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June 7, 2018

Throwback Thursday: County fixing Warren Green

June 1993 — Robert Pilcher of Goldvein repairs the Warren Green roof.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of June 11, 1993


Warren Green repairs start

Workers have started shoring up the Warren Green Hotel in a summer-long, $85,000 facelift.

County Facilities and Services Manager Billy Jenkins said the work will include replacing gutters, patching a leaking porch roof along Hotel Street, repairing columns and repainting exterior trim, covered with cracking, lead-based paint.

The county’s five-year plan includes complete exterior painting, roof replacement and electrical upgrades.

The school system has 35 administrative employees in the rambling, 15,300-square-foot building. Built in 1876, the structure also houses the county’s eight-member computer services department and the general registrar’s office, with three employees.

Fauquier’s board of supervisors bought the three-story, brick hotel with 1.3 acres in 1960 for $110,000.


Missing man’s body found by farmer

The 70-year-old man finally figured a way out.

But, his determination to leave Marshall Manor, an elderly care facility off Main Street near the center of the Northern Fauquier village, may have killed him.

At about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, John J. Cotter climbed through a back window of the building, crossed an enclosed recreation yard and scaled an 8-foot-high fence.

Marshall Manor had 10 staffers — two nurses and eight aides — on duty at the time, Administrator Jim Baxendale said.

On May 30 — almost three weeks after Mr. Cotter disappeared — Steven Green, a cattle farmer who leases 40 acres from Marshall Manor found his badly decomposed body on that property about a quarter mile southeast of the facility, according to Fauquier sheriff’s Investigator Cuno Andersen.

“There’s no sign of trauma,” Andersen said. “We’re still investigation, but it’s pretty much closed as far as we’re concerned . . . . No foul play.”


$1.9-million Main Street decision due next week

Warrenton’s proposed $8-million budget drew very little reaction during a public hearing before the town council Tuesday night.

Old Town Association President Susan Feely requested a $10,000 donation for the business group, not included in the proposed 1993-94 spending plan.

But, the most interesting choice facing the council is the proposed $1.9-million Main Street renovation in the budget’s capital improvement plan.

Merchants last fall convinced the town to delay the project, which they view as a threat to business because of street closings, until 1994.

The town planning commission recently recommended scrapping the project altogether. Vice Mayor Fred Austin, who owns a furniture and hardware store on Main Street, opposes the renovation.

Mrs. Feely also told the council she believes the project would be a waste of money.

The town already has spent $150,000 on engineering for the project, which would include new water and sewer lines, sidewalks, landscaping and paving.

The town council will adopt the budget at 8 p.m. next Thursday, June 17.


Meadows and Moore top Fauquier High graduates

Fauquier High School has named Lauren Meadows valedictorian and Robyn Moore salutatorian for the Class of 1993.

Ms. Meadows will enter the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar in the fall. Ms. Moore will attend Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg.

At graduation Saturday, June 19, FHS will award 459 diplomas. The Class of 1993 has earned scholarships totaling $94,000.


Laid-off county workers get severance packages

The Fauquier supervisors last week approved a $33,083 severance package for four county workers who will be laid off June 30.

The package includes one month’s pay and three months of medical benefits for each worker.

The board’s 1993-94 budget calls for the elimination of eight positions, including four in comprehensive planning, a computer programmer, a janitor and two vacant deputy sheriff positions. The state will pick up funding for the janitor at the National Guard armory in Warrenton and one of the planning positions will get spared with a budget shift.


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