The Propers finally had enough. The family, whose property backs up to Rappahannock County Park, have endured for years what they described as mistreatment at the hands of the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority (RCRFA), the body that oversees the park.
The Rappahannock Lions Club received unanimous approval at the Sept. 1 Board of Supervisors meeting to implement a plastic bag and film recycling program at Rappahannock County’s Flatwood and Amissville disposal sites.
Shenandoah National Park is reopening the park's streams to fishing. All angling had been temporarily suspended due low stream flows and high water temperatures, but recent rains have brought stream flows up and replenished groundwater making conditions less stressful for fish. Fish may stil…
Commonwealth Attorney Art Goff recommended that the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors repeal an ordinance that controls utility-scale renewable energy generating facilities, which received lukewarm support from the body and was hurried along at a July meeting.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners selected three of their peers to serve on REC's Board of Directors. More than 16,000 people returned their proxy designation card or participated in the virtual annual meeting, which was held last Wednesday, Aug. 11.
With a $50,000 grant from Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, and additional funding from The Musser Family Fund, Sacharuna Foundation and Culpeper Wellness Foundation, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) rolls out its summer milk and egg donation program this month, beginning the week of July 12. Over the next three months, PEC will purchase 6,000 gallons of liquid milk from the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA Milk), supporting the cooperative’s 18 member dairy farms within PEC’s nine-county region, and about 3,000 dozen eggs from Warrenton’s Whiffletree Farm, all to be donated to food pantries in Clarke, Loudoun, Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Orange, Madison, Greene and Albemarle counties and the city of Charlottesville.
At the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors August meeting on Monday, the body approved an amendment for a special exception permit from Nick Dowling, owner of Blue Rock Inn, to run an unused home on his property as a tourist residence. This application initially fell before the board in June, receiving opposition from neighbors and some of the board members. In 2006, the previous owners obtained a permit for the home on the condition that it not be used for commercial purposes, and Jackson District Supervisor Ron Frazier had hesitations about overturning the previous board’s decision.
A sunset last week at Massies Corner owed its unearthly glow to smoke from sprawling wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada. The haze brought poor air quality and reduced visibility. Scientists attribute phenomenon of massive wildfires and their increasing intensity to climate change.
As of last week, Rappahannock has a new ordinance on the books to control utility-scale renewable energy generating facilities, including wind and solar projects, on county land. After a late-night joint session with the Planning Commission on July 7, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to pass the ordinance, with Piedmont Supervisor Christine Smith and Hampton Supervisor Keir Whitson dissenting.
Chuck Akre — Rappahannock resident and famed money manager — is launching a new portfolio, composed not of securities but deeply felt values and stunning horizons.
Ahead of their joint meeting with county supervisors on Wednesday, July 7, Rappahannock’s planning commissioners called on an expert to discuss a possible new ordinance which would impose conditions on small and utility-scale solar farms.
With a $50,000 grant from Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, and additional funding from The Musser Family Fund, Sacharuna Foundation and Culpeper Wellness Foundation, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) rolls out its summer milk and egg donation program this month, beginning the week of July 12.
Rappahannock County’s Eldon Farms, one of the largest undivided landholdings in the mid-Atlantic, was sold this week to Washington resident Chuck Akre, founder of Middleburg-based Akre Capital Management, and his family. The sale closed on Wednesday, June 30.
Whatever your interest in or aversion to white-tailed deer, you may eventually see fewer of them sprinting across the road, eating your cabbage or magnified in your rifle scope. The reason: chronic wasting disease, a fatal, incurable affliction that continues to spread in the mid-Atlantic.
Torney Van Acker, vice chair of the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority and champion of the county park’s International Dark Sky designation, is facing a Class I misdemeanor charge after he allegedly trespassed on property owned by the park’s neighbors, Leslie and Jeremy Proper.
Summer is here, and we just faced our first hot, sticky weekend, with many more to follow. Even though the Virginia Piedmont is much closer to New York than to New Orleans, we often experience the sultry days familiar to our neighbors to the south.
The word “orchid” evokes visions of far away jungles and exotic discoveries; the prize of the botanist, found only in distant lands or tucked away in affluent greenhouses. While not totally incorrect, this idea of these mysterious flowers hides the whole truth...
