E-mail your items for community briefs to Vivian Grayson at: vgrayson@timespapers.com. Please include contact information. Food Closet shares needs Food Closet “Needs of the Week”: Hand soap, canned meat, mashed potatoes (13 oz.). There were 51 families helped and 1,593…

On Saturday, Dec. 14, approximately 40 officers from the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Culpeper Police Department, and Virginia State Police, to include CPD Explorers, shared breakfast with 31 families at Pepper’s Grill for CCSO’s annual Santa Cop event. Funding for…

Selecting a real Christmas tree over an artificial tree is an environmentally friendly decision because of the renewable nature of real trees. But what should families do with the Christmas tree after the holidays have passed? If the tree is…

James Madison University Hailey Ratliff of Brandy Station, VA and a member of the 2013 Marching Royal Dukes, represented JMU in the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Ratliff a senior majoring in Psychology, plays in the…

The dictionary says it all: Redskin is a derogatory word As I read the Washington Post a few weeks ago, I was taken by two stories in the A section. The first detailed Washington owner Dan Snyder’s ongoing effort to…

We hosted a rather large gathering of family and friends over Thanksgiving this year – over 25 people. I noticed that technology had taken over much of the family time. People were on their devices checking recipes, Thanksgiving sales, floor…

Around for several decades now, I’ve tried to enter each new year with a greater sense of aplomb. Celebrating a birthday on New Year’s Eve of each year brings with it a heightened sense of new beginnings and resolve. If…

Local lure coursing enthusiasts will get an intimate insider view of one of the dog world’s fastest sports at a sighthound trials this Saturday. On Jan. 4, the American Sighthound Field Association and champion sighthound breeders Scott and Ceil Dove…