Matt Wingfield


Photos: The river rules

Sep. 25, 2014
Locating the Rappahannock watershed on a map. Photo by Matt Wingfield

Sixth-graders from Rappahannock County Elementary School spent a few hours outside the classroom last Thursday (Sept. 18).
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Rapp schools fully accredited

Sep. 18, 2014
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New state accreditation standards were released Tuesday (Sept. 16) by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and report that RCES, “accredited with warning” last year, is fully accredited this year.
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RCHS’s project-based environment

Sep. 18, 2014
Environmental science students (from left) Samantha Keys, Hope Carr and Autumn King take measurements in Cliff Miller’s Sperryville stream.

“Project-based learning” may be a new buzzword in the education community, but Rappahannock County High School’s environmental science is ahead of the curve, and has been using PBL techniques for years.
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Heroin charges among grand jury indictments

Sep. 11, 2014
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Five people were indicted by a grand jury convened Monday morning (Sept. 8) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court, including four charged with distributing heroin.
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Bee health remains fragile

Sep. 4, 2014
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Honey bees are dying at an alarming rate throughout Virginia, according to a Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) survey that found between last October and this April nearly 33 percent of managed honey bee colonies perished.
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Welch apt. gets final zoning nod

Sep. 4, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals approved the lone request before it Wednesday night (Aug. 27) — a family apartment request from Castleton resident Bryant Welch.
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Video: RCHS staff rises (as one) to ALS challenge

Aug. 29, 2014
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Faculty members at Rappahannock County High School rise, as one, to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday afternoon at the school
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Newcamp to undergo mental evaluation

Aug. 28, 2014
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A young Castleton man withdrew a guilty plea Tuesday morning (Aug. 26) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court, and will undergo a mental competency evaluation in the next 90 days.
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‘The Rangers’ rove into Rappahannock

Aug. 28, 2014
The titular Rangers take a break from protecting Andrasil to pose for a picture.

To many visitors, Rappahannock’s rolling hills and fields already seem like a fantasy realm. But last week, they became an actual fantasy realm — doubling as Andrasil, the setting of director Ron Newcomb’s upcoming fantasy web series, “The Rangers.”
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Comp plan revision postponed for deputy’s arrival

Aug. 28, 2014
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At the request of County/Zoning Administrator John McCarthy, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission agreed to halt its routine five-year revision of the county comprehensive plan until 2015, when the county expects to have a deputy administrator.
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Photo: Branch offices

Aug. 28, 2014
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Branches are temporarily piled higher than the fences along the sidewalk (and sometimes even in Gay Street itself) by the county courthouse Monday morning (Aug. 25).
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Video: Butch and the bucket

Aug. 27, 2014
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In front of his real estate office on Gay Street last week, Butch Zindel accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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Photos: Behind the scenes

Aug. 21, 2014
Bill Walton, as the King of the Rangers, surveys his "kingdom" in between takes. Photo by Matt Wingfield

Late last week, parts of Rappahannock were transformed into Andrasil, the fictional setting of director Ron Newcomb’s upcoming fantasy film, “The Rangers.”
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Photo: Special delivery

Aug. 21, 2014
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A $12,000 grant from the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and the Richard Lykes Fund enabled the Rappahannock Food Pantry to purchase this refrigerated van.
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School board OKs talks with tower company

Aug. 14, 2014
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On the eve of a new school year, the Rappahannock County School Board agreed to enter into negotiations with Community Wireless Structures (CWS), which has offered to place on school property a cell phone tower it would lease to carriers.
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Weekend sentence for probation violations

Aug. 14, 2014
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Two people were sentenced Thursday morning (Aug. 7) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court, including one who failed to appear and was subsequently tried in her absence.
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Photos: Out with the old

Aug. 14, 2014
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In just under a week, Virginia Department of Transportation workers have completely removed the old bridge over the Rush River on Tiger Valley Road (Route 626).
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Photos: Rooftop restoration

Aug. 14, 2014
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This multi-story scaffolding in the front of the county courthouse has allowed restoration crews from the John Greenwalt Lee Company to start repairs on the historic building’s roof, cornice and woodwork.
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EMS study gets go-ahead

Aug. 7, 2014
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The possibility of paid emergency medical services in Rappahannock County inched closer to probability Monday afternoon (Aug. 4), as the board of supervisors awarded the contract for an in-depth study of the county’s current volunteer-based EMS program.
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Bus route changes in Tiger Valley

Aug. 7, 2014
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The estimated six-week closing of Tiger Valley Road (Route 626) by the Virginia Department of Transportation while it replaces a bridge over the Rush River is affecting the road’s residents and two of the school system’s bus routes.
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Photo: Real food

Aug. 7, 2014
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Butch Zindel presents Rappahannock Food Pantry director Mimi Forbes with a check for $150.
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Once an English teacher

Jul. 31, 2014
Chester Gap author Sheila Lamb’s first novel, “Once a Goddess,” hit store shelves on July 29.

