Down Memory Lane for Dec. 20

March 16, 1972

An unidentified white man apparently set fire to several tablecloths, a chair and cardboard box Friday evening in the dining room of Hampton Inn, located on U.S. 211 west of Washington.

The man, unfamiliar in this area, was served in the front of the restaurant where the bar and booths are located. Before he left, he wandered into the dining room which was not yet open for the evening. A short while late, fire was discovered in the dining room by Mrs. Janie Pullen, who works there.

A chair and table cloth were burning as well as a cardboard box, and some placemats were scorched, according to investigator Trooper R. A. Baines.

Craig Smoot was the outstanding performer in the recent magazine sales campaign held at Rappahannock County Elementary School. He was the top salesman in the school and received two other citations. In addition to prizes, Craig received a pin which was presented by school superintendent O.A. Norton.

The first annual Rappahannock County All-Sports banquet has been set for Saturday night, April 15, at the Rappahannock County Elementary School cafeteria. Mike Bass, cornerback for the Washington Redskins, will be the featured speaker.

March 5, 1981

Robert T. Dennis, a nationally known conservationist and Flint Hill resident, has been appointed executive director of the Piedmont Environmental Council, according to PEC board chairman B. Powell Harrison. Dennis was selected from more than 100 applicants.

Harrison said he views the PEC position as “an opportunity to pursue my strong personal interest in conserving productive rural lands here in the Piedmont region where I have roots.”

Candy Coombs, the proprietor of the Country Store in Washington, has expanded her business to include a real estate enterprise, Country Store Properties, at her Main Street location.

She began her real estate career in 1973, and for the past four years has been a realtor associate with Eileen M. Day at the Clopton House in Washington. Coombs obtained her broker’s license two years ago and has recently completed the Virginia Real Estate Broker examination.

“Rappahannock is apparently going to have to bite the bullet,” announced supervisor E. P. Luke on Monday, indicating that the county may have to provide its own dispatch service for the sheriff’s department as well as for fire and rescue units.

The supervisors learned last month that the free dispatch from the Culpeper Sheriff’s Department for the county’s emergency services in Washington, Amissville, Flint Hill and Castleton would be discontinued as of July 1. Luke met recently with Culpeper’s planner and the county administrator in an attempt to avoid the cutoff.

Supervisor H. B. Wood asked if the county could hook into the fire service’s dispatch network rather than spending $65,000 for its own. In conclusion, Luke said he would speak to the Culpeper supervisors to see if Rappahannock can work out an agreement to continue sharing dispatch service by possibly funding additional staff.

Feb. 27, 1992

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission affixed a number of restrictions to Sally Nash’s request to build a structure on her Sperryville property that would house visiting dancers, then unanimously recommended approval to the Board of Supervisors Wednesday.

Ms. Nash said the choreographers who have stayed at her home and dance studio, Workspace for Choreographers, often bring their dancers with them, and she wants to build the new structure for them.

In recommending approval for the special exception, County Administrator John McCarthy said that the “retreat,” as it was classified, would be a “good fit for the area, and compatible with the very rural nature of that portion of the county [Route 600 at Jenkins Hollow].”