Politics/Government

Photo: On making the best of things

Photo: On making the best of things

Career volunteer Linda Dietel flipped her car over on the way to the Rappahannock County Democrats’ annual yard sale two weekends back – a tire blew, and she says she was lucky to escape with only serious bruising. Her daughter Tory Dietel Hopps sent in this photo to let us know that Linda’s campaign...
Read More »

Photo: Republicans of note

By
0
Aug. 30
picGOP-30W

Among the crowds at Saturday’s tri-county Republican Committee barbecue at Stuart Field in Amissville were (from left) Forrest Whorton of Castleton, with his horse Zeke and everpresent American flag, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate George Allen, Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th) and State Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg.
Read More »

Editorial: A Virginian for President?

By
1
Aug. 23
editorial

Almost upon us is Labor Day, the traditional start of serious political campaigning for the November elections. Based on what’s happened so far this summer, it will be a heated fall. But given the newspaper’s civic responsibility, we will endeavor to provide clear and crisp (like an old-fashioned autumn day) reporting on the candidates...
Read More »

Extra room, council make B&B a hotel

By
0
Aug. 16
RNThisWeekNew

The Washington Town Council approved the reclassification of the former Heritage House property on Main Street from bed and breakfast to hotel at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday (Aug. 13).
Read More »

The Rapp for Aug. 16

theRappWilson-16WF

GOP, Allen and Hurt gather at Gray Ghost; "Artist's Choice" and more at RDA; "Line Shape Color" opens Aug. 31 at Middle Street; Sperryville's Patton Wilson at southern art show.
Read More »

Zoning appeal rejected

By
0
Aug. 16
RNThisWeekNew

The Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) ruled in favor of Raymond Deakins Tuesday night (Aug. 14), voting that the second structure on his property was not a dwelling, as his neighbor contended, and thus did not violate the county’s zoning laws.
Read More »

Board sends $30K back to school

By
0
Aug. 9
RNThisWeekNew

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday (Aug. 6) to reallocate more than $30,000 towards repairs at Rappahannock County High School (RCHS).
Read More »

Opinion: In the end game, there are no medals

“When are the Games over?” my fellow lap-swimmer asked. I stood up from the water and wondered, in a chlorine fog. “Which games?”
Read More »

Letter: Yes, let’s cooperate; the evidence says we have to

Just because we all peacefully decide to drive our car over a cliff doesn’t mean the force we call gravity won’t pull us to our death.
Read More »

AARP survey: new ‘anxiety index’ reveals economic issues for Virginia voters 50 and older

RNPollSurvey

In the coming November elections, a key group of Virginia voters – non-retired baby boomers ages 50 to 64 – are driven by economic anxieties that extend well beyond the single issue of jobs, according to the results of a new series of surveys by AARP. 
Read More »

Zoning decisions generate heat

RNThisWeekNew

Mother Nature apparently has not been the only heat-generating force in Rappahannock County this summer.
Read More »

No quorum, but planners hear comprehensive plan comments

By
0
Aug. 2
RNThisWeekNew

The Rappahannock Planning Commission's consideration of an application for a tourist-home permit in Old Hollow had to wait, due to lack of a quorum. Instead, the members present heard more comments on the county’s upcoming revision of its comprehensive plan.
Read More »

Opinion: If you want cooperation, don’t throw your weight around

A hundred or more miles from its sparkling, reedy inlets, the Chesapeake Bay is still very much in the psyche of people throughout its watershed. Many groups in the Appalachian foothills enthusiastically plant trees along local waterways – doing what they can to stem harmful runoff.
Read More »

Town ponders its future development

By
0
July 19
picDanS-19WF

The town of Washington is currently debating whether its new wastewater treatment plant can – or, as some say, really should – make a difference in its future economic development.
Read More »

Hitt will serve on joint benefits study group

Hitt will serve on joint benefits study group

School Board chooses Jackson district member Amy Hitt to serve on a joint supervisors-school board committee charged with finding a more equitable and presumably cost-effective way to fund employee benefits.
Read More »

Letter: Liberty and justice for . . . nine?

I expected last week’s issue of the Rappanhannock News to be especially thick. Surely it would be filled with numerous letters from the spirited Friends of Liberty scribes who would be taking the board of supervisors to task over excesses in the county budget. Coming off a concerted effort to blast the school board,...
Read More »

Supervisors adopt 2013 budget of $21.8 million

budgetNew

Not everyone supported this year’s budget. That includes Piedmont district supervisor Ron Frazier, who voted against Hampton district supervisor Bryant Lee’s motion to approve the 2013 fiscal year county budget.
Read More »

Teachers feel taxed by budget

RNThisWeekNew

More than 10 unhappy public school teachers, and Jackson district school board member Amy Hitt,  squeezed into a single pew in the back row of the Rappahannock County courthouse at Tuesday night’s (May 29) final board of supervisors budget work session.
Read More »

Editorial: Battleground county

editorial

The last time Rappahannock County was a battleground was 150 years ago during the Civil War, or War Between the States. Today’s battleground status also is the result of a divided nation – no longer Confederate versus Union but Red versus Blue states. So the resolution of the nation’s current division should come this...
Read More »

Town’s 9-acre deal seen as a potential conservation model

natureChart-17webfront

The town of Washington plans to purchase one of the county's most develop-able commercial real estate tracts and, if all goes right, never develop it — except as a showcase of conservation.
Read More »

Letter: Support our schools: an alternative

Like so many residents of Rappahannock, I watched the unfolding annual story of the debate about whether or not we should have higher property taxes to pay for the increasing cost of services, especially education, in the county. Again the center of the discussions focused on increasing or cutting the school budget. I was...
Read More »