Tuesday (July 29) was a big day for Chester Gap author and high school English teacher Sheila Lamb, as her first novel, “Once a Goddess,” was officially published.
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Zoning board OKs setback requests

Jul. 31, 2014
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Two setback variance requests were approved by the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) as part of a 13-minute meeting Wednesday night (July 23).
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The unburied treasurer’s office

Jul. 24, 2014
Treasurer Debbie Knick, right, poses with her chief deputy Lisa Dodson, center, and part-timer Karen Bear. (Missing that day was deputy treasurer Deanna Wayland).

It’s only two months into Debbie Knick’s tenure as the treasurer of Rappahannock County, but the treasurer’s office has undergone dramatic changes — in physical appearance, technology and other areas.
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Guilty plea in Sperryville credit card fraud

Jul. 24, 2014
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A Culpeper man chose to forgo his scheduled trial and instead pleaded guilty to two felony charges in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Thursday morning (July 17).
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Company wants to build, lease cell tower at high school, other sites

Jul. 17, 2014
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In a 30-minute informational meeting Tuesday night (July 15) attended by fewer than 10 people, the Rappahannock County School Board heard a presentation outlining Community Wireless Structure’s proposal to place a monopole cell phone tower on high school property.
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For sex with minor he met online: 10 years probation

Jul. 17, 2014
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A Baltimore man charged with carnal knowledge of a minor was placed on probation for 10 years in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Monday morning (July 14).
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Rapp’s PTO goes above and beyond the bake sale

Jul. 10, 2014
The PTO's twice-weekly RappFit classes have proven remarkably popular.

There are many notable charitable organizations working diligently to improve Rappahannock County, many of whom choose willingly to fly under the radar and let their works speak for themselves, including the Rappahannock County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
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After a banner year, Swindler looks forward to his 4th

Jul. 10, 2014
Panther athletic director Jimmy Swindler just completed his third year on the job.

Rappahannock County Public Schools’ athletic director Jimmy Swindler just completed his third year as the Panthers’ AD — one that also happens to rank as one of the most successful in the schools’ athletic history.
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Schools rehire Matthews, rethinking cell tower

Jul. 10, 2014
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As chairman John Lesinski informed the small crowd at Tuesday night’s meeting (July 8), the Rappahannock County School Board has been offered a deal by Community Wireless Services to place a monopole cell phone tower on high school property.
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Photo: Gid Brown Hollow closed

Jul. 10, 2014
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Road closings next week: Gid Brown Hollow Road (Tuesday, July 15) and Battle Mountain Road (Thursday, July 17).
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After safety debate, BZA permits B&B

Jul. 3, 2014
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Building permits and bed and breakfast safety were the primary concerns last Wednesday night (June 25), as the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals considered — and ultimately approved — a request to operate a B&B in Amissville.
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Bragg sentenced to two years

Jul. 3, 2014
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A Strasburg man charged with sexual battery and aggravated sexual battery against a minor was sentenced to two years in jail in Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Tuesday morning (June 24).
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Photos: Officially open

Jul. 3, 2014
Jack Price plants a chestnut tree at close of ceremonies. Photo by Bev Hunter.

The official grand opening of Washington’s Natural Habitat, Restoration Area and Nature Trail took place Friday afternoon (June 27).
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Photo: Your tips to God’s ears

Jul. 3, 2014
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The Inn at Little Washington presents a check for $15,000 to Trinity Episcopal Church’s pastor Rev. Jennings Hobson III.
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Planners OK Narmada expansion

Jun. 26, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission recommended approval of both plans before it last Wednesday (June 18) — including a 2,800-square-foot conference and wedding center at Narmada Winery.
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Berry gets 52 months for sex crimes

Jun. 26, 2014
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In Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Thursday (June 19), a 42-year-old Amissville man was sentenced to 52 months in jail for committing various sexual offenses.
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Sperryville sewer rates to rise July 1

Jun. 19, 2014
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After two hours of presentations and heartfelt public comments, the Rappahannock County Water & Sewer Authority voted to raise wastewater treatment rates for its 200-plus customers in the village of Sperryville by 18-percent, effective July 1.
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Bail bondsman’s story doesn’t convince jury

Jun. 19, 2014
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In a rare appellate-court trial for a misdemeanor assault, it took a seven-person Rappahannock County Circuit Court jury less than 20 minutes last Wednesday (June 11) to deliver a “not guilty” verdict in favor of an Amissville man accused of assault and battery last August.
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Stonyman’s suit dismissed, future unclear

Jun. 12, 2014
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A lawsuit filed by Alan and Susan James seeking a temporary injunction against the sale of their Gay Street property was dismissed — at least temporarily — Monday morning (June 9) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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