Rappahannock County’s celebrated blacksmith, now 87, is preparing to leave his forge in Huntly, and perhaps, depart the county where many of his sculptures grace the landscape and where memories and friendships proliferate. For now, he is hard at work on what he has concluded will be his last commission.
So goes the land use quandary stewing in rural counties around Virginia, the result of a building friction between the state’s ambitious renewable energy goals and the desire of communities to preserve productive farmland and with it, their agricultural identities.
A year ago, Shannon Grimsley was facing the unfathomable. Another school year was about to begin, but one under the perilous cloud of COVID. Could she, as superintendent of Rappahannock County Public Schools (RCPS), and her teachers and staff keep kids safe in the midst of a pandemic?
Pete Jenkins: Farmer, auto repair mechanic, retired from Virginia Department of Transportation as a supervisor after 31 years of service. Volunteered with the Boy Scouts and Flint Hill Pentecostal Church. Family was moved from Shenandoah National Park to Jenkins Hollow, Sperryville. Avid hunter and fly fisherman. Lives with his wife, Sandra, in Flint Hill. Nickname: “Mayor of Bean Hollow.”
Efforts to reduce the role of law enforcement officers in responding to mental health emergencies took a step forward with enactment of Virginia’s Marcus Alert law late last year. It focuses on shifting more of that responsibility to trained clinicians and other behavioral health professionals.
Chuck Akre — Rappahannock resident and famed money manager — is launching a new portfolio, composed not of securities but deeply felt values and stunning horizons.
The study was sponsored by the Sperryville Community Alliance (SCA), a nonprofit group of local business leaders and community members. The volunteer organization sponsors community activities such as the SperryFest duck race on the Thornton River, concerts and walking trails.
Not long ago, Lola Walker received a call from a woman who needed a ride to Charlottesville for a medical test. The caller wanted to avoid asking her daughter or granddaughter to take her because they would have had to take time off from work.
Soon the regulars at the senior centers in Rappahannock and Fauquier counties will be able to come in four days a week again. They won’t need to wear masks or social-distance around the tables, which will make conversation a whole lot easier for those with hearing problems. They’ll be able to eat their lunches off plates instead of from pre-packed plastic containers. It will be like old times. But not everything will be as it was before the pandemic. Some of the seniors will be changed.
Addiction, it’s said, thrives in privacy. So as everything began to shut down in March 2020, and isolation became a way of life during the pandemic, people in the treatment world saw trouble ahead. Recovery in normal times is hard enough. Recovery alone is rife with peril.
Moving to Rappahannock County to be with Barbara is my proudest achievement. I always felt a little unsettled in my life, but here I have found a community and a way of life where I feel truly at home. When I’m out and about, I almost always carry my camera to snap pictures of folks and scenery. This place is ‘family’ to me.
Washington’s wastewater battle eased into a truce Monday evening, with the Town Council agreeing unanimously to chop its proposed water and sewage rate increase to 11 percent from 25 percent, and to hold the reduced hike in abeyance until a year-end review confirms that higher rates are necessary.
The Rappahannock News was recognized with 22 awards, including a top Best in Show honor and seven first-place awards, in the Virginia Press Association’s 2020 competition for excellence in journalism and advertising.
The Rappahannock News announced online last week that reporter Julia Shanahan will join its news team as a full-time Report for America corps member beginning in June.
Rappahannock County is blessed with one of the lowest serious crime rates in Virginia. So what worries Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Compton? “When you ask about crime in the county, one of my biggest concerns is drugs,” Compton said. “You know, 20 years ago, probably the biggest drug you had to worry about was marijuana. But now you have heroin and meth. And they are more and more potent.
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.
Former home builder, Zindel Construction. Former maintenance engineer, Wakefield Country Day School. Graduated from Rappahannock County Public Schools and the George Washington Carver Technical School. Fourth generation Rappahannock resident. Lives in Sperryville.
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC) recently finalized the results of a year-long housing study showing the current and projected need for residences and offering strategies and recommendations for each locality to consider.
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.