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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.

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Nick Dowling, owner of the Blue Rock Inn on Route 211, withdrew a pending application that was expected to come up for public hearing before the Rappahannock County Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 16. Dowling originally applied for a special exception permit to operate a “conference center or resort” as defined by county code, which would have allowed him to provide temporary lodging, meals, entertainment and recreation to more than 40 guests on the 79.5-acre Blue Rock property.

At their monthly meeting Monday, members of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors unanimously declined, at least for now, to thwart the intentions of their predecessors — who, in 2006, allowed the then-owner of the Blue Rock Inn property to build a three-bedroom residence there on the condition that it would never be used for commercial purposes.

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Just five days after being announced as Rappahannock County’s first full-time Emergency Management/Emergency Services Coordinator, Sean M. Polster has hit the ground running.

Polster, who has nearly three decades of experience as a volunteer and career firefighter and paramedic, stepped into the newly created role on Tuesday, June 1. The county decided to hire a full-time EMS coordinator after veteran firefighter Kevin Williams stepped down from his part-time role as emergency services coordinator in October 2020 after 2.5 years in the position. 

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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.



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