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Essex Crushes King & Queen; On To Riverheads!

Essex punched its ticket to the Class 1 state football playoffs Saturday as the Trojans blanked King and Queen Central 46-0 in the Region 1A championship game played in Tappahannock. The Trojans will now hit the road Saturday to face annual nemesis Riverheads, the six-time defending Class 1 state champions, in a state semifinal encounter. Essex (13-0) has yet to […]

WinterFest!

Tappahannock Main Street will be hosting the 2nd Annual Tappahannock Winterfest in December. This event will include the 47 Annual Tappahannock Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4 (4-7 p.m.), and a street festival on Saturday, December 10 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Sunday’s Christmas Parade will have the theme “Miracle On Prince Street.” Following the parade, a lighting of the town’s Christmas […]

Magruder Receives Scouting Award

John Magruder’s longevity in Scouting was recently recognized as he was the recipient of the “Spirit of Scouting Award.” The Spirit of Scouting Award is presented to a noteworthy individual who has performed exceptional and unusual service to young people in hard to reach communities over a long period of time. Rivers District and the Heart of Va Council of […]

40th Christmas Wishes Dec. 6


One of the area’s most anticipated holiday season traditions will make its return on Tuesday, December 6, when radio stations WRAR and WNNT host “Christmas Wishes.” “The event began in 1983 as a way to utilize the power of radio to reach out and spread the true Christmas Spirit to children less fortunate in our local communities,” Terry Brooks, the […]

Triad Gets Tips to Trim Winter Energy Bill

Almost half of your annual electric bill (48%) pays for heating your home, so it makes sense to start there if you’re looking to lower your bill. At its November meeting, the Essex County Tappahannock Triad members got that advice from speaker Louis O’Berry of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC). Lower your thermostat setting to save energy costs, he said, noting […]

Make Way, 804: New Digits Are Coming

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved bringing a new area code – 686 – to Virginia regions now served by the 804 area code. It is expected that the 804 area code could run out of available numbers during the third quarter of 2024. The SCC approved a proposal by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator for an all-services […]

To Conserve Virginia Forestland

Two Tribes Awarded State Grant Funds

In a mission to gain back lands lost since Capt. John Smith’s first expeditions throughout the Chesapeake Bay in 1608, state and federally recognized Indigenous tribes are tapping into state funds. Last week, two tribes were awarded grants directly from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund (VLCF) to acquire and preserve forestlands for the first time. The grants will only cover […]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Stop by our office at 622 Charlotte Street in Tappahannock, between now and December 23, and take a guess at how many bells are in the festive gumball machine. For every guess, the Rappahannock Times will donate $5 to Christmas Wishes (up to $500). The person who comes closest to the actual number of bells will receive a one-year digital […]

The Essex County Board of Supervisors

The Essex County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing Communications Officer Jessica Sydnor for her role in the September 28 delivery of a baby. Sydnor used her Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) training to assist Terry Washington with the delivery of the baby. From left, Essex County Sheriff W.A. “Arnie” Holmes, Jessica Sydnor and Essex Board of […]

Tappahannock Police Investigating Woman Found Dead in Water Lane Home;

Home Owned by Alleged Victim of Previous Assault

The Tappahannock Police Department is investigating the death of a 52-year-old town resident found early Friday morning, November 18. Officers were dispatched to 137 Water Lane for an unresponsive person. Once there, they found a deceased woman inside the residence. Additional officers and detectives responded to begin a death investigation, along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. “At […]


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