Deer ears in snow

Celebrated photographer Gary Anthes, his most recent book “Pictures at an Exhibition” published in 2018, captured this beautiful scene along Hope Hill Road in Castleton during this past weekend’s burst of snow. If the calendar is to be trusted, spring arrives in Rappahannock County next Wednesday, March 20. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for March 14

Quièvremont Winery hosts special concert with Lipbone Redding; all that rain leads to worst year for vineyards in 33 years; Sperryville’s own John MacPherson of Three Blacksmiths up for RAMMY restaurant award; RAAC Community Theatre presents the hilarious and beloved comedy “Harvey.” […]

Dorothy Davis, Emily Miller and Quita Parrish (mother of Chris Parrish, a member of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors) greet Sarah Latham (second from left) after she disembarked from the LBJ Victory Special. Davis, Miller and Latham worked at the Rappahannock News.

Lyndon B. Johnson no stranger here

My mother Sarah Latham, then editor of the Rappahannock News, went to Alexandria earlier in the morning so she could make the trip to Culpeper with the Johnsons. Sister Nancy and I, high school students at the time, met her at the train station to deliver her to work in Little Washington. We weren’t often permitted to be late for school, but that day an exception was made. […]


No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn

With a non-migratory lifespan of up to 15 years, the magnificent red Cardinal symbolizes joy, rejuvenation and celebration — even amidst this past weekend’s wintry mess. Spring officially arrives in Rappahannock County on March 20, although astronomical spring and meteorological spring can vary widely, especially in these unpredictable times of climate change. […]


Where’s the Beef — from?

“We do a lot of lip service to supporting agriculture in the county, and if we could work with our representatives to get this sort of legislation in Virginia I think it would help [boost] sales of local products.” So observed Piedmont District Supervisor Christine Smith, drawing the Rappahannock board’s attention this week to the once popular “COOL” law requiring country-of-origin labels (COOL) for beef and pork. […]


Rappahannock Park becomes third in nation awarded International Dark Sky designation

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) awarded Rappahannock County Park International Dark Sky Park status at the “silver tier” level on February 21, 2019. It is the third Virginia park to receive a Dark Sky Park designation, the other two being state parks. Rappahannock County Park is also the third county park in the U.S. to be awarded this honor. […]


Whitson throws hat into the BOS ring

Harris Hollow resident Keir Whitson, a former vice chairman of the Rappahannock Water and Sewer Authority, has announced he will seek the Hampton District Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by John Lesinski, who Whitson had previously challenged in the 2015 election. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for March 7

Gay Street Gallery’s newest exhibition opens Saturday, March 23. Featured at the Washington gallery will be paintings by Staunton-based Elizabeth Geiger; Jeffrey Cooper, a Maryland-based artist who has chosen to work in wood; and Kevin Adams, the gallery’s resident artist, who unveils new work from Virginia and his travels elsewhere. […]

School/Education News

School news for March 7

Thanks to a Headwaters’ grant, all RCPS seventh grade students were invited to participate in the 4-H State Capitol Day trip.; elementary students experienced the annual “Reality Store” and “Market Day” events; and Salem Ruritan Club will award three $1,500 scholarships this year, one each to graduating seniors at Rappahannock County High School, Culpeper County High School and Eastern View High School. […]