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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.

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission took up six applications for tourist home permits at its meeting last Wednesday. An application filed by Nick Dowling of Dowling Real Estate, LLC, appeared again on the agenda. Dowling, new owner of the Blue Rock Inn, desires to use an existing home, currently under construction, as a five-bedroom tourist home on the western part of the Blue Rock Inn’s property on Lee Highway.

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Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday amended Virginia's mask mandate, saying those who are vaccinated don't have to mask up outdoors alone or in small gatherings.Mask use is still required indoors, and outdoors at large crowded events like concerts, sporting events, and graduation ceremonies. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

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Manassas-based construction company Charles R Wood Builders Inc. will wait until April 14 to hear a determination on their application for a setback variance. After a lengthy debate at their regular meeting last week the members of the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals said they needed more information from the applicants before a conclusion could be reached.

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The Board of Zoning appeals made no determination last night on an application for a setback variance submitted by Charles R Wood Builders Inc. The Manassas-based company purchased a 0.93-acre L-shaped property off Zachary Taylor Highway (Route 522) “intending to construct a 2,400 square foot dwelling” on it, according to the application.

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Cliff Miller IV, owner and operator of the popular Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville — as well as the Schoolhouse Nine Golf Course and Inn at Mount Vernon Farm — told the News this week that he is entering the race to become a member of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors. Miller will contend with first-term Supervisor Christine Smith in the Piedmont District. 

A handful of Rick Thomas’s neighbors on Old Browntown Lane appeared before the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals last Wednesday night to voice their opposition to his application for a setback variance on his 1.4-acre streamfront property. Thomas requested the variance in order to build a “modest one-story dwelling” 26 feet closer to the stream than the current conservation district zoning allows.



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