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January 4, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Rash of Southern Fauquier fires

Christmas Day fire does $70,000 damage to Sumerduck home.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Jan. 1, 1993

Southern Fauquier suffers four fires

A two-day rash of fires last week resulted in $175,000 worth of damage to property in Southern Fauquier.

At 2:30 p.m. Christmas Day, firefighters from Lois, Goldvein, Remington and Catlett responded to a blaze in Sumerduck. A faulty oil heater in the basement triggered the blaze that did $70,000 worth of damage, said Fauquier County Fire Investigator Cuno Anderson.

Later that day, a fire did $25,000 worth of damage to a home in Catlett.

Two more fires occurred Dec. 26 in Remington.

Clinton again taps talent here

Unlike most mortals, Jack Gibbons never really had to look for work.

Instead, some of the most prestigious science posts in the country have sought the 63-year-old Fauquier resident, whom President-elect Bill Clinton last week appointed as his science advisor.

Joining New Baltimore resident Jesse Brown, nominated Dec. 17 as secretary of Veterans Affairs, Gibbons becomes the second high-level Clinton appointee from Fauquier.

Gibbons, who lives on a 30-acre farm near The Plains, has directed programs at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, led the U.S. Office of Energy Conservation and headed Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment.

Holiday boom leaves Fauquier merchants optimistic

Rising consumer confidence and a willingness to shop close to home made this holiday season a happy one for area businesses.

Local merchants report increases over the previous year and look forward to 1993.

“It was a good, health Christmas,” said Elna McMann, owner of g. whillikers, a toy and book store in Warrenton Center. “People told me directly that they were doing all of their shopping close to home.”

Report factors consolidation, eliminating four county jobs

Consolidation of some Fauquier County government and school system departments could take place as soon as July.

A new consultant’s report stops short of suggesting how much money the county could save, but recommends Fauquier move ahead with merging government and school services to eliminate four full-time jobs.

Finance, purchasing and computer-related services could be consolidated by summer, with the two personnel departments combined later, according to Municipal Advisors Inc.

Tory Station Apartments

Beautiful new 2-bedroom, 2-bath units with dishwashers, garbage disposals, large closets and washer/dryer hookups.

Bealeton area, next to Cedar Lee Junior High and close to new shopping center.

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Linden ski resort sold

Marshall District — Cherokee Corp., by trustee, to Capital Skiing Corp., 7 tracts, Cherokee Ski Resort, near Linden, mostly in Warren County, $1,800,000.
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