Deputy Sheriff Everett J. Estes of Washington has completed the Law Enforcement Officers Training Standards Commission, and received his certificate in a graduation exercise last Friday evening. This basic police training course was held at Blue Ridge Community College at Weyers Cave. The six-week course is required of law enforcement personnel within two years after their employment in such a position. Constitutional officers are excluded though legislation is being considered to that effect.
John Marshall Clark of Washington killed a black bear — which was estimated to have weighed in excess of 500 pounds — on foot. He bagged the animal on the first day of hunting season and had it checked by Clarence Baldwin at the checking station of Baldwin’s Grocery.
Brenda Gaye Jett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Jett of Flint Hill, was among the 36 students from Virginia State College who made the “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” The organization awards each member a certificate of recognition and her name will be recorded in the 40th edition of the list. Miss Jett is a 1970 graduate of Rappahannock County High School.
The newest member of the Rappahannock News family is Delia M. Myers, who will be working with us as advertising representative. Myers, a native of Cambridge, England, has transferred from the Fauquier Democrat, where she worked as advertising representative for 2.5 years. During that time, she received a first-place award from the Virginia Press Association for advertising. She has a background in art and design, as well as advertising. She and her husband, John, an English teacher at Cedar Lee Junior High in Fauquier, live near Flint Hill.
At the forefront of the continuing local struggle to make farming possible for the modest landowner is Sam Snead of Washington. Snead has just converted an old barn on his home place into a facility housing a new cider press, storing both cider and apples, and stocking picnic supplies for families who come to his orchards to pick apples. “We’re hoping that people will come here and make a day of it,” Snead said. To encourage business at his pick-your-own orchard in Gid Brown Hollow, Snead has made trails leading up to the Shenandoah National Park, which borders his land. He will sell ice, cider, snacks and other miscellaneous picnic items to those who want to have a picnic after a morning or afternoon picking apples. “We want to make their trip up the hollow and to our orchards a pleasant time.”
A tip from an unidentified citizen led state police drug investigators to a marijuana patch on the Rappahannock-Culpeper line last Wednesday. Investigator Warren Shane reported that 198 plants were confiscated in the August 25 raid. The plants were discovered off Route 522 near Boston on Route 650. Investigation into the cultivation of the illicit drug is continuing. No arrest had been made, Shane said, although the state police have a suspect — a Rappahannock resident.
At their end of the year meeting, school board members learned they will be able to return about $53,400 to the county’s general fund. Earlier in the year, the county agreed to pay for the above ground fuel oil storage tank at the elementary school. The school board had originally planned to enter into a lease-purchase agreement for the tank that would pay for it over a four-year-period. However, negotiations for a contract did not work out, and superintendent David Gangel asked the board of supervisors for permission to purchase the tank outright.
The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court last week to ban prayers at graduation ceremonies was not popular with the Rappahannock school community. Superintendent David Gangel said, “Personally, I’m disappointed. I don’t know all the details of how the law applies, but I’m gravely disappointed.” At high school graduation it has been customary to have an honor graduate give an invocation at the beginning of the ceremony and another honor graduate give a benediction at the end. Mr. Toth suggested that in the future there may be students giving welcoming and closing messages that are not prayers.
Another Rappahannock congregation launched a major building project as the Assembly of God broke ground Sunday for a new church and fellowship hall, just west of Gid Brown Hollow on U.S. 522-211. Pastor Ray Campbell and his wife Gloria turned the first shovelful of dirt.