Columns & Opinion

Letter To The Editor

Editor, Rappahannock Times: The recent actions by Essex County Public Schools Central Office in not only terminating Fontella Calhoun, but issuing a second letter to malign the character of the former James Cary Intermediate School principal, are petty and profoundly unprofessional. This disgraceful behavior personifies the toxicity that has driven countless administrators, teachers, and other personnel away. For years, staff […]

POV: The Balance Of Taking Risks


Growing up we are taught to avoid risk. Instead, make the safer, smarter choice. Don’t do a front flip off the pool diving board, it’s too risky. Don’t run near mom’s flower vase, it’s too risky. The rules parents set out for their children to avoid risk are set in place for their safety. So until recently, my relationship with […]

Class Reunion


The old guy in the grocery line looked about two coughing spells away from the Promised Land. Gnarled and unshaven, he mumbled to himself while the clerk totaled his bill. He noticed me as he reached into his pocket for change, and accidentally pulled out a set of teeth. “Hey,” he smiled, “remember me? I’m George, from biology class!” Suddenly, […]

Book Review: Hollywood Pride

“Hollywood Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film” by Alonso Duralde c.2024, Running Press $40.00 322 pages You plan to buy lots of Jujubes. They’ll stick to your teeth, but whatever, you’ll be too busy watching to care. You like the director, you know most of the actors as first-rate, and word is that the newcomer couldn’t […]

Should A Sense Of Humor Be Mandatory For Fathers?


Some fathers are entirely too serious. They’re paranoid about their children finding out that they had their own youthful indiscretions and regrettable choices. (“I don’t make mistakes. You can ask any of your six stepmoms.”) My late father ‘fessed up to his own errors in judgment, like when he was in the schoolyard and a classmate yelled to him from […]

ACDS Honor, Merit Rolls Announced

Mrs. Tara Garner, Head of School at Aylett Country Day School, is pleased to announce the names of students in grades five through eight who have shown outstanding academic achievement for the 4th quarter of the 2023- 24 school year. Students earning Honor Roll status, all A’s, for the 4th quarter are: Grade 5: Josleyn Earhart, Michaela Hall, Jeremiah Small, […]

Anniversary Celebration At Mt. Olive

Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Hustle will recognize its people and pastor’s 10th anniversary on Sunday, June 23. The morning service begins at 9:30 a.m. featuring the Rev. Joe Dobbins of Shiloh Baptist Church in Port Royal delivering the message. Lunch will be served following the morning service. The evening services begins at 2 p.m. featuring the Rev. Earl Howerton of […]

Out To Pastor

I Sure Miss Being A Spoiled Brat

After my last doctor’s visit, I went to the Publix pharmacy to pick up new medicine. Doctors have a pill for every problem in the world—if only they all worked. I was early at the store, and my medicine wasn’t quite ready. So, I decided to walk around Publix and get a little exercise. Walking down one aisle, I noticed […]

Senior News


Sometimes when we start seeing something nearly everywhere we go, we assume that “somebody” has checked it out and it’s therefore safe to use. Not so, at least in the case of those QR codes we’re seeing all over. QR codes (short for quick-response codes) are those little squares with black squiggles in them, machine-readable codes buried in the lines […]

Gobbler Quest

This article begins a new series for me, a series that follows and recalls the adventures of a man devoted to a quest to harvest a turkey in all 49 states that have them. A number of hunters have attempted this feat and an elite few have accomplished it. I hope to bring you the story of another Virginian to […]


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