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May 28, 2021

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: The county’s fallen heroes

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Names of the fallen at the Fauquier Veterans Memorial on Hospital Hill in Warrenton.

The number of names etched in granite at the Fauquier Veterans Memorial on Hospital Hill in Warrenton.

Those from Fauquier killed on military duty:

• 32 in World War I (1914-18).

• 96 in World War II (1941-45).

• 14 in the Vietnam War (1959-73).

• 20 in the line of duty during other periods.


As of 2021, the combined years that 46 employees have worked for Fauquier County government.

Honored Tuesday during a lunch at Ava Walker Park in Warrenton, each has served at least 25 years with the county.

Fauquier County Circuit Court Clerk Gail Barb tops with list with 50 years on the job.

Employees with 40 or more years of service include:

• Chief Deputy Commissioner of Revenue Donna Shipe, 49.

• Adult/Family Social Services Worker Shawn Nashwinter, 40.

• General Services Maintenance and Repair Manager William Elgin, 40.


Tuition per credit hour for in-state students at Lord Fairfax and the 22 other Virginia community colleges in 2021-22.

The State Board for Community Colleges voted unanimously to keep tuition at that level for the fourth consecutive year. That maintains community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs at

The board also kept tuition for out-of-state students at $354.10 per credit the 23-college state system are hour. More than 90 percent of students live in Virginia.


Estimated revenue this year’s Fauquier High School spring plant sale generated, said FHS horticulture teacher Steve Potucek, who along with the students organized and oversaw the event.

The 2020 plant sale revenue totaled about $15,000, according to Mr. Potucek.

Items for sale this year included a wide range of vegetable and fruit-producing options such as tomato, pepper, blackberry and herbs as well as hanging baskets, indoor plants, rain barrels and custom pots and floral arrangements made by the students.

The sale took place at the school’s greenhouse on Friday, April 30, Saturday, May 1, Friday, May 7 and Saturday May 8.

Top-sellers included annuals (3,000), perennials (1,000) and tomato plants (1,000), Mr. Potucek said.

“Next year is going to be bigger and better,” he added.

After expenses, plant sale proceeds help support the school’s agricultural programs.


The average days a single-family home stayed on the market before selling in April, according to Greater Piedmont Realtors, the area industry association.

In April of last year, it took an average of 34 days to sell a home in Fauquier.

Demand remains strong and inventory low, with just 116 active listings last month, down 56 percent from April of 2020.

Pending sales last month rose 63 percent year-over-year to 160.
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