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September 5, 2018

Throwback Thursday: River Tier III designation debated

1993: Youngsters play near Kelly’s Ford on the Rappahannock River, which environmentalists seek to protect with the state’s “exceptional waters” designation.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of September 10, 1993


River showdown: Environmentalists want more controls

Environmentalists support stricter limits that would permanently protect the Rappahannock River.

Others, however, including some local government officials, worry that the regulations would place a moratorium on growth.

The Warrenton-based Piedmont Environmental Council and the Fredericksburg-based Friends of the Rappahannock last spring nominated two 25-mile stretches of the river — including more than half of Fauquier’s frontage — for “Tier III” designation as “exceptional waters.”

“For us, it’s an attempt to save the Rappahannock for future generations,” Goldvein resident and FOR member Tom Savage said last week in Fredericksburg after a state seminar on the proposals. “People forget that the river belongs to the state.”

Sometimes confusing, the proposed state designation would recognize the river’s aquatic life, natural beauty, lack of pollution and recreational benefits.

It remains unknown what effect the designation might have on wastewater treatment plants at Marshall, Remington and Warrenton that discharge effluent into the river and its tributaries.





$5-million suit filed in drag racer’s death

A Warrenton drag racer’s widow has filed a lawsuit seeking $5 million from Sumerduck Dragway because of alleged negligence.

Mitchell Morton, 35, died instantly Sept. 7, 1991, after a parachute failed to open that would have slowed his modified Chevrolet Vega. At more than 100 mph, Morton’s car slammed into a guardrail at the end of the one-eighth mile drag strip in Southern Fauquier.

“The end of the track was dangerous, hazardous, improperly designed, installed, engineered and situated such that a vehicle striking this guardrail would cause serious injury or death to its driver,” Warrenton lawyer Jud Fischel wrote in the lawsuit, filed in Fauquier County Circuit Court on behalf of Carolyn P. Morton and her two children, 12 and 18.

Culpeper resident and dragway owner Roger Curtis failed to return phone calls this week.


New roof for historic school

Local groups have raised $4,000 for the renovation of the old No. 18 Schoolhouse near Marshall, and the county supervisors this week chipped in enough to replace the roof.

The Fauquier board this week agreed to give Keep Fauquier Clean $6,000 for a new metal shingle roof. “Without this roof, the weather would negate a lot of what we have done so far,” KFC Director Paddy Katzen told the supervisors.

Constructed in 1847, the one-room schoolhouse on Route 55 housed Northern Fauquier students until 1964.


Lee, Robinson new MNB officers

The Marshall National Bank and Trust Co. board of directors has elected Linda P. Robinson and Kevin A. Lee to officer positions.

Mrs. Robinson has been elected loan administration officer. A Fauquier High School graduate, she attended nursing school before switching to banking. An MNB employee for 20 years, she has worked as a commercial teller, loan clerk and loan processor.

The board named Mr. Lee a loan officer. Also an FHS graduate, he joined the bank as a management trainee in July 1992, after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bridgewater College.


Recent grad returns to FHS as English teacher

A more than 1,500 students packed the hot, stuffy hallways of Fauquier High School for the first day of classes, the 22-year-old felt right at home.

Just five years ago, Amee Kreh would have fit in perfectly with the mob that streamed past her down the main corridor.

A 1989 FHS graduate, Mrs. Kreh returned to her alma mater as a rookie English teacher, hoping to impart her love of literature on sophomores and juniors. She didn’t apply for a job anywhere else, despite better salaries outside Fauquier, where new teachers make $22,220 a year.

“I’ve lived in Fauquier County for 21 years,” she said. “When I got married, I wanted to live near y parents (State Trooper Charles Hodges and Susan Hodges).

“I don’t think I’ll ever leave. It’s just sort of like home.”


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AngryBob · September 6, 2018 at 8:01 am
Hot, stuffy hallways...

Back then, FHS had no air conditioning. And the sewage treatment plant across the street had no cover on the settling pond. It would be 90 degrees inside, sticky humid, and smelled like sewage. It was awful.
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