Rappahannock News & Foothills Forum
Location: * South, Virginia
Beat: Changing nature of public services
Position: Research and reporting on county life, from daily coverage to explanatory series, reveal a megatrend: there's no plan, no strategy, little official understanding of what's ahead for Rappahannock County. The county’s guiding plan is nearly a decade behind its required update, and a mere 60 percent of Rappahannock is taxable property, severely restricting funding for schools and public safety. The overall population continues to decline in numbers. Our aged population (the oldest in the region, and the region's the oldest in Virginia) strains our first responders and miniscule health care infrastructure (no hospitals). County buildings are crumbling. A proposed code of conduct has floundered. This reporter covers it all. As Rappahannock approaches its bicentennial in 2033, what does the future hold for our rural home?
Reporter: Rachel Needham