Down Memory Lane for Jan. 15 

Aug. 22, 1974

A 450-pound bear was killed last week by Cliff Fincham at his home near Peola Mills, just over the line in Madison County. The bear killed eight shoats and three dogs before being downed with a shotgun.

The bear attempted to climb a tree in the back yard and the dogs attacked him. The huge animal gave their dogs a whack with his front paw and killed two of them. After the animal climbed the tree, Mr. Fincham shot it with a 22 rifle, which only faintly impressed him, and later, with a shotgun, Mr. Fincham killed the beast.

When the bear fell from the tree, he fell on top of of one of the yapping dogs and squashed it. “Broke every bone in its body,” said Fincham.

The White House has announced that Ollie Atkins, former personal photographer to President Richard Nixon and Chief White House Photographer, has been appointed by President Gerald Ford to the Post of Director of the White House Photographic Department. Atkins has a residence in Rappahannock County.

He expect to be in Rappahannock permanently when Atkins’s duties with President Ford are completed.

Joan Frazier was crowned queen last week during Amissville’s annual firemen’s benefit carnival. She was crowned by Rich Lee, a disc jockey for radio station WKCW in Warrenton. Other contestants are, Marsha Perkins, Lynn Anderson, second runner up; Brenda Haynes, first runner up; and Brenda Eisenman.

June 16, 1983

Acting on behalf of the Rappahannock News, attorney Peter Luke filed a notice of appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court on May 26, seeking to have sealed portions of the record on proceedings involved with the recent Kidwell murder trial open to the public.

The notice of appeal filed with the circuit court here names Arcom Communications, Inc., as plaintiff.

Maxie L. Clark received her Associate in Applied Science Degree from Germanna Community College at the commencement ceremony held on Sunday, June 12, 1983, on the campus lawn.

Maxie was one of only two students who completed the CAPS program while attending Germanna. This is an accelerated program for executive secretarial majors which can be earned in one academic year and one summer.

A 1982 graduate of Rappahannock County High School, Maxie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Marshall Clark of Sperryville.

Incumbent J. R. Latham, representative from Jackson District and current chairman of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, faces a challenge in the Nov. 8 elections from Louis G. “Butch” Zindel, who formally filed as a candidate last Friday.

“I am interested in preserving the family farms and open land which lend to the beauty of Rappahannock but, at the same time, the interests of the small land holders need consideration,” said Zindel in explaining his reasons for seeking the Jackson District seat.

March 24, 1993

The flea market, which closed down last fall at the Sperryville Emporium, may be moving up the road to Horseshoe Hills.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application by James Russell for a special use permit to hold a flea market at that site on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May through November.

Mr. Russell has had a special use permit for a flea market at the site in September and October since 1989. The revised permit would extend the season.

County Administrator John McCarthy noted that it is one of the most restrictive special use permits the county has issued.

A restaurant shuffle has taken place in Sperryville over the last two months.

Greg Gillies lost his lease and has moved the Appetite Repair Shop across the street. John Shipman, who owns the building on the bank of the Thornton River has leased the space to Kevin and Sharon LeVans, who have opened the Blue Ridge Cafe.

Across the street, Gregg and Cindy Gillies have reopened the Appetite Repair Shop in the building Mutt and James Atkins originally built as a general store.

Fay Witherell is hoping her Horse and Hound Home Veterinary Care practice will expand in Rappahannock.

Operating out of her home on the Fodderstack Road, Ms. Witherell makes house calls. In fact her practice is entirely house calls. The licensing requirements for veterinary clinic would require a major investment. “I’m about $250,000 short of what it would take to do that,” she said.

However, there are definite advantages to a practice based on house calls, she said. The animals respond better to being treated in familiar surroundings.

She returned to Rappahannock County in 1990 after seven years in New York as the director of a zoo in Queens.