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June 14, 2018

Throwback Thursday: 355 tombstones vandalized

Vandals toppled and/or spray painted 269 tombstones in the Marshall Cemetery and another 86 at Orlean.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of June 18, 1993

Graveyard damage $100,000, with 355 tombstones toppled

“People just can’t believe someone would be sacrilegious enough to do something like that,” Marshall Cemetery Association Chairman James Lee Lawrence said.

For the second time in three months, Marshall area residents shake their heads and talk about senseless destruction.

In March, someone burned five barns in Northern Fauquier, resulting in the deaths of five horses.

Last week, vandals knocked over 269 tombstones in the Marshall Cemetery and another 86 in the Orlean Cemetery. The damage totals an estimated $100,000.

“It looked like a war zone,” said Leroy Brown, who discovered the Marshall damage about 5 a.m. last Thursday as he drove to work. “I go past the cemetery every morning, and it was just getting light. I looked over and could see the shadows of the fallen monuments. It was awful.”


Trees spared as supervisors want new landfill plan

After years of preparation, the Fauquier supervisors Tuesday decided to scrap landfill design plans at the Corral Farm and start over.

The board wants to save a stand of old oak trees about 300 feet from Route 29 south of Warrenton.

The plan had called for cutting down the trees on the first portion of the new landfill to make way for trash burial.

“It looks to me that with 200-some acres, you ought to be able to keep two or three acres of oak trees,” Supervisor Jim Green (Marshall District) said.

The supervisors voted, 3-2, to immediately begin looking into the possibility of designing the new landfill — next to the old dump, rebidding the project and requesting more time from the state.


School board approves move to Group AA sports

The school board Monday took another step toward dramatically changing the complexion of high school sports in Fauquier County.

The board cleared the way for Fauquier and Liberty high schools to seek Group AA athletic status for 1993-94, when LHS will open.

The decision means FHS will end its 22-year competition against the state’s biggest schools in Group AAA.

“I want a level playing field,” school board member Dick Whiting (Cedar Run District) said. “I want to be able to compete.”

Schools with more than 1,000 students in Grades 10-12 must compete at the AAA level. Those with fewer students may elect to compete at the AA or AAA level.

In the 1994 fall semester, FHS will have a projected 941 students in its top three grades and Liberty will have an estimated 700 when it opens.


No rogues on his road

Call him crazy, but Midland resident Ed Dickerson would rather not live on a road named after some horse thieves.

Dickerson on Tuesday asked the supervisors to change the name of this road (Route 602) from Rogues Road to Old Mill Road.

“We just don’t like it, period. It has a very ugly sound to it,” Dickerson said. “And, I haven’t stolen a horse for years.”

He spoke during a public hearing for residents upset with street names assigned to them as part of the county’s new uniform addressing system for 9-1-1.

After the hearing, the supervisors approved name changes for 34 streets — including Dickerson’s — and deleted four names for streets planned but unbuilt.


Gold Cup pumps in $1 million

Great Meadow officials said the May 1 Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase races pumped $1 million in to the local economy.

About 47,500 people, “90 percent from the Washington area,” attended the races, according to a press release.

“The Gold Cup payroll, business contracting for goods and services, and hotels and restaurants realized $625,000,” said spokeswoman Dawn M. Lawrence. “Another $230,000, collected largely through ticket sales, went for the benefit of maintaining Great Meadow for year-round use by the community and non-profit organizations.”

The Warrenton Lions Club raised more than $12,000 raffling a BMW automobile and other organizations operated profitable concessions at the races, Ms. Lawrence said.


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