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August 30, 2018

Throwback Thursday: LHS will have a senior class

1993: Principal John Harrison worked hard to recruit enough students for Liberty High to have a senior class when the school at Bealeton opens in September 1994.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of September 3, 1993

Liberty to open with 129 seniors next fall

He wrote letters, made phone calls and even drove to students’ homes to pick up consent forms.

And, when it ended, John Harrison had done what few would have thought possible just one week ago.

The energetic principal needed to recruit 52 more Fauquier High juniors to have the 120 students necessary to form a senior class at Liberty High School, scheduled to open next September.

By Tuesday’s deadline, Harrison had commitments from 129 students — more than enough to make up Liberty’s Class of 1995.

“I just wanted to give the students a chance,” the triumphant principal said.

Sowder buys stalled Menlough development

Local developer/Realtor Bob Sower has purchased the planned Menlough subdivision, with approval for 174 homes on the western edge of Warrenton.

Sowder last week bought the stalled, 49-acre development for the apparent bargain price of $700,000 in cash from the real estate arm of a Baltimore bank.

“We’ll see if it’s a bargain,” Sowder said Tuesday. “Only time will tell.”

A subsidiary of Alexandria-based Landmark Communities in May 1989 paid $5.5 million for the same property.

Landmark subsequently defaulted on a $4.2-million loan from American Securities Bank and a $1.8-million deferred payment agreement with Menlough Inc. owners Per Bang-Jensen and Steve Roszel of Warrenton.

The Menlough development — near historic homes and farms on Springs Road — generated a storm of controversy when Bang-Jensen, Roszel and their consultants steered the “planned unit development” through a lengthy town approval process in 1987 and ’88.

Dog nabs robbery suspect on Main Street

A 30-year-old man on furlough from a state work camp allegedly burglarized three Old Town Warrenton stores early Wednesday morning.

The suspect broke into Carter’s General Store, Hailey’s Shoe Service and Fergi’s Restaurant, Police Chief Dale Koglin said.

Officer Cindy Sager and Fally, the department canine, caught the suspect after an alarm sounded at Carter’s about 4 a.m., according to Koglin.

Old Town gas cleanup starts

Quarles Oil Co. in the next few weeks should have a better idea of how much gasoline has been floating on the water table below the circuit courthouse in Warrenton.

An engineering contractor this week began drilling test wells in the courthouse parking lot. The gas, which leaked from underground tanks at Olde Towne Texaco, was found in 1989.

Although testing has started, it will take years to completely clean up the spill, said Craig McBride, a Quarles engineer. “It’s not like a vacuum; you can’t pick this stuff up in a few hours.”

Warrenton office supply store to close

Southern Office Supply in the Warrenton Village Shopping Center will close early next year.

Lucas Brothers Inc. got the store and several others when it bought out Southern two years ago. But, the Columbia-Md. Based company has decided to concentrate entirely on direct sales to corporate accounts in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to President Ray Kostkowski.

“Our core business is selling directly to large contract buyers,” Kostkowski said. “We’ve picked up some retailers as we’ve expanded, but that’s really a separate type of business.”

Arlington-based Southern opened the Warrenton store about 10 years ago.

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