Down Memory Lane

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

March 28, 1974

Bomb threats Sun­day night and early Mon­day morn­ing kept sev­eral hun­dred Aileen Inc. em­ployes away from their jobs at Flint Hill. Sher­iff John Walker Jenk­ins and chief deputy Everett Estes checked the plant af­ter be­ing no­ti­fied that an Aileen em­ploye had re­ceived a call Sun­day night, say­ing that a bomb had been placed in the plant. An­other bomb threat call was re­ceived at 6 a.m. Mon­day at the plant, and again Jenk­ins and Estes went to check. Mean­while, the com­pany in­formed em­ploy­ees of the in­ci­dents and ad­vised them to stay home un­til noon. As of this week, the sher­iff ’s of­fice is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Com­pany of­fi­cials had no com­ment.

A large cache of stolen goods was re­cov­ered in Rap­pa­han­nock County Tues­day, and six per­sons are be­ing held for bur­glary and grand lar­ceny in connection with the thefts. Three men were ap­pre­hended Sun­day night when they were found tak­ing tires from a ve­hi­cle on U.S. 522 by a pass­ing mo­torist, Wayne Jenk­ins, who re­ported them to Deputy Ray Jack­son. All three were charged with lar­ceny. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Sher­iff Jenk­ins and deputies Everett Estes and Ron­nie Hawkins dis­cov­ered the stolen goods in a house near Woodville owned by Wil­liam N. Lane.

Phil Ir­win, pres­i­dent of the Rap­pa­han­nock League for En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, was op­ti­mistic when he re­ported on the case the league is sup­port­ing against VEPCO. Ir­win said he be­lieves there is a strong possibilit­y that the State Cor­po­ra­tion Com­mis­sion will agree with RLEP’s con­tention that the best way for a new pow­er­line is to use ex­ist­ing cor­ri­dors.

How­ever, RLEP mem­ber Ed Har­ris, whose property would be af­fected by the new route, dis­agreed. “I’m con­vinced we’re los­ing and los­ing fast,” said Har­ris. The case against a pro­posed new pow­er­line cor­ri­dor now rests un­til May 1, when briefs are to be filed. The SCC is ex­pected to is­sue an “in­terim de­ci­sion.”

Jan. 20, 1983

Fire­men bat­tled flames at Blue Ridge Gun Shop in Amissville early Sun­day morn­ing, their ef­forts ham­pered by ex­plod­ing am­mu­ni­tion and winds gust­ing up to 40 miles per hour. An Amissville fire­man, struck in the face by a shell frag­ment, re­mains a patient at Fauquier Hos­pi­tal. A se­cond fire­man was treated for smoke in­hala­tion and re­leased. Dam­age from the fire is es­ti­mated at $250,000 by gun shop pro­pri­etor Robert Bow­ers. Eight com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing units from Fauquier and Culpeper coun­ties, an­swered the 2:25 a.m. call. Amissville volunteers, the last to be re­leased, left the scene Sun­day night.

A Rap­pa­han­nock artist was awarded spe­cial plau­dits by the dance re­viewer for the Wash­ing­ton Post in a re­view of the year’s dance high­lights. Sally Nash, di­rec­tor of the county’s mod­ern dance troupe, The Last Minute Wood Com­pany, was sin­gled out for “im­pres­sive cre­ative con­tri­bu­tions.” Last year, Nash and her dancers took an orig­i­nal dance-drama, “Seven Dreams and an Awak­en­ing,” to city au­di­ences af­ter a premier per­for­mance here in Rap­pa­han­nock.

Oct. 28, 1992

Family, friends and em­ploy­ees at Wil­liams Orchard near Flint Hill put the squeeze on bushels of var­i­ous kinds of apples last week to pro­duce gal­lons and gal­lons of tart ap­ple cider juice for sale to thirsty cus­tomers. The fruit’s fate be­gins with pick­ing, of course; then a trip to the Wil­liams’ crusher, where the apples are mashed. The mash is pumped onto trays that are stacked on a press in racks. Karen Wil­liams and Kathy Hud­son directly load of apples onto a con­veyor belt to the crusher. Tommy Wil­liams pumps mash. Ed Marcey, Tracy Guidice and Grey Wil­liams as­sist with cover. Marcey and Tommy Wil­liams ap­ply pres­sure. Twenty bushels re­lease 60 gal­lons.

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