50 years ago
December 1, 1960
Lyle Updike, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Updike near Washington Va., won second place in the 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, held in connection with the International Livestock Exposition at Chicago. He judged classes of beef cattle, swine and sheep last Friday and on Saturday received a $400 U.S. Savings Bond award from Armour and Company. Lyle lives on a 200-acre farm and has 4-H projects in sheep, baby beef, swine and beef cattle.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Thornhill of Boston, Va., are the proud parents of a daughter, Melanie Frances Thornhill, born Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Culpeper Memorial Hospital. Grandparents of the baby are Mr. and Mrs. Cary Thornhill.
Washington Troop 64, Boy Scouts of America, held its regular meeting Saturday morning in the educational rooms of the Baptist Church. That evening, accompanied by their scoutmaster, Judge R.V. Snead, they went to Winchester to see “Ben Hur.” Those making the trip were Sam Snead, Stuart Palmer, Page Moffett, Philip Kuhn, Jimmie Jenkins and Frank Moffett.
25 years ago
November 14, 1985
Heavy rains that soaked Rappahannock County last week caused more than $162,000 in damage to county roads and personal property. A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency inspected Rappahannock County last week to survey road and private property damage after the flooding brought about by six days of heavy rain. Col. Dieter Knuepfer, of the Rappahannock Emergency Services, reported that flooding caused an estimated $155,000 worth of damage to Rappahannock roads alone.
A Scrabble landowner filed an appeal Tuesday of the issuance of the building permit to construct an animal shelter on county-owned land near the abandoned Scrabble School. The building permit was issued to the Rappahannock County board of supervisors, which last week learned of the intent of neighboring landowners to protest the selection of that site. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Dellinger, absentee landowners of property on VA 626, decided to fight the board’s Sept. 9 decision to place a shelter at the school.
The Rappahannock Library recently announced the appointment of Miss Cynthia Dodson, of Sperryville, as assistant to the librarian. Dodson, a native of the county, graduated from Rappahannock County High School in June 1985 as class valedictorian with a 4.0 average. She was an active member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, the Merit Club, and volleyball team.
10 years ago
November 22, 2000
In a relatively quiet but impressive ceremony earlier this month Rappahannock Sheriff Larry Sherertz promoted Lt. Sheila M. Scott to captain. Sheriff Sherertz praised Capt. Scott for her years of dedication and service to the office. She is a resident of Amissville and has been employed at the Sheriff’s Office since March 1984.
Young kids and grown-up boys who have fond memories of their childhood train sets will want to stop at the Old Sperryville Bookshop to see the Christmas train that owners Jim and Joan Gannon have set up, complete with a little village that includes a book shop. This choo-choo not only blows smoke but plays Christmas carols.