Inside this week’s News (Oct. 8)

This week’s headlines: Board finds ‘dark skies’ future partly cloudy • Scouting units divide to address gay leadership issue • A diverse field of clerk, commissioner candidates • Inner child, outdoor nuance on 2015 art tour • The Rapp: Director Ron Maxwell, a chili-centic fundraiser and more • Wild Ideas: Stink bugs, mushrooms, rain mark fall’s return • and more […]


Candidates speak their piece in second News forum

Candidates for constitutional officer posts in Rappahannock County spoke their minds Monday night at the Rappahannock News’ second candidates forum at the Theatre at Washington, most appearing satisfied that they said what they came to say before a crowded auditorium of some 200 attentive citizens. […]

Crime & Courts

Rangers rooting out ginseng poachers

Shenandoah National Park rangers have cited 28 poachers this year alone, including a number in recent weeks, in a crackdown on those who illegally harvest wild ginseng root, treasured for its medicinal qualities. […]


Inside this week’s News (Oct. 1)

This week’s headlines: Candidates speak their piece in second News forum • Rangers root out ginseng poachers • Wild Ideas: Are we loving American ginseng to death? • The Rapp: ‘Selma,’ political satire and a trail challenge • Former fire chief sentenced for sexual battery • International sculptor joins artists tour • and more […]


Small county, big ideas: The candidates forums, part I

Surprise: All 10 hopefuls who appeared at Monday night’s Rappahannock News Candidates Forum, running on Nov. 3 for the three open seats apiece on the county’s board of supervisors and school board, agree they would not want property taxes — traditionally Rappahannock County’s principal source of both revenue and contention — to continue to rise. […]


Wild Ideas: Here be giants

Rappahannock County resident Robin Williams made a startling discovery last month in her pollinator garden: a giant was circling a tree there . . . a giant swallowtail butterfly, that is. […]


Inside this week’s News (Sept. 24)

This week’s headlines: Small county, big ideas: The candidates forums, part I • The Rapp: Fourth Friday, no; Farm Tour and Scottish folk, yes • Ale Works expansion wins planners’ approval • In circuit court, a tale of two probations • The 59th house tour: Old and new homes, floral art, music • Another gem for the artists’ tour • Wild Ideas: Here be giants • and more […]


Hampton supervisor, school, sheriff hopefuls sound off

Change happens at a different pace in Rappahannock County than in neighboring counties, if not the world, but it was nonetheless the topic of the day at last week’s well-attended forum at Washington Town Hall for Hampton district candidates for supervisor and school board and for the office of sheriff. […]


Movie studio will open at Washington school

The Washington Town Council approved a special-use permit Monday night for a Virginia-based independent film production company to begin leasing the former gym and classrooms of the Washington School on Mount Salem Avenue. The permit […]


‘Dark skies’ idea to be aired next month

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors decided last week to advertise a public forum, to be a part of its session on Oct. 5, inviting citizen input on a notion to regulate residential lighting and thus further align the county with a global “dark skies” movement. […]

Jazz pianist Bill Harris.

Harris and company bring that swing

You can practice all you like — and Rappahannock’s own famous jazz pianist Bill Harris practices more than probably anyone you know. But, in the end, if it ain’t got that swing . . . […]