50 years ago
February 2, 1961
When Mr. Rufus Williams of Chester Gap went to the spring for water on Jan. 27, he found a garter snake lying in the snow near it. After he killed the snake he measured it. It was 30 inches in length and about an inch in diameter.
A Rappahannock County school bus overturned into a snow bank last Thursday afternoon near Slate Mills. Driven by Richard Jenkins, the vehicle skidded on the icy road. None of the eight children aboard were injured and the bus was not damaged.
The administration of Massanutten Military Academy, Woodstock, Va., announces the recent promotion of Cadet Manley J. Bruce to the grade of sergeant in the Corps of Cadets. The promotion was based upon military proficiency, attention to duty, leadership potential, and acceptance of responsibility. Cadet Bruce is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Bruce, Sperryville.
25 years ago
January 9, 1986
Two Rappahannock County High School students have been nominated to attend the Governor’s School for the gifted to be held this summer at centers including VPI, Radford, Mary Baldwin College and NASA Space Center at Langley. Jonathan Watson, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Pendleton, of Sperryville. He has applied for admission into the program to be held at the NASA Space Center. Edward Welch, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Welch of Flint Hill. He has applied for the visual arts school.
Nan and Jim Thomasson began converting an 1837 Washington home into a country guest house last autumn. Heritage House, which has two guest rooms and a private suite, is now open for business offering patrons a glimpse of authentic country life. The owners, who also operate “Country Heritage” across the street, have spent a tremendous number of hours painting, restoring, and creating to lure past visitors of their gift shop to this weekend retreat. The house is a sincere reflection of the Thomasson’s taste for quality country furnishings in a rural setting.
Flint Hill’s Kathleen Maier is a physician’s assistance, herbalist and natural health care practitioner. And that’s not all. She worked with the Peace Corps in Chile for a couple of years and, on returning to the United States, helped set up the FLOC (For Love of Children) wilderness school for girls in Strasburg.
10 years ago
January 17, 2001
Solving the Montpelier vandalism case was, as Rappahannock County Sheriff Larry Sherertz put it, an “odyssey” that took investigators from his office and the Virginia State Police to five other counties and a few states in their joint eight month quest for the truth. Montpelier was vandalized in May 2000.