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New town dump

Whoever dumped a large load of garbage in the town of Washington, including additional bags of refuse not seen in this photo, brazenly did so within sight of the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office, just feet away from the county’s maintenance building. […]

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Water, water everywhere

Whiteoak Canyon Trail’s six impressive waterfalls range from 35 to 86 feet, including the 60-foot Lower Falls seen here, and are spouting so much water these days that hikers in several sections must wade knee-deep in shoes and socks or else go barefoot, like this pair of park visitors. […]

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Hummingbirds 1, snake 0

A four-foot black snake (named him Blackjack) climbed the tall dogwood next to the deck where the hummingbird feeders hang. We figured out what was going on and so did the birds. This all started about 4 p.m. and continued for hours. The snake explored every branch on the tree and just could not find the perfect strike location. […]

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Riggleman talks broadband

Denver Riggleman, Virginia’s 5th district Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, poses here with Rappahannock GOP committee member Demaris Miller at a meet and greet with local residents last Saturday at the Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill. […]

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Not a Republican

You can tell a lot about a person by the car he or she drives. Suffice to say, the driver of this red pickup truck parked in Sperryville is no fan of Donald Trump, won’t be voting for Corey Stewart and Denver Riggleman in the fall, wouldn’t be caught dead watching Fox News, considers all people equal regardless of race and creed, supports Rappahannock County farmers and local EMS volunteers. […]

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Boulder, bumper, bummer

The driver of a Nissan Xterra lost control of the SUV last Thursday afternoon in the notoriously winding westbound lane of Highway 211 between Sperryville and Shenandoah National Park, crashing into a large boulder and causing extensive damage to the vehicle. […]

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Comin’ up flowers

Flowers of every shape and color are blooming at Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville. “Flowers are harvested every Thursday and Friday,” says farm owner Rachel Bynum, seen here fashioning fresh bouquets with two of Waterpenny’s six paid interns. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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Sperryville flyover

April was flying with Abe Makely as he piloted his antique 1946 Aeronca Champ airplane, a post-World War II response to the popular Piper J-3 Cub, the 1946 Aeronca Champ airplane that April flew aboard. […]

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Devastating Fodderstack fire

The Fodderstack Road home of Mike McCormick and Carolyn McDowell was destroyed in a house fire on the night of July 3rd. Fire departments from as far away as Fauquier County came to assist local first responders in battling the blaze. […]

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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. […]