Roger Piantadosi

Roger Piantadosi Roger Piantadosi, editor and web director of the Rappahannock News since 2010, was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years before retiring (or so he thought) in 2008. He and his wife, Charmaine Lee, have lived near Washington, Va., full-time since 1999.


Stickers, no. Assessors, yes.

noon March 26
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Two quick reminders from your county government: You don't need a vehicle sticker any more, and assessors will be visiting your property soon.
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Hillsdale clerk charged with lottery tampering

11 a.m. March 26

Authorities arrested Shamaila Tanweer, 30, of Culpeper, described by police as a member of the family that operates the Hillsdale Country Store on U.S. 211 near Washington. She is charged with lottery tampering, a felony.
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$12.56 school budget sent to supervisors

2:15 p.m. March 19

The Rappahannock County School Board adopted a $12.56 million 2015-2016 budget Monday night that would increase the county’s share of school-division expenses by about $94,000 — or just over 1 percent.
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More early election notes

10:45 a.m. March 19
Amy Hitt

One of three candidates for the Hampton district seat on the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors has changed her mind this week, and another school board member announced her intention to seek reelection Nov. 3. Alma Viator of Harris Hollow, in a email this week, said “. . . to do the supervisor’s job...
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Town complies with FOIA request

9 a.m. March 19

The lawyer and self-described watchdog who’s been pursuing a Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) request from the town of Washington said this week the town has complied, or is in the process of complying, with all his requests.
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Happy fishing

8:54 a.m. March 13
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Lewis Foster of Flint Hill shows off a big one that didn’t get away — the  6½-pound trout he caught in Front Royal’s Happy Creek last Sunday.
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Town will take ‘second look’ at its beautification-project actions

2 p.m. March 12

Washington Mayor John Sullivan says that the town council will take a second look at the measures it adopted in 2013's town-center beautification partnership with Trinity Church and the Inn. Meanwhile lawyer David Konick is filing a petition in circuit court to force the town to release related emails.
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Former fire chief jailed on sexual abuse charge

1:36 p.m. March 12

The 29-year-old Flint Hill resident who last year was chief of the Flint Hill fire department remains in RSW Jail without bond, charged with sexually abusing a juvenile and abduction with intent to defile, and the driver who caused and fled a four-car crash in Woodville last October pleads guilty.
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I-66 east reopened

10:45 a.m. March 6

The tractor-trailer crash that closed Interstate 66 eastbound at mile marker 38 has been cleared, VDOT reported 10:45 a.m.
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Lee won’t seek Hampton supervisor seat

1:25 p.m. March 5
Hampton supervisor Bryant Lee, right, and school board chair John Lesinski, Lee’s choice his successor, shake hands at the courthouse last Friday.

Longtime Hampton district representative Bryant Lee says he will not be seeking a fifth term on Rappahannock County’s board of supervisors come November, and endorses one of the three candidates who say they're running for the post.
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Supervisors simplify motor vehicle tax  

1:24 p.m. March 5

At a relatively brief end-of-winter, pre-budget-season meeting, the supervisors agreed to the county administrator’s request that the new motor vehicle tax be applied consistently to all types of vehicles.
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Rappahannock News signs coverage, content agreement with new nonprofit

noon March 5
Foothills Forum

As part of an ongoing effort to improve coverage of Rappahannock County’s most pressing issues and important stories, the Rappahannock News has signed an agreement with Foothills Forum, a  newly organized nonprofit whose mission encompasses such improved local coverage.
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DWI charges bring guilty pleas

9 a.m. March 5

In Rappahannock County District Court this week, several drivers accused of drunk driving pleaded guilty and were sentenced by Judge J. Gregory Ashwell.
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Transparency, legality of town ‘beautification’ questioned

3 p.m. Feb. 26
An artist's rendering of what the new Trinity Church parking lot will look like when refinished.

Several critics of the town of Washington say the town’s council broke at least one state law in the summer of 2013 when it voted to contribute $20,000 to a effort by the Inn at Little Washington to improve the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot.
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Almost all-in-one

9:59 a.m. Feb. 26
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Rappahannock County’s recycling centers, at the Amissville landfill and (shown here) at Flatwood, are already accepting contributions — in a single container — of glass, metal/cans and plastics #1 through #7.
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Storm-free budget season ahead?

2 p.m. Feb. 19

Following two consecutive years of 4-cent increases in Rappahannock County’s property tax rate, early signs point to an annual local-government budget season this spring that might offer taxpayers a break from bad news.
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Draft school budget starts by holding the line

12:55 p.m. Feb. 19

Although school board members spent some time afterwards discussing adding more than $100,000 for athletics-related positions, superintendent Donna Matthews presented a draft 2015-2016 budget last Thursday (Feb. 12) at the high school that would increase last year’s $9.09 million county-funding tab by just $27,700.
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Jail term for DUI, leaving the scene

11 a.m. Feb. 19

A sentence for DUI, and arrests for assault, burglary and grand larceny in Rappahannock County.
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VDOT readies for winter storm Monday

8:42 p.m. Feb. 15

The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for the season’s heaviest snow so far, which is forecast to reach central Virginia by early afternoon Monday. As much as ten inches of accumulation is expected in the Culpeper District, which includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock. VDOT...
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School budget tonight — but first, some appreciation

