2022-12-07 E-Edition

Santa Stops in Tappahannock

Santa Claus gives a wave to the Rappahannock Times photographer following Sunday’s 47th Annual Tappahannock Christmas Parade. Approximately 100 units participated in the event that was organized by Tappahannock Main Street. See additional photos on page 8A.

Essex Historical Markers Unveiled

Thanks to a partnership between two local organizations, Essex County’s Colonial-era history is being recognized via the installation of two Historical Highway Markers along U.S. Route 17 in the Occupacia Rural Historic District. Layton’s Landing Wharf and Ferry and Saunders’s Wharf markers were recently unveiled by representatives of the Essex County Conservation Alliance (ECCA), the driving force behind the project. […]

Essex Falls to Riverheads in State Semifinals

The mountain that is Riverheads football once again proved too steep for Essex to conquer Saturday afternoon in Greenville. Essex battled to the bitter end, but five turnovers — including two that Riverheads converted into touchdowns — led to the Trojans’ demise in a 21-8 setback in a VHSL Class 1 state semifinal contest. “You can’t make mistakes in big-time […]

Rounds Named Interim Essex County Administrator

Following a November 30 closed session, the Essex County Board of Supervisors announced it unanimously voted to name April Rounds interim County Administrator effective January 1, 2023. Rounds currently serves as Assistant County Administrator. Current County Administrator Michael Lombardo will be retiring effective December 30. “We have complete confidence in Ms. Rounds ability to lead our staff in the coming […]

Hundley Women’s Leadership Committee Chair

Bates Re-elected to Farm Bureau Board

Essex County cattle and grain producer J. Barry Bates of Tappahannock was elected Nov. 30 to a second three-year term on the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board of directors. Elections of officers and directors were held at the VFBF 2022 Annual Meeting of Voting Delegates. As a board member, Bates will represent Farm Bureau producer members in Caroline, Essex, Gloucester, […]

Virginia Regulators Consider Changes to Menhaden Fishing Regulations in the Bay

Virginia regulators will consider changes to commercial menhaden fishing in the Chesapeake Bay following requests from recreational anglers to put an end to the fishery. Among the changes the Virginia Marine Resources Commission will take up are new regulations creating a no-fishing buffer one nautical mile wide around Virginia shorelines and Virginia Beach and a half-nautical mile wide around the […]

County to Close Old Beale Indefinitely

Essex County will be closing the Old Beale Sanctuary starting January 1, 2023 for repairs and remodeling. According to county building official Ernie Sadler, termite damage was discovered to the facility’s floor joist and wall supports. “Until we are able to assess the damage we are unable to determine a reopening date,” Sadler told the Rappahannock Times.

Gross Named Chief Operations Officer

Essex Public Schools

Following an absence of nearly two decades, Roger “Butch” Gross has returned to the Essex County School System. Gross, a 1987 Essex High School graduate, was recently named the school division’s Chief Operations Officer. He succeeds assistant superintendent Dr. Tara Temple who resigned earlier this year. He was previously employed by Essex County Public Schools as a health/physical education instructor […]