Down Memory Lane for May 3

50 years ago
August 9, 1962

Judge B.M. Miller was honored at a surprise testimonial dinner Friday given by the Rappahannock County Bar Association. The dinner was held at Thornton Hill Farm, Sperryville, the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Fletcher. Judge Miller retired July 1, after 17 years of service as judge of Rappahannock County Court.

Presidents John S. Browning, First National Bank of Flint Hill and Glen Robertson, The Citizens National Bank of Front Royal, announced today that the Boards of Directors of the two banks have voted to combine the banks through merger. The directors of the two banks feel that a merger would be of great benefit to the businessmen and residents of Warren and Rappahannock counties.

Dr. John P. Snead, Jr., of Sperryville, received a Certificate of Appreciation and a 20 year pin for over 20 years of uncompensated service as Medical Advisor to Local Board 102, Washington, Va. Captain Charles L. Kessler, State Director, extended congratulations and thanks for this contribution, stating, “It is the acceptance of responsibility and the performance of dedicated individuals such as yourself which have made our achievement record possible.”

25 years ago
March 26, 1987

With the opening of Brown’s Appliance in Flint Hill, Rappahannock County has gained its first full service appliance store. And judging from the first month’s business, said owner Will Brown, county residents found the store just what they needed. With an inventory which includes anything from a 20 cubic foot Kelvinator refrigerator-freezer to a Hoover vacuum cleaner or a Sunbeam portable electric mixer, customers can find just about anything they need in home appliances.

Rappahannock County’s first annual Spring Cleanup Day, organized by the Rappahannock Anti-Litter League and You (RALLY!) is planned for Saturday, and organizers say that all signs point to a successful event. David Chuse, who heads the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection, which is helping to coordinate the cleanup, said that he expects between 50 and 100 participants. Plans call for volunteers to meet at the Rappahannock County Recreation Center on Rt. 211 outside Washington at 10 a.m.

10 years ago
Dec. 12, 2001

Always fun and friendly are those games where former student/athletes come back and see old friends to reminisce about the ‘good ol’ days.” Such was the case, Friday, Dec. 7, when numerous former athletes and coaches returned to enjoy Alumni Night. Prior to the start of the Varsity game, Athletic Director Jon Smythe treated the alumni and the home crowd to an unveiling of the school’s track and field records. Specifically singled out in the crowd was the former Jamelle Prudhum, who garnered three state records in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes during the ’70s. Former and current girls Varsity Head Coach, Ann Spieker, was also recognized for over 14 years of coaching in the program.

It was Homecoming week at the high school last week and the court was recognized at the Friday, Dec. 7 home basketball games. During the preliminary activities surrounding the Varsity contest with the Luray Bulldogs, the 2001 Homecoming Court was announced. Homecoming Queen nominees were seniors Kelly Atkins and Gwen Johnson. King nominees were seniors Phillip Thomas and Jeff Ritenour. Johnson and Ritenour were crowned at the dance on Saturday night.