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July 12, 2019

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Veteran county employees

Clockwise from top left: One of Fauquier’s 47 historic roadside markers, longest-serving county employee Gail Barb and one of 43 concerts so far this year at Gloria’s Listening Room.

Combined years of service that 53 Fauquier government employees have logged, according to the county human resources department.

Each has worked at least 25 years for the county, which honored them during a June 27 lunch at McMahon’s Irish Pub in Warrenton.

As of 2019, four employees have recorded more than 40 years on the job:

• Circuit Court Clerk Gail Barb, 48 years.

• Commissioner of Revenue’s Chief Deputy Donna Shipe, 45 years.

• Sheriff’s Sgt. Maj. Eddie Wines, 45 years.

• Library Clerk Johnnetta Pruitt, 43 years.


The number of Virginia historical highway markers in Fauquier County.

Most of the markers in Fauquier relate to Civil War history. Others share historical information John Marshall’s birthplace near Midland, the Number 18 Schoolhouse near Marshall and the gold mining at Goldvein.

Dedicated July 4, three new markers in and near Upperville honor the legacy of philanthropist Paul Mellon, his Rokeby Stables and his first wife, the late Mary Elizabeth Conover Mellon.

Virginia has more than 2,500 of the distinctive markers with black lettering on silver backgrounds. With the oldest such program in the nation, the commonwealth began installing the markers in 1927


The cost to county government to conduct the June 11 primaries to elect Republican and Democratic nominees for county and state offices, according to Fauquier’s General Registrar.

Just 6,692 voters participated in primaries to nominate Republican candidates for sheriff and commissioner of revenue and two Democrats for Virginia House of Delegates’ seats. That puts the cost per ballot cast at $6.04.

Salaries for 120 Election Day officers at 20 polls across the county accounted for the single largest expenditure at $18,025.

The general registrar had 22,200 ballots printed for Republican and 13,900 for Democratic primaries; 5,101 voted for Republican candidates and 1,591 for Democratic candidates.

With 50,610 residents registered to vote in the primaries, turnout totaled 13.2 percent.

The general election will take place Nov. 5.


The number of concerts the Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance has presented so far in 2019 — including those this weekend.

The non-profit organization has a 125-seat performance hall at 92 Main St. in Warrenton, where a variety of jazz, blues, bluegrass and rock musicians have appeared.

In addition to bringing high-quality entertainment to town, the alliance works to provide instruments and musical opportunities to local children who otherwise could not afford to participate.


The cost to provide expert services and testimony for the prosecution of Bernard C. Duse Jr., whom a Fauquier County Circuit Court jury on Aug. 3 convicted of first-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of a Warrenton CVS store manager. The jury also sentenced Mr. Duse, 78, to life in prison.

The Town of Warrenton paid three firms that amount for cellular phone data analysis, DNA evidence analysis and expert testimony during last summer’s five-day trial.

During a brief hearing Wednesday in circuit court, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jamey Cook asked Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. to authorize the use of state money to pay for the expert services costs.

Judge Whisenant, who presided over the Duse trial, postponed a decision on the request until Ms. Cook provides additional details about the consultants’ work.
Based on court documents:

• Pittsburgh-based Cybergenetics, which processed, analyzed and documented DNA evidence, received $23,306.

• Morrisville, N.C.-based Envista Forensics, which provided cellular data analysis, received $8,375

• Bartonville, Texas-based Hawk Analytics, which provided cellular data analysis and two days of expert testimony, received $8,175.
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