Matt Wingfield


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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Rapp school programs make VSBA ‘showcase’ list

Apr. 3, 2014
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The Virginia School Boards Association recently released its 18th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools, including two from Rappahannock: Books & Barks and the service learning class.
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Jail time in third-DUI guilty plea

Apr. 3, 2014
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Driving offenses took center stage during a quick session of Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday morning (March 28), as one defendant pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) and another was granted a restricted permit.
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Fire and rescue, broadband, road salt policies on Monday’s agenda

Apr. 3, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets at 2 and again at 7 p.m. Monday (April 7) in the courthouse.
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School board, supervisors tout a ‘frugal budget’

Mar. 27, 2014
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Despite informing the county board of supervisors that they were able to allocate an additional $59,000 toward the 2014-15 school budget last Thursday (March 20), Rappahannock County’s school board is still not requesting any additional funds from the county — or the public.
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Neighbors object; planners reject family apartment

Mar. 27, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission approved one housing permit while denying another at its monthly meeting Wednesday night (March 19).
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Board rejects extending school year

Mar. 20, 2014
A table full of manipulatives, RCPS’ newest math program addition.

At its monthly meeting last Tuesday night (March 11), the Rappahannock County School Board debated at length whether to add two more days to the school calendar, eventually deciding against it.
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Planners postpone golf course

Mar. 20, 2014
Detail of Cliff Miller IV’s planned schoolhouse golf course, which was tabled at Wednesday’s meeting.

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission once again considered Cliff Miller’s proposed nine-hole golf course in Sperryville at last night’s (March 19) meeting.
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Low-salt diet asked of VDOT

Mar. 13, 2014
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At the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors’ snow-delayed monthly meeting last Wednesday afternoon (March 5), David Konick spoke to the board about exploring other chemical compounds to help melt the snow that was still adorning parts of the county roads.
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Drug, alcohol-related guilty pleas, sentences

Mar. 13, 2014
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Guilty pleas were entered and sentences were handed down on a variety of charges Monday afternoon (March 10) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Music fest at Avon Hall in May, council hears

Mar. 13, 2014
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Americana music is coming to the town of Washington in May, Harris Hollow residents Ben Jones and Alma Viator confirmed at the Washington Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night (March 10).
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New face, no race in town elections May 6

Mar. 13, 2014

There will be one new face on the Washington Town Council after its May 6 elections and — barring any successful write-in campaigns — no actual races.
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Less than half of felonies come to trial

Mar. 6, 2014
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According to statistics from the Virginia Circuit Court’s caseload reporting system, since 2010, more than half the felony charges in Rappahannock County Circuit Court are resolved by guilty pleas prior to any kind of trial.
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Trash ordinance revised

Mar. 6, 2014

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors approved several amendments to the county’s trash ordinance at Wednesday night’s (March 5) monthly meeting.
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Williams pleads guilty to sex charges

Feb. 27, 2014
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A Huntly man charged with 22 counts of various sexual abuse crimes pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 25) to three counts of intercourse with a child under 13 in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Green golf course hits yellow light

Feb. 27, 2014
Detail of Cliff Miller IV’s planned schoolhouse golf course, which was tabled at Wednesday’s meeting.

After recommending a change to the zoning code in November to allow such a thing, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission last week tabled Cliff Miller IV’s application for a permit to build a nine-hole golf course.
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Trash law changes to be aired Monday

Feb. 27, 2014

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday night (March 6) to discuss possible changes to the county’s trash ordinances.
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Board hears praise for ‘realistic’ school budget

Feb. 20, 2014
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The Rappahannock County School Board held its first public work session on the 2014-2015 school budget Tuesday night (Feb. 18), and while several people advocated for more public disclosure, almost no one had negative comments.
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Hunting on Sundays likely by 2015

Feb. 20, 2014
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Sunday hunting looks like it’s coming, like it or not — the likes leading the like-nots by about a 3-to-1 margin in Richmond, if not in Rappahannock County.
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Berry pleads guilty to sexual assaults

Feb. 13, 2014
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It was a busy week in Rappahannock County Circuit Court, as four people either pleaded or were sentenced, including an Amissville man charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
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Council approves spa’s overnight rentals

Feb. 13, 2014

The Washington Town Council approved one special-use permit allowing Jackie Meuse to rent out an apartment above the Little Washington Wellness & Spa.
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Weather lengthens school board session, shortens spring break

Feb. 13, 2014

The Rappahannock County School Board spent most of its time Tuesday night (Feb. 11) focusing on making up the nine days that this winter’s weather has so far cost students.
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Valley Green, a Rappahannock natural

Feb. 6, 2014
Some of Valley Green’s 31 product offerings include all-natural bath soaps and facial (and foot) creams.