Until the end of September, all residents of the Upper Hazel River watershed are eligible to be reimbursed for between 50 and 80 percent of the expense of pumping, maintaining, repairing and replacing on-lot septic systems.
VIRGINIA BEACH — New legislation in Virginia will soon give some power to local governments and help environmental organizations and businesses combat plastic pollution.
The shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline caused long lines at gas stations across the region on Tuesday. The artery which supplies oil to many states in the eastern U.S. purportedly shut down on Friday because of a ransomware cyberattack by the Russian group Darkside.
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.
The Sperryville Community Alliance is announcing a campaign to raise $60,000 to enhance, maintain, and expand the network of walking trails throughout the community. These walking trails seek to connect the village from the River District to the Route 211 corridor. They provide a space for seniors and families to walk and exercise as well as an opportunity to enjoy nature along the historic Thornton River.
Around midmorning on Tuesday, a young woman in a long white dress and a young man in a suit posed for a photographer at Big Meadows on the Skyline Drive. Less than 200 yards away, Dave Robinson was briefing his fire management team on the plan for the day’s prescribed burn. “Expect the unexp…
Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) springs into action awarding thirty-five grants in thirty days during June for environmental improvement projects. The 30 in 30 Green Grants Program is open to businesses, schools, counties, towns and service organizations looking to make a positive environmental impact in their communities.
They’ve lived underground for 17 years, waiting. The last time they surfaced was in 2004, the year Lance Armstrong won his sixth consecutive Tour de France and Ken Jennings won a whopping $2.5 million on Jeopardy!, seizing the record for highest-earning American game show contestant of all time.
The National Weather Service is cautioning Virginia residents in the central and northern regions of the state, including Rappahannock County, of high winds tomorrow. A high wind warning is in effect in the westernmost parts of the county from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday.
The Carney brothers have a bold vision for the new home of Pen Druid Brewing: “to turn the whole property into a synergistic permaculture garden.” Last Saturday, they invited community members to help realize that vision by planting a riparian buffer along the small tributary that runs through the parcel off Route 522 in Sperryville. In partnership with the Virginia Department of Forestry and Friends of the Rappahannock, a regional nonprofit dedicated to the health of the Rappahannock River, volunteers planted rows juvenile sycamore, river birch, red osier dogwood, gray dogwood, redbuds, buttonbush, indigo bush and black cherries.
The Piedmont Environmental Council estimates there are fewer than 40 bridges left in the state of Virginia that are as old as the pony truss over the Jordan River on Rappahannock County’s North Poes Road. Now, the community is rallying to preserve it as a historic landmark.
RICHMOND — From vermicelli bowls to crispy chicken, Pho Luca’s, a Vietnamese-owned Richmond restaurant, uses plastic foam containers to package takeout meals. That may soon change after the General Assembly recently passed a bill banning such packaging.
A 62-acre property deep in Harris Hollow west of Washington was recently entered into conservation easement, the only such parcel of Rappahannock County land to be preserved in 2020.
RICHMOND — For a second year in a row, a bill that prohibits food vendors from using plastic foam containers is up in the air as the General Assembly hashes out a Senate amendment.
The Shenandoah National Park Trust, working alongside the Commonwealth of Virginia and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) through the DuPont Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement, acquired the rolling woodlands in Page County to be donated in the near future to Shenandoah Park.
Rapp Nature Campers of all ages are once again planning for their summer of exploring the habitats around Singing Creek in southern Rappahannock. Due to uncertain pandemic conditions, the summer sessions during this 36th year of camp in 2021 will be greatly modified as follows:
The Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority (RCRFA) is embarking on a feasibility study for an ADA-compliant accessible pedestrian path looping around the perimeter of the upper half of the Rappahannock County Park and among the recreational facilities.
It’s been a tough couple of winters in Rappahannock County for anybody who makes a living plowing snow. But that could change in the coming weeks, as atmospheric scientists tell us the polar vortex over the North Pole continues to split in two, potentially unleashing blasts of bitter arctic air and paralyzing snowstorms over the mid-Atlantic region.
Powhatan referred to the Manahoac tribe as Anchanachuck — “those who hunt in the mountains.” The small band of Native Americans — barely a thousand strong when wiped off the map in the early 1700s — are among the proclaimed “indigenous peoples” of Rappahannock County.
Shenandoah National Park has announced projects that will be funded in 2021 by its philanthropic partner The Shenandoah National Park Trust.