Inside this week’s News (Oct. 15)

This week’s headlines: Judy Deal gets 18 years in prison for murder of husband • Utility rates go up, Avon Hall goes . . . on • The river, and kids’ enthusiasm, flow freely at RappFLOW field day • The Rapp: 59th house tour, four more stars, five Harlem Superstars and more • Rapp U seeking ‘faculty’ • Around Sperryville, artists gear up for the tour • Coming to a mailbox near you . . . […]


Scouting units divide to address gay leadership issue

A group of Boy Scout and Cub Scout parents in the troop chartered these last 25 years by Washington’s Trinity Episcopal Church have applied to create a new scout troop affiliated with Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville. The reason: Disagreement with the Boy Scouts of America’s decision earlier this year to lift its long-standing blanket ban on scout leaders who are openly gay. […]


Board finds ‘dark skies’ future partly cloudy

The board of supervisors didn’t plan to take any action — and intended only to hear how citizens felt about Rappahannock County possibly becoming part of a Shenandoah National Park-centered effort to keep night skies unpolluted by light, and thus attractive to otherwise overly well-lit tourists. And, after two dozen citizens had spoken, it specifically didn’t. […]


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 […]