1994: Warrenton movie theater owner Bob Wienholt tries the new seats.
25 Years Ago From The Fauquier Citizen edition of June 10, 1994
Community excited about cinema debut
Fauquier’s first movie theater in 20 years, the Huntsman Towne Centre of Warrenton Movies Five will open Friday, June 10.
Because of construction delays, the five-screen theater, which seats about 1,100, will open with three films — City Slickers II, Speed and Renaissance Man.
The other two screens should be up and running by June 16, the theater’s grand opening day.
Greater Baltimore Cinemas has spent about $500,000 and six months converting a portion of the former Ames department store space.
The Fauquier Theatre on Warrenton’s Main Street closed in 1974, with Last Tango in Paris, an X-rated film about an American businessman (Marlon Brando) