Ron Makela — jack of all trades — new appointee to BZA

In his 60-some years, Makela has been a 1970’s protester (his words); deputy marshall in Crested Butte, Colorado; mastered the building trades; sold cars; served as president of the Civic League Association, spent 14 years as a professional firefighter and EMT in Tidewater, retiring as captain; and worked at the Chrysler Art Museum in Norfolk. […]

School/Education News

Three college courses coming to Rappahannock

The first three courses will be U.S. history, public speaking and music appreciation. Each are worth three credits and will last for 16 weeks. The college chose those classes because all count as credit toward a general education degree and the first two allow for dual enrollment with the high school. […]


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.” […]


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. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for June 7

RIP Evelyn M. Kerr, chairman of the Rappahannock County Republican Committee; Saint Peter’s welcomes new pastor; it’s Second Saturday for the Artisan Trail and DuCard Vineyards are holding a seated tasting experience. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Size matters . . . when it comes to signs

Nearly 100 people packed into the Courthouse for the May 23 BZA meeting, presumably in support of Sperryville businessman Robert Archer’s application for a variance for a large “sign” he painted on the exterior wall of his business. However, because the public hearing was continued to the June, it was unknown how many members of the public were present in support of the “sign.” […]

School/Education News

School news for May 31

Volunteers for the Rappahannock County Public Schools were honored in a special reception this past week. The salute featured a performance by the chorus, a banquet, and a recognition of all volunteers in attendance. A resounding thank you went out to everyone who has given their valuable time and resources to help the students throughout the year. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for May 31

Child Care Learning Center will hold its 5th Annual Garden Party at Mount Prospect in Little Washington on Saturday, June 16; and Mountain View Marketing, based here in Washington, has been voted the Best of the Best Advertising Agency of Culpeper by the readers of the Culpeper Times for the past four years. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for May 31

Board of supervisors receive criticism over telephone outages from inclement weather; RAAC Theatre are casting rabbits; and two-time Grammy Winner Laurence Juber returns to the Little Washington Theatre for a rare performance this Saturday. […]