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First person: I worked with Dr. King

Longtime Ben Venue resident Pat Saltonstall was sent to Selma, Alabama, by the FBI in September 1963 to gather information about the racial injustices taking place in the deep South.
Avon Hall: To carve or not to carve

After more than a year of long and thoughtful discussions of the future of the town-owned former Avon Hall estate — the latest of which took up most of its monthly meeting Monday night (Dec. 14) — the Washington Town…
Letter: Radiating Rappahannock

AT&T is coming back into this county to experiment with their wireless broadband project (microwave radiation project), previously threatened at Chester Gap (many did not want it) and withdrawn. This is a bad idea for this county and needs to…
BOS tackles rescue, billing, reimbursement puzzle

Check out The Rapp for a weekly taste of things to do and see in and around Rappahannock County. Supervisors tackle rescue, billing, reimbursement puzzle The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors spent nearly an hour at its Monday afternoon session…
Group appeals CTB’s stub street release

Attorney David Konick and four other supporters of his nearly year-long legal challenge of “beautification” projects by the town of Washington and its largest business, the Inn at Little Washington, have filed an appeal in Rappahannock County Circuit Court of…
Letter from across ‘The Pond’

Here in Paris — France, not Virginia — there’s a wind turbine on the Place de la Concorde, chunks of Greenland ice melting in front of the Pantheon, and stationary, clean-energy bicycles that strollers are invited to pedal in order…
Conservation easements: fact and fiction

Because conservation easements play an important role in maintaining Rappahannock County’s rural character, and because it is likely many local residents share several candidates’ apparent misunderstandings in the recent elections, here's some help separating fact and fiction.
Property reassessments: No great change

For Rappahannock County’s every-six-years general real estate reassessment, with the appraisals done and notices delivered, it appears the overall value of property in the county will remain flat — unlike in 2010, when a marked jump in assessments went into…
Cell permit OK’d; comp plan, tourist cabin continued

After hearing more citizens’ comments in the five-year review of the county’s comprehensive plan, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission last Wednesday voted to recommend approval to the supervisors for T-Mobile's application to add an cellular antenna array to an existing…
Town ARB member wanted; another is remembered

In the briefest of monthly sessions on Nov. 9, the Washington Town Council reviewed a special use permit, announced a vacancy on the town’s Architectural Review Board and remembered a former ARB member and town first lady who’d passed away.
Letter: A certain ‘lack of grace’

In last week’s Rappahannock News, Andy Berry was quoted as saying [on his campaign Facebook page], “Politics anymore is not about the best candidate. It is a popularity contest.” Talk about a sore loser. Everyone I know voted for Connie…