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February 19, 2021

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Local actors “on stage”

Part of Fauquier Community Theatre’s latest cast and some of the 17.5 million square feet of buildings in Warrenton.

Actors in the latest Fauquier Community Theatre production, Bad Auditions on Camera.

The comedy, presented virtually, will run at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 20 and 27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Available here, tickets are $10 for an individual, $15 for a couple and $20 for a family household. Each will work on one streaming device.

The plot focuses on a casting director’s challenge of selecting an actor in one day to fill the role of a lawyer in a crime drama.


The number of calls for assistance that career and volunteer first-responders handled during Thursday’s winter-storm conditions, according to the Fauquier sheriff’s communications division.

That total includes 20 medical calls, eight vehicle crashes and one fire alarm alert.

“Our combined fire and rescue services responded to only eight automobile crashes,” Fire/Rescue Chief Darren Stevens wrote in a text Friday. “We are all very thankful to everyone that heard the pleas to avoid non-essential travel,” making crews more available to handle the medical emergencies.

8.9 percent

Fauquier County’s estimated population growth over the last decade, according to the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

The county had an estimated 70,996 residents last July 1, the center recently reported.

Fauquier’s population stood at 65,203 on April 1, 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state’s population grew 7.3 percent to an estimated 8.58 million.

Among Fauquier’s neighbors, Loudoun had the fastest growth at 34.1 percent, followed by Stafford at 18.9 percent, Prince William at 16.5 percent and Culpeper at 12.4 percent.

The pandemic has delayed release of 2020 Census results, prompting Weldon Cooper to release its updated estimate earlier than planned.


Million square feet of buildings stand within the Town of Warrenton.

That calculation, using 2018 numbers, comes from a consulting firm that did research to support Warrenton’s comprehensive plan update.

Single-family homes account for 59.9 percent of the land use in town, follow by commercial/industrial uses at 26.2 percent and government uses at 8 percent.


The number of public hearings the Fauquier County Planning Commission will conduct Wednesday, Feb. 24 — the most it has held during a monthly meeting since last August.

Predominantly because of COVID-19, the commission met only six times last year and conducted just 23 public hearings on various land-use applications, including special exception permit, zoning ordinance amendment and rezoning requests.

In contrast, the commission met 11 times in 2019 and held 38 public hearings.

Typically meeting the third Thursday of the month, the five-member commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority on land-use matters.
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