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

Jan. 17, 1985

Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney Peter Luke has re­quested pay­ment for ser­vices that he per­forms as “County At­tor­ney.” Specif­i­cally, Luke wants a retroac­tive pay­ment of $8,000 for work done in 1984 and start­ing with 1985 he “would like to bill the county on an hourly ba­sis of $50 per hour.” The Board of Su­per­vi­sors, at its Jan. 7 meet­ing, dis­cussed a three-page let­ter from Luke that de­tailed the rea­sons for this re­quest. Luke be­gins his let­ter by not­ing that “be­cause of the size of Rappahannock County [less than 15,000 pop­u­la­tion] the State law pro­vides that the Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney shall also serve as County At­tor­ney un­less the County elects to hire its own County At­tor­ney.”

Then Luke writes, “My salary to per­form du­ties as Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney, that is the pros­e­cu­tion of crim­i­nal of­fenses, is paid by the State. I am cur­rently paid noth­ing by the State, or County, for the work I per­form as County At­tor­ney.”

Wash­ing­ton’s Town Coun­cil re­cently com­pleted work on a new town char­ter, and since Wash­ing­ton has not had a char­ter drawn up since 1894, the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the new char­ter is ev­i­dent. The town’s bound­aries are also be­ing slightly mod­i­fied in con­junc­tion with the char­ter, and to put the changes in per­spec­tive re­quires a look back to Wash­ing­ton’s be­gin­nings. If some peo­ple ques­tion whether or not Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton did sur­vey the town, there is no such room for doubt on the mat­ter of which town of Wash­ing­ton in the United States was the first to claim the name. Wash­ing­ton was es­tab­lished as a town­ship by the Gen­eral As­sem­bly in Novem­ber of 1796, and is recog­nised as the first of about 28 other towns in the United States named Wash­ing­ton.

Rappahannock has many tra­di­tions of beauty, but one of the most beau­ti­ful is be­ing car­ried on by Lil­lie Pullen in Old Hol­low. She con­tin­ues a craft she be­gan 30 years ago that is the an­swer for peo­ple who long for the days when prod­ucts were hand­made and lasted for a life­time or longer. Pullen makes braided rugs of swirling col­ors that she guar­an­tees will never come apart. She be­gan mak­ing rugs when she and her hus­band Clyde were rais­ing their six chil­dren, and she also worked at Aileen Inc. Pullen had to quit her job at the Aileen plant 10 years ago when Clyde had a stroke, and she now re­mains at home with him and makes her rugs and quilts

Over the years, Pullen’s rugs have helped the fam­ily when ex­tra cash was needed. “I made enough out of the rugs to buy the ply­board for the rooms of this house,” said Pullen.

Aug. 17, 1994

“We are just like fam­ily, and it re­ally hurts.”

That was just one em­ployee’s re­ac­tion to the an­nounce­ment at the Aileen sewing plant in Flint Hill last Thurs­day. Bob Fadely, vice pres­i­dent of man­u­fac­tur­ing for Aileen, broke the bad news to em­ploy­ees that the plant would def­i­nitely be clos­ing on Oct. 12. Many left work early on Fri­day to be­gin search­ing for a new job. Some have ap­plied for sim­i­lar work in Winch­ester or Culpeper, and oth­ers have ap­plied to be gro­cery clerks.

Ac­cord­ing to plant man­ager Ellen Jor­dan, the rea­son for the clo­sure is that the man­u­fac­tur­ing costs are too high. Aileen al­ready has two plants op­er­at­ing in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, where, ac­cord­ing to Flint Hill em­ploy­ees, work­ers are paid from 80 to 90 cents per hour. The Flint Hill plant would have cel­e­brated its 32nd an­niver­sary in Oc­to­ber.

Joyce and Al­bert Wharton of Sper­ryville have opened two new busi­nesses on U.S. 211 in Sper­ryville.

Mrs. Wharton is run­ning the Christ­mas Cabin, lo­cated near the Coun­try El­e­gance Store near the west­ern end of Sper­ryville. She opened the shop on July 4, and has filled it with all kinds of Christ­mas good­ies. Fur­ther up the road, to­ward down­town Sper­ryville, Mrs. Wharton’s hus­band Al­bert runs Wharton’s Gift and Pro­duce. It is lo­cated in the one-story aqua build­ing with pink trim, not far from Estes Mill on U.S. 211. Mr. Wharton pur­chases most of the items lo­cally, es­pe­cially the pro­duce, and hopes to have the store open year round. Out­side, the stands are filled with peaches, ap­ples, cider, pre­serves and more. In­side, many crafts are for sale, along with chil­dren’s books, porce­lain dolls, fur­ni­ture, cot­ton afghans, pil­low, and stuffed an­i­mals.

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