Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
August 18, 1960

The Rappahannock Farm Bureau has made two awards, one to Miss Phyllis Hudson of Washington, Va., and one to H. B. Wood, Jr., of Woodville, Va., to attend the Young People’s Leadership Training Camp at Camp Farrar, Virginia Beach from Aug. 23 to Aug. 28. The camp is sponsored by the Extension Service and is designed to assist counties in developing leadership organizations.

A much needed new Rappahannock County High School is no longer a dream, but a brick, steel and cinderblock reality, reposing on a 20-acre lot three miles west of Washington, Va., on Routes 522-211. Seven classrooms, painted pastel shades, well lighted and ventilated, with blackboards and bulletin boards in each, will welcome the approximate 275 students when school opens Sept. 1. Principal H. B. Winfrey and workmen have busied themselves with the job of uncrating new furnishings for the new school.

Jacqueline Marcil, of Amissville, has been accepted for the fall term at Strayer School of Business in Washington, D. C. She is a 1960 graduate of Rappahannock High School and is enrolled in the Private Secretarial Course.

25 years ago
August 8, 1985

The Rappahannock News now has a watchful eye to record life in the county. Greg Turner, a 1978 graduate of Rappahannock County High School, has accepted a position as part-time photographer for the Rappahannock News. It is only fitting since Turner began his photography career right here in Rappahannock, shooting photos for the high school yearbook.

A secretary to the Rappahannock County zoning administrator has this week been named deputy administrator. Sandra Brown was appointed by the Rappahannock County Supervisors Monday. The position was established to fill a vacancy created when Building Inspector Emiel Smet, who accepted the additional job as zoning administrator, left for vacation.

Rappahannock County showed the slowest increase in growth of any of the five surrounding counties since the 1980 census was taken, according to figures released this week by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District. Within the county, estimates show that the population increased less than 1 percent. Rappahannock was said to contain 6,093 persons in 1980 and 6,100 in the current, “provisional” figures supplied by Tayloe Murphy Institute Demographics Studies Center. That growth represents an increase of 0.5 percent.

10 years ago
August 16, 2000

Mr. Jon Smythe, the RCHS athletic director, announced that high school wrestling is coming back to the county. A wrestling program has been initiated at the high school starting this season. Tryouts for the high school team will begin in November and the wrestlers will compete from this December through February of next year.

A dream came true last week for two of our areas youth. Jacob Dodson of Flint Hill and Jason Jenkins of Washington. Both young men participated in a baseball tournament in Cooperstown, N. Y. Jacob finished with three home runs, and Jason contributed with a grand slam. Jacob and Jason were also inducted into the Youth Baseball Hall of Fame. Their home run balls will also be displayed there. It was a great experience and one that either will never forget.

On Saturday, Aug. 5, Phillip and Lillian Terrell hosted a millennium birthday party at their home in Castleton. This summer the Terrells are celebrating Lillian’s father, James Jordan’s 75th birthday, Lillian’s 50th birthday and their daughter, Katie’s 25th birthday. Seldom could one find family birthdays exactly 25 years apart. Their guest enjoyed a wide range of activities.