Trapped man dies

Fire and rescue volunteers from Washington, Amissville and Sperryville freed Charles Roy, an 88-year-old county resident, from beneath the engine compartment of his truck, which apparently rolled over him as he unloaded trash at Flatwood Recycling Center Wednesday morning (Dec. 16). Roy later died. […]


Inside this week’s News (Dec. 17)

This week’s headlines: Woman shot and killed in Chester Gap • More Pantry space needed • The Rapp: Fourth Estate Friday, Christmases both Celtic and cat-related • Trapped man dies • Avon Hall: To carve or not to carve • Crash-related felony charges sent to grand jury • Wild Ideas: When it comes to dogs, the nose knows • and more […]


‘The Mark’ of the professional(s)

There was no need for a Hollywood tour package for those who visited the Washington School last weekend, where The Forge Studios was shooting its first full-scale production at its new world headquarters, a sci-fi martial arts action short called “The Mark.” […]

Crime & Courts

Group appeals CTB’s stub street release

Attorney David Konick and four other supporters of his nearly year-long legal challenge of “beautification” projects by the town of Washington and its largest business, the Inn at Little Washington, have filed an appeal in Rappahannock County Circuit Court of the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s Oct. 27 decision to remove the stub end of Middle Street from its secondary-road system. […]


Inside this week’s News (Dec. 10)

This week’s headlines: Rapp steps (lightly) onto cell carriers’ maps • Group appeals stub street release • The Rapp: Kid Pan at the symphony, bluegrass at the Theatre • BOS tackles rescue, billing, reimbursement puzzle • What a parade! • ‘The Mark’ of the professional(s) • Grand larceny sentence in circuit court • and more […]


Summer snapshots in the hollow

Bruce Sloane’s short, sweet first novel recalls bygone days in a familiar place — not exactly Rappahannock, but “Tales of Shirt Tail Hollow” is close enough and worthwhile reading for anyone who might have forgotten the simple joys, and earnest adventures, of living in this place. […]

School/Education News

Schools’ iffy phone system is back online

It looks like for now the phones are working again at the Rappahannock County Public Schools. Fingers crossed that there will be no more dead lines, no more after-hours greetings heard by callers in the middle of the day and no further offers of a cruise to the Bahamas (more about that later). […]


Property reassessments: No great change

For Rappahannock County’s every-six-years general real estate reassessment, with the appraisals done and notices delivered, it appears the overall value of property in the county will remain flat — unlike in 2010, when a marked jump in assessments went into effect. […]


Wild Ideas: Baby, it’s warm outside

While we humans may have enjoyed the warmest October on record, rising temperatures threaten the existence of some native wildlife, which does not bode well for us in the long run, in this week’s Wild Ideas column. […]