2023-02-08 E-Edition

New Lower Rappahannock River Steward

The Friends of the Rappahannock’s (FOR) new Lower Rappahannock River Steward Libby Bieri has been busy since taking on her role last fall. “I started in mid-September of last year and right now I’m starting to gear things up for the summer season,” Bieri told the Rappahannock Times. “We are planning a lot of great events to get the public […]

Holmes Signs Letter of Intent for VMI

Before more than 100 onlookers, King and Queen Central High School senior Malik Holmes announced Friday, Feb. 3, that he will play collegiate football this fall at Division I Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. Friday’s National Letter of Intent signing ceremony was held in the school’s auditorium. Holmes is the first-ever CHS student-athlete to sign a Letter of Intent with […]

Chris Brown Appreciation Day Proposed

A movement is afoot to have a local celebration recognizing the musical achievements of Tappahannock native Chris Brown. Brown, an R&B singer who left here to launch his musical career when he was 15, has sold 92.5 million cumulative singles in his career, making him one of the highest-selling male R&B artists of all-time. Last month the 33-year-old earned his […]

Main Street Seeks Grant For Space Sharing

Tappahannock Main Street hopes to secure funding that will allow it to convert its office at 315 Duke Street into a multi-use facility for the community. Beth Sharpe, the executive director for Tappahannock Main Street, told the Essex County Economic Development Authority (EDA) that her organization is seeking funds from Virginia Main Street’s Downtown Investment Grant (DIG). According to Virginia […]

Electric School Buses Coming

Essex County Anticipating

Essex County Public Schools is expecting the delivery of two new electric school buses any day now. In 2021 Essex County Public Schools Supervisor of Transportation Crystal Blowe began the long process of applying for the buses through funding from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. In June of 2017, Volkswagen […]

Industrial Park Grant

EDA Discusses

The Essex County Economic Development Authority (EDA) learned last week that a grant recently awarded to the Town of Tappahannock will strictly be used for transforming the former airport property (540 Airport Road) into an industrial park. Tappahannock has been awarded a $261,300 grant from the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program (VBRSP) Development Grant for planning and design services. The […]

Failed Bills Roundup

General Assembly

(Capital News Service) Elected officials serving in the Virginia General Assembly have a short amount of time to potentially discuss thousands of proposed measures that are either defeated or signed into law. Over 1,900 bills were introduced this session, in addition to joint resolutions and legislation carried over from last year. So far, over 100 bills have failed to advance […]

Oak Trees Are Dying

In Chesapeake Region

It’s not your imagination. Those beautiful mature oaks are dying — along the road, in forests, perhaps even in your yard — at an accelerating rate. Reports of mature, seemingly healthy trees suddenly becoming leafless and dropping dead branches are flooding into the offices of local officials and state forestry agencies in Chesapeake Bay drainage states. Forest inventories show the […]

Using Drones To Increase Farming Yields

Virginia Tech Researchers

Researchers at Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Warsaw are using drones to collect aerial imagery with the goal of helping farmers to grow small grain crops more efficiently. Eastern Virginia AREC is one of Virginia Tech’s eleven research centers located across the state which were formed to facilitate collaboration among the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station at Virginia […]