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 in Washington, Va., since 1999.


What’s all the digging?

12:27 p.m. Dec. 18
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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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Driver crashes into house after midmorning chase

11:30 a.m. Dec. 18
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Police chased a man in a pickup truck this morning from Flint Hill into the center of the county's commercial area, where the driver veered across the median, crossed two more lanes and continued across a lawn and straight into a house.
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There may be room at the Inn for a post office

1:01 p.m. Dec. 11

Negotiations between the U.S. Postal Service and The Inn at Little Washington are reported to be focused on keeping the post office in the same building at Main and Middle streets that the Inn has leased to the postal facility for more than 25 years.
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Football praised, cell tower decried, board delays deciding

1 p.m. Dec. 11

Rappahannock County Public Schools got an excellent turnout for football Tuesday night — which delayed an excellent turnout for (or actually, against) cell towers on school property.
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Blue Rock restaurant will close

noon Dec. 11
The back patio at the Blue Rock Inn still has one of the best westward views in the county.

The Blue Rock Inn is closing down its restaurant on Dec. 28 but will keep open its five-room B&B and its wedding-and-event trade, although the whole property has been for sale since last summer.
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Guilty pleas, DUIs, drug charges

10:30 a.m. Dec. 11

In a case in which the defendant was accused of filing a false insurance claim with the Virginia Farm Bureau for a zero-turn mower he never owned, Delmas Dean Dotson, 48, of Huntly, pleaded guilty in Rappahannock County Circuit Court to three felonies last Thursday (Dec. 4): forgery of a public office seal, impersonating...
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The multifamily issue: postponed

1 p.m. Dec. 4
A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization's Sperryville project Wednesday night.

The supervisors remove a zoning amendment that would have allowed People Inc. to proceed with its affordable housing proposal in Sperryville, passing the issue to the planning commission.
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Citizen Jenks

11:50 a.m. Dec. 4
Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III, the 2014 Rappahannock News Citizen of the Year.

Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III has been around Rappahannock County long enough that nothing surprises him, and just about everything delights him, including the fact that Rappahannock News has named him their 2014 Citizen of the Year (for the second time).
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Sperryville to be a two-brewery town

11:01 a.m. Dec. 4

In the final step of the special-exception permit sought by the Carney brothers to build and open a brewery and brewpub in Sperryville’s River District by next spring, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the plan.
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For Heimstra, the set’s the thing — or one of many

1 p.m. Nov. 27
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When the cast of RAAC Community Theatre’s holiday production of “The Wizard of Oz” sets off next week for the Emerald City, they’ll be following a yellow brick road made possible by Linda Heimstra — and most of a gallon of yellow latex.
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Crashed-cab driver pleads guilty to eluding

12:45 p.m. Nov. 27
The cab driven by Allante Strother after it was towed from the accident scene in December 2013.

Last December, 24-year-old Allante Tobias Strother of Culpeper crashed a taxicab after he was chased at high speed by a deputy. This December he'll be in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to felony eluding of a police officer.
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Not the greatest travel day

12:30 p.m. Nov. 27
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Along U.S. 522 in Woodville at midday Wednesday, traffic in the wet falling snow is heavier and slower than anyone would like on the day before Thanksgiving.
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Supervisors will decide if housing project goes  forward

12:20 p.m. Nov. 27
A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization's Sperryville project Wednesday night.

As it turns out, allowing apartments in a highway commercial zone — the zone along U.S. 211 west of Sperryville where community-action organization People Inc. has proposed to build a 28-unit affordable housing complex — is in the hands of the county supervisors after all.
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Local budget back on track, board hears  

1 p.m. Nov. 20
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In a budget work session Monday afternoon, the supervisors learn that the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget is back on track — at least for now — due to sheriff's office changes, but could still suffer from budget-based caution in Richmond.
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Today’s topic: ‘Affordable Rappahannock’  

11:29 a.m. Nov. 20

The issue of whether Rappahannock County needs affordable housing was debated at this week’s when the county’s board of supervisors considered a special-use permit application to build apartments on the former Sperryville Emporium site.
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Planners delay affordable housing permit

10:42 a.m. Nov. 20
A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization's Sperryville project Wednesday night.

