So long and thanks for all the dish

Rappahannock News' editor Roger Piantadosi says goodbye, and claims he is stepping down after five years to have the seats of most of his pants repaired — but will continue to contribute to the paper in other ways.
Alice in Rappland

Seated along the window (from left), Robert “Smiggy” Smith, Andy Platt and Lyt Wood entertain the crowd by reading from “Alice in Wonderland” Saturday afternoon at Central Coffee Roasters in Sperryville, where owner Maggie Rogers (foreground, looking up) also exhibited…
Avon Hall: To carve or not to carve

After more than a year of long and thoughtful discussions of the future of the town-owned former Avon Hall estate — the latest of which took up most of its monthly meeting Monday night (Dec. 14) — the Washington Town…
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.…
Woman shot and killed in Chester Gap

A 22-year-old Chester Gap man is being held without bond at RSW Regional Jail this week after police say he unintentionally shot and killed his girlfriend, Brittney Koster, at home just after midnight Tuesday.
BOS tackles rescue, billing, reimbursement puzzle

Check out The Rapp for a weekly taste of things to do and see in and around Rappahannock County. Supervisors tackle rescue, billing, reimbursement puzzle The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors spent nearly an hour at its Monday afternoon session…
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…
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…
Cell permit OK’d; comp plan, tourist cabin continued

After hearing more citizens’ comments in the five-year review of the county’s comprehensive plan, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission last Wednesday voted to recommend approval to the supervisors for T-Mobile's application to add an cellular antenna array to an existing…
Town ARB member wanted; another is remembered

In the briefest of monthly sessions on Nov. 9, the Washington Town Council reviewed a special use permit, announced a vacancy on the town’s Architectural Review Board and remembered a former ARB member and town first lady who’d passed away.
Foothills group gets responses and issues one

The Foothills Forum, the year-old nonprofit organization behind an in-depth opinion survey mailed to Rappahannock County citizens over the past few weeks, reported an encouraging response rate to its first-of-its-kind survey this week — and then found itself answering a…
Town starts down road to Avon Hall’s future

The town of Washington has been putting significant effort into “doing the right thing” (in the words of Mayor John Sullivan and other town leaders over the last year of deliberation) with the nine-acre Avon Hall tract in the center…