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March 5, 2021

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: This winter’s deer harvest

5,205

Deer killed in Fauquier during the recent 2020-21 hunting season, according to Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources preliminary data.

That represents a 4.7-percent decline from the previous season, when hunters took 5,464 deer in Fauquier.

Bedford County again led with 7,858 whitetails harvested, and Loudoun had the third-highest total with 5,044.

Augusta County with 4,935 and Rockingham County with 4,774 round out the top five.

Statewide, hunters took 208,131 deer, up less than 1 percent from the 2019-20 season total of 206,976.

Fauquier’s deer harvest peaked at 8,034, in 2003, according to state records that go back to 1947. Virginia had relatively few deer then, and Fauquier hunters reported none killed in the first six years of record-keeping.


7,096

The number of patient visits the Fauquier Free Clinic recorded last year through its Warrenton and Rappahannock locations, according to the nonprofit’s 2020 annual report.

That represents an 8.3-percent decline from the 7,736 free care visits in 2019.

Because of the coronavirus, the clinic also experienced a dip in the total number of patients who received care in 2020 compared to the previous year.

In 2020, it provided care to 1,634 patients, down 1 percent from the previous year’s total of 1,651.

The new patient total for 2020 dropped to 554, down almost 26 percent from the previous year’s total of 747.

“Patients of the Free Clinic have been hit especially hard by the COVID pandemic,” the 2020 annual report states. “Like every other health care organization, the clinic had to make dramatic changes to protocols and services to respond.”

The Fauquier Free Clinic opened in 1993.


$37.7 million

The amount Fauquier’s proposed fiscal 2022 budget contains for health insurance coverage of county and school system employees and family members who participate in the local government-funded program.

That represents a 3.7 percent increase, or $1.4 million over this year’s approved total of $35.8 million.

Fauquier County government has about 760 full-time equivalent employees and the school system has about 1,900 full- and part-time employees.


4,966

The number of Warrenton water and sewer service “accounts.”

The town in January provided an average of 1.12 million gallons of water per day and treated an average of 1.86 million gallons of wastewater.

The excess wastewater results from “inflow and infiltration” — precipitation and groundwater that seeps into broken or cracked sewer lines. The town has a continuing program to repair those problems.

Operating the water and sewer systems costs about $5.9 million annually, with projected revenue this fiscal year of $6.1 million. Warrenton has 24 full-time employees devoted to those operations.


2,228

Elevation change from Fauquier County’s lowest to highest points above sea level.

Parts of Southern Fauquier lie 160 feet above sea level, the county’s lowest point in topographic terms.

High Knob measures 2,388 feet above sea level on the border with Warren County in the north.

That difference often challenges administrators who must decide whether to close schools in winter weather.

While the Goldvein area might have wet roads, ice and snow can present entirely different circumstances 50 miles away around Markham and Paris.
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Billy S · March 7, 2021 at 4:58 pm
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