Down Memory Lane for Dec. 19

May 10, 1973

Rappahannock is being plagued with burglaries and break-ins in all areas of the county. Friday night or early Saturday morning a small house, Millie’s Cabin, on the J.W. Fletcher property, was burglarized and an estimated $1,500 or more in dishes, furnishings and more was taken. A weekend home near Sperryville in Old Hollow owned by Stephen Pollak was vandalized recently; discovery of this was made Saturday morning when the owners arrived for the weekend. The property has been vandalized with water damage and the electric heat was turned on full blast. Lombardy Lunch Room in Amissville was broken into last Sunday night and much of its stock removed.

Jack Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Rodes Brown of Sperryville, has been selected “Man of the Year” by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Brown, a graduate of Sperryville High School, was honored at a recent annual meeting of the chamber at Leesburg. He is the V.P.I. Extension agent for Loudoun and lives in Hamilton. He was cited for his years of service to the agricultural community of Loudoun County and for his leadership in bringing about better countywide relations among young people. He also has worked for land use regulations and for economic development and conservation.

March 18, 1982

Damage to both vehicles was extensive.
Damage to both vehicles was extensive. Courtesy photo

Roy Lee Knighting of Castleton, driver of bus two in Rappahannock’s public school fleet, has been charged with failure to yield right of way in a collision that occurred early Monday morning, according to state trooper R.A. Baines. There were no injuries reported from the accident, although several children were taken to the medical center to be checked as a precautionary measure, according to Jerry Lysik, supervisor of transportation. Baines said that the bus, northbound on Route 637 near Amissville, pulled out from the intersection at Route 645 and was struck on the side by a 1979 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by John F. Hitt, Jr., of Amissville. The bus continued on and struck a utility pole, which rocked but did not snap under the impact, the trooper reported. The truck hit the 1978 International bus in an area below the passenger seats, causing extensive damage to the bus and totalling Hitt’s vehicle.

Sursum Corda may soon be added to the list of Reaganomics victims — institutions across the country that have been forced to shut their doors because of recent federal budget cuts. The nonprofit school and daycare center in Washington has lost $52,000 in annual government funds since March, 1981. Despite money raising and belt tightening efforts which have made up half that loss, Sursum Corda is still $2,000 short of meeting its goal, according to director Camille Harris, and if additional funds can’t be secured within the next two to four months, it will be forced to close. Sursum Corda first started in the basement of the old Washington post office as a primary school with 10 students and a curriculum that focused on plenty of individual attention.

Jan. 13, 1993

Bessie Norman retired on Dec. 26, 1992 from the C&P Telephone Company of Virginia after more than 38 years of service. She started her career working for AT&T in Washington, D.C., in 1954 and was later promoted to service representative. In 1969, she transferred to the engineering department of C&P; finally, in 1973, she transferred to Culpeper with C&P, working in the personnel and engineering departments. Mrs. Norman lives with her husband Daniel in Woodville. In the future she plans to do some traveling, volunteer work and catch up on some things.

After lengthy discussion, the school board decided unanimously Tuesday night to send a letter to the board of supervisors backing a middle school if a series of conditions can be met. If these conditions cannot be met, the board wants the supervisors to agree to an addition for the elementary school. The letter was not in its final form, and superintendent David Gangel will seek approval of the letter in its final form from each school board member before sending it to the supervisors. If the supervisors agree to the middle school, the school board wants them to buy land and agree to hire an architect by July, 1993, and agree to use the Virginia Public School Authority to sell bonds, meaning a referendum will not be necessary.