Down Memory Lane for June 14

50 years ago
September 20, 1962

The Town Council of the Town of Washington met on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the courthouse with all members present and the mayor presiding.

Two new ordinances were discussed and passed and will become effective only after the proper procedure.They were: No. 1: The property in the Town of Washington will come under the same planning and zoning laws as adopted by Rappahannock County. No. 2: Motor vehicles owned in the Town of Washington will pay the $10 tag fee to the town rather than the county and will display a Town of Washington tag rather than the Rappahannock County tag.

Mr. Robert W. Miller, Woodville, was awarded the  bedspread given away Sept. 7 by the Ladies Auxiliary to Washington Fire Company. Mrs. Grover Wayland, Washington, hand crocheted the beautiful spread and donated it to the organization.

The annual dinner of the Rappahannock County Education Association was held in the high school cafeteria Tuesday night, Sept. 11, honoring new teachers and welcoming the returning ones. The high school is glad to have with them this year Mr. Atwood who teaches English and Mrs. Lucia Kilby who is at the Washington Elementary School.

The group enjoyed having with them Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Norton, Mr. and Mrs. James Eavey, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby of the School Board Office in Front Royal, Mr. and Mrs. Dabney Carr and the many other guests and members.

25 years ago
April 30, 1987

In the VICA competitions held recently at Piedmont Technical Education Center, several club members from Rappahannock County were winners in the following categories: Club Business Procedures: Brian Craft, Wayne Sutphin, first, first. Cosmetology: Roberta Jenkins, third place (post-secondary). Welding: Matthew Settle, third place.

Robert Ashton Baines of Washington was among the Randolph-Macon College students honored for their academic achievement at the college’s annual Honors Convocation in Blackwell Auditorium on April 23.

Mr. Baines was the recipient of the William Neal Cunningham Memorial Fund, awarded to a student majoring in biology who demonstrates consistent excellence in environmental and non-medical biology.

He is the son of Rufus A. and Lynne Baines, also of Washington.

10 years ago
Jan. 9, 2002

Rappahannock County High School started its wrestling program Nov. 1, 2000, with a new mat, a bunch of new wrestlers and a new coach. The team had some success in its first year, going 6-10-3 in dual meet competition. Not bad for a new team wrestling in the cafeteria of the elementary school.

Coach Jim Wells knew wrestling requires a considerable amount of time spent on perfecting moves and none of these moves involve cafeteria tables and mats. While many schools are forced to “roll out and roll up” their mats for practice, Coach Wells had never met a state champion who came from that environment.

In the first County Board of Supervisors meeting of the new year, Sheriff Larry Sheretz reported to the board that the Sheriff’s Office had significantly underspent on the “jail improvement” budget line item and would be returning excess funds to the county. He said that jail floor repairs and a voice recorder purchase totaled some $23,000 versus the $50,000 that had been budgeted.

Misty Hitt of Woodville and a group of friends were sleigh riding last weekend when they discovered a snake laying in the snow nearby. They excitedly summoned Mr. Corker, father of one of the youngsters, who could hardly believe the three-and-a-half-foot snake was real. Conjecture is that the reptile crawled out of a groundhog hole and froze to death. Tracks in the snow toward a hole nearby substantiated the theory.