1993: TV meteorologist Topper Shutt interviews sixth-graders Micki Guillot (right) and Stacey Ritter at M.M. Pierce Elementary School in Remington.
25 Years Ago From The Fauquier Citizen edition of November 12, 1993
Live from M.M. Pierce Elementary!
Topper Shutt, a weatherman for WUSA-TV Channel 9 in Washington, produced his noon broadcast Tuesday from Margaret M. Pierce Elementary School in Remington.
Shutt used the school library’s weather station, part of a regional network that provides data to WUSA every day.
At 10 a.m., he addressed the entire student body about his interest in forecasting and his early days as a weatherman. After the assembly, Shutt spoke with older students about improving their school weather station, part of which stands on the roof.
Kmart plans store in Warrenton
One of the nation’s largest retailers, Kmart Corp. has begun planning a Warrenton store that apparently would open next year.
The Michigan-based company has hired the Blacksburg engineering firm of Anderson & Associates to work on plans for a site adjacent to the Warrenton Village shopping center on Lee Highway.
Town Manager John Anzivino said he and his staff recently have met with representatives of a large retailer but said he could not name the company.
“It appears to be a large retailer and kind of a diversified retailer,” Anzivino said.
In a report to the town council this week, Economic Development Director Patricia M. Hannum lists 19 new business prospects that recently have looked at Warrenton.
One of those listings indicates a “major discount retailer” might begin construction of a 120,000-square-food store in spring 1994.
Mayor Lineweaver to seek re-election
Warrenton’s mayor since 1974, J. Willard Lineweaver this week put to rest any speculation about his political future.
Lineweaver said in an interview Monday that he will seek re-election to another four-year term May 3.
The 71-year-old mayor has been in Warrenton government since first elected to the town council in 1955.
J. Frederick Austin Jr. and Kathryn Carter said they also will seek re-election to at-large council seats next May.
Thrifty Office Products competes with giants
With three part-time employees and a leased shop, the New Baltimore company plans to take on office supply giants.
“My true competitors are the Quills, the Vikings and the Staples,” says Thrifty Office Products and Services owner Roy Seabolt.
Most Fauquier businesses buy office supplies from catalog companies or discount stores to the east, according to Seabolt.
The 42-year-old computer expert hopes to fill a void that the closing of Southern Office Supply in Warrenton soon will create.
“I’m gonna do it with personal service, free delivery and competitive prices,” Seabolt said. “The other thing we’ve found in our research is that people like to shop locally.”
Last local World War I veteran dies
John R. Benner, 95, of Warrenton, died Nov. 3 at Fauquier Hospital.
A farmer, he was the only known surviving veteran of World War I in Fauquier County, having served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Benner played football for two years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He coached football, baseball and basketball at Warrenton High School for many years before those became paid positions. Benner Field at Warrenton Junior High School — formerly the high school — is named for him.
$1,200 for family shelter
The annual Fauquier County Tennis Tournament in August raised $1,200 for Fauquier Family Shelter Services Inc., which helps homeless families.
Shelter President Tom Winfree recently received the donation from Realtor Joe Allen Jr., whose company sponsored the tournament, and Chestnut Forks Tennis Club owner Chip Maloney, who hosted the annual event.
The check presentation took place outside the shelter at 85 Keith St. in Warrenton.
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