It’s springtime, 2031. The dogwoods and redbuds are as spectacular as anyone can remember, and the machinery for preparing an annual county budget is churning out the numbers. The March presentation shows a balanced budget — as it must by law — and two months of refinement and horse-trading will yield a final blueprint before the summer humidity sweeps in.
Washington, Virginia — home to the celebrated Inn at Little Washington — is known for meals and memories so beautiful they can’t be forgotten. The difficulty involves the leftovers — wastewater, sludge and a 10-year-old town structure of pipes, tanks and grinders that has proved too expensive and too divisive to manage easily.
In February, at a public meeting that included the school board and Superintendent Shannon Grimsley, Hampton Supervisor Keir Whitson raised what he called an “elephant-in-the-room” question. He asked why the county’s cost of funding the public schools doesn’t reflect the district’s dropping enrollment.
At the tender age of seven, Connie Compton was already riding around in a patrol car. Not one of the cruisers you see on the roads of Rappahannock County, but a little blue pedal police car.
Now that in-person classes are resuming four days a week in Fauquier and Rappahannock public schools, it might seem that things are almost getting back to normal. But the ripples of the pandemic won’t fade so easily. School counselors and social workers know this is yet another transition fo…
Eden is a junior at Rappahannock County High School. That’s not her real name, but she asked not to be identified. For most of this school year, she has been on a hybrid schedule of two days in school, three at home. Next week, she will start attending in-person classes four days a week.
These are stressful times, and it’s natural for a child to feel anxious in difficult moments. But it’s not natural for that anxiety to be prolonged and interfere with his or her ability to handle everyday situations or cause him or her to avoid things other children enjoy.
Rappahannock County Administrator Garrey W. Curry presented a budget Wednesday night that shaves spending overall while opening the county purse for key priorities, including an across-the-board five percent raise for all county employees.
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has picked up speed in Virginia recently. More doses are expected to arrive in the coming weeks and a new statewide registration system is up and running. More pharmacies, including Walgreens, Walmart, Food Lion, Martin’s, Harris Teeter and Kroger are approved to begin providing shots in the coming weeks and community groups are offering to help sign people up.
Part 3 of 3: Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
Part 2 of 3: Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
There was much to celebrate earlier this week when hospital workers around the country began receiving inoculations that should protect them from the pandemic that’s killed more than 300,000 Americans.
The bad news: A portion of the Rush River that runs through the Rappahannock County Park had earned a failing grade for recreational use for having unsafe levels of E. coli bacteria, which can lead to illness and infection in humans.
For the artist, tourist or weekender, the land needs to be a beautiful and evocative backdrop. Not so for most farmers and owners of substantial parcels. For them, the landscape is also an economic asset. It doesn’t only have to be protected; it also needs to generate income.
The fall has been good to many Rappahannock businesses, all things considered. The weather ushered in visitors eager to dine outside amid resplendent views of the changing leaves. And that made it easier for the county’s food and beverage establishments to make up revenue lost when operations closed or customers dwindled in the spring.
Ruth Welch: Vice President, Food Pantry; Board Member of the following: Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority, Rapp at Home, and Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission’s Aging Advisory and Food Policy councils; member, Old Rag Master Naturalists; Rapp Kids Coalition; John Jackson Blues Festival committee; retired Army dietitian; lives with her husband, Bryant, in Castleton.
Officials assume in-person classes will resume in August: ‘We need to work out a lot of details in a very short amount of time’
Remember the opioid crisis? Not long ago, it was an awful reality of modern rural life, a relentless calamity destroying lives and damaging families. It still is. Last year, Virginia had more fatal drug overdoses — 1,617 — than ever before.
By necessity, doctors and therapists have had to switch to telehealth to treat patients during the COVID-19 lockdown. But it’s looking more and more likely that “distance medicine” is here to stay.
Faced with a myriad of requirements to combat COVID-19, Rappahannock’s restaurants and wineries continue to move ahead under the first phase of “Forward Virginia,” the state’s plan to re-open the economy.
Country Café Pit Stop is “doing very well,” said Huff, who dealt with his share of financial hardship in the months prior to the pandemic.
The Rappahannock Food Pantry has seen an outpouring of support through donations of time, money and supplies since emergency measures to arrest the spread of COVID-19 took effect in March.
At this point, most Virginia universities say they still intend to welcome students back to campus in a few months, although that could change if there’s a rise in COVID-19 cases as businesses in the state reopen and social restrictions ease.
Traditional graduation ceremonies lost. Assemblies recognizing academic and athletic achievements canceled. Senior trip and prom scrubbed. Time honored rites of passage for Rappahannock students — spring commencement ceremonies and related functions — are falling victim to COVID-19.