2023-12-06

2023-12-06 E-Edition

Essex Trojans To Play For State Crown


In what turned out to be a defensive slug-fest, Essex constructed a 16-0 lead and held off Altavista for a 16-8 triumph in a Class 1 state football semifinal contested Saturday on the EHS campus. Essex (14-0) will next play in the Class 1 state championship game Saturday, December 9, in Salem. The opponent will be Region 1C champion Galax […]

Tree lighting ceremony on Prince Street

A tree lighting ceremony on Prince Street culminated Sunday’s 48th Annual Tappahannock Christmas Parade. The tree will remain illuminated throughout the holiday season. See additional parade and WinterFest photos on page A10.

Town Hires Zoning Assistant


A new face can be found in the offices and hallways of the Town of Tappahannock’s Municipal Building. Lauren Colley recently joined the town’s administrative team as the planning and zoning assistant. “Lauren has been a tremendous addition to the town’s staff,” Tappahannock Zoning Administrator/ Community Development Director Connie Dalton said. “She is not only helping myself, but the office […]

Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance Marks 20 Years

On November 15, 2023, regional leaders of rural health services convened to commemorate the 20th anniversary of BRTA and to celebrate National Rural Health Day. This in-person event was filled with excitement, community, and appreciation for our rural health heroes for their dedication and hard work in improving healthcare in rural areas. Elizabeth “Liz” Martin, MHA, President of VCU Tappahannock […]

Kendra Wood Graduates Leadership Institute

Rappahannock Community College (RCC) is pleased to announce Dr. Kendra Wood, RCC Dean of Strategic Enrollment Management, is one of the 28 graduates of the Virginia Rural Center’s Virginia Rural Leadership Institute (VRLI). VRLI is a leadership program that develops and supports highly skilled, highly motivated leaders who are committed to revitalizing their communities across rural Virginia. “The 2023 cohort […]

Blackwell Looks Toward Retirement Pleased With His Career


Thomas Blackwell’s nearly two decades of public service to the Essex County community is nearing a conclusion. The county’s Commissioner of the Revenue since late 2005, Blackwell will conclude his constitutional office career on December 31. Growing up in Tappahannock Tommy says he never gave a thought to following in his father’s footsteps. His dad was Essex Commissioner of the […]

“Breakfast With Santa”

Santa Claus and Ms. Elf were on hand Saturday to hear children’s Christmas wishes during the “Breakfast With Santa” at Beale Memorial Baptist Church. Essex Churches Together sponsors the annual event.

Santa Run Schedule

The Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department has scheduled its annual visits from Santa Claus. Santa wishes he could visit every road and neighborhood in Essex County, but this is a very busy time of year, and he simply can’t make them all. If your road or neighborhood is not listed on his schedule, please try to meet Santa at one of […]

Kam Robinson Named Frosh All-American


Having completed his inaugural campaign as a starting linebacker for the University of Virginia’s football team, accolades are beginning to roll in for Essex County resident Kam Robinson. Most recently, Robinson was named to the 2023 On3 True Freshman All-American team. Robinson played 474 snaps this fall for the Cavaliers’ defense. He registered 71 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, a […]