Thursday on Skyline Drive. Newborn black bears cubs are actually smaller than squirrels. […]


Ben Venue quite the venue

Ben Venue Farm provided scenic space and then some for a spectacular 12th Annual Fourth of July, organized once again by Sperryville VFR. Thousands flocked to the daylong festival, and by the rockets red glare at dusk the thermometer had cooled down to where it was downright comfortable. […]


Ringing in the Fourth

Defying a heat index approaching 100 degrees, several hundred county residents and visitors brought picnic baskets and blankets to the lawn of Washington’s Avon Hall, on Sunday evening, to witness retired U.S. Marine Col. John Bourgeois lead his orchestra of current and former military musicians in an “All-American” salute to 1776. […]


A Laurel Mills surprise for Aloha

Linda Hitt and Becky Hicks Isaacs of Laurel Mills Store hosted a surprise 82nd birthday party for Aloha Hitt on June 15. “She is one of our most favorite customers and our customers are more like family,” said Hicks. Aloha was described as “very surprised and said she had a wonderful time. […]


Godspeed, Father Tuck

St. Peter Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus hosted a well-attended potluck picnic on Sunday in honor of the retiring Father Horace “Tuck” Grinnell, the celebration that featured hot dogs, brats, burgers and assorted tasty potluck dishes. […]


The best kind of music

The three-day 26th Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music — “Featuring the best in Bluegrass, Americana and Roots” — wrapped up Saturday in Syria, dampened as it was by periods of heavy rain and flash flooding that tragically took the life of a Rappahannock County native. […]


Candidate vs Flood

Democratic congressional candidate and Rappahannock resident Leslie Cockburn sent us this photograph snapped of her Sunday in Laurel Mills, which the former journalist appropriately headlined “Candidate vs Flood next to the Fannon Farm.” […]


Saluting students and faculty

As the 2017-2018 school year drew to a close, Businesses of Rappahannock presented the Rappahannock County Elementary School student body with new U.S. and Virginia flags for their auditorium. Students from the 7th grade graduating class and RCES Principal Ben Temple (center) attended the presentation. […]


Until we meet again

“Have a great summer!” shouted staff of the Rappahannock County School Board, who stepped outside last Thursday to wave goodbye to students setting off for a summer’s vacation filled with building sandcastles, catching fireflies, picking berries and eating corn on the cob. […]