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August 8, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: She keeps courthouse clean

Photo/Cassandra Brown
“Everyone in the community sticks together,” courthouse custodian Connie Drone says. “Everyone looks out for one another.”
I love being around people. All the sheriff’s deputies are nice and everyone is easy to get along with. I like them and hope they like me. I leave home and come home; this is like my second home. I like coming here and doing my job.
— Connie Drone
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Staff Journalist
With an infectious smile, Connie Drone greets everyone who walks into the circuit courthouse as she hangs the Virginia flag outside the 29 Ashby St. entrance.

Ms. Drone has worked almost eight years as a custodian in the courthouse, keeping the halls, rooms and elevators sparkling. Every weekday, she arrives at 5 a.m. to start vacuuming, dusting, mopping, shampooing carpets, wiping down chairs, waxing floors and cleaning 19 bathrooms.

A Fauquier County native, she grew up in Old Town Warrenton. “I know everyone,” she says.

• Age

53

• Home

Bealeton

• Work

Fauquier County Buildings and Grounds employee at the circuit courthouse and clerk’s office for almost eight years. Previously worked in the kitchen and with maintenance at the Hampton Inn in Warrenton.

• Why you do the job?

I love being around people. All the sheriff’s deputies are nice and everyone is easy to get along with. I like them and hope they like me. I leave home and come home; this is like my second home. I like coming here and doing my job.

• Family

Two sons: Danny Bragg, 32, and Michael Bragg, 25; brother, Ray Crummett, and newborn granddaughter, Skylar Elizabeth.

• Education

Attended Fauquier High School.

• Civic and/or Church involvement

Attended Catlett Assembly of God.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?

All my life; I was born and raised here. I grew up in Old Town Warrenton and I’ve never left.

• Why do you live here?

All my family is here.

• How do you describe this county?

It is pretty good financially. Everyone in the community sticks together. Everyone looks out for one another.

• What would you change about Fauquier?

Nothing, because it changes itself. I wish it were similar to previous years when there was a movie theatre on Main Street in Warrenton.

• What do you do for fun?

I love going to the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF). I go to C.M. Crockett Park. I like to have cookouts at my house and have friends and family over.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?

Country Cookin’ and Frost Diner. My co-workers and I go out to eat sometimes on Friday when it’s payday.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?

I think it will get better as time goes on.

• Favorite TV show?


“Duck Dynasty” and “Dallas”

• Favorite movie?


Any horror movie. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

• Favorite book?

The “Twilight” series by Stephanie Meyer.

• Favorite vacation spot?

Ocean City, Maryland

• Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate. I love everything chocolate!

• Who’s your hero and why?

My brother, Ray Crummett. He takes care of me and he is always there. He’s my backbone.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?

I would go buy a car, first thing. It has always been a dream of mine to own a new car.

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• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

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