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April 5, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Renovated library opens

1993 — The library’s renovated main level features a more spacious reference area.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of April 9, 1993


$500,000 project gives library new look and doubles space

As makeovers go, it wasn’t cheap.

But, the renovated Fauquier County Public Library in Warrenton looks marvelous.

The county spent $529,000 to double the library’s size and upgrade its services.

The biggest changes came in the 6,686-square-foot basement. Once a gloomy, cavernous space — used to store county voting machines, parks and recreation equipment and library books — the space has been completely transformed as a commodious children’s library and administrative offices.

Upstairs — the adult portion of the library, which reopened March 26 — the differences are primarily cosmetic. The space has new carpet, paint and desks for the circulation and reference departments.

Local businessman Ed Stephenson in 1979 donated $130,000 to the Town of Warrenton to buy the old Bekins Moving building at Winchester Street and Alexandria Pike for use as a public library. It opened in April 1982.





Board flip-flops, OKs LHS seniors

The school board Monday opened the door for a senior class to enroll at Liberty High School, which will open in 1994.

In a 3-2 decision, the board adopted a resolution giving current Fauquier High 10th-graders living in the Liberty attendance zone the option of remaining at the Warrenton school for their senior year or attending the new LHS in Bealeton.

The school system will provide transportation for all students in the Liberty zone, regardless of their choices.


Sheriff may sue for help

Fauquier Sheriff Joe Higgs knows the routine like the back of his hand.

He stands before the supervisors and explains the difficult situation facing the sheriff’s department and the need for more deputies.

This time around, though, Higgs might take his spiel on the road to Richmond.

Unless he gets additional state funds for more personnel at the Fauquier Detention Center, Higgs said this week he plans to sue the State Compensation Board. The board each year distributes funds for new deputy positions at jails and sheriff’s departments across Virginia.

Based on a Virginia Department of Corrections audit, Higgs said he needs 18 more deputies to run the county jail.


$9.2 million in land-use tax breaks

If the supervisors approve a $72.8-million budget for the next fiscal year, $9.2 million in real estate taxes would be deferred under Fauquier’s land-use valuation program.

“Land use” allows property owners to pay taxes on the agricultural value of their land, not the much greater market value.

This year, with a tax rate of 93 cents per $100 assessed value, the county deferred collection of $8.1 million. The annual tax breaks have almost doubled since 1983, when they totaled $5 million.

More than 3,600 parcels this year participate in the program, which has naysayers who deem it a tax dodge, and backers, who say it helps keep Fauquier rural.


Bank and school in partnership

Marshall Junior High School has an innovative mentoring program.

Five Marshall National Bank employees participate. Each spends an hour a week with an assigned student and does so on bank time.

“I thought it would be a benefit to the students,” bank President Donald “Duke” Yowell said. “We want to do something for the community.”

“They truly do make a difference,” said Gwen Lanks, the school’s reading specialist, claiming the tutors have help students improve their test scores and self-esteem.


Duvall strikes out 21 as Falcons win at Stafford

A dominating performance by senior lefty Mike Duvall led the Fauquier baseball team to its first win of the young season, 8-4, over Stafford in nine innings.

Duvall went the distances and struck out 21 batters.

Fauquier led, 4-1, going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Indians rallied for three runs to for extra innings.

The Falcons scored four runs in the top of the ninth, and Duvall struck out the side in the bottom half to seal the win.

“When he’s on, he’s tough,” Fauquier Coach Joe Trabucco said. “Mike did an excellent job. We need that type of effort all the time from everybody.”


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