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November 20, 2020

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Few voters sat out election

Clockwise from left: Obama’s book cover, Feed Fauquier volunteers Nov. 7 and voters wait for Vint Hill Precinct polls to open at 6 a.m. on Election Day.
80.67%

Fauquier County voter turnout for the Nov. 3 general election.

Of the county’s 54,373 registered voters, 43,865 cast ballots in the presidential election.

On Election Day, 15,233 went to the polls. Before then, 28,632 county citizens already had voted early in-person or by absentee ballot, accounting for 65.27 percent of the turnout.

Four years ago, 77.41 percent of Fauquier voters cast ballots in the presidential election.


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Copies of Barack Obama’s presidential memoir “A Promised Land” that The Open Book in Warrenton had sold as of Friday — four days after the 768-page tome’s release.

“They’re just flying out the door,” Open Book co-owner Cammie Fuller said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

The shop at 104 Main St. soon expects to receive 17 more copies and — depending on demand — may place another order.

No other book has generated nearly as much customer interest since the shop opened in March 2019, Ms. Fuller said.

“As a small bookshop, 12 is really the maximum amount of any book that I’ve ever ordered,” she added.

The Open Book offers no discounts. “A Promised Land” costs $45, “which, if you look at other memoirs, is not out of line for a book of this stature,” the shop owner explained.


$16,000

The cost of two “radar speed signs” — $8,000 apiece — to help slow traffic along Warrenton’s Waterloo Street, according to town government.

Using $320,241 in Virginia Department of Transportation “State of Good Repair” funds, workers resurfaced and restriped the busy road in June.

The restriping design included lane curves to calm traffic and moved parking from the north to the south, or sidewalk, side of Waterloo to buffer for walkers from traffic.

But Waterloo residents have complained that drivers continue to speed.

In response, town staff prepared an Oct. 29 memo that identifies new potential measures — including electronic signs that flash when drivers exceed speed limits — to help control traffic.

It also met with neighbors last Saturday at Waterloo and Chestnut streets to discuss their concerns about the troublesome byway.


31,200

The approximate number of breakfast meals that Feed Fauquier volunteers packed for the needy Saturday, Nov. 7.

Each meal consisted of oatmeal and an apple, said Pastor Mike Poff of Warrenton’s Cornerstone Baptist Church, which organized and oversaw the effort.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., about 100 volunteers assembled the meals at Warrenton Baptist Church’s “Gathering Place,” behind Brumfield Elementary School.

The seventh annual event supplied the meals to partners Community Touch, Fauquier FISH, Fauquier Community Food Bank and the Warrenton United Methodist Church foodbank, he said.

Businesses, organizations and individuals this year donated more than $9,300 to the cause — $1,000 more than needed to buy meal ingredients, Pastor Poff said.

The church will give the additional $1,000 to Warrenton’s Great Harvest Bread Co., which since last spring has used donations to make bread for area foodbanks faced with increased challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic.


$485,000

Median price of Fauquier single-family homes that sold October — up 18 percent from the same month a year ago.

Home sales for the month totaled 154, up 45 percent, according to Greater Piedmont Realtors.

Those houses averaged 36 days on the market versus 50 days last October.

The hot market left only 166 listings on the market at month’s end, down 59 percent from 410 a year earlier.
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Mark House · November 23, 2020 at 2:34 pm
Donkey Farmer and American Patriot melted and turned into the puddle called Travis McArthur. Watch where you are stepping everyone, don't want any of that on your shoes.
Demosthenes · November 22, 2020 at 7:13 pm
Travis continues to amaze all of us with his thoughtful eloquence. He should write a book.
Travis McArthur · November 22, 2020 at 6:52 am
Obama's published lies. Wonder if he mentioned all the scandals of his totally fucked up administration. What a piece of shit hussein is.
Mark House · November 21, 2020 at 5:42 pm
Savefauq- Those flags with the thin blue line are not the Promised Land. In fact they are a violation of the 18 U.S. Code § 700, you and your ilk must be so proud.

"Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties

(1)Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both."

Nobody likes a sore loser.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · November 20, 2020 at 6:25 pm
Louis Farrakhan and George Soros must be so proud of the Promised Land.
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