From its humble beginnings in Cynthia and Arthur DeVore’s former Fauquier County kitchen, Valley Green Naturals has spread from Maine and Japan — and now into Amissville as well.
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At-large supervisors? Probably not.

Feb. 6, 2014

What if Rappahannock had no voting districts and instead elected all of its representatives as at-large supervisors and school board members? The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors explored the topic at its monthly meeting Monday afternoon (Feb. 3).
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Photo: ‘Fiddler’ fundraising

Feb. 6, 2014
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Wakefield Country Day School eighth graders performed “Fiddler on the Roof” last Friday night (Jan. 31) to a standing-room-only crowd.
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Budget . . . balanced?

Jan. 30, 2014

After just one budget work session, the Rappahannock County School Board may have already worked out a balanced budget — one that provides a long overdue step raise to the school system’s employees and requires no increased funds from the county or the public.
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Supervisors asked to deliver ultimatum to attorney general

Jan. 30, 2014
On Monday (Feb. 3), the county supervisors will consider a resolution asking Attorney General Mark Herring to step down.

At the request of Jackson district supervisor Ron Frazier, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution at their monthly meeting Monday afternoon (Feb. 3) asking that current Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe step down.
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Man pleads guilty to sexually abusing sons

Jan. 30, 2014
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A Strasburg man charged with aggravated sexual battery against a minor pleaded guilty Tuesday morning (Jan. 28) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Weather education

Jan. 30, 2014

Continued cold weather finally got to Rappahannock County Elementary School Monday morning (Jan. 27), as the school’s boiler shut down over the weekend, making for a very chilly start to the week.
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Board supports school funding overhaul

Jan. 23, 2014

In addition to planning the 2014-15 budget at last week’s meeting, the Rappahannock County School Board offered its support to Orange County’s petition asking Virginia’s representatives to reintroduce Senate Bill (SB) 1096, which would redefine the way the state’s local composite index (LCI) is determined.
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RCHS students SOL scores markedly up

Jan. 23, 2014
Teachers whose classes earned a 90-percent or higher pass rate on the SOLs were honored at the board’s meeting. Posing with superintendent Donna Matthews (left) and chairman John Lesinski (left) are (from left) Sallie Shackleford, Beth Gall, Mark Ramey, Dave Naser and (not pictured) Scott Stephens.

With just one exception, Rappahannock County High School’s SOL scores are on the rise — significantly, reported Carol Johnson at last week’s school board meeting.
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Five sentenced for drunkenness, driving, drug offenses

Jan. 16, 2014
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The first circuit court session of 2014 was a busy one, as Monday (Jan. 13) saw five people sentenced on a variety of charges, ranging from violating probation to public swearing and intoxication.
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Funding down, but no increase in projected schools budget

Jan. 16, 2014

“This is quite a turnout; it must be budget season,” remarked Rappahannock County School Board chairman John Lesinski, as superintendent Donna Matthews presented the board with an “informational” 2014-15 budget at its monthly meeting Tuesday night (Jan. 14).
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Closer look, coat of paint on tap for Avon Hall

Jan. 16, 2014
Council member Patrick O'Connell mentioned that he'd been contacted by the French Culinary Institute, which he said was interested in using Avon Hall as a butler training school.

After spending an hour discussing potential futures for Avon Hall, the Washington town council accepted a contract from Mark Ferris to paint the roof of the town-owned former estate’s main building — pending the council’s approval of the paint, primer and completion time.
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Foster stepping down after 52 years

Jan. 9, 2014
Treasurer Frances Foster (right), seen here accepting a plaque from supervisor chairman Roger Welch in 2012, will step down April 30 after 52 years of service.

It was “with regret” that the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors accepted treasurer Frances Foster’s letter of resignation Monday evening (Jan. 6). Foster, who has served as treasurer for the last 52 years, will step down on April 30.
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Three bridges on 2014 fix list

Jan. 9, 2014
The fire-damaged remains of the old Lombardy restaurant might be in violation of Rappahannock’s derelict building ordinances if improvements aren’t made.

Rappahannock County is getting in shape for 2014, as the supervisors approved three bridge replacements and wrapped up discussions on a revised county trash ordinance and the old Lombardy restaurant at their meeting Monday afternoon (Jan. 6).
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School board weighs meeting time change

Jan. 9, 2014

In a brief organizational meeting Tuesday night (Jan. 7), the Rappahannock County School Board floated the idea of changing the start times, and possibly dates, of its monthly school board meetings.
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