Sanford Reaves Jr., incumbent candidate for Region IV director on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative board of directors, said it would cost the member-owned utility too much money to provide broadband service and it wouldn’t offer a return on investment by the time the technology is antiquated.
Residents and frequenters of Water Street in Sperryville have likely noticed ongoing construction activity at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) Sperryville Substation, which includes installing a second transformer to increase capacity and improve reliability.
Today’s Rappahannock News includes the last installment of a three-part series, “Rappahannock’s Digital Dilemma.” Underwritten by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Foothills Forum to explore a top concern of respondents to Foothills’ countywide survey last year — that being the lack of broadband an…
More than 30 interested citizens showed up for last Friday’s forum, jointly hosted by the Rappahannock News and the Foothills Forum at Tula’s Restaurant in Washington, a discussion focused on the start of a Foothills-sponsored series on cell and broadband issues in Rappahannock. Among the co…
There is a lot of conversation currently about adding cell phone towers to improve the performance on phones in the county. I’m writing to suggest another approach. First, two disclaimers: I used to own a cell phone, so I recognize their convenience. “I’m at the store. How’s our milk supply?…
I felt compelled to write and reason with C. Price regarding her latest anti-technology diatribe, (“Radiating Rappahannock,” Dec. 17) but I realize I can’t reason someone out of something they weren’t reasoned into. I will, however, make four comments:
AT&T is coming back into this county to experiment with their wireless broadband project (microwave radiation project), previously threatened at Chester Gap (many did not want it) and withdrawn. This is a bad idea for this county and needs to be opposed for the following reasons:
It looks like for now the phones are working again at the Rappahannock County Public Schools. Fingers crossed that there will be no more dead lines, no more after-hours greetings heard by callers in the middle of the day and no further offers of a cruise to the Bahamas (more about that later).
After hearing more citizens’ comments in the five-year review of the county’s official handbook — its Comprehensive Plan — the Rappahannock County Planning Commission last Wednesday (Nov. 18) demonstrated clearly why having a handbook is helpful.
Public comment on the ongoing review and revision of Rappahannock County’s Comprehensive Plan, underway now for more than a year, is invited yet again at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (Nov. 18), a half hour before the scheduled start of the planning commission’s monthly meeting at the courthouse.
I would like to extend my appreciation to Eric Tollefson for his letter to the editor in last week’s Rappahannock News. “What’s Past is Prologue” affords an opportunity for the accused to set the record straight on a topic that has been politicized by persons who take it upon themselves to v…
Hans Van Zutphen and Troy Kausch of Independent Solar Solutions install panels last week for an 11.9-kilowatt solar system atop a barn at Caledonia Farm 1812 B&B in Flint Hill, the first of more than 20 projects begun this year by the newly formed Rappahannock Solar Cooperative.
Two candidates for Rappahannock County supervisor seats — John Lesinski and Amy Hitt — tout their service on the school board as “experience” suggesting voters should entrust them with even greater power. But what does their track record really show?
Culpeper County GIS coordinator Pam Schiermeyer gave a presentation at last month’s Rappahannock County Planning Commission meeting on her county’s geographic information system (GIS), which she defined as “a system for storing and manipulating geographical information on a computer.”
The Rappahannock County Solar Co-op has selected Independent Solar Solutions through a competitive bidding process to complete installation of solar panels on the homes and businesses of the co-op’s 60-plus members.
In Rappahannock County High School’s auditorium last week, state and federal officials joined representatives of Virginia’s agricultural, medical and real estate trade groups and several local officials to cheer on the idea of rural broadband and its benefits.
After a closed session following its regular monthly public meeting Monday afternoon, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors decided to require the cell-tower company with which it’s been negotiating a potential lease of county-owned land to have at least one cellular service provider …
I am in agreement with Mr. Freitag’s recent letter on decisions being made outside of board of supervisors meetings and hearings, and that public comment is set up to be disconnected and to have little effect on outcome. It is tolerated, but not respected or really heard. I agree there needs…
By a vote of 3-2, the Rappahannock County School Board Tuesday night (Jan. 13) voted against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures (CWS), the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
I am very concerned about the Rappahannock County Public Schools’ plans to lease property for a communications tower and cannot find information anywhere. There is nothing on the school’s website about this and I surely do not see anything on the county’s website.
A couple of years ago when the original proposal for a cell tower at Rappahannock County High School was first mentioned, I took to the internet to find out how other communities have dealt with similar proposals. Without fail, these situations have been “controversial.”
I am writing to express my opposition to locating a cell phone tower at the high school. I am not opposed to having cell towers in our county, but I believe placing a tower at a school presents too many potential health risks to a large portion of our population, including many children. My …
Rappahannock County Public Schools got an excellent turnout for football Tuesday night — which delayed an excellent turnout for (or actually, against) cell towers on school property.