DOWN MEM­ORY LANE

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUC­K

Sept. 6, 1973

A movie filmed in Rap­pa­han­nock County and in­tended to show a gen­tler, more solid view of Amer­i­can life, es­pe­cially South­ern Amer­i­can life, will have its “world pre­miere” Sept. 14-16 at the Sper­ryville fire hall. The idea for the film grew out of vis­its to friends in Rap­pa­han­nock, and es­pe­cially from a con­ver­sa­tion with Chuck Per­due of Woodville. Per­due, who teaches a folk­lore course at the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia and has done ex­ten­sive re­search on Rap­pa­han­nock’s black com­mu­nity, fo­cused on how “most people around the world, and even in this coun­try, don’t have a good im­pres­sion about Amer­i­cans.”

An old hand-hewn log barn on the property of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. John­son Jr. near Sper­ryville was de­stroyed by fire early Fri­day morn­ing. The con­tents, all burned, in­cluded nu­mer­ous ap­ple pick­ing lad­ders and ap­ple bins, a truck and two an­tique wag­ons. About 20 ap­ple trees were killed from the fire and heat. Ar­son is sus­pected in the barn fire and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing con­ducted by the fire mar­shal.

Joe Deal of Sper­ryville re­ceived the con­sole stereo given away by Castle­ton Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany at the re­cent car­ni­val the com­pany spon­sored. The lawn mower was won by C.W. Fan­non Jr. of Castle­ton.

June 24, 1982

A mini tor­nado touched down in Huntly last Wed­nes­day night just long enough to cut a swath of de­struc­tion at Cdr. and Mrs. A. R. Kreutz’s home. The winds up­rooted 24 trees, in­clud­ing a white cherry that was the fam­ily’s “pride and joy,” three ap­ple trees and a dozen lo­custs. The storm also in­ter­rupted elec­trica l ser­vice to the area for ap­prox­i­mately 13 hours. Po­tomac Edi­son per­son­nel were out cut­ting away tree limbs downed by the tor­nado un­til 4 a.m. Thurs­day morn­ing.

Seven clocks have been do­nated by Mrs. Grace Sims in mem­ory of her late hus­band Nor­man E. Sims. The clocks will be sold by closed bids on July 4 with the pro­ceeds go­ing t o Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church. The time­pieces are all over 100 years old and have been par­tially re­stored by Eu­gene Tucker of Wash­ing­ton.

“It was a county mis­take and the county’s ob­li­gated to cor­rect it,” said Charles Estes in sup­port­ing a commercial re­zon­ing for Luther Payne at last Wed­nes­day’s plan­ning com­mis­sion pub­lic hear­ing. Zon­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor David Kon­ick told the com­mis­sions that it had been the in­tent, when the zon­ing or­di­nance was adopted in 1973, to des­ig­nate Payne’s property as commercial. The par­cel, lo­cated on U.S. 211 east of Wash­ing­ton, had been in commercial use for some time as the site of Payne’s garage. In­stead, two ad­join­ing lots where were (and still are) in res­i­den­tial use, were colored in commercial on the of­fi­cial zon­ing map that was adopted along with the or­di­nance. The er­ror didn’t come to light, Kon­ick con­tin­ued, un­til the owner’s son, Reid Payne, re­cently ap­plied to the Board of Zon­ing Ap­peals to open a pool and game room in the old garage, a use al­lowed by spe­cial per­mit in a gen­eral busi­ness-commercial zone.

May 5, 1993

The Board of Su­per­vi­sors voted Mon­day to close the dump­ster sites at Huntly and Scrab­ble and open an­other manned trash collection site some­where be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Sper­ryville. The mo­tion also spec­i­fied that the Scrab­ble site would be sold once the new site should be ready by Oc­to­ber when the cur­rent trash haul­ing con­tract ends. Stonewall-Hawthorn district rep­re­sen­ta­tive Robert An­der­son voted against the mo­tion be­cause he said there is a group in­ter­ested in an­other use for the Scrab­ble site, “and I hate to cut them off.” The su­per­vi­sors put off un­til June voting on whether or not to en­ter into a con­tract with Fauquier County to land­fill Rap­pa­han­nock trash.

Two Rap­pa­han­nock County High School stu­dents have been ac­cepted into spe­cial gover­nor’s schools this sum­mer. Jes­sica Arnold, a ris­ing ju­nior, was ac­cepted into the Gover­nor’s School for the Gifted. She will be study­ing at the Med­i­cal Col­lege of Vir­ginia at Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity in Richmond for six weeks this sum­mer. Tracy Lynn Hitt, a ris­ing se­nior, will be at­tend­ing the Gover­nor’s School for the Arts study­ing vo­cal mu­sic at the Univer­sity of Richmond for four weeks. She is a so­prano and had to win ac­cep­tance in a re­gional au­di­tion.

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