Washington Elementary School was broken into on Wednesday night and Thursday morning was the scene of general vandalism and wild disarray. Raisins were strewn throughout the whole building, Christmas trees were overturned and packages that had not been delivered due to the early dismissal of school for the Christmas holidays were broken open. Entry was gained through an unlocked window in the cafeteria where ice cream, candy, raisins and other food were taken. Access to the main building was achieved by pulling open a back door. Officers were able to follow tracks of four people and a dog that led from the building toward the lake on the property of the Lake Motel.
Rannie Aylor of Sperryville, an employee of the Rappahannock Farmers Cooperative, returned to his home Monday evening from Miami, Fla. Mr. Aylor was awarded a week’s all-expense paid trip by Westinghouse Corp. for his outstanding sales of Westinghouse appliances. He attended the Orange Bowl game on New Year’s Day.
J. Newbill Miller of Washington has been selected as a member of the Board of Supervisors, representing the Hampton District. He will fill the unexpired term of E. M. Jones, who resigned to become Clerk of the Court of Rappahannock County. His appointment will become official in February according to Judge R. V. Snead, who made the selection. An election of Board members and county officials – except the clerk position – will be held in November at the general election.
When Melly Reuling starts up Mount Everest late this summer, folks in Rappahannock will have good reason to cheer her on in her bid to be the first American woman to the top. Miss Reuling, a 26 year-old resident of Clarke County, is the sister of Ginger Miller of Washington. The actual climb to the peak should take only a few days, but establishing a base camp and outposts further up Everest’s slope will take two to three months, with most of the work accomplished at high altitudes where dizziness and nausea can turn routine tasks into challenges.
Tyrone Starks of Washington placed second in the 4-H/FFA Performance-Carcass Lamb Show. His lamb, which took reserve champion honors, won Tyrone a trophy and a $125 award.
There will be no “rolling chapel” parked around the corner when the elementary school reopens next month. On Tuesday, the county School Board denied the Children’s Bible Mission’s request to bring a trailer near, but not on, school property and provide religious education in once-a-month, 45 minute sessions for students whose parents give their permission.
Ki Theatre is pleased to announce that the Kid Pan Alley Project was honored to be one of only seven annual recipients of a grant from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation.
The ASCAP Foundation is “dedicated to nurturing the music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past and sustaining the creative incentive for today’s creators through a variety of educational, professional and humanitarian programs and activities which serve the music community.”
As reported in last week’s Rappahannock News, Cliff Miller, chair of Headwaters’ Educational Initiatives Committee, spoke to the School Board at their March 12 meeting about the state composite index for Rappahannock and its effect upon the school budget. Mr. Miller opened his discussion on the subject by providing some statistics – noting that, “as currently evaluated by the state, Rappahannock is one of the wealthiest jurisdictions . . . and thus is not given much state funding relative to the amount received by neighboring jurisdictions.”