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May 10, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Vets memorial almost complete

1993 — Committee Chairman Dudley Payne at the Fauquier Veterans Memorial under construction on Hospital Hill.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of May 14, 1993


Veterans memorial nearing completion

If H. Dudley Payne had his way, he’d pass an ordinance requiring every county resident to visit the Fauquier Veterans Memorial under construction on Hospital Hill.

“If we could get people up here to see this site, we wouldn’t need to do any more fund-raising,” said Payne, standing at the base of the memorial, which offers a scenic view of Warrenton.

“We would’ve gotten all the funds we need to complete it within the first week,” the local lawyer speculated.

Payne serves as chairman of the Fauquier Veterans Memorial Committee Inc. The 11-member group began working five years ago to erect a permanent, central memorial to veterans. It has collected a little more than $80,000 of the estimated $135,000 the memorial will cost.

The memorial features a 70-foot flagpole rising from the center of an inlaid stone star. Fauquier sculptor Frederick Hart will create a bronze railing of soldiers marching in line. The memorial also will have engraved plaques listing the names of Fauquier veterans who died in military service.





FHS students demonstrate for higher teacher salaries

More than 100 Fauquier High School students walked out of class Monday to show their support for higher teacher salaries.

The students demonstrated outside the school for more than two hours before Assistant Principal Roger Sites encouraged 51 of them to return to class late in the day.

Sites said about 40 students remained outside and will be charged with truancy. Those students will attend a Saturday detention or have an in-school suspension.

Sites characterized the demonstration as “peaceful” and said the students “conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”

The demonstrators voiced anger with the board of supervisors, which last week cut $4.5 million from the school board’s $53.4-million budget request.


State agency helps Fauquier add 4 jailers

Thanks to additional funding from the state, the Fauquier detention center will get for more jailers in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The State Compensation Board approved one additional deputy for the Fauquier jail earlier this year.

The state will give the county $86,101 to fund the four additions at an entry level salary of $18,151. If the county boosts those salaries to $20,097 as it does with most state positions, it would cost Fauquier $21,000.

Sheriff Joe Higgs several weeks ago said if he did not get the extra state aid, he would sue the compensation board.


Warrenton printer to abandon PIP franchise

Tired of the corporate Big Brother routine, a Warrenton printer plans to go it alone.

Gene Sigmundsson, who opened his PIP Printing franchise at 37 Main St. about five years ago, will sever ties with Postal Instant Press Inc., the huge but embattled California-based franchise.

A Broad Run resident, Sigmundsson estimates it will cost $90,000 to $100,000 to buy out of his multi-year contract with PIP. The local shop did about $275,000 in business last year — triple his first-year total in 1988.


Walker to intern with newspaper

Warrenton native Kent Walker has joined The Fauquier Citizen as a summer intern in the newsroom.

A 1992 Fauquier High School graduate, Walker this month completed his freshman year at Hampton University. He wrote for the college newspaper, The Hampton Script.

Walker, who earned The Fauquier Citizen Journalism Award last year at FHS, is majoring in mass media at Hampton.

He will cover sports and general assignments this summer. His parents are Shirley and Juanita Walker.


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AngryBob · May 11, 2018 at 8:42 am
"On the Bypass."

You can tell how long someone has lived in Fauquier by what is the "bypass". Is it the Old Bypass, New Bypass, or the New New Bypass (17). Someday if there's a 211 bypass, then there will be four bypasses.

I was a senior at FHS during the "walkout". There were a few students who were genuinely upset about the budget cut, but most of the participants just wanted an excuse to go outside.
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