People Inc.’s application to build a 28-unit affordable housing complex at the site of the vacant Sperryville Emporium was tabled until January by the Rappahannock County Planning Commission Wednesday night.
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Sheriff’s Report for Nov. 20

8 a.m. Nov. 20

Drug, DUI arrests As a result of a traffic stop Nov. 12 by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy W. Ubben at Sperryville Pike and Johnson Farm Lane, Michael Edward Jackson, 40, of Haywood, Va., was arrested and charged with felony marijuana possession with intent to distribute.   That same day, Deputy M. Dodson responded to...
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Affordable apartments at former Emporium site?

5:20 p.m. Nov. 13
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County supervisors and planners are heading into the holidays with their plates already full, with decisions about a proposed apartment at the former Sperryville Emporium site, the sheriff’s budget and a proposed new brewery.
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Big news a-brew at Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works 

4 p.m. Nov. 13
Hopkins Ordinary B&B owners Sherri Fickel and Kevin Kraditor pose with Ale Works brewing partner David Litaker (right) behind the bar of the Sperryville nanobrewery last week.

Sperryville innkeepers Kevin Kraditor and Sherri Fickel, along with their partner, David Litaker, are deliberately starting small with the Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works — but the important point is . . . they’ve started.
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Town council approves White Moose permit extension

2:02 p.m. Nov. 13
Manager of the White Moose Inn can continue to live up the block.

The Washington Town Council approved everything on its agenda, including a special-use permit allowing the White Moose Inn’s manager to live off-site, and also passed a resolution to open up nominations to fill former council member Dan Spethmann’s seat.
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Walton joins Rappahannock Media as partner

6:30 p.m. Nov. 6
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Rappahannock Media LLC, which owns this newspaper along with the weekly Culpeper Times and quarterly Piedmont Virginian magazine, has taken on Bill Walton as a minority owner.
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Spethmann resigns council post

6 p.m. Nov. 6
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Washington Town Council member Daniel Spethmann resigned this week by letter to Mayor John Sullivan and the rest of the council, a letter in which he said his business has recently required him to spend “more time away than in town.”
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The Rapp for Nov. 6

11 a.m. Nov. 6
A scene from a Salzburg Marionettes performance.

Piano and 'strings' at Castleton, "Chef" and then piano and soprano at the Theatre, a Kid Pan Alley benefit concert at Coterie, Veterans Day at RCHS, chamber music, Lester Brown at the library, Mandalele's CD release and more in this week's The Rapp column.
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Theatre getting a new, like-minded owner

6:30 p.m. Oct. 30

Theatre at Washington founder and owner Wendy Weinberg announced this week that she will be selling the theater to longtime Rappahannock resident Nancy Raines.
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Tanker crash closes down 522

5:30 p.m. Oct. 30
The region's emergency management chief inspects the spill of an overturned tanker Monday morning on U.S. 522 in Boston.

Police are investigating the cause of a tractor-trailer crash and spill early Monday morning that closed both lanes of Sperryville Pike (U.S. 522) in Boston for about six hours.
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Election Day is Tuesday

1:56 p.m. Oct. 30
Michael Brown of Washington says his name and address aloud for poll workers Jay Brown and Ellen Mustoe at the Washington fire hall Tuesday morning. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

Rappahannock County voters cast ballots next Tuesday (Nov. 4) in three races — for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat, for the Fifth District’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and for the county treasurer’s post. There is also a constitutional amendment referendum.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Act local

10 a.m. Oct. 30

Readers of this column know that I do not often write about political issues. Those same readers would be mistaken, however, if they thought that this results from my lack of conviction or opinion about the political world that buffets our every breath, from the courthouse in Washington, Va., to what passes for a central government...
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Photos: The fields of fall

10 a.m. Oct. 30
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

A few photos from the Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds opening hunt meet Sunday in Sperryville.
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Stonyman can stay through January

6 p.m. Oct. 23
Stonyman Gourmet reached an out-of-court settlement that allows it to remain at its Gay Street quarters until Jan. 15.

