2023-12-20

2023-12-20 E-Edition

Essex Christmas Mother Serves 258 Kids In Need This Season


The Beale Memorial Baptist Church dining hall was bustling with activity Friday afternoon into the night and the following morning as the Essex County Christmas Mother Program distributed toys, clothing, bicycles, winter coats, board games and more to parents to help make the holiday season brighter for their families. This year the Christmas Mother Program assisted 123 families and 258 […]

Woody Johnson Dead At 74

Long-Time Tappahannock Police Officer

Woodford L. “Woody” Johnson Sr., who spent nearly five decades with the Town of Tappahannock Police Department before retiring in 2019, has died. A native of Laneview, Johnson graduated from Tappahannock High School and served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. When he returned home, he joined the TPD in 1971 as a patrol officer. He was […]

Essex Board Of Supervisors Nixes Brays Fork Development


The Essex County Board of Supervisors last week voted 3-1 to deny a rezoning request that would have created a mixed-use development at Brays Fork. The application was submitted by Shiree and June Monterio for the project called Essex Point at Mt. Clement. The 13.186 acre site is near the top of Brays Fork Hill adjacent to James River Equipment […]

Essex Board Of Supervisors Nixes Brays Fork Development


The Essex County Board of Supervisors last week voted 3-1 to deny a rezoning request that would have created a mixed-use development at Brays Fork. The application was submitted by Shiree and June Monterio for the project called Essex Point at Mt. Clement. The 13.186 acre site is near the top of Brays Fork Hill adjacent to James River Equipment […]

Business Tax Rates Unchanged

Tappahannock

The Tappahannock Town Council voted unanimously last week to continue with existing BPOL (Business, Professional and Occupational) tax rates for the calendar year 2024. In September, Council was presented a proposal that called for rates to increase in these categories: • Business, personal, repair and other services from 35 cents for each $100 gross receipts to 36 cents for each […]

The annual “Shop With A Cop”

The annual “Shop With A Cop” event took place at the Tappahannock Walmart on December 6, with 40 teenage participants partnering with law enforcement officer and volunteers to purchase Christmas gifts for their families.

Interim Police Chief Named

Tappahannock

In a decision that sparked a bit of controversy, the Tappahannock Town Council last week voted to go outside its police department to name an interim police chief. Council voted 3-2 to appoint Anthony J. “A.J.” Panebianco to fill the role until a permanent police chief is named following the retirement of current Chief James G. Ashworth Jr. Panebianco most […]

Upcoming Early Deadlines

Due to the upcoming holidays, the Rappahannock Times will have early deadlines for its December 27, 2023 and January 3, 2024 editions. The news, advertising, and letters to the editor deadlines for the December 27 publication will be Thursday, December 21, at 5 p.m. The deadlines for the January 3 publication will be 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 28.

Ashworth Reflects On Career


A nearly 50-year career in law enforcement will soon be concluding. Tappahannock Police Chief James G. Ashworth Jr. is retiring, with December 31 being his final day on the job. His career spans 37 years with the Virginia State Police and the past 11 ½ years with the Tappahannock Police Department. “I’m really proud of our department,” Ashworth said. “We […]