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February 7, 2020

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Teenage phone addiction

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The 2019 PRIDE survey found that most local teens think some of their friends spend too much time on their phones. And, half of those surveyed said they’re tried to cut their own screen time.
60.5 percent

Of local middle and high school students think that some friends use their phones too much, according to the 2019 PRIDE survey.

More than 6,000 Fauquier and Rappahannock public school and Highland School students in Grades 6 to 12 took the online survey. Most of the questions dealt with alcohol, drug and tobacco use and mental health.

Working with schools, the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County administers the national survey every four years.

Last year, 3,505 respondents said friends spend too much time on their phones.

And, 2,883 students — or 49.9 percent — said they had tried in the last year to cut down on their own cell phone use.


Inches of rain fell on Warrenton last year, according to the town Public Works Department.

The most rain, 12.1 inches, came down last May.

The driest month, November had 2.2 inches.

Warrenton averages 44 inches of rain (including snow converted to liquid) annually, meaning last year’s precipitation exceeded that by 36 percent.


Fauquier County’s projected population in 2040, according a new report from the the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center.

That would represent an 18.8-percent increase from the center’s 2020 estimate of 71,395 for Fauquier.

By 2030, the study estimates a 7.4-percent increase to 76,698 people.

The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct its official population count this April 1.

$1 million

The amount Fauquier expects to pay Daleville, Va.-based Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group to determine the value of all real estate in the county.

Fauquier reassesses property every four years. The Code of Virginia requires local government to reassess all property at 100 percent of fair market value.

The new values will take effect Jan. 1, 2022, with the first tax bills under reassessment due that June.

The county board of supervisors will use the new values to set the real estate tax rate.

Fauquier has more than 33,000 parcels. Under the contract, Wampler-Eanes will charge a $29.25-per-parcel assessment fee.

The board of supervisors probably will approve the agreement on Thursday, Feb. 13.


Rectors have led St. James’ Episcopal Church of Warrenton since its establishment in 1816, according parishioner Richard Gookin’s recently published history of the church.

Rev. George Lemmon served as Saint James’ first rector for three decades, from 1816 to 1846. Hired in 2013, Rev. Ben Maas today holds the post.

Outskirts Press published Mr. Gookin’s 152-page “Notes on the History of Saint James’ Church” in November.

“I think the biggest surprise is the fact that every church in Warrenton in the Civil War was used as a hospital or a stable, except Saint James,” Mr. Gookin, 88, said of his research.

Among the town’s churches, only Saint James conducted regular services during the Civil War, he said.

A fire in 1910 destroyed the original sanctuary on Culpeper Street. Two years later, workers completed the existing structure.

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