Down Memory Lane for June 5

Nov. 22, 1973

A former Rappahannock boy, Jack Dabney, is Prince William County’s public relations director.  Dabney, the son of Jack and Reba Lawson Dabney, moved to Flint Hill in 1952, where he lived with his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Lawson. The Lawsons had lived in Flint Hill since she turn of the century, and Dabney’s mother was reared there. After an early interest in journalism in high school, Dabney has held jobs as an editor for Washington Daily News and the Northern Virginia Sun. He also served as an “air personality” for WFTR in Front Royal. Before joining the Prince William County government, he served two years as news public affairs director for WEZR-WEEL, Manassas Fairfax. Dabney says he finds Prince William “an interesting country filled with dedicated people. It’s this vibrant, productive state of life that I hope to portray to the citizens through the Public Information Office.”

Mrs. W. H. Lyne was hostess at luncheon last Tuesday at her home “Intervale” for the Retired Teachers Association of Rappahannock. Guests included Mrs. Jessie Miller Turner, Mrs. Bertie Lib Moffett, Mrs. Jane Forward, Miss Annie Miller Almond, Mrs. Mozelle Carver and Miss Carol Williams, all of Washington

Perhaps it was the energy crisis that prompted Bradford’s Store in Flint Hill to install new front doors. Arthur Brown of Amissville Glass Company fixed Mr. Bradford a super entrance with double fast-closing glass doors. Clerks Mrs. Macel Robinson and Mrs. Stella Settle were recently added to the store personnel.

Sept. 9, 1982

Theodore C. Barron of Viewtown has been re-elected to the board of directors of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Prior to the incorporation cooperative in 1980, Barron had served on the board of Northern Piedmont Electric Cooperative for over 20 years. He held positions of both vice president and treasurer of that organization and has been active on a state level as a director of the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. Barron currently owns and operates Barron’s Store in Viewtown.

Soon a parking lot will replace the cars parked on the shoulder of U.S. 211 at Clevenger’s Corner. This has become a popular parking space for those carpooling to Warrenton or Culpeper. State crews will begin work on the lot in about two months. The parking lot, which will provide about 30 spaces, will be graded and surfaced with crushed stone and cost about $20,000.

With high food prices and shrinking dollar value, consumers in urban areas are turning to “basics” stores, or no-frills merchandising to help stretch their grocery dollars. Now, those in Rappahannock County can shop locally at a market offering reduced prices. Jim Harrison, proprietor of the Boston Store, has converted his grocery to a discount grocery with the opening of Boston Basik. Harrison is hoping to offer more quality and lower prices to Rappahannock shoppers. Harrison, who was manager of a Grand Union Store before going into business for himself in Boston, agreed that there were a lot of new aces at his opening. His building still houses the post office, but a quick check with the Boston postmaster revealed that there will be no discounts on stamps.

July 9, 1992

The board of supervisors decided to hold a public hearing on road names that will be part of the Enhanced 911 emergency system at their August meeting. Proposed names have been gathered by the county fire and rescue organizations and will be suggested at the public hearing. Many right-of ways that serve two or more houses must still be named. The county proposes that most roads be named as roads and those that dead end be named lanes. The supervisors considered giving up on the naming project. “We don’t have to have names,” Jackson district representative Ellis Bingham suggested. County Administrator John McCarthy said that giving addresses as numbers could be confusing and would still require that all the private right-of-ways be given numbers.

The board of equalization has been meeting several days a week since early spring hearing from landowners who believe their assessments are too high. Last Wednesday, in a reversal of the usual roles, they heard a case in which the landowners were arguing for their assessment and against an increase proposed by the board. Chairman E. Franklin Warner said, “The board of equalization has one responsibility under the statutes of the Commonwealth, to make sure all residents are treated fairly and equitably.” He said they had the power to sustain, decrease or increase the assessment.