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March 1, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Drug store closing April 1

1993: Jerry Wood has sold his Fauquier Pharmacy business to Rite Aid. The drug store at 15 Main St. in Warrenton will close April 1.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of March 5, 1993

Fauquier Pharmacy to leave Main Street

The owner of the Fauquier Pharmacy at 15 Main St. could see the handwriting on the wall and didn’t like what he read.

Three or four years ago, Jerry Wood noticed the number of prescriptions filled at his Warrenton shop began to drop significantly.

In the late 1980s, Wood sold 150 to 200 prescriptions a day. Now, when things hum, he fills 90 a day. That won’t cut it anymore.

Wood has sold the business, an old-time combination soda fountain/pharmacy, to Rite Aid Drug Store of Harrisburg, Pa. Closing April 1, the pharmacy will merge with the Rite Aid in Warrenton Center.

Pharmacies have operated in the three-story red brick building on Main Street for more than 50 years. Wood bought the business 20 years ago from Don Farnsworth.

Mourners crowd Warrenton for state trooper’s funeral

More than 1,500 people, including Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, attended the funeral of slain State Trooper Jose M. Cavazos on Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church in Warrenton.

“We have become sitting ducks for those who have no respect for us, and we’re tired of it,” State Police Chaplain Preston Everhart said to the congregation. “I pray that the blood of Jose Cavazos spilled on Interstate 95 will not, I repeat, not have been in vain.”

A Nokesville resident, Cavazos died Feb. 24 at Washington Hospital Center after being shot five times just after midnight near a Dale City exit on I-95.

Within two hours, police had arrested the suspects and charged both with capital murder. Cavazos had stopped a stolen car but failed to radio the dispatcher that he was out of his cruiser. At 12:43 a.m., a state highway department found the trooper lying unconscious outside his cruiser.

Two administrators leaving for superintendent jobs

Two top Fauquier school administrators will resign in June to take superintendent jobs elsewhere.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction T. Lowell Lemons will take over the school system in Waynesboro. Lemons will earn $68,000 a year, compared with $62,413 here.

Assistant Superintendent for Administration Terry Arbogast will head the Floyd County system, where his salary remains undetermined. Arbogast earns $61,250 in Fauquier.

Local firm helps with inauguration

Smith-Midland Corp. provided the precast concrete safety barriers to line the inaugural parade route Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.

The Midland-based company used six cranes, 30 trucks and 27 people to set barriers on streets and sidewalks that intersect Pennsylvania Avenue. Work started at 2 a.m. and all 239 sections were in place by 7 a.m., well before Bill Clinton’s drive to the Capitol for his oath of office.

Smith-Midland had all the barriers reloaded for the return trip less than four hours after the parade.

The company has provided the same service for the last four inaugural parades as well as for Soviet President Gorbachev’s visit in the late 1980s.

NSA honors John Williams

John Williams was among five African-Americans honored by the National Security Agency during Black History Month.

The them for the celebration was “Centuries of Excellence and Diversity.”

In 1952, Williams was one of the first blacks to volunteer for the Army Security Agency, a predecessor of the NSA. In the 1960s, he became skilled in computer operations and has held several positions in the communications field.

He is a member of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board, a trustee of First Baptist Church, vice chairman of the Town of Warrenton’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and commander of American Legion Post 360.


Miller Carpet Celebrates its Silver Anniversary

With the open of Mill-Mart, a Remnant Outlet in Opal
All sizes & colors of carpet and vinyl, braided rugs, area rugs and more

Route 29 South, Opal

Miller Carpets
133 West Shirley Avenue, Warrenton

25 Years of Service
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Rip Ruffner · March 1, 2018 at 8:23 pm
Scary how time flies. *smh* It's hard to believe I've been a Warrentonian now for 38 years.
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