Matt Wingfield


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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Four months for credit card fraud

2 p.m. Oct. 16
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In criminal court proceedings Oct. 2 in Rappahannock County Circuit Court, Rudy Gomez-Santoyo was sentenced to four months in jail on two felony counts — of credit card fraud and using a credit card without the card owner’s permission.
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Rapp SAT scores up across the board

1 p.m. Oct. 16

Rappahannock County Public Schools’ SAT scores are up across the board, according to a presentation by superintendent Dr. Donna Matthews’ to the school board Tuesday night (Oct. 14).
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Letter: Matt’s excellent adventure

10 a.m. Oct. 16

This week’s paper is my 114th — and final — edition working for the Rappahannock News. Don’t worry about me; I’m off to that other Washington with a freelancing gig.
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At RCHS, connection is spelled P-R-I-D-E 

4 p.m. Oct. 9
Students wait their turn to sign up for PRIDE Clubs early in August. Photo by Matt Wingfield.

Rappahannock County High School has deployed a new program this fall that is not designed to raise math and reading test scores, at least not directly. It is meant to ensure every student feels connected — both to a teacher and to fellow students with similar interests.
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Grant will help Rapp schools upgrade security

5 p.m. Oct. 2
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Rappahannock was one of 373 Virginia schools that received a security grant from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office last Thursday (Sept. 25). McAuliffe awarded $6 million total, of which Rappahannock County Public Schools received $13,488.
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News briefs for 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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Photo: Handmade with caution

10:30 a.m. Oct. 2
Photo by Matt Wingfield

This homemade sign on Main Street greets drivers entering Washington — a gentle reminder of the 25 mph speed limit.
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‘Salt & Pepper’ makes for a tasty meal

2 p.m. Sept. 25
The cast of “Salt & Pepper,” posing for a photo at Sunday’s cast party, included (seated, from left) Mimi Forbes, Petrina Huston, Judy Podlesney (also stage manager), Gary Grossman and (standing, from left) Barbara Black, John Lesinski, Brendan Martyn, Donna Chabot, Patty Hardee (director) and Geoff Gowen.

Anyone who believes they have to travel to that other Washington for quality drama clearly hasn’t been to one of the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s (RAAC) off-off-Broadway performances — the latest of which was Robert Benjamin’s “Salt & Pepper.”
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Four drug cases, four sentences suspended

1 p.m. Sept. 25
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Four people received suspended sentences for possession charges this week in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Photos: The river rules

10:31 a.m. Sept. 25
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

4 p.m. Sept. 18
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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

3 p.m. Sept. 18
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

2 p.m. Sept. 11
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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

5 p.m. Sept. 4
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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

11:45 a.m. Sept. 4
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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

3:41 p.m. Aug. 29
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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

4 p.m. Aug. 28
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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

3 p.m. Aug. 28
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

1 p.m. Aug. 28
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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

10:28 a.m. Aug. 28
Photo by Matt Wingfield

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

3:50 p.m. Aug. 27
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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

10:31 a.m. Aug. 21
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

10:30 a.m. Aug. 21
Photo by Matt Wingfield

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

5 p.m. Aug. 14
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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

noon Aug. 14
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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

10:30 a.m. Aug. 14
Photo by Matt Wingfield

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

10:30 a.m. Aug. 14
Photo by Matt Wingfield

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

5 p.m. Aug. 7
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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

11:35 a.m. Aug. 7
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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

10:30 a.m. Aug. 7
Photo by Matt Wingfield

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

2 p.m. July 31
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

1 p.m. July 31
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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

3 p.m. July 24
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

2 p.m. July 24
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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

4 p.m. July 17
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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

1 p.m. July 17
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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

3 p.m. July 10
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

2 p.m. July 10
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

noon July 10
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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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