Photo by Robert Ellis
From the Rappahannock News

The busy-ness of fall

Greg Williams’ garden supply emporium on U.S. 211 at Richmond Road has been taking advantage of its first fall in a more conspicuous location, with displays of pumpkins, a moonbounce for kids and an on-site […]

PATIENCE: A large argiope spider, Argiope aurantia, lies in her web waiting for prey along Currituck Sound on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Photo by Pam Owen.

Wild Ideas: Different day, different web

The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web. – Edwin Way Teale, American naturalist, photographer, and writer Spiders are arthropods in the arachnid (Arachnida) class, […]


Coloring book central

“The Colors of Rappahannock and the Piedmont” is a coloring book that is the brainchild of Washington, Va.-based painter Kevin Adams, who recruited 11 other noted local artists to submit black-and-white panels representing Rappahannock County […]


Prizewinning park pics

The evocative photo here of a misty morning along the Mary’s Rock trailhead by Ellen Adams of Amissville is the grand prize winner of Old Rag Photography’s “ Rappahannock Views” photography contest, co-sponsored with the […]


Bull in a . . . tractor shop?

The hazards are different than the better-known dangers involving china shops, as this bull discovered when he wandered overnight into Bill Fletcher’s farm shop near Sperryville last week and apparently fell into the repair pit, […]


A full moo . . . oon

On the crest of a hill near Massies Corner, two cows appear to be admiring the full moon as it hung last month over Rappahannock County — although they were not, exactly. For the full […]


The Rapp for Aug. 4

A candidate update from Bill Fletcher’s place and the Democrats monthly meet-up . . . A photography contest in Rappahannock . . . the end of an era as the Chapmans leave for Lexington. […]


Photo: Sunrise service

Some 60 people came to the Easter sunrise service of Trinity Episcopal Church, held on Jane Batchelder’s property above Washington, which was one of several sunrise services throughout the county on that lovely morning.

Fire and Rescue

Photo: Don’t try this at home

Participants from Amissville, Flint Hill and Sperryville fire and rescue squads attended a propane emergencies class at Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department recently, where they learned in a clearly hands-on way how to handle propane emergencies […]


Photo: Change of plans

Robert Fountain (right), 18, says he swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel running across Sharp Rock Road and slid on loose gravel into a tree — yes, that tree — first thing Monday morning just south of Sperryville. Neither he nor passenger Justin Kim (left), 17, remembers seeing the tree fall. “It was like a dream,” Kim said about the crash about a mile east of F.T. Valley Road. The two, seniors at Woodson High School in Fairfax, were on their way to hike Old Rag (in background) on the first day of their spring break week. Neither was injured; the squirrel apparently got away; a sheriff’s deputy charged Fountain with failure to maintain control; Settle’s came and towed the car; VDOT cut up the tree. Another day in Rappahannock. […]