From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUC­K

Dec. 13, 1973

The home of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Priest at Amissville was de­stroyed by fire a year ago in Novem­ber and all of their fur­nish­ings and pos­ses­sions were con­sumed in the in­ferno. This Novem­ber, just over a year later, the Priest fam­ily moved into a newly con­structed home, made pos­si­ble through the ef­forts of a com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion — the Amissville Ru­ri­tan Club. In April, Ru­ri­tan Club mem­bers voted to do­nate la­bor to build a new home for the Priests, who are both el­derly; Mr. Priest is crip­pled. With the ef­forts of 12 club mem­bers, some rel­a­tives and lo­cal res­i­dents, the con­struc­tion was ac­com­plished. With all of the prac­ti­cal ef­fort ex­pended, the men felt this was truly a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as well as a la­bor of love.

David W. Strea­gle, a war­rant of­fi­cer in the U.S. Ma­rine Corps, grad­u­ated Thurs­day from the FBI Na­tional Academy at Quan­tico af­ter com­plet­ing a 12-week course. Mr. Strea­gle is presently as­so­ci­ated with CID at the Ma­rine Corp Air Sta­tion, at Cherry Point, N.C. He served 15 years with the U.S. Ma­rine Corps at sta­tions in For­mosa, Hawali, Viet­nam, North and South Carolina. He is mar­ried to the for­mer El­iz­a­beth Latham of Amissville; they have two chil­dren, Shannon and Marc.

“The mas­sacre” was how a Rap­pa­han­nock sheep owner and her hired hands re­ferred to the sight they saw the morn­ing of Nov. 8, 1973. Dog war­den Jack Bruce didn’t use such a dra­matic term; he was more spe­cific: “I found that four ewes were dead, one ram that was dead, one ewe that was liv­ing and two lambs that were liv­ing . . . one ewe died later and the two lambs had to be de­stroyed later.” The su­per­vi­sors are propos­ing rais­ing the dog tag fee to cre­ate a larger sum, and the dog war­den's salary hasn’t been paid for eight months.

Sept. 30, 1982

Nom­i­nated for the out­stand­ing young woman of 1982 is Sheila Estes, sec­re­tary to Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney Doug Baum­gard­ner. Estes was nom­i­nated to be in­cluded in the yearly pub­li­ca­tion on the ba­sis of pro­fes­sional achieve­ment and com­mu­nity ser­vice. The fi­nal win­ners in state and na­tional com­pe­ti­tion will be no­ti­fied in De­cem­ber. Estes, a 1976 RCHS grad­u­ate, is the daugh­ter of Mrs. Reid Payne of Flint Hill and Terry Fritts of Front Royal.

Henry East­wood and Fran­cie Schroeder, the hus­band and wife team whose pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion opens next week at Wash­ing­ton’s Mid­dle Street Gallery, have cap­tured the char­ac­ter of Rap­pa­han­nock County on film. The pho­to­graphs were all taken in Rap­pa­han­nock and its fringes. “It was re­ally hard to cut the ex­hi­bi­tion down to just Rap­pa­han­nock County. That’s a po­lit­i­cal, rather that a de­mo­graphic line,” Henry ex­plained, adding that for some of the scenes, the cou­ple strayed into Madi­son, War­ren and Fauquier coun­ties and up into the park’s Sky­line Drive.

As an al­ter­na­tive to bring­ing le­gal ac­tion against the Rap­pa­han­nock school board for al­leged non-com­pli­ance with the Vir­ginia Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act, com­mon­wealth’s at­tor­ney Dou­glas Baum­gard­ner has pro­posed that his of­fice and the school board jointly seek an opin­ion from the state At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s of­fice. In an Aug. 23 let­ter to su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Estabrook, Baum­gard­ner sought copies of three documents pre­vi­ously re­quested by the Rap­pa­han­nock News: An ar­chi­tec­tural pro­gram and budget cost anal­y­sis on the pro­posed cen­tral of­fice ve­hi­cle main­te­nance fa­cil­ity pre­pared by the Richmond ar­chi­tec­tural firm of Mosely Hen­ning, a re­vi­sion of that same pro­gram and anal­y­sis, and a re­port on a pro­posed in­dex salary sched­ule for school em­ploy­ees.

July 30, 1992

The fact that Ochs rhymes with box — cre­at­ing an in­ter­est­ing and clever mar­ket­ing tool — is not the only in­ter­est­ing and clever as­pect to one of Flint Hill’s new­est businesses. Ochs Food, lo­cated in the back of the Flint Hill Gen­eral Store, opened just two months ago and was con­ceived of by own­ers Ni­cholas Ochs Ray­mond and long-time county res­i­dent Diane Wal­dron. Mr. Ochs and Ms. Wal­dron have put to­gether sev­eral as­pects in their new businesses that con­sumers are look­ing for to­day. They are serv­ing food that is tasty, low in fat and calo­ries, and gourmet in style at an in­ex­pen­sive price — and it’s brought right to your door.

The li­brary board, with three new mem­bers, met for the first time last Thurs­day and im­me­di­ately be­came bogged down in a “wish list” of things to buy with un­spent build­ing funds. Li­brar­ian Nikki Lynch, work­ing with board chair­man Wil­liam Young, had drawn up a list that ranged from new fold­ing ta­bles and chairs for the meet­ing room to com­puter fur­ni­ture and book­ends.

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