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May 31, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Kelly’s Ford Bridge in limbo

1993 — VDOT officials want to replace the 95-year-old Kellys Ford Bridge, a steel-truss structure that carries 500 vehicles a day across the Rappahannock River south of Remington.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of June 4, 1993

Kelly’s Ford Bridge faces uncertainty

The steel beams holding up the Kelly’s Ford Bridge over the Rappahannock River south of Remington groan under the pressure.

Light green cables on each side of the Route 620 span vibrate and the creosote-stained deck rumbles unnervingly.

Despite its moans and quivering, the 95-year-old bridge linking Fauquier and Culpeper counties holds its ground. Virginia Department of Transportation officials, however, hope soon to begin planning a replacement for the steel truss bridge.

This year alone, VDOT will spend $40,000 to repair the steel beams that support 500 vehicles a day. Some, however, want to preserve the span — one of 300 truss bridges still standing in Virginia.

Turnbull to get $300,000 solution to water problem

Rebecca Strother scrunches her nose in a most painful way at the mention of Turnbull’s water.

“Terrible, terrible,” the 77-year-old pronounces when asked about the quality of the water in the small village on Springs Road five miles west of Warrenton.

“Sometimes you can’t even drink it,” grumbles Mrs. Strother. “Put that water up to your mouth . . . and that odor up your nose.”

Sometimes, Turnbull spigots run dry.

But, the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority, which owns the 31-home water system, plans to build a 92-foot-tall storage tower that should solve Turnbull’s occasional supply shortage.

The $300,000 tower, holding 60,000 gallons of water, also will provide “fire flow” protection for the village.

Supervisors peeved about school raises

The Fauquier supervisors feel used.

“We were told that there was no fat in their budget,” Supervisor Georgia Herbert (Scott District) said Tuesday of the school board. “Now, they come up with $1.9 million” for raises.

The supervisors favored raises for teachers but questioned whether the school board felt the same way, especially after they awarded hefty raises to school administrative staffers.

The school board last week adopted a $48.9-million budget for fiscal 1994 that gives teachers 5-percent raises. All other school system employees will get at least 4-percent pay hikes July 1, when the fiscal year begins.

County government employees will get 3-percent raises Dec. 1, halfway through the fiscal year.

Supervisor Jim Brumfield (Center) said he’s concerned about “parity between the two government agencies.”

Free clinic seeks space from county

The Fauquier Free Clinic Inc. hopes to open July 8, but first it needs to find a home.

Linda Coit, executive director of the newly-created clinic, asked the Fauquier supervisors Tuesday for office space in the county health department building.

The clinic, which will operate one night a week, needs space for storage of medical supplies and treatment areas. Volunteers, including nurses and physicians, will staff the clinic.

The supervisors have set a June 15 public hearing on the request.

“We came together because thousands of people in our community go without adequate health care,” Mrs. Coit said.

Modliszewski and Marshall advance to state meet

Distance runner Jeff Modliszewski and high jumper Kevin Marshall will represent Fauquier High this weekend at the Group AAA track and field championships at Darling Stadium in Hampton.

The two athletes enjoyed breakthrough performances at last Friday’s Northwest Region meet at the University of Virginia.

A senior, Modliszewski finished sixth in the regional 1,600-meter, covering the four laps in 4:31.4. Marshall, a Warrenton Junior High School ninth-grader, placed third in the regional high jump at 6 feet, 4 inches.

Buchwald will speak at Wakefield graduation

Syndicated columnist Art Buchwald will address graduates at Wakefield School’s commencement exercises at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6.

The ceremony will take place at Belvoir Farms near The Plains.

Buchwald writes for the Los Angles Times Syndicate, and his columns appear in 550 newspapers across the country. A 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner, he has written 27 books.

Public Notice

The Town of Warrenton Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in the Municipal Building, 18 Court Street, to consider a Special Use Permit for the operation of a Bed & Breakfast Inn at 194 Culpeper Street, owned by Barbara H. Wilson.

Copies of the above request are on file in the Department of Planning and Zoning and can be examined between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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