Down Memory Lane for Oct. 24

March 8, 1973

Mrs. Frances Foster of Washington, appointed Treasurer of Rappahannock County to fill the unexpired term of Robert L. Brown, assumed duties March 1 after taking the oath of office as administered by E. M. Jones, clerk. Deputy Treasurer is Mrs. Judy Armentrout Black of Woodville, who fills the vacancy created when Mrs. Foster stepped up.

James Allsberry Jr. of Flint Hill took a pile of parts and pieces and concocted a lawn mower which really runs. He created this machine in the adult ed class with Mr. Helmer as instructor.

Rappahannock County “got 50 percent of what we wanted,” as Newbill Miller put it, in the way of school no-passing zones on U.S. 211. Resident highway engineer Don Askew appeared at last Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors to report on how his department had reacted to a request from the board that no-passing zones be considered in front of both the elementary school and the high school.

Highway officials “agreed and concurred in the recommendation for no passing at the elementary school, and this has been done,” Askew said. “But they did not concur at the high school.” Askew said it was felt that 1,500 feet of “sight distance” in front of the high school was sufficient for safety’s sake, and that it had also been noted that a flashing sign was an additional safety warning.

Jan. 14, 1982

A courtroom full of aroused citizens faced the Rappahannock supervisors last Wednesday, demanding that they take action to control the illegal hunting that has plagued the county this deer season. Homer Henry stopped short of characterizing the law breakers that have harassed the Castleton area for the past four to six weeks as hunters — even slob hunters. “We’ve been bothered by deer killers. They’re not hunters!” Henry maintained.

He reported that he’s counted as many as 17 vehicles at a time parked at an intersection, two to three men to a car, guns loaded and ready, waiting for their dogs to drive deer off posted land onto the road. Henry said he’s called the sheriff and the game warden with complaints but that both have repeatedly insisted their hands are tied in trying to deal with illegal road hunting. “What they’re really saying is that it’s up to the landowner to catch someone in the act of illegally shooting a deer, get the license number, swear out a warrant and then spend a couple of days pursuing it in court.”

Bill Scoggin graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg on Dec. 17, 1981, earning a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Scoggin of Washington, and a 1975 graduate of Rappahannock County High School.

Nov. 25, 1992

The county planning commissioners took their first look last Wednesday at the first major subdivision application in Rappahannock since 1976. In precise British accents, Nevill Turner explained that a group of overseas investors have signed a contract to purchase 663 acres of Sommarbeth Farm contingent upon approval to subdivide the property into 24 lots. Turner said that the house sites at Sommarbeth Farm Subdivision will be offered for sale at around $2,000 per acre. The investors in the partnership, mainly from the United Kingdom, plan to build two log cabins as “spec” homes “to see if that’s the concept, the theme that people want to follow,” he added. Turner replied that Route 662 and the roads which will provide access to the 24 lots all will be 50 foot right-of-ways.

“Mr. Luke, Mr. Bowers, we bit the bullet!” announced chairman A. Y. Stokes as the planning commission agreed last week to put a request to allow shooting ranges by special-use permit into amendment form. Support for the zoning ordinance amendment which would permit ranges in agricultural zones has been less than enthusiastic on the part of the planning commission. Charles Estes seemed to speak for his fellow commissioners when he noted at last Wednesday’s continued public hearing that an outright refusal to allow ranges anywhere in the county was not defensible.

How high will the stock and bond market go? That is the question which will be addressed at a special program on investments to be held at the Rappahannock County Library on Tuesday, Dec. 14. James P. Jamieson and David C. Gerrish Jr., will bring Wall Street to Rappahannock for this investment program. Gerrish is with the Warrenton office of Wheat First Securities. Jamieson, a long time member of the Investment Banking Fraternity, is a specialist in the design, manufacture and marketing of tax exempt bond issues for states and municipalities.

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