January 2, 2020
Throwback Thursday: Wreck destroys ambulance
Jan. 4, 1995 — Rescue squad members transport the pickup truck driver, who suffered a broken foot in the accident that totaled his vehicle and a Remington ambulance.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Jan. 6, 1995
Ambulance destroyed in wreck
Two Remington Volunteer Rescue Squad members escaped serious injury Wednesday morning when their ambulance rolled twice and landed on its roof at Routes 28 and 29.
The ambulance failed to stop for a red light and drove into the path of a southbound pickup truck, according to sheriff’s Sgt. G.B. McClanahan.
The accident destroyed the 1988 Chevrolet ambulance and the 1986 pickup truck.
The truck driver suffered a broken foot. The rescue squad members underwent treatment for cuts and bruises at Fauquier Hospital.
McClanahan charged with ambulance driver for failure to obey a traffic signal. The deputy charged both ambulance crew members with failing to wear seat belts.
Rev. Penn “made Warrenton a better place”
More than 250 people attended the Jan. 3 funeral of Rev. Joseph Penn at First Baptist Church in Warrenton.
Rev. Penn, 78, died Dec. 29 of cancer at the Hospice of Washington, D.C. He moved to Warrenton in 1975 to lead First Baptist and served the 125-year-old church until his death.
A month after his arrival, the church on Alexandria Pike started a renovation of its sanctuary. “We got a loan or $90,000, but he paid it off in five years,” board of trustees Chairwoman Anne Nelson said of Rev. Penn’s legendary energy and ability to complete projects.
In 1990, the congregation finished another big project — building the Family Life Center. Rev. Penn wanted the center, which cost $460,000, to provide space for counseling, classes and a 250-seat community meeting hall.
Rev. Penn also helped with redistricting after Warrenton settled a federal lawsuit with citizens who challenged at-large elections that had resulted in no minority council member since the town’s founding in 1810.
“He made Warrenton a better place for all of us to live,” Mayor J. Willard Lineweaver said.
Tapscott shatters scoring record
Liberty’s Daron Tapscott scored 49 points — eclipsing the Fauquier County basketball single-game basketball record — in Tuesday’s win over James Wood.
Fauquier High’s Carlton Wine set the mark in the 1963-64 season — the year the school opened. Tapscott broke the record 31 seasons later, in Liberty High’s first year.
A senior point guard, Tapscott said it didn’t take long to realize Tuesday would be a good night.
“My first shot was a three-pointer,” he said after the Eagles’ 89-67 win. “I made that, got fouled and made the free throw. That was four points at the start.”
Supervisors approve school bond referendum
The Fauquier supervisors Tuesday paved the way for a March 14 referendum on a $13-million school construction bond.
The board unanimously adopted a resolution asking the circuit court to order an election on the issue.
The school board plans to use the funds for renovations and additions to M.M. Pierce Elementary in Remington, W.G. Coleman Elementary near Marshall and Fauquier High in Warrenton.
If approved, the new school debt would add 4 cents to the county’s real estate tax rate of $1.03 perk $100 of assessed value. Debt payments would be about $1.3 million a year.
The county already makes annual payments of more than $5 million on school-related debt.
Fauquier Publishing to lease new offices
The Fauquier Citizen and its sister publications will move to new Warrenton offices in March.
Fauquier Publishing Inc. has signed a five-year lease for 3,200 square feet at 17 S. Fifth St., with options for future growth.
Architect James F. “J” Tucker owns the building, where renovations will begin this week.
“We’re very excited about the move,” Co-publisher and General Manager Ellen Fox Emerson said. “It will be very efficient, very visible space that will allow us to continue growing.”
Fauquier Publishing has leased 2,400 square feet at 50 Culpeper St., where it launched The Fauquier Citizen in March 1989.
The company, which also publishes Fauquier Magazine and Country Properties, a real estate monthly, has grown to 31 full- and part-time employees.lk
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