Irvington businesses and town to explore tourism grant; mayor will not seek new term

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

Mayor Ransone says he won’t seek another term
Irvington Mayor Ralph “Rannie” Ransone last Thursday announced he will not seek re-election when his term ends in 2020.
After 24 years—his combined terms for council, vice-mayor and mayor—he needs a break, said Ransone.
“It’s the right thing to do now,” he said, adding that he hopes “young people in this town would start taking an interest. I did it. An older person asked me. I was a write-in candidate. And it lasted 24 years.”


IRVINGTON—Following discussion October 10, it was determined that a committee would be established by Irvington businesses, with the cooperation of town staff, to explore matching grant opportunities with the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VATC) and possibly complete an application.

Lee Capps, who was instrumental in the development of tourism grants for Kilmarnock and Warsaw, pledged to help with the process and present something to the council by the November meeting and, if all agree to pursue the grant opportunity at that point, a grant application would be completed by the December deadline.

Last Thursday, Dudley Patteson of the Hope and Glory Inn and Stuart Barwise, general manager of the Tides Inn, presented an opportunity to apply for a matching grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VATC) to encourage more visitors to the town.

Patteson stressed “This is not a Hope and Glory or Dog and Oyster or Tides Inn request” but a “request that benefits everyone.”

The grant from VATC’s Marketing Leverage Program is “designed to stimulate new…