Stonyman Gourmet Farmer cafe/cheese shop owners Alan and Susan James say they can remain in business at their Gay Street mercantile store location through January, according to the terms of an out-of-court settlement reached this week.
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Hurt: Private sector jobs are Job No. 1

6 p.m. Oct. 23
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Jobs: That’s the No. 1 issue Republican Rep. Robert Hurt says he is hearing about from constituents across Virginia’s vast North Carolina-to-Northern Virginia 5th District. A Q&A with the congressman who is campaigning for a third term.
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Investigation at Flint Hill Post Office

5:30 p.m. Oct. 23

An investigation into unknown allegations of wrongdoing involving the mail is underway at the Flint Hill Post Office, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
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The Rapp for Oct. 23

2 p.m. Oct. 23
A character from a previous 1000 Faces performance at Stone Hill.

Fourth Friday moves to the fifth Friday this month, festivities and people in masks head for Stone Hill’s annual spectacle and folks on horseback for Flint Hill’s annual trail ride this weekend, plus worthwhile art exhibits, Molasses Creek at the Theatre, free chamber music and another distinction for The Inn in this week’s The...
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County revisits, sheriff defends budget

5 p.m. Oct. 16
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Near the end of last week’s monthly supervisors session, County Administrator John McCarthy had asked Sheriff Connie C. Smith to be present for a follow-up discussion of the sheriff’s office budget after the RSW Regional Jail had been open for three or four months.
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Settlement for Stonyman?

4 p.m. Oct. 16
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Stonyman Gourmet Farmer owners Alan and Susan James are negotiating a settlement with parties involved in the pending sale of the property they’ve leased on Gay Street since 2008.
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Culpeper man charged in four-car crash

3 p.m. Oct. 16
Police said a pickup truck rear-ended a PT Cruiser heading north on U.S. 522 Saturday afternoon in Scrabble, driving it into the path of a southbound GMC Yukon, which ended up in the brush.

A 40-year-old Culpeper man faces DUI and hit-and-run charges after police said he caused and then fled a four-vehicle wreck on U.S. 522 in Scrabble on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 11).
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Town’s route explained; county chooses bypass

5 p.m. Oct. 9
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Though listed as an “informational” item, no one really expected the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors to take any official action on recent challenges to the town of Washington’s right to govern itself. And it didn’t — though it did express doubt that it ever would.
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Pond news is good news

1 p.m. Oct. 9
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After a brief discussion of recent challenges to the town’s charter and government the Washington Town Council listened at its monthly meeting Monday night to an update on the Avon Hall pond by RappFLOW founder Beverly Hunter and others who’ve helped with recent efforts to clean it up.
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Photos: Life on the hill

10:30 a.m. Oct. 9
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Several thousand visited the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s normally closed campus in Front Royal last weekend for its two-day Autumn Conservation Festival.
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Rappahannock in the news

4 p.m. Oct. 2
Bill Williams of Slate Mills posed with his model of the Chinquapin house for The Post’s John Kelly.

Of course Rappahannock is in the News. We’re talking about the news. Herewith, a quick rundown of attention paid to various Rappahannock County businesses, artists and others in the D.C. and national media world over the last month.
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News briefs for Oct. 2

noon Oct. 2
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The RSW Regional Jail Authority appoints a new superintendent; the planners and BZA approve a family apartment; the town ARB accepts Rare Finds’ and Ray Gooch’s projects; and three rabies cases were reported in Rappahannock last year.
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