Virginia ignores marijuana reform proposals

Capital News Service

Virginia treats marijuana possession more harshly than many other states, handing down years-long prison sentences to people arrested with small amounts of the substance; legislators in Richmond this year showed no interest in changing those laws.
Read More »

Supervisors cut $280K from school budget

RNThisWeekNew

No one left happy from Monday afternoon’s monthly Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meeting – as several of its members had predicted – after the supervisors approved what the county would spend on schools for 2012-2013.
Read More »

Photos: Surprise witness

Capt. Gary Settle and Peter Luke

Virginia State Police Capt. Gary Settle presents Peter Luke with a plaque honoring Luke’s nearly 30 years as Rappahannock County’s commonwealth’s attorney. (Luke remains the county attorney, so Settle knew he could surprise him at Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.) The award was given on behalf of the Virginia State Police to thank...
Read More »

Mr. Hurt goes to Washington

hurt-03webfront

For once, a U.S. Congressman was spending some time in the right Washington.
Read More »

Supervisors asked to ‘be the adults’

Joe Reinboldt addresses the supervisors at Monday night’s public hearing on the county budget.

A last-second joint work session with members of the Rappahannock County School Board and Board of Supervisors was planned at the end of Monday night’s (April 30) public hearing on the county’s proposed $22.1 million fiscal-year 2013 budget – after Piedmont supervisor Ron Frazier insisted that both boards address school budget-related concerns raised by...
Read More »

Editorial: Who’re the real agroterrorists?

“The $10 Buy Local Challenge!” That’s the recent call to action from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS): If each household in Virginia spent just $10 a week on locally grown agricultural products, consumers would invest an additional $1.65 billion back into the local economy annually. “The challenge is not limited...
Read More »

Letter: ‘No’ to legalization of marijuana

This is in response to the question “Legalize marijuana?” that was the title of your April 12 editorial. Contrary to the implication of the editorial, opposition to legalization of marijuana is bipartisan. Neither Republican nor Democratic administrations have supported its legalization due to numerous scientific-based studies having shown that marijuana is a harmful drug...
Read More »

Guests enjoy informal, inspiring Reagan dinner

Guests enjoy informal, inspiring Reagan dinner

By Angela Deavers President Barack Obama wrote, “When the future looked darkest and the way ahead seemed uncertain, President Reagan understood both the hardships we faced and the hopes we held for the future. He understood that it is always ‘Morning in America.’ That was his gift, and we remain forever grateful.” On a...
Read More »

Budget hearing is Monday night

budgetNew

The public, of course, is invited to the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors’ public hearing on the county’s $22.1 million proposed budget for 2012-2013.
Read More »

Letter: Majority rules, but not to rule out liberty

Liberty and democracy: Many people believe that these two ideas are synonymous. Related yes, but far from synonymous. Liberty is the exercise of those fundamental rights we have as individual human beings. These inalienable individual rights are the ones so wonderfully defined, among others, in our Declaration of Independence, as “life, liberty, and the...
Read More »

New Delegate Webert seeks advice from colleagues

Capital News Service

In his first term as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Michael Webert sought advice from more experienced legislators.
Read More »

Letter: George Allen? Seriously?

A recycled, worn-out candidate is the best the Republican party of the “Mother of Presidents” can scrape up? Allen certainly has the main qualification of a Republican candidate for high office – he chose the right parents. He also meets the requirement of being able to continually recite party dogma without independent or original...
Read More »

Letter: Mine was a ‘straightforward proposal’

I am responding to Amy J. Burnett’s letter . I attended the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors’ meeting April 2 and presented a suggested sample form to the board for their consideration. My thought was that such a form could be used as an insert to the county’s annual tax...
Read More »

Letter: ‘I have spent considerable time on the subject’

In the April 5 article on the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meeting, the part of the article concerning the topic of windows at the high school made it appear that I was holding up the project. This was far from my intention, and I feel that because of space constraints alone this was...
Read More »

Virginia’s economy ranked 3rd in the U.S.

Capital News Service

Despite a long recession, Virginia ranks among the top five states with the best economic climates, according to a report from a national lobbying organization.
Read More »

Virginia ham in China, soybeans in Morocco, apples in Cuba

Carter Bruce restored and painted this 1950 Farm All H tractor in Rappahannock High School shop class. Photo by Manly Bruce.

Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr says he's spent his life working in agriculture in the state, but in those 40 years has never seen anything quite like what is happening now with the state's exports to other countries.
Read More »

Town authorizes $3,000 for nature trail

By
April 12

The Washington Town Council Monday night this week approved spending up to $3,000 to purchase trees, plants and shrubbery for the Washington Nature Trail project – an expense it expects may be covered by by local organizations that have expressed interest in providing funding for the project. Mayor John Sullivan said that, while he...
Read More »

Senate candidate Allen, at liberty in Rappahannock

By
April 12
allenGroup-12webfront

Former Virginia governor, senator and U.S. Senate hopeful George Allen came to town last Wednesday evening to shake hands and address a spirited crowd at Gray Ghost Vineyards in Amissville.
Read More »

Clark Hollow Ramblings: Time to raise taxes, really?

By
April 12

Just for a moment, make an assumption with me. Let’s assume that the last five times that taxes have been raised, it was the correct decision. Now, let’s assume that the next five times the board of supervisors wants to raise your taxes, that is also the right decision. Ultimately, the question becomes, when...
Read More »

frontroyalbattle on Facebook