Matt Wingfield


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
Photo by Matt Wingfield

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
Photo by Matt Wingfield

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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Barn can stay, zoning board says

Jun. 5, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a setback variance request at its monthly meeting Wednesday night (May 28).
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Photo: A Short walk through town

Jun. 5, 2014
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Julia Thieriot and her miniature horse, Short Stuff, take a stroll through Washington Monday afternoon (June 2).
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Williams gets 20 years for sex crimes

May. 29, 2014
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A Huntly man charged with 22 counts of various sexual abuse crimes was sentenced to 20 years in jail — on three counts of intercourse with a child under 13 — Tuesday morning (May 27) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Ready, set, golf!

May. 29, 2014
Detail of Cliff Miller IV’s planned schoolhouse golf course, which was finally approved at Wednesday’s planning commission meeting.

After several months of consideration, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission unanimously approved Cliff Miller IV’s nine-hole Sperryville-based golf course Wednesday night (May 21).
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The neighbors’ rates

May. 29, 2014

Despite the proposed 4-cent increase to Rappahannock’s property tax rate — bringing it to 69 cents per $100 of assessed value — the county is still proportionally in line with many of its neighbors.
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Photos: Serious yard work

May. 29, 2014
Workers pour the patio's concrete foundation.

Renovations outside the world headquarters of the Rappahannock News took another step toward completion on May 16.
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‘Everything sounds better on the banjo’ 

May. 22, 2014
Piedmont blues performer Jeffrey Scott performed Saturday afternoon (May 17) at Avon Hall.

The first ever — but certainly not the last — Rappahannock Americana Festival took place over the weekend, as organizers Ben Jones and Alma Viator brought multiple live music acts to the Avon Hall grounds and Theatre at Little Washington.
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Parsonage opens its doors

May. 22, 2014
The Inn at Little Washington’s newest addition, the restored Parsonage.

The Inn at Little Washington recently opened the Parsonage, the most recent addition to its 16-building campus, bringing the total number of guest rooms to 24. The Rappahannock News toured the new facility Monday afternoon (May 19).
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No decisions on sheriff, other costs

May. 15, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors didn’t make any cuts to the proposed $21.99 million fiscal year 2015 budget at its work session Tuesday night (May 13), but rather spent most of its 90-minute meeting discussing the sheriff’s and building offices.
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Trials, ceiling repairs on the docket

May. 15, 2014
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The sky — or at least the ceiling — was falling in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Monday afternoon (May 12), as a leaky air rooftop air conditioning unit caused part of the ceiling to collapse while court was in session.
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Photos: Next-generation art

May. 15, 2014
Photo by Matt Wingfield

Wakefield Country Day School junior Sam Mullany opened his own exhibit, “Sam’s Mixed Media,” Friday evening (May 9) at Haley Fine Art in Sperryville.
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Fire and rescue calls for May 15

May. 15, 2014

Monday, April 28 10:22 a.m. — Lee Highway, Amissville, general illness, company 3 2:45 p.m. — Lee Highway, Washington, injury, companies 1, 3 and 4 4:02 p.m. — Lee Highway, Sperryville, general illness, companies 1, 4 and 7 6:07 p.m. — Lee Highway, Sperryville, fire alarm activation, companies 1, 2 and 7 Tuesday, April...
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Country air, meet Airbnb

May. 8, 2014
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A ruling in the New York Supreme Court could have far-reaching implications for renters on Airbnb.com and VRBO.com, and all who rent their rooms in more traditional ways — including the B&Bs and tourist homes of Rappahannock County.
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Little landslides

May. 8, 2014

The official results of Tuesday’s Town of Washington election are in.
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Castleton brings the music to WCDS

May. 1, 2014
Castleton Festival general manager Nancy Gustafson (right) teaches a singing workshop at Wakefield County Day School last Friday (April 25).

The Castleton Festival visited Wakefield Country Day School students Friday morning (April 25) for a musically focused seminar — part of the festival’s continued attempts to reach out to, and interact with, the community at-large.
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RCHS ranked 37th of 322 Va. schools by U.S. News

May. 1, 2014
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In addition to its scenic vistas and rural charms, Rappahannock County now boasts the 37th best high school in Virginia, superintendent Dr. Donna Matthews informed the county school board Thursday night (April 24).
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Zoning board approves Loock apartment plan

May. 1, 2014
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In its first meeting of 2014, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approved the lone request before it last Wednesday night (April 23): a family apartment request from Amissville resident Don Loock.
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‘Gone fishin’ for good’ 

Apr. 24, 2014
Mary and Brad Williams (and their dog and store mascot, Digger) are closing Chester Gap Grocery after more than a decade in business.

Chester Gap Grocery, which has graced its mountainous namesake as an alternative to the bigger corporate grocery stores in nearby Front Royal for 64 years, closed its doors on April 12, as owners Brad and Mary Williams decided to officially retire.
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Bragg sentencing for molesting sons postponed

Apr. 24, 2014
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The sentencing of a Strasburg man charged with aggravated sexual battery against a minor was delayed by the defendant’s health issues last Thursday (April 17) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Family apt. okayed, golf course hearing delayed

Apr. 24, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission approved a family apartment and once again continued the nine-hole golf course originally proposed by Cliff Miller IV in November.
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Fill ’er up?

Apr. 24, 2014
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Despite being at their lowest point for this time of year since 2011, gas prices are on the rise nationwide — just in time for summer vacation. And Rappahannock County's not immune.
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Town’s rising visitor revenue . . . submerged?

Apr. 17, 2014
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As part of its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget — unveiled for the first time at its meeting Monday night (April 14) — the Washington Town Council decided to raise the town’s water usage rates for the first time in more than a decade, though the exact rate hasn’t been determined.
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Technical ed scores higher, board hears

Apr. 17, 2014
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The continual process of raising educational standards in Rappahannock was on display at the Rappahannock County School Board’s meeting last Tuesday night (April 8).
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County wants less salt

Apr. 10, 2014
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County roads took center stage at the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors Monday meeting (April 7), as the board amended its six-year road plan and considered the impact of road salt on the local watershed.
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Four-cent tax increase proposed

Apr. 10, 2014

Despite the absence of an official state budget from Richmond, County Administrator John McCarthy has drafted a budget proposing a 4-cent real estate tax increase and the elimination of county decals.
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Baltimore man pleads guilty to having sex with 14-year-old

Apr. 10, 2014
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A man charged with having consensual sex with a minor between pleaded guilty last Thursday morning (April 3) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court and will be sentenced in July. The rest of the docket consisted of a number of probation violations and several other miscellaneous charges.
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Taking the scenic root 

Apr. 3, 2014
Joneve Murphy is leaving her job at the Inn to travel abroad for a year volunteering on various farms.

In just a few months, soon-to-be former Inn at Little Washington farmer Joneve Murphy will be leaving Rappahannock County — as well as her job at the Inn at Little Washington — to travel around the world, volunteering on farms across Europe, Asia and South America.
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