Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
August 4, 1960

A timber rattler measuring over four feet in length with nine rattles was killed Friday afternoon in the yard at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Merrill at Washington by Clabert Smoot. It is believed that the snake was roused from its home in a nearby tract of land which is being cleared.

Under the sponsorship of the Fauquier Chapter American Red Cross Water Safety Program, swimming classes have been conducted in Warrenton since early June. From Rappahannock attending these classes were Landra Dennis, Sally Latham, Carolyn Hodge, Teddy Hodge, Molly Smith, Elizabeth Latham, Nancy Latham.

The Youth Group of Rappahannock County met Sunday, July 30 at the Episcopal parish hall in Washington. A skit was presented by Taylor Updike, Jr., and Kay Johnston on the topic “Does God Care About Outer Space?” After the skit, a group discussion was held, based on the presentation.

25 years ago
July 25, 1985

The Virginia State Beekeepers Association recently awarded Rappahannock’s Raymond Johnson a certificate of appreciation for his many years of dedicated service to beekeeping. He was one of the founders of the local Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association and has worked with bees for more than 35 years.

A recent tour of the fruit and vegetable stands on Route 211 revealed that business this summer is either good or bad depending on who you talk to. Some people who manage stands say business is awful; others say business is booming. Eddie Burke of Sperryville is running a stand this summer for the first time. He doesn’t think business has been slow. The key, he says, is to know how to sell. “You can make money if you know how to run a stand.” One of Burke’s selling techniques is to stay open later than the rest of the stands. “I get extra business that way,” he said.

A need for more space at the Rappahannock County Library is fueling a debate over whether to expand the existing building or to build a new library on a separate lot. The option to build a library on a separate lot was made viable in May of 1984 when Byrd G. Jone, a resident of Washington, gave a plot of land to the Friends of the Rappahannock County Library, a volunteer group which looks after the interests of the library.

10 years ago
August 2, 2000

Amy Michelle Joback of Flint Hill graduated on May 13 from Liberty University in Lynchburg. Ms. Joback graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Family and Consumer Science and has finished an internship at Culpeper Christian School where she has accepted a teaching job in the fall.

The Rappahannock School Board had decided to expedite a decision on reinstitution, the policy of offering free tuition benefits for the children of out-of-county employees. This policy was revoked, effective Jan. 1. 1999, by the previous Board, and the present Board wished to consider its reinstitution as an incentive for teacher recruitment and retention. Franklin Warner opened discussions at the Tuesday, July 25 meeting by noting that he had been quoted by the press that he was against it (changing the policy), but that the press failed to note that he “was lobbied heavily.” He suggested that the policy be changed to refer to teachers only instead of all school employees because the lobbying was in support of “a tool to retain teachers.”

Nicole Williams, 18, of Amissville has been chosen as a state finalist in the Miss Virginia American Teen Pageant to be held Sept. 2 and 3 at the Richmond Marriot. Williams’ aspirations are to attend NOVA Community College for tow years and obtain an associates in music. She wants to major in voice and minor in English. She is the daughter of Larry and Sonya Williams.