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August 2, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Corn crop wilts in drought

August 1993 — Catlett dairy farmer Garland Heddings among his 200 acres of drought-stunted corn.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of August 6, 1993

Drought scorches farms; corn harvest off 40 percent

Catlett farmer Garland Heddings knells and gingerly inspects a shriveled corn stalk with his bulky hands.

Baking under the hot morning sun, the stalk stands barely waist high.

“See how it’s rolled up there,” Heddings says. “When it gets like that, you know it’s dying of thirst.”

Cooperative Extension Director W.C. Brown doesn’t know how to explain it but says Catlett and Calverton have been hit by the region’s recent dry spell.

“We had a lot of wet weather this spring, but when it stopped, Bingo!” Brown says. “It was just like when you turn off a spigot: Nothing comes out.”

Each day the drought continues, he sees the county’s corn production decreasing. Without a substantial amount of rain in the next week, Brown estimates Fauquier’s corn harvest will be off at least 40 percent.

No movie theater here because of costs, population

Make the trip to see a flick in Manassas, Fair Oaks or Fredericksburg and you’ll probably encounter Fauquier neighbors.

Studies have estimated that county residents spend as much as $36 million a year outside of Fauquier, and hundreds of thousands of dollars must go for movie tickets, popcorn, candy and soda in other jurisdictions.

A rapidly-growing county of 50,000 people, Fauquier has been without a movie theater since 1974.

But, a recent study commissioned by The Partnership for Warrenton offers little hope for those who want a silver screen here soon. C. William Pacy, a movie theater consultant from Baltimore, concluded Fauquier lacks the population to support a successful cinema.

WSA sells first taps since ’89 in Marshall

Calling the wait “aggravating,” George Beavers of The Plains finally will be able to move into his auto repair shop, built two years ago.

Unable to use the building because it lacked utilities, Beavers, like many others, had to wait on the Fauquier County Water and Sewer Authority.

With all the capacity in use or allocated to other properties, WSA’s wastewater treatment plant at Marshall had sold no taps since 1989.

Beavers, however, was able to purchase a sewer tap for $6,500 on Monday, after the WSA made 100 connections available at the Marshall plant. It sold 24 that day.

The WSA has sold 369 taps that haven’t been used. Authority leaders decided they have enough time to expand the treatment plant if wastewater flow starts threatening its capacity.

George Allen raises $10,000 here

Area residents last week contributed more than $10,000 to Republican gubernatorial candidate George Allen’s campaign, according to Jim Rich, chairman of the GOP 10th congressional district committee.

Republican’s gathered for the July 30 fundraiser at Alice DuPont Mill’s Hickory Tree Farm, just south of Middleburg in Northern Fauquier.

“We had a heck of a time,” said Rich, a Shell Oil Co. lawyer who lives near The Plains.

Betsy Ross new Old Town Association president

Betsy Ross of accounting firm Surles & Associates has been elected president of the Old Town Association.

Ms. Ross succeeds Susan Feeley, who recently resigned after two months in office. Mrs. Feeley, the owner of Jimmie’s Market and Kidwell Caterers, cited disagreements within the merchants group and complaints about her leadership as the reasons for resigning.

The OTA advisory board elected Ms. Ross to serve as the 60-member group’s leader for the balance of the 1993-94 term.

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