Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUCK

June 8, 1978

Al­most half of the stu­dents at Rap­pa­han­nock’s el­e­men­tary school are read­ing a year or more be­hind grade level, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey taken by the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

As a first step to­ward at­tack­ing the read­ing de­fi­ciency that has alarmed par­ents and teach­ers alike, county School Board mem­bers voted unan­i­mously at a spe­cial meet­ing held last Wed­nes­day to of­fer sum­mer school this year.

The sum­mer school pro­gram will fo­cus on read­ing and lan­guage skills only. Classes, be­gin­ning June 19, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ac­cord­ing to cur­rent plans, en­roll­ment will be open to chil­dren in grades one through seven. How­ever, par­tic­i­pa­tion may have to be lim­ited to spe­cific grades, should more than a third of the stu­dents el­i­gi­ble for the pro­gram in­di­cate an in­ter­est in at­tend­ing sum­mer school.

As­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent Ray Ho­gan an­nounced that eight teach­ers were “def­i­nitely in­ter­ested” in teach­ing with three more pos­si­bly will­ing to work in the sum­mer read­ing pro­gram. He noted that the pro­gram’s suc­cess was de­pen­dent in a large part on keep­ing a low pupil teacher ra­tio, ap­prox­i­mately 10 to 12 stu­dents per teacher . . .

“Sorry, Mr. Bankston.”

That was Su­per­vi­sor Chair­man E. P. Luke’s re­sponse to game war­den Jim Bankston af­ter the Rap­pa­han­nock Su­per­vi­sors turned down two pro­posed hunter con­trol or­di­nances at last Thurs­day’s Board meet­ing. Luke joined Su­per­vi­sors Clarence Bald­win and Butch Eastham in vot­ing down or­di­nances that would have made it il­le­gal to carry a loaded ri­fle or shot­gun in a ve­hi­cle or on a pub­lic right of way with­out per­mis­sion to hunt from landown­ers on both sides of the road.

Su­per­vi­sor Dick Latham said he’d heard ar­gu­ments that the or­di­nances were un­en­force­able but added that a neigh­bor­ing county had 29 con­vic­tions out of 31 ci­ta­tions writ­ten un­der a sim­i­lar law. “They can be en­forced if any­one takes the time to do it,” he main­tained.

Bald­win an­nounced that he was pre­pared to vote against adop­tion since large landown­ers near Flint Hill — the area of the county with the big­gest prob­lem with il­le­gal road­side hunt­ing — were sat­is­fied with cur­rent laws and op­posed to the new or­di­nances.

“These are crafty peo­ple you’re deal­ing with. They can un­load a gun while they’re pulling over for the game war­den,” he said. “The solution to the prob­lem lies in get­ting Mr. Bankston some help,” Eas­tam stated.

Jan. 25, 1979

Power line tow­ers fall “very, very sel­dom,” con­struc­tion su­per­in­ten­dent Ray­mond Mims as­sured the Rap­pa­han­nock Board of Zon­ing Ap­peals last Oct.ober.

Mims ap­peared be­fore the BZA to re­quest a per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion for of­fice and stor­age trail­ers to be lo­cated on Amissville Fire Com­pany prop­erty dur­ing con­struc­tion of con­crete foun­da­tions for Vepco’s power line tow­ers.

The “very, very sel­dom” hap­pened last week as a tower built along Route 627 out­side Flint Hill came tum­bling down. The con­crete foun­da­tion was still in place but the riv­ets hold­ing the tower to the base ap­peared to have worked lose.

Linda Welk, a prop­erty owner who re­ported the ac­ci­dent to the Rap­pa­han­nock News, said that her hus­band had no­ticed about a month ago that the tower “wasn’t an­chored down.”

When speak­ing be­fore the BZA at its Oc­to­ber 12 meet­ing, Mims ex­plained that the tow­ers weren’t an­chored in rock be­cause that pro­ce­dure re­quires on-the-job pres­ence of an en­gi­neer at all times to check if the rock is solid. Ac­cord­ing to Mims, this makes rock an­chor­ing both ex­pen­sive and time con­sum­ing.

Asked to com­ment on Tues­day, Vepco per­son­nel at the War­ren­ton of­fice knew noth­ing about the top­ple of the tower ...

Af­ter ag­o­niz­ing for two hours over a 20 per­cent in­crease in the ad­min­is­tra­tive por­tion of the 1979-80 wel­fare bud­get, the Rap­pa­han­nock Wel­fare Board autho­rized a new so­cial worker po­si­tion re­quested by so­cial ser­vices direc­tor El­iz­a­beth Buntin.

“There are a dozen rea­sons why we should hire an­other so­cial worker,” said Mrs. Buntin in justifying her re­quest for the ad­di­tional po­si­tion. “As you’re aware, I haven’t been able to get my work done. I’m be­hind on the board min­utes. I’m be­hind on ev­ery­thing. The worst of it is adult ser­vices are go­ing lack­ing. You might not see it be­cause no one has com­plained but the lack is there.

“There are five re­fer­rals on my desk that haven’t been han­dled — all for adult pro­tec­tive ser­vices,” Mrs. Buntin con­tin­ued, ac­knowl­edg­ing that this was her area of re­spon­si­bil­ity. “A slip­shod job done with any part of our ser­vices hurts our rep­u­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity,” she added.

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