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Bayard “Toby” Waterbury (left), Branch Manager and Bank Officer of Atlantic Union Bank in Washington, and Rob Talton (far right), Atlantic Union’s Regional Vice President of Business Banking, presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to the Rappahannock Food Pantry’s Mimi Forbes and Pete Stenner. 

Narmada Winery owner Sudha Patil, holding the large scissors in the center, and her proud family were joined by Rappahannock County Administrator Garrey Curry (far right) and other dignitaries and guests for the winery’s 10th anniversary ribbon cutting ceremony this past weekend in Amissville. 

Most who dared venture out for some Halloween trick-or-treating last Thursday carried umbrellas to shield the little witches and werewolves from the persistent raindrops that fell. 

On Friday, 32 Mille Miglia drivers and their passengers wound their way through Rappahannock County, stopping briefly in Washington to have their rally passports stamped by local race “officials” — Mayor Fred Catlin (blue jacket, far right), Administrator Garrey Curry (red jacket), and Busin…

The Rappahannock version of American Gothic, its characters played here by Will and Jennifer Ruger, made an appearance at the 10th annual Halloween “Spectacle” at John Henry’s Stone Hill Theater in Flint Hill on Saturday evening. 

During a visit last Wednesday with a small group of Rappahannock County High School juniors and seniors, Rep. Denver Riggleman spoke about his life as a U.S. congressman. Afterwards, he was invited into the school’s Metal Shop Class to see its seven-foot-tall “Bigfoot” sculpture. At which po…

VDOT has finally made it official — signs posted on Routes 211 and 522 warn that large tractor-trailer trucks are now prohibited from using narrow Ben Venue Road unless they have a local purpose. Residents reached out to VDOT in 2018, complaining about the number of large trucks using the wi…

Ninety family and friends on Saturday filed into a birthday party at the Sperryville Fire Hall in celebration of 90-year-old Lee Anna Wharton. Lee Anna’s family, displaced from Shenandoah National Park when she was 5, settled in Sperryville. 

New and returning students to Rappahannock County Elementary School, including second grader Madelyn Chapman happily skipping down the hallway here, were more than excited to try out the new Commit to Be Fit Sensory Path that winds its way through not one but two of the school’s hallways. 

As seen here, “The House that Addie Built” is having its chimneys repointed. Addie Nairn Hunter built the small bungalow-style cottage — “Massanutten Lodge” — in 1911, just before marrying (and then divorcing) Skyland Resort founder George Freeman Pollock. 

At RAAC Theatre's Third Annual Summer Community Reading this week, Philip Rosemond (left), Stephen Brooks, Mara Seaforest, Russ Savage, Jeanie McNear and Sharon Kilpatrick took roles in the 1955 radio drama “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.” 

August is a spectacular month in the garden, with myriad flowers blooming. Mother Nature similarly provides for a dazzling display of wildflowers this final month of summer, including these colorful blossoms bursting forth along Skyline Drive at sunset Sunday.

Scenic Virginia’s annual Virginia Vistas Photo Contest, which showcases the amazing breadth of beauty in the Commonwealth, has announced its 2019 statewide contest winners, which this year includes Rappahannock County. Scenic Virginia received 1,000-plus entries, and in the Farms & Open …

“My real belief is that government shouldn’t be involved in marriage at all, but if it is, everybody has to be treated equally before the law. That is part of our Republican creed. And it also comes down to love is love. I’m happy to join two people together who obviously love each other.”

“When butterflies fall in love, do they feel people in their stomachs?” a Shenandoah National Park ranger wondered when posting a news release this week on the brightly colored insects. This pair of butterflies — love birds for all we know — was photographed Sunday above the park’s Little De…

Janet Kerig (far left) and Kitty Keyser (far right) conduct a Summer Arts & Crafts Camp at Sperryville’s Hearthstone School. The Waldorf-inspired camp includes storytelling, watercolor painting, rhythmic movement and dance, water play, drumming, beadwork and nature walks among its many a…

It was so hot in Rappahannock County this past weekend that one farmer claimed eggs were frying inside her chickens. While we cannot prove that oddity as fact we can confirm it was exceedingly hot — scorching is a better word — as reflected by this cleverly worded sign outside the Sperryvill…

People come from all around to see Sperryville resident Tom Lewis’ annual display of Christmas lights and ornamentation, but only his lucky friends and neighbors ever see his summer display of beautiful fruits and vegetables. Lewis harvested 18 bushels of potatoes last week and promptly repl…

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