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Down Memory Lane for June 7

July 29, 1965: The relocated Post Office at Flint Hill was officially dedicated in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon with U.S. Postal, state and federal officials and a large number of friends present. The ceremony was opened by Mrs. Barbara Gentry, Postmaster of Flint Hill. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 31

May 6, 1998: At a meeting on April 28, the county school board appointed Aline B. Johnson of Sperryville to fill the Piedmont District post that became vacant when Dennis Wingfield resigned April 1. The county will hold a special election later this year to fill the remainder of Wingfield’s term. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 24

Dec. 27, 1990: When Frances Thornton became Rappahannock County’s first public health nurse in 1950, she faced a county filled with people who in too many cases were unaware of the importance of proper medical care, especially for children. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 17

March 4, 1998
“It’s a situation of trying to get more services and products to the community that as a stand alone community bank we would not be able to deliver,” said John R. Conry, Jr., CEO of Rappahannock National Bank, of the bank’s agreement to join Union Bankshares Corporation. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 3

Feb. 4, 1998: John and Libby Byam became the new owners of the Foster-Harris House when they bought the property from Phyllis Marriott in December. “We enjoy being home and sharing our home with others,” said Libby. […]

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Down Memory Lane for April 19

Dec. 29, 1999: Debbie Roark bought the Appetite Repair Shop back in October not intending to change the operation one iota. She enlisted help from the previous owners, Cindy and Greg Gillies, to ensure a smooth transition. And regulars are just now finding out about the new woman behind the scenes. […]

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Down Memory Lane for April 12

Dec. 15, 1999: Amidst rumors of bankruptcy and being fed up with the town of Washington, Peter Kramer will put his building on Gay Street up for sale by auction on Dec. 18 at noon. Kramer has set a minimum bid. If that bid is achieved, the building will sell on that day. […]

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Down Memory Lane for April 5

Dec. 1, 1999: Elizabeth Lee-Harris went before the Rappahannock County Planning Commission on Nov. 17 with an application to change a 36.4 acre plot of land near the town of Sperryville from agriculturally zoned to rural residential. The commission decided not to approve the application. […]

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Down Memory Lane for March 29

Nov. 24, 1999: Jerry and Sherri Mills opened the Amissville Consignment Shop on Saturday, Oct. 30. The shop is located in what used to be a beauty parlor. On sale is what Mr. Mills describes as “antiques and collectibles.” This is Mr. Mills’ first foray into the consignment business. […]

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Down Memory Lane for March 22

Nov. 17 1999: Pursuing the issue raised by council member Alice Butler at its October meeting, the Washington Town Council discussed the possibility of regulating helicopter landings within town boundaries. Town attorney John Bennett presented relevant portions of the Culpeper town and county codes for reference. […]

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Down Memory Lane for March 15

Nov. 3, 1999: The sign has been up for nearly a month at 195 Main Street announcing Alan Dranitzke’s new law practice. Even through the office is only partially furnished and the smell of fresh paint is overwhelming. Dranitzke is open for business. […]

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Down Memory Lane for March 8

Nov. 3, 1999: Trinity Episcopal Church, at the corner of Gay and Middle Streets in the town of Washington, is the only remaining Episcopal church in the county. It has been said that the story of Trinity Church is the story of Bromfield Parish. […]

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Down Memory Lane for March 1

Dec. 11, 2003: Dogs howled, chickens jumped from their roosts and old country homes shook as Rappahannock County was rocked by an earthquake Thursday afternoon, centered about 25 miles west of Richmond that measured 4.5 on the Richter scale. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 22

Dec. 4, 2003: In 1952, Polly Aylor, then a young high school student, wrote her first Flint Hill social column for the Rappahannock News. She enjoyed writing it so much that she kept on doing it for more than 50 years. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 8

Sept. 15, 1999: Artist Michelle Powell of Woodville left for Colorado on Sept. 11. She took with her a tribute to those who survived the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. last April. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 25

Nov. 6, 2003: Sharon Winter, who has worked at Cooter’s Place in Sperryville for the last five years, was wondering what she would do when the famous Dukes of Hazzard roadside museum closed for good this month. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 25

Oct. 30, 2003: Clear skies and crisp fall temperatures, Donald and Denise Chandler took off from an open field at their home on Fodderstack Road into the wild blue yonder at the break of day on Saturday for a “once in a lifetime” ride in a Hot Air Balloon. […]