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April 12, 2019

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Thousands of cattle here


The number of cattle reported on Fauquier County farms in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

The total includes 3,690 milk cows, according to census results the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Thursday.

Of 1,154 farms in Fauquier, 485 reported having cattle.

Farms also reported 6,262 laying hens, 2,061 sheep and lambs and 637 pigs in their livestock inventories.


The approximate total costs for Fauquier County’s three public high schools to host junior/senor proms this month. Expenses for the formal dances include DJs, lighting, decorations, food, party favors, flowers, invitations, security and other items. 

Ticket sales and fundraisers pay the bills. All three proms will take place Saturday, April 27.

Fauquier High’s prom on campus will cost about $17,600.

Kettle Run High School’s prom also will take place in tents on the its campus, costing about $17,000.

Liberty’s prom will take place at Warrenton campus of Lord Fairfax Community College and will cost about $7,000.


School bus and administrator two-way radios Fauquier County Public Schools will replace at a cost of $705,111.

Fauquier schools use the same radio system as the county’s first responders. The existing school bus radios will not work with the county’s new system after June 30.

The school transportation department hopes to begin installation in May to prepare for the fall semester.

$7.9 million

The total cost of projects in the Fauquier County’s capital improvement plan for fiscal 2020, including:

• $4 million to begin extending broadband internet service to Fauquier’s unserved and underserved areas.

• $1.5 million for improvements to the Marshall water system.

• $1 million to plan expansion and remodeling of Cedar Lee Middle School at Bealeton.

• $750,000 to dispose of county landfill leachate — water and other liquids removed from trash — and to manage gas emitted by garbage.

Under the county board of supervisors’ approved plan, the 2020 projects would be funded with $2.9 million in cash and $5 million in debt. The new fiscal year starts July 1.


The price Suzanne Miller will pay Fauquier County for 22.8 acres of land on Elk Run Road near Midland.

In February 2018, Fauquier’s board of supervisors authorized the sale of seven “surplus” county properties.

The board Thursday approved the sale of the vacant Elk Run parcel, which two years ago it valued at $137,000.

To date, the supervisors have approved the sale of two of the seven properties, including the Elk Run Road parcel.

Last November, the county sold a one-acre lot and single-family home along Lake Brittle Road near New Baltimore to Matthew and Ingrid Parker for $257,000. At the time Fauquier valued the property at $278,000.
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Silii · April 12, 2019 at 4:28 pm
Per the Fauquier soil and land conservation experts: 2 acres of grazing land per 1000 pound grazing animal. Drive out Wilson Road and see approximately 100 cattle grazing on far fewer than 200 acres. Drive through neighborhoods zoned agricultural and see many cattle on far fewer than 2 acres each. What's the deal here? What protections of the Chesapeake Bay laws are being enforced?...
AngryBob · April 12, 2019 at 11:22 am
Hmm.... Sounds like somebody's still bitter about not getting a date for prom.

Yeah, me too.
Mark House · April 12, 2019 at 9:40 am
Prom is passé. Use the money toward scholarships.
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