1:06 p.m. Feb. 12

The school board — which holds its first public hearing on its 2015-2016 budget Thursday, Feb. 12 in the high school auditorium — took a few lighthearted moments between controversy and budget-crunching at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night to appreciate its staff (and be appreciated in return).
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New home, new gallery, familiar names on town’s agenda

1:06 p.m. Feb. 12

The Washington Town Council took the first steps at its monthly meeting Monday night (Feb. 9) toward bringing a new weekend home and a new gallery to Gay Street.
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Letter: Thanks to all for your winter Waikiki-themed benevolence

10:20 a.m. Feb. 12

I wish to extend thanks to the many people who made this year’s Rappahannock Benevolent Fund dinner a great success, closing in on raising $40,000: First to the owners of the Washington School building, John Sullivan and Bill Walton, for making it available; to Dee Vest, Bev Atkins, Bette Mahoney and the other wonderful...
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2015: A ‘big’ local election year

2:30 p.m. Feb. 5
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More than a dozen government posts in Rappahannock County — from sheriff to supervisors, school board members and soil conservation directors — are up for grabs this fall.
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Stickers gone; flat-rate vehicle tax is back

2 p.m. Feb. 5
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Many tax-related issues across the land will no doubt continue to grow more complex in the years to come — but in Rappahannock County this fall, a simple line item for a flat-rate county motor vehicle tax will reappear on most everyone’s tax bills.
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Planners make mandated zoning adjustments

10:56 a.m. Jan. 29

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission reorganized last week, then voted to reorganize several dozen pages of zoning code amendments.
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Single-stream recycling starts soon

1:30 p.m. Jan. 22
Recycled cans, by Tom Morris via Wikimedia Commons

If the weather cooperates, Rappahannock County should be offering single-stream recycling — glass, metal, plastic and office paper in one container — by sometime next month.
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The county in court

12:45 p.m. Jan. 22

The county government — or, more specifically, attorneys for the school board and supervisors whose fees are paid by government liability insurance policies — has been spending more than the usual amount of time in circuit court these last few past months.
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School board declines cell tower lease

1:30 p.m. Jan. 15
Detail from an AT&T mockup, based on a balloon test, of what the planned Boston tower would look like from 400 feet away.

By a vote of 3-2, the Rappahannock County School Board Tuesday night (Jan. 13) voted against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures (CWS), the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
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Town attends to planning, plant

1 p.m. Jan. 15

The Washington Town Council filled a planning commission seat and decided to monitor what's going into the wastewater plant from a dozen non-residential buildings around town.
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School board declines cell tower lease

10:46 p.m. Jan. 13
Detail from an AT&T mockup, based on a balloon test, of what the planned Boston tower would look like from 400 feet away.

Rappahannock County School Board votes against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures, the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
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Late Sunday, early Monday roads could be icy

5:28 p.m. Jan. 11
Ice in Gid Brown Hollow after this week's storm.

With freezing rain forecast for this evening and early Monday, the Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing its equipment and materials and asks the public to closely monitor road conditions before traveling.
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School Board pressed on cell details

1:01 p.m. Jan. 8
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A Sperryville resident files a civil action (to be heard Jan. 12) to force the county school board to respond to a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request for all its cell tower-related communications. Update: The school board asks for 7 more days and $400.
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Some snow, some salt, more brine

11:45 a.m. Jan. 8
courtesy photo

Rappahannock's supervisors are told that VDOT studied the alternatives to rock salt — as a resolution passed by the supervisors in April had requested — but that no major change to snow and ice removal policies is planned.
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Appointments and transitions

11:15 a.m. Jan. 8

David Konick appointed to BZA, retiring Weinbergs (both former BZA chair Robert and longtime Theatre owner Wendy) and RRCSB representative Sandra Maskas honored by board of supervisors.
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Washingtonian: Just being ‘honest’

11:51 a.m. Jan. 7
An illuminated Inn at Little Washington brightened the night.

Washingtonian restaurant critic Todd Kliman posted a take-no-prisoners response today on the magazine's blog to Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O'Connell's statement last week implying the magazine was seeking attention rather than being ethical when it dropped The Inn from No. 1 to No. 22 on its annual top-100 "Very Best Restaurants"...
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Slow down!

8:19 a.m. Jan. 6
Driving in snow in Rappahannock, 6:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2015.

VDOT's reporting slippery conditions on I-66 and other primary and secondary highways in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties this morning, and drivers in Rappahannock and elsewhere apparently aren't paying attention.
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The Rapp for Jan. 1

10:15 a.m. Jan. 1
The cast and director of RAAC's "Wizard of Oz" production take their bows.

Washingtonian bites The Inn, plus a “100 Foot Journey,” a wonderful “Wizard of Oz,” beekeeping classes, RAAC’s spring film festival and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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County hires assistant administrator

9:50 a.m. Jan. 1
Debbie Keyser in 2012, when she was appointed  Jefferson County, W. Va. county administrator.

Rappahannock County has hired Debbie Keyser as assistant county administrator.
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Reminder: No paper this week (Dec. 25)

9:16 p.m. Dec. 24, 2014

Important news: Rappahannock News will not be published on Thursday, Dec. 25.
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What’s all the digging?

12:27 p.m. Dec. 18, 2014
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Projects underway in Rappahannock County will bring about single-container recycling next month, and possible higher-speed mobile broadband at some future date.
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