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January 10, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Real estate market rumbles back

1994: Procraft Construction’s John and Charles Oddenino hammer away on a new home near Marshall.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of January 14, 1994


Housing rumbles back with highest permits and sales since ’89

Rising consumer confidence, lower interest rates and a stable economy breathed new life into Fauquier’s housing industry in 1993, local Realtors and builders said this week.

Housing starts and home sales hit their highest levels since 1989. And, while real estate hasn’t started another boom like the one it enjoyed in the late 1980s, industry observers predict the surge will continue into 1994.

“We’ve seen a great deal of improvement in the last year,” said Marshall builder Walter Story, who specializes in homes that sell for about $150,000. Story said the 11 homes his firm built in 1993 “were the most we’ve done in quite a while. It was a good year for us.”

The Fauquier Association of Realtors reported a 14-percent increase in sales — to 669 homes — last year. In 1987 and ’88, single-family home sales exceeded 1,000.

The county issued 262 building permits for single-family homes, up 39 percent from 1992. The county issued a record 829 building permits in 1986 and more than 700 in three others years during the ’80s.





Panel recommends nurse in each school

The state-mandated Health Advisory Committee this week asked the school board to put a registered nurse in each of Fauquier’s public schools within four years.

Assigned an RN to each of school would cost $480,000 annually. The school system spends $223,878 on salaries and benefits for 16 clinic aides. They earn $8,182 to $19,000 each.

Pam Trude, who chairs the 20-member committee, said the $30,000 salary for each nurse would be worth it, because the school system would spend on a lawsuit resulting from improperly giving medication.


Governor-elect taps Jay Adams to help cut fat

John B. “Jay” Adams Jr. of The Plains will serve on Gov.-elect George Allen’s “Blue-Ribbon Strike Force” executive committee, which will look for places to cut the state budget.

Allen announced appointments to the 15-member committee Monday.

Adams, who heads A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, and other executives and public officials on the committee will determine the overall effectiveness of state government, according to Allen.


Davenport unveils new film series

Award-winning filmmaker Tom Davenport of Delaplane will premiere Making Grim Movies, his newest educational project Saturday, Jan. 15, at Ki Theatre in Washington, Va.

Making Grimm Movies, a media literacy series aimed at middle and high school students, includes three 20-minute videos designed to help students master the fundamental concepts of film and video production.

“Media literacy is one of the buzz words of contemporary education, but it means different things to different people,” Davenport said. “As it is being taught, media literacy is primarily critical. It teaches how to ‘read’ film and television, how to look at advertisements or news show and become aware of them as constructions with a particular purpose and point of view.”


Town OKs wine festival

Despite the same objections raised last year, the Warrenton Town Council this week granted a permit for a June 25 wine festival on Main Street.

The 4-3 vote followed more than 40 minutes of debate Tuesday night.

Arguing the town should not promote Main Street activities involving alcohol, council members Fred Austin, Kathryn Carter and Robert Walker voted against the permit.

They also opposed Ernest L. “Bud” Hufnagel’s permit for the “In Good Taste” festival a year ago. It drew an estimated 7,000 people in July, and town police reported no problems.


Tighter rules for school suspensions considered

Fauquier public schools during the first semester suspended 350 students for behavioral problems, cutting class or carrying weapons.

“If you look at the whole school population, 10 percent are giving us trouble,” Administrative Assistant Fred Essex said.

But, for those students, the system could get tougher. The school board next month will consider tightening the appeals process for expulsions and suspensions.

“We’re finding that people are becoming more sophisticated and aggressive about challenging” suspensions, Superintendent Tony Lease said. “At one time, (punishment) was accepted. Now, people are bringing lawyers with them.”


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