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December 7, 2017

Throwback Thursday: CBS veteran adapts in Markham

1992: Former NFL and CBS-TV star Irv Cross rakes leaves around his Markham home.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citize nedition of Dec. 4, 1992

NFL and TV star adjusting to life out of the spotlight

The man raking leaves at his Markham home is no farmer or gardener.

Irv Cross, former star of the NFL and CBS-TV, last spring got word that the network would not renew his contract after 20 years.

Cross, 53, admits he would rather spend his weekends back in the broadcast booth or on the set of the NFL Today in New York. But, for now, the former All-Pro with the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angles Rams keeps busy travelling the East Coast, working for a New York brokerage firm, looking into starting his own TV sports talk show and doing chores around his Northern Fauquier home.

Town, Crestar at odds on Benner tract zoning

Everyone agrees the recently-annexed, 93-acre tract will be an important gateway to Warrenton.

The town council and the owner agree the land, along the Route 15/29 Eastern Bypass, should include a mix of 271 housing units and an industrial park.

But, a bitter dispute has developed between the town and Richmond-based Crestar Bank, the property owner, about how to achieve the state goals.

“It’s gonna make a huge statement about Warrenton,” Councilman John “Sparky” Lewis said of the tract, part of the 540 acres annexed July 1. Lewis hopes the town and Crestar can work out the differences about zoning, which the council will consider Tuesday, Dec. 8.

But, after months of negotiations, the parties seem deadlocked.

Higgs: 3 more deputies not enough

Sheriff Joe Higgs this week won approval for more manpower, but he said it won’t be enough.

Higgs in October asked the Fauquier supervisors for six additional deputies, but board funded three positions Tuesday and promotes to look at the problem again in January.

The supervisors voted, 3-2, to hire three additional deputies, with Georgia Herbert (Scott District) and Wilbur Burton (Cedar Run) opposing the measure.

“Don’t get me wrong; I’m very grateful for the three officers, but it doesn’t solve my problem,” Higgs said Wednesday. “I made a commitment to my deputies to do everything I could for their safety, and I need to stand by that obligation.”

Superintendent favors opening Liberty with seniors

Fauquier High School’s Class of 1995 stands at the center of a tug-of-war.

Last week, a citizen committee recommended that the school board give seniors affected by rezoning the choice of remaining at FHS — if they provide their own transportation — or transferring to Liberty High School. The Bealeton school will open in 1994.

But, splitting the Class of ’95 could cost the county at least $50,000 more in staffing costs for the 1994-95 term, Superintendent Tony Lease acknowledged.

Lease suggested, however, that the new school would start more smoothly with a completed ninth- through 12th-grade configuration.

Boys burn house near Linden

Three children playing with matches sparked a Linden house fire Saturday, when a firefighter was rushed to the hospital after a wall collapsed on him.

Three boys — the eldest 8 years old — started the blazed that destroyed the vacant house off Route 725, north of Route 55, said Fauquier County Fire Investigator Cuno Anderson.

Linden firefighter Richard Vandonbosh suffered bruises and a hip injury from the wall collapse.

Neighbors spotted the fire, which firefighters from Linden and Marshall battled. Carl Coffey of Linden owns the 165-year-old house, which he had begun renovating.

Cashmere Sweaters

Last year’s price: $360

Farrar’s discounted 1992 price: $164

Farrar’s — A Gentlemen’s Clothier
29 Main Street, Warrenton
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