Down Memory Lane for June 6

Sept. 14, 1972

Two Fairfax County youths, attempting to travel down the Rappahannock River on a raft Sunday, became lost and were finally rescued early Monday morning by Amissville volunteers.

Clay Parrish of Springfield, whose parents also own property near Viewtown in Rappahannock, and a friend, Neil Sawyer, put their rafts in the river at the new bridge on the Rappahannock-Fauquier line Sunday morning.

The young men had not realized how low the water was downstream due to the dry weather and in many places the river was not navigable and the banks were overgrown.

The Amissville Rescue Squad was alerted and took a position on each bridge on the river with loudspeakers in an attempt to make contact with the lost youths. Failing to get a reply, a posse of men started walking upstream until they found the boys huddled together for warmth in a field.

A young man who gave his address early Saturday morning for the possession of controlled drugs. The man, George Pierce Pipkin, was found with marijuana in his possession by Trooper Dean Irvine. The officer had been investigating a traffic crash on U.S. 211 near Washington when Pipkin hurried through the scene. He was released on a $500 bond and a hearing is set for Oct. 20.

Aug. 20, 1981

The Rappahannock School Board learned at last Tuesday’s meeting that the state highway department has a policy against leasing the old school bus shop back to the school system for more than  a year or two. Chairman Beverly Massie reported that she and school superintendent Robert Estabrook had met with representatives from the highway department who told them the board must have some sort of formal plans for building a new bus shop.

Massie reported that highway personnel admitted the department has no plans now to proceed with widening the section of U.S. 211 that would take in the bus shop, but said if the funds should become available in the Culpeper office they have 30 days to let out bids. “In a month or 60 days we’d have to get out and have another building to move into,” Massie reported.

Rappahannock Commonwealth’s Attorney Douglas Baumgardner is getting ready to play David against a telephone utility Goliath. In a letter to acting supervisor chairman J. R. Latham dated Aug. 14, Baumgardner announces his intention to appear before the State Corporation Commission on behalf of the people of Rappahannock County to oppose the rate increase application from Central Telephone Company (Centel). This week Centel filed a rate application that will increase the company’s annual revenues by $8.5 million, or about 10.7 percent. Charges for local access rates, or what customers pay for their telephone lines, will go up an average of 23 percent under the proposal.

Big yellow buses will roll again next Thursday, carrying loads of Rappahannock youngsters to the start of classes for the 1981-82 school year. While the buses have sat idle all summer, transportation superintendent Allie Huff has been anything but. Huff’s title as transportation superintendent might been mostly honorary but there’s no doubt as to his skills as a mechanic.

Working in a drafty, run-down bus shop, lying on his back on a cement floor that’s colder than ice in the winter, Huff has kept the bus fleet running smoothly. It’s a tribute to his talents that when the sheriff’s office got county cars last year, the first place Sheriff W.A. Buntin looked for a mechanic was the school bus shop.

July 9, 1992

The board of supervisors decided to hold a public hearing on road names that will be part of the enhanced 911 emergency system at their August meeting. Proposed names have been gathered by the county fire and rescue organizations and will be suggested at the public hearing. Many right-of ways that serve two or more houses must still be named. The county proposes that most roads be named as roads and those that dead end be named lanes.

The supervisors considered giving up on the naming project. “We don’t have to have names,” Jackson District representative Ellis Bingham suggested. County Administrator John McCarthy said that giving addresses as numbers with additional road numbers could be confusing and would still require that all the private rights-of-way be given numbers.

Susan Parrish of Washington is organizing an effort to have an elected school board in Rappahannock County. Legislation allowing elected school boards passed in the last session of the General Assembly. A two-step process is required to go from the current method of having school board members appointed by the board of supervisors to having an elected school board. Mrs. Parrish is circulating petitions to have the question of whether to have an elected school board placed on the ballot for a vote this November.