2023-01-11 E-Edition

Commissioners Zero in on Definition/Regulation of Murals


The Tappahannock Planning Commission hopes to have a definition in place by next month that will help control the creation of murals on buildings within the town’s limits. Commissioner Dianna Carneal was tasked with creating the definition based on input from fellow commissioners Elaine Hilowitz and Maria Pitts. During a discussion led by commission chairman Timothy Bradshaw, the commission agreed […]

The 1710 Ordinary Grant and a Rush to Judgment

Setting the Record Straight

Last week several news outlets carried stories about the grant won by the Town of Tappahannock and the owners of the old Emerson’s Ordinary. The content of these stories was based solely on a press release issued by the Town and the conclusions that some of these outlets drew from wording contained within that press release. Unfortunately, many of those […]

A Look Back at 1924

Celebrating our Centennial Year

In the pre-dawn hours of May 1, 1924, a group of fishermen pulled an unknown woman’s body from the Rappahannock River, near the wharf in downtown Tappahannock. The discovery, which received newspaper coverage across the state and, in fact, up and down the east coast, set off a minor flare of attention for the town. A few people travelled to […]

Cause Named in Mystery Death

Breaking News

Just prior to press time, the Rappahannock Times received word from the Office of the Medical Examiner in Richmond that a determination has been made as to the cause of death for Elizabeth Payne. Payne was found dead of unknown causes on the floor of her Water Lane home on November 18. The Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that the […]

Child Neglect Case Nets 1 Year

Guilty Plea

A co-defendant in a sexual abuse case involving a juvenile was sentence to a year in prison during a January 4 appearance in Essex County Circuit Court. Robin Mingee Pina, 63 of 390 Deep Landing Road in Tappahannock, pleaded guilty to a charge of felony child neglect involving a juvenile who is now 15 years old. The indictment alleged that […]

Foundation Releases State of the Bay Report

The health of the Chesapeake Bay remains unchanged from a D+ in 2020 and 2018, according to a biennial report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that showed mixed results from pollution control efforts. The State of the Bay report looks at 13 indicators across pollution, habitat and fisheries in the bay, comparing them to what the status of the bay […]

On the Cat Point Creek Unit

Refuge Opens Public Comment Period

The Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is opening a 14-day public comment period on the Environmental Assessment (EA) packet for the proposed opening of the new Cat Point Creek Unit, located on Newland Road in Warsaw, Virginia. Federal agencies are required to develop an EA as part of the process for determining whether a proposed action has the […]

Drug Dealer Gets 10 Years

Third Offense

A 51-year-old Tappahannock woman with a lengthy criminal history and an admitted three decade long drug addiction was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Essex County Circuit Court last week. Tara Richards entered a guilty plea to a charge of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I or II drug as a third or subsequent offense. In a […]

Local Creates Free-for-All Trading Outlet

Giving Back, Building Community

Carolyn Brown always wanted to do something to help others in her community, she just didn’t know what. When her granddaughter’s house burned down, the idea of what she should do began to form. Her granddaughter and four young great grandsons lost everything in the fire. Their landlord, friends, and family all pitched in to help them re- coup. This […]