September 1992: Fauquier High School senior Stormee Wolfram (right) ranks the environment as the most important issue in the presidential election.
25 Years Ago From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Sept. 25, 1992
FHS students lean toward Bush
In a recent poll of Fauquier High School seniors, 46 percent would vote for the Bush/Quayle ticket in the upcoming presidential election.
Twenty-eight percent would choose Clinton/Gore, and 22 percent remain undecided.
National polls show Democrat Bill Clinton ahead of Republican George H.W. Bush.
Few of the FHS students will be 18, the minimum age for voting, on Election Day, Nov. 3.
They rank abortion and the economy as their top campaign concerns.
Lawmakers pushed to join fight on school funding
Taking a “wait and see” approach, Fauquier’s General Assembly delegation is considering a plea to join local school officials in their fight for more state funding for county education.
Last week, school board members argued before the lawmakers that Fauquier schools get treated unfairly when it comes to appropriating state aid.
School board members Larry Czarda (Marshall District) and Gary Watson (Center) want the legislators to introduce a bill this winter that would guarantee the county a minimum level of funding to stem what have become annual decreases in state funding.
“We’re hurting — we really are. We’re being treated differently,” Czarda told Del. Jerry Wood (D-Warrenton), Del. Linda Wallace (R-Leesburg), Sen. Russ Potts (R-Winchester) and Sen. Kevin Miller (R-Harrisonburg).
Because of the “composite index,” state support for Fauquier schools has dropped $1.5 million while enrollment has risen by about 350 students.
Stafford man charged with gun shop burglary
Police last week arrested a Stafford County man allegedly responsible for several burglaries at Clark Brothers Gun Shop in Opal.
Terrance “Chino” Peters, 22, remains in the Fredericksburg regional jail without bond.
Sheriff Joe Higgs said Peters and an accomplice crashed their vehicle and escaped from two deputies after a high-speed chase down Route 17 from Opal the night of March 30. Peters had used a sledge hammer to break through the back wall of the gun shop before alluding the deputies, according to Higgs.
Higgs described a protracted game of cat and mouse between Peters and his department, especially Investigator C.Q. Anderson, who went to North Carolina three times to gather evidence in the case.
Anderson said he has recovered 30 pistols and two rifles Peters and other suspects stole from Clark Brothers.
Main Street project specifics promised
The Warrenton Town Council will meet with consultants and engineers Thursday, Oct. 1, to discuss specific plans for the $1.9-million Main Street rehabilitation project.
Some merchants complained last month to town officials that the project, which would require closing all or parts of the street, could force them out of business.
The project would include rebuilding sidewalks, replacing water and sewer lines, moving electrical lines and phone/cable lines underground, landscaping and installing new street lights.
Something to Celebrate: 1992 Model Clearance
Chevy Lumina, $13,424
Chevy S-10 Pickup Truck, $8,289
GEO Storm, $10,365
Chevy Cavalier, 5-speed, AC, stereo, $9,814
Country Chevrolet-GEO, 11 Lee Highway East, Warrenton