Culpeper County High School tenth grader Crystal Yowell shows off the Academic Letter she received last week for earning all As last year. The school hosted more than 260 students Friday morning for an ice cream party in recognition of academic achievement.

Fall Steak Dinner

Mitchells Presbyterian will hold its Annual Fall Steak Dinner 5 to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14 at the church, 12229 Mitchell Rd. in Mitchells.

Adults eat for $12 and children aged 6-12 for $5. Children 5 and younger eat free. All are welcome for delicious food and fellowship.

Proceeds will benefit the Christ-Center Addiction Restoration Services. For more information and carry-outs, contact 540/825-1079.

Second meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease on Oct. 9

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Department confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease in a deer for the first time in Culpeper County in February.

Due to an overflow crowd and enhanced public interest at an initial meeting last month, VDGIF will hold a second public meeting in Culpeper from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 9 Eastern View High School,16332 Cyclone Way.

A male deer legally killed by a hunter in Culpeper County last fall later tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the state agency. In response to the recent detection of the fatal neurological disease in Culpeper County, DGIF has created a Disease Management Area that includes Culpeper, Madison, and Orange counties and variety of regulatory changes have been enacted within the area to minimize the spread of the disease.

Deer feeding is now prohibited year round in the Disease Management Area and whole carcasses (and certain carcass parts) cannot be exported from the area. Hunters that harvest deer in area are encouraged to submit their deer for voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease testing at any time of the season, and hunters that are successful on November 16, are required to submit their deer for CWD testing.

In addition, Earn A Buck is now in effect on private lands in Culpeper County. These regulatory changes, in addition to other aspects of CWD management strategies enacted in DMA2, will be discussed at the public meeting on Oct. 9.

Additional information for individuals planning to hunt in DMA2 can be found at:

Moms Demand Action Meeting

The Culpeper-Orange-Madison chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Culpeper County Library. As September is Suicide Prevention Month, meeting topics will include a discussion of how universal background checks, red flag laws, and the BE SMART program can reduce the risk of firearm suicides. The meeting will also cover upcoming efforts to campaign for Virginia General Assembly candidates who support common sense gun laws.

Moms Demand Action will also host a table at the Culpeper Fiesta on Sept. 20 and the Gordonsville Street Festival on Oct. 5.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan, grassroots organization that supports 2nd Amendment rights. The organization has chapters in all 50 states, including more than 20 local groups throughout Virginia.

The Culpeper-Orange-Madison group welcomes new members, including responsible gun owners. For information, contact or see

Team Jordan Raffle & Silent Auction Fundraiser

The suicide prevention coalition known as Team Jordan will host its annual major fundraiser 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Pepper’s Grill, 791 Madison Rd. in the town of Culpeper.

The raffle drawing will have a $10,000 grand prize along with five $200 winners and additional winners receiving locally donated items. Tickets for the drawing are $100 each and only 300 will be sold through Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins—contact him at 540/718-3030 to buy one.

The upcoming Team Jordan fundraiser will also feature a silent auction to include autographed items from professional athletes, hotel travel stays, many great items that can be used as holiday gifts, golfing packages and much more. There will also be live music and food at the upcoming event; admission is free. All proceeds will benefit the efforts of Team Jordan and its partner, Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services.

The mission of Team Jordan is to prevent suicide through a variety of initiatives. The group provides and supports educational and outreach opportunities aimed at the recognition of warning signs and designation of places where help can be obtained. Team Jordan also supports youth groups and other coalitions by providing funding for activities that seek to reduce the opportunity for a crisis, and instead makes a person more resilient to the challenges of life.

Transportation interruption

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate this Friday, Sept. 13 due to an Employee In-Service Training.

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