1992: Bo Miller (right) consoles Isabella Kempf at the Republican watch party in Warrenton as it becomes obvious that Bill Clinton (D) has defeated President George H.W. Bush (R) in Tuesday’s election.
25 Years Ago From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Nov. 6, 1992
Voter turnout hits 89 percent
Across the county Tuesday, many Fauquier voters expressed frustration about their choices for president.
Yet, they turned out in record numbers to cast ballots on a brilliant autumn day, when the temperature rose to 70 degrees.
Eighty-nine percent of the county’s 23,211 eligible voters participated.
President George H.W. Bush got 10,400 votes here or 51 percent of the Fauquier total. Bill Clinton (D), who defeated Bush, got 32 percent of the county vote; Ross Perot (I) got 17 percent.
McNear: Move jail out of town
The last time Fauquier officials discussed the growth of county government over the next 20 years, they faced angry residents and Warrenton merchants worried that courts and local agencies might move from downtown.
Taking a different approach this time, the county seems to have adopted the adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
Deputy County Administrator, in one of his final actions before retiring Dec. 1, this week submitted a long-range plan to keep county government downtown.
McNear’s plan keeps most county functions in Old Town but recommends eventually moving the jail from 50 W. Lee St. He did not identify a suitable jail site but said it should be accessible to all portions of Fauquier.
County to buy Lee Street building
Fauquier officials have expressed an interest in the 78 W. Lee St. office building in Warrenton for some time, but they finally agreed to buy it Tuesday.
The supervisors will pay Lee Street Associates $1.2 million for the three-story building.
The county in June 1991 entered a lease/purchase agreement with the owners, Warrenton businessmen Steve Roszel and Sam Cooper and former Northern Virginia Congressman Stan Parris.
The 14,500-square-foot building stands on a half-acre with 60 parking spaces. Built in 1987, it has housed the sheriff’s office and magistrates for the past year. Other county agencies also will move there.
Warrenton Ames to close in 1993
The Ames department store in Warrenton will shut its doors for good sometime early next year, putting 51 employees out of work.
The Warrenton Towne Centre store will be among 60 closed as part of Ames’ effort to bounce back from bankruptcy.
Despite the closing and tough times for retailers, J. Bradley Cederdahl of Gates, Hudson and Associates of Fairfax, which manages the shopping center, believes he’ll be able to find another tenant for the 55,000-square-foot space. The 8-year-old center stands along Route 211.
Dam supported again
Concerned that the Auburn Dam project could get killed, Supervisor Wilbur Burton (Cedar Run District) pushed Tuesday for the board’s continued backing of its construction.
The supervisors voted, 4-1, to reaffirm their support of the costly project.
Supervisor Georgia Herbert (Scott) voted no.
For more than a decade, the supervisors, the Soil Conservation Service and the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District have moved toward development of the dam.
The impoundment could supply flood control for southern Fauquier and possibly 2.3 million gallons of water per day for New Baltimore residents, who have lived with water quality issues for several years.
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