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50 Culpeper Street, Suite 3
P.O. Box 3090
Warrenton, Virginia 20188

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540-359-6574 provides news and information for Warrenton, Bealeton, Bristersburg, Catlett, Casanova, Calverton, Gainesville, Goldvein, Hume, Marshall, Middleburg, Nokesville, Opal, Orlean, Paris, Remington, Sumerduck, The Plains, Upperville and other communities in or near Fauquier County, Virginia.

Launched in September 2011, values collaboration and transparency. It serves as a “public square” for Fauquier County and the surrounding region.

Community contributed content forms the heart of We encourage fair, responsible and true contributions from all members of the greater Fauquier County community.’s staff also covers news and produces multimedia content. The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics guides us in our work.

Based in Warrenton, Virginia, is updated constantly.

We welcome suggestions, contributions and criticism. We want to improve every day and seek your help in doing so.

The founders

Ellen Fox Emerson and Lawrence K. “Lou” Emerson, a husband and wife team, own Warrenton-based Communicative Technology Corporation (Comtech), which publishes

As FauquierNow’s publisher, Ellen handles advertising sales and marketing.

As editor, Lou covers news and coordinates contributed content.

Ellen has extensive experience in advertising, business management, marketing, finance, human resources and publishing. She served as general manager and co-publisher of The Fauquier Citizen (1989-2006), The Culpeper Citizen (2003-2006) and Fauquier Magazine (1987-94). At The Fauquier Citizen, Ellen oversaw establishment of a pioneering ISP (internet service provider) and online news service in 1995. She previously managed technology trade shows and the business affairs of an organization focused on technology-based education and training. Read Ellen’s resume.

Away from the office, Ellen loves to garden, cook, entertain, sculpt and take Pilates classes.

Lou has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s best and most innovative community journalists. He served as editor and co-publisher of The Fauquier Citizen, The Culpeper Citizen and Fauquier Magazine. Lou came to Warrenton at age 26 to edit The Fauquier Democrat (1983-86). Then, he served as founding editor of Instruction Delivery Systems, a national magazine devoted to technology-based education and training. A native of Luray, he started his journalism career with weeklies in the Shenandoah Valley before working as assistant news editor of the twice-daily Frederick (Md.) News-Post, the job that preceded his move to Fauquier. Lou has worked extensively as a journalism speaker, trainer and consultant. Read Lou’s resume.

In his spare time, Lou enjoys carpentry, furniture-making, cutting firewood and walking. He begins each day by walking two or three miles with Cosmo and Zelda, the Emersons’ fourth and fifth white German shepherds.

Contributed content

Stories, opinions, calendar listings, photographs and videos from the community form the heart of

Our Terms of Service govern contributions and their use. But, we want to be clear: You give us permission to use and share contributed material on, as stipulated in the Terms of Service. We will not, however, sell your photos or other contributions. You retain ownership, and we will refer to you anyone who wishes buy a photo reprint, for example.

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