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February 8, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Mosby letters for sale

February 1993 — Bernice Pearson looks over the 40 letters from Mosby she will sell at the Auction Barn in Catlett.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Feb. 12, 1993

Mosby post-Civil War letters for sale

Forty-four letters from Confederate Gen. John S. Mosby will go on the auction block Saturday, Feb. 20, in Catlett.

Auctioneer Bernice Pearson received the letters, written after the Civil War, in the mail from a woman in North Carolina.

“I had no idea they were coming or who they were from. Earthshaking. I mean earthshaking,” said Mrs. Pearson, who operates the Auction Barn in Catlett with her husband “Flash.”

Mosby, a Warrentonian known as the “Grey Ghost,” wrote the letters to his friends, Capt. Sam Champion of Staunton and Judge James Keith of Richmond. The North Carolina owner has 200 of those letters.

Black History Month seeks to raise appreciation for diversity

Conway Porter believes race relations in the county reached a pivotal point last May when someone painted “KKK All the Way” on the Falcon Rock at Fauquier High School.

Because of the ensuing student unrest and racial tension, “there is a heightened awareness that something needs to be done,” said Porter, president of the Fauquier chapter of the NAACP.

Increasing that awareness is among the goals of the programs and lectures commemorating Black History Month throughout the county in February.

“I would hope to see people get a greater appreciation for black history, both in the African-American community and for all citizens of the county,” Porter said.

Allen, Williams woo Fauquier Republicans

Republican Earle Williams thinks he can pack the political wallop needed to beat Democrat Mary Sue Terry in November’s gubernatorial election.

Fellow Republican George Allen also believes he has what it will take to deliver the knockout punch to Ms. Terry on Election Day.

Williams, a Northern Virginia businessman and GOP activist, and Allen, a Charlottesville lawyer, former state delegate and congressman, pitched their cases Sunday night to the Fauquier County Republican Committee after a dinner meeting at Airlie House just north of Warrenton.

Main Street wine festival permit denied

Plans for a big July 17 wine festival on Warrenton’s Main Street fell as flat as a two-day-old glass of champagne Tuesday night.

The town council voted, 4-3, to deny Middleburg promoter Ernest “Bud” Hufnagel a permit for the festival, which had been intensely debated for a month.

“I do not think town property is the proper place for it,” Councilwoman Kathryn Carter said. “We do owe some consideration to our citizens who oppose alcohol or who have lost loved ones to alcohol-related accidents.”

But, most downtown merchants and several councilmen argued the event would be anything but a drunken brawl. And, it would attract as many as 10,000 people — a coup for a town bent on improving its tourist business.

School board firmly seeks 18 percent more money

Fauquier’s school board Monday approved the largest budget request in county history.

The $53.4-million proposal for 1993-94 is $9.3 million more than this year — an 18-percent increase.

Full funding of the request would require $6.3 million in new county revenue, potentially raising the real estate tax rate 21 cents, from 93 cents to $1.14 per $100 assessed value.

159 apply for town economic director

The Town of Warrenton could have its first economic development director — chosen from 159 applicants — by April.

“I’m really pleased with the quality of the applicants,” Town Manager John Anzivino said. “It’s going to make it very difficult to pick someone.”

The job will pay $40,000 to $63,000 a year, according to the position description. “But, we will be hiring someone at or near entry level,” Anzivino said.

The town council budgeted for the new department — to help create jobs and bolster the tax base — last July. Based on a consultant’s report, the council decided in December to hire its own director, rather than using an independent contractor.


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