Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
February 4, 1960

Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors met with all members present and Chairman E. M. Jones presiding, on Wednesday, February 3. Mrs. W. A. Buntin appeared before the supervisors to question the turning down of of a welfare hospital bill at a prior meeting and to submit a second request for payment of another hospital bill. Both bills were voted to be paid with the undrstanding of partial reimbursement to the county when able.

The suffering known to all of us in heart disease cannot be measured in dollars. The loss of earnings due to heart disease is estimated at more than $1 billion annually. Mrs. Downing Wood, Washington, is the county chairman for Rappahannock Heart Drive. The chairman for each district will be announced next week.

Mrs. A. C. Latham of Amissville was on radio station WCFW in Warrenton Saturday and was awarded a transistor radio as a prize she received for placing sixth in a contest held by the station.

25 years ago
January 31, 1985

Regina Manwaring, a sophomore at Rappahannock High School was presented a certificate and a $100 savings bond recently for winning the District Nine Virginia Alcohol Safety Program bumper sticker contest. Manwaring’s bumper sticker had the slogan, “Drinking and Driving is a Good Habit to Break,” with a picture of a car driving through a shattered wine glass. Her bumper sticker will now be entered in state competition, and the winning entry in the state contest will be used in a statewide safety campaign.

The Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals during its meeting on Wednesday, January 23, upheld a decision made by Zoning Administrator David Konick a landowner did not need a special use permit in order to lease his land to a hunt club. Konick’s decision was appealed to the BZA by H. Suib and other landowners in the area where land is leased to a hunt club.

Francis Updike , manager of member services with the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, presented a book entitled The Next Greatest Thing 50 Years of Rural Electrification In American to the Rappahannock County Librarian Sims. The book is a pictoral history of electrification published by the National Electric Cooperative Association in Washington D.C.

10 years ago
February 2, 2000

An essay contest entitled “Thinking About Rappahannock: Today and Tomorrow” is being sponsored by the Rappahannock National Bank, Trash Free Rappahannock, Hampton Foundation and the Rappahannock News. Deadline for submissions: March 22, 2000. Award panel will be comprised of Pete Estes, Judge R. V. Snead and Linda Dietel.

“Some might be forgiven for thinking Walt Longyear a zealot,” said a front-page feature story. After all, this self-described conservative Republican started his political career with a run for the Connecticut Senate in 1974, soon after graduating from college. He was soundly beaten by the incumbent Democrat in a staunchly Democratic district. In the intervening years since then, Longyear has worked for other people’s campaigns, developing an expertise in direct-mail fund-raising. He has raised millions for Republicans Jesse Helms and Oliver North.

Headmaster Michael Vargo announced winners of Wakefield Country Day School’s annual science fair on Friday. Over 50 students in fifth through ninth grades submitted individual projects. Regina Knight won first place in sixth grade for her project “Does Classical Music Improve Math Performance.”

Whitney Matthews of Flint Hill won Best of Show in Wakefield Country Day School’s annual science fair for her project investigating “Music’s Influence on Memory.”

Compiled by Jan Clatterbuck