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January 11, 2018

Throwback Thursday: LHS might open with seniors

January 1993: FHS sophomores Rebecca Graham, Linsey Wiegel and Elizabeth Gatto ask the school board not to split their class in 1994, when Liberty High School in Bealeton will open. They will graduate in June 1995.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen editions of Jan. 8 and 15, 1993

Board leaves door open for seniors at LHS in 1994

The county school board voted Monday to open Liberty High at Bealeton in 1994 with no senior class, unless it’s convinced otherwise.

In an ambiguous ruling that left many onlookers wondering what had been decided, the board asked the administration and a citizens’ committee “to actively purse a plan” that would give members of the Class of 1995 a choice of which high school they attend for their senior year. All underclassmen will transfer on the basis of new boundaries.

The board wants to hear solid plans on whether opening Liberty with some seniors would be feasible, but it set no deadline for a final decision.

“It’s a compromise,” explained Marshall District representative Larry Czarda, who proposed the idea. “We hope that at least it will get us going.”

At a public hearing a week earlier, some FHS sophomores asked the board not to split their classes in 1994. Overall, the 21 speakers were almost evenly divided on opening LHS with seniors.

Warrenton preparing for President-elect Clinton

The Secret Service has selected rooftop positions for its anti-sniper teams in downtown Warrenton.

Two local school bands and a church choir have instructions for their participation in President-elect Bill Clinton’s visit at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17.

Speakers and the motorcade’s route into town have been finalized. A busload of national media representatives has come to scout the best camera angles. Twenty-five county sheriff’s deputies and 18 town police have been assigned to help with security.

Yet, the official itinerary for Clinton’s 125-mile trip from Monticello to Washington, D.C., excludes Warrenton.

On paper, the Warrenton stop remains nonexistent. In reality, it will happen unless the caravan of 17 buses and 25 other vehicles gets hopelessly behind schedule.

Hazel West leads Remington merchants’ organization

With skeptics long having administered last rites for their small town, some Remington merchants have come together to keep it alive.

The recently-formed Remington Merchants Association pursues a virtual reconstruction of town, advocating a progressive agenda that encourages growth, entices new businesses to the community and promotes those already there.

Association President Hazel West, owner of What’s On Top hair salon, said the fledgling business organization has a simple short-term mission.

“We want to keep the town alive,” said Ms. West. “We want to let people know that Remington is not dead.”

County tax bills 12th highest in Virginia

Fauquier County, with an average levy of $1,478 per taxpayer, ranks 12the in the state for local taxes, according to researchers at the University of Virginia

The survey totaled taxes for real estate and personal property, along with those for utilities and other government fees.

Fairfax County taxpayers spend $2,990 apiece, the most in Virginia. Fauquier’s average tax burden ranks just below Stafford County’s.

Nine Northern Virginia jurisdictions have the state’s highest tax burdens. Chesapeake ranks 10th.

Rural Bath County, northwest of Lexington, ranks lowest with an average total cost of $204 per taxpayer.

Barb receives justice award

Gail Barb, deputy clerk of the Fauquier County Circuit Court, recently received the local bar association’s Administration of Justice Award.

Given annually to a person who does the most to further county’s justice system, the award is the Fauquier Bar Association’s highest honor.

Ms. Barb began working for the circuit court clerk’s office 22 years ago, while still in high school. She has risen to the office’s second highest position.

Sluss to cover education for newspaper

Michael C. Sluss of Warrenton has joined The Fauquier Citizen as a staff reporter.

Sluss, who previously worked as a freelance writer for the newspaper and Fauquier Magazine, will cover education and general assignments. He will succeed Martha Slud, who has accepted a position with Whittle Communications’ magazine division in Knoxville, Tenn.

A 1985 Fauquier High School graduate, Sluss worked on the campus newspaper at Radford University, where he in 1989 earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in journalism. While in high school, he worked as a part-time sports writer for the Culpeper Star-Exponent.

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