Washington Column for Sept. 16

Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck

Sheriff’s Office get a facelift

According to Sheriff Connie Smith, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office is getting a facelift. The county is building a 50-by-35-foot addition to the Sheriff’s Office/Jail building that will house the communications center, magistrate, jail lobby and an evidence-holding area. In the end, Smith said, the project will be totally paid for by funds brought in by the Sheriff’s Office through its work-release program. Approximately half of the estimated $90,000 needed for the addition is already available from work-release proceeds, she said. Labor for most of the construction will be completed by inmates and staff.

The sheriff said she is taking advantage of the current economy and low cost of building materials by moving forward with the project now. “The Board of Supervisors and [County Administrator] John McCarthy have been very helpful in understanding our desperate need for space in evidence-holding and safety for the jail/lobby,” said Sheriff Smith.

Breakfast buffet

The Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hosts an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast from 7 to 11 this Saturday (Sept. 18). Adults eat for $8, $4 for ages 4 to 12; ages 3 and younger eat free. Come out and enjoy breakfast cooked and served by your local fire and rescue personnel.
All proceeds to benefit the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. For questions please call 540-675-3615 to speak with one of WVF&R members.

Bible club

The Rappahannock Kids Community Bible Club started a new year on Sept. 15 at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, and all children in grades one through six are invited to attend. Older youth may serve as helpers. This is the seventh year that this program has provided Scripture memorization and Bible understanding to the children of our community. They meet on Wednesday afternoons after school from 3:45 to 5. Most parents give the Rappahannock County Elementary School permission to bus their children to Reynolds Memorial that day.

The children will be greeted by a welcoming staff consisting of Rev. John Heddleston, Rev. Bill Welch and Rev. Phil Bailey and others. There are also refreshments, Bible stories on DVD, Scripture verses to learn and earn points for prizes, other creative learning activities and recreational time. The program is co-sponsored by Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, Washington Baptist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. For more information, call Rev. Heddleston at 540-987-9101 or 540-987-8137 or Rev. Phil Bailey at 540-675-3336 or 540-675-2950.

There is no cost for participating in this program.

From Flint to Ginger Hill

Ginger Hill Vintage Finds and Antiques (formerly Flint Hill Vintage) is now open!

The store — now located at 12625 Lee Highway, just behind Kreyling Construction and Mountainside Physical Therapy in the old Oasis and (before that) Faith Mountain building — is open 11 to 5 Thursday through Monday (10 to 6 Saturdays). For more details, call 540-987-8440 or stop by and check them out!

New thrift shop hours

The Washington Fire Department Auxiliary has extended its thrift shop hours. The shop is now open 10 to 5 Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9 to 3 Saturdays. Donations of usable clothing, shoes or linens in good condition may be left in the drop-off shed anytime. The Auxiliary is especially looking for children’s clothing. All proceeds from the Auxiliary Thrift Shop go to benefit the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. Stop by and check them out for good deals! For more information, call 540-675-3615.