Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington has a new rector, Jennings Wise Hobson III, who has moved into the rectory with his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Humphrey. Mr. Hobson says he is a native Virginian, though he was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, where his father was a missionary to the Indians along the Yukon River. Mr. Hobson is the son of the Rev. Jennings W. Hobson Jr., presently rector of Christ Church, Luray, and Mrs. Hobson. This May he graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria with a Master of Divinity degree and soon after was ordained a deacon by Rev. Robert B. Hall in Richmond. Trinity Church in Washington is his first assignment.
Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Brady of Flint Hill celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday at their home. The Bradys were married in Front Royal on June 30, 1923. The Rev. Snyder performed the ceremony at his home, the Methodist parsonage. Mr. Brady was an employee for 50 years with the Virginia Department of Highways, holding the position of maintenance supervisor for a number of years. Mr. and Mrs. Brady have lived all of their married life in the Flint Hill area and have 10 children, 21 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Washington Mayor Andres L. Kozik has announced the winners in the Washington Beautification contest. First prize of $25 for Best Vegetable Garden went to Mr. and Mrs. William Curtis. Mrs. Anna Jenkins won first prize of $15 for Best Yard. Second place (and $10) for Best Vegetable Garden went to Mrs. Mary Burke while Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Jenkins were awarded second place for Best Yard. The judges also included two honorable mentions: Stant Weaver (vegetable garden) and Mrs. Lillie Lillard (yard).
Fighting fire with fire was one method used to control a forest fire that burned west of Washington in the Big Devils Stairs canyon from early Saturday afternoon until Monday morning’s rain dampened the last smoking stumps. Assistant Chief Park Ranger Randy Baynes said that a crew of park rangers and specially-trained volunteers burned off the fuel remaining between the canyon fire and the edge of the fire to keep it from spreading. “If we can eliminate the fuel, we can contain fire damage,” he said. On Sunday, many Harris Hollow residents awoke to a cloud of smoky haze, as the fire spread to within a quarter-acre of Rappahannock private property to the south. Firefighters were battling the blaze in 12-hour shifts, making the one-hour walk into the area both from the Harris Hollow Devils Stairs access and the Park-owned ridge above the fire area.
Facing a round trip travel of at least 100 miles to the closest jail with bed space, Rappahannock’s supervisors indicated on Friday that they will renovate and expand the county’s present 24-hour lock-up facility to meet minimum standards of correction. After walking through the jail with sheriff W.A. Buntin, they authorized supervisor Hubert Gilky to begin working with county engineer Fanning Baumgardner on plans for improvements. Preliminary ideas suggested by the board members focus on a two- or three-room addition as an alternative to extensive renovation of the section of the 150-year-old building now used as living quarters for the correctional officer. The decision to provide jail space here was motivated by Fauquier Sheriff Luther Cox’s announcement last month that his county could no longer accept Rappahannock prisoners due to overcrowding.
Rappahannock’s champion spellers numbered 48 when the elementary school’s spelling bee began. The contestants were whittled down to three finalists: Teresa Clinedinst, Wayne Foster and Willie Arias. When the last letter of the final word was sounded, Willie was the winner with Teresa second and Wayne in third.
A major winter storm lashed the county last Thursday, dropping three or more inches of rain from Amissville to Slate Mills. At higher elevations the precipitation changed over to ice and snow before stopping last Thursday night. The Sperryville weather reporter Dennis Wingfield recorded 4.07 inches of rain on Thursday. “When I left my house for school that morning the gauge read .96 inches and when I got back at 11 a.m. it read just over three,” he said. As the small creeks around Flint Hill rose higher and higher last Thursday, the Aileen Plant temporarily closed down at 2:30 p.m. Unfortunately the flood waters had only a little to do with it. Plant manager Charles Currence said Tuesday that the plant was closed from Thursday afternoon until Tuesday morning. “Things have been a little bit slow,” he said. “The firm has been doing a little bit of adjusting,” he added. “Our outlet stores across the country have been hit by bad weather and our sales are down,” he said. “We expect to bounce back,” he said, but he isn’t quite sure how soon that will happen. “We may have to have a few Friday’s off yet, but that remains to be seen,” he said.
The Rappahannock County Fire Association honored three volunteers at its annual awards dinner earlier this year for the hours and effort they have given the county. Ann Spieker was named the Rescue Person of the Year. She is a member of the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department; Jimmy Foster was named Support Person of the Year, and Harry “Buddy” Turnmeyer was named Fireman of the Year. He is the Assistant Chief of the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Company.