Down Memory Lane for Nov. 13

June 20, 1974

Dr. Jerry Martin and Dr. Werner Krebser plan to open a full-time medical clinic in Rappahannock’s seat in Washington. If their request for a use permit is approved by the Town Council next month, which seems likely, construction on the new building will begin about the middle of July. The doctors hope the clinic will be ready for patients by November.

Krebser and Martin met when they both worked as family practice physicians at Culpeper Memorial Hospital. Dr. Krebser has lived in Rappahannock, near Flint Hill, since 1965. Soon after coming to Culpeper last summer, Jerry Martin bought the Emmie Allen place, also near Flint Hill. Dr. Martin still practices at Culpeper Memorial, while Dr. Krebser practices at Old Dominion Medical Clinic in McLean.

Rappahannock Pony League players defeated Upperville on the home diamond Friday evening with a 5-3 score. Jay Miller slammed a homer to provide Rappahannock with the winning runs after Cecil Smoot hit a single in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the score. Barry Adkins and Hodge Miller also hit safely. The local team is associated with the Fauquier Pony League.

April 21, 1983

John Henry Woodward of Castleton added his name this week to the list that will appear on the ballot for county sheriff in the general elections this November.

A native of Rappahannock whose family has been farmers here for three generations, Woodward graduated from the county high school in 1965. He spent two years in the U.S. Army assigned to the military police, before returning to Rappahannock and a job with the school board’s transportation department, which he held for 10 years. Woodward resigned 2½ years ago to become a deputy sheriff.

At an awards assembly April 14 at the high school, coaches and sponsors of eighth-grade basketball, J.V. basketball, varsity basketball, cheerleading and varsity club presented awards to team members who distinguished themselves during the winter season. The highlight of the assembly was the presentation of an inscribed basketball to Mike Leake for his part in leading the Panthers to the regular-season Bull Run championship. Mike accepted the basketball from assistant principal John Toth and responded to calls of “speech, speech” by giving a short talk aimed at the eighth-grade basketball players present.

“Always set goals for yourself,” Mike told the younger athletes. “You can’t imagine the satisfaction of making the goals that you’ve determined yourself.”

One foot high and rising, water crept up to the front door of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bailey’s Washington home on Friday as three inches of rain drenched Rappahannock County. Rappahannock Sheriff W. A. Buntin said that no weather-related injuries or traffic accidents were reported although many areas were flooded for a time on Friday.

Jan. 6, 1992

The new magistrates’ office cleared the first hurdle Monday night when the Washington Town Planning Commission unanimously approved the county’s rezoning request.

The county has a contract to purchase a small garage from Mrs. Virginia Lindstrom for $12,500. The garage sits between the county jail and the first house on Mt. Salem Avenue, which is the rectory for Trinity Episcopal Church. County Administrator John McCarthy appeared before the planners in the Town Hall to explain the county’s need for office space within the courthouse. The county is formally asking the town to rezone the garage from Village Residential to Village Services, which basically includes government offices.

McCarthy said the supervisors would like to move the magistrates, and the breathalyzer, out of the courthouse. That would free up all the offices downstairs on the north side of the courthouse. The supervisors also would like to move the Registrar’s Office from the south side of the courthouse to a space in the back of the Commissioner of Revenue Office.

The costs, both short term and long term, of building a middle school for additions to both schools dominated discussion at the Board of Supervisors meeting Monday. Several of the members indicated clearly how they feel about the issue. Jackson District representative Ellis Bingham said, “I’m for smaller schools. I think they turn out a better product. If we don’t build a middle school now, and in 10 years we have to start a building program, we might tax the old-time residents right out of here.”

Piedmont District representative Charles K. “Pete” Estes asked if the partitions currently dividing rooms at the elementary school would have to be removed if a middle school is built. Dr. Gangel said they would have to be removed for an addition at the elementary school but not for a separate middle school. Hampton District representative Mike Massie preferred building the additions now. He said the county would be building a middle school 10 years before it is needed and that, in that time, an additional $105 million would be spent for staff that would only be needed because of an additional building, such as principals and an additional librarian.