Down Memory Lane for March 21

June 15, 1972

Four teachers retired from the Rappahannock County school system at the close of the 1972 session. Two of these have dispensed the three R’s in excess of 40 years, while the remaining two have been instructors for six and 15 years.

Miss Garland Riley of Amissville has completed a teaching career which embraces three generations, a career with its origin in a one-room school at Five Forks near Woodville and its termination June 6 in the 30-room consolidated Rappahannock County Elementary. She taught a total of 44 years, most of which took place in Rappahannock County, with the exception of six years when she was employed in Warren County.

Mrs. Annie A. Cooke of Amissville has been involved in elementary school instruction and administration for 41 years, holding positions in Rappahannock, Warren and Fauquier counties. Of these years, 33 have constituted service in Rappahannock.

Mrs. Frances Lyne of Sperryville has retired after 15 years in elementary education in Rappahannock County. Mrs. Jewelle Magarity of Castleton has retired from the math department of Rappahannock County High School after serving six years as a teacher. She has been affiliated with math department.

Wade Frazier received the principal’s award at graduation ceremonies at Rappahannock County High School last week. He received a pin and certificate after being selected by principal Dennis Wingfield as the graduate whose citizenship was outstanding.

June 4, 1981

The hillsides near Red Oak Mountain bristled with Secret Service agents on Sunday as President Ronald Reagan flew in from the White House to have lunch with conservative columnist James J. Kilpatrick and his wife, Marie Petri. As part of extraordinary security arrangements, a decoy helicopter, complete with presidential seal, landed first, followed a few minutes later by a second helicopter carrying the president’s party.

In the finale to a five and half hour meeting of the board of supervisors on Monday, chairman E.P. Luke announced his resignation, effective June 30. The Piedmont district representative’s announcement came at the close of a two-hour executive session on “personnel, contracts and litigation.” Luke said his resignation was for personal reasons – “partly for health and partly because it’s gotten to be too much of a hassle.” In addition, he said, his continued service on the board of supervisors and the planning commission interferes with the legal practice of his son and daughter-in-law, local attorneys Peter Luke and Sharon Genebach-Luke.

The Washington Cash Store in Washington and the Wakefield Service Station in Flint Hill have been broken into recently.

According to Rappahannock County Sheriff W. A. Buntin, the Cash Store was burglarized the night of May 28 by thieves who entered by the front window and apparently left the same way. They took two guns, Buntin said, and possibly some beer and cigarettes. Deputy Steve Crossman is investigating the incident.

April 30, 1992

When the board of supervisors held a public hearing on the school budget last Thursday, almost no one from the public came out. School board chairman Beverly Massie said she was heartened to see so many cars out in front of the high school when she drove up. “I thought maybe we’d generated a lot of interest,” she said.

However, most of the cars were there because of other events. “It’s disheartening that we don’t have more participation when education is the greatest portion of the county budget,” she added.

Nancy Reeve, chairman for the Self-Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) host site at Washington Baptist Church, has announced the sign-up dates for May. Each month the SHARE food basket contains $30-$50 worth of groceries, for which participants pay $13 and contribute two hours of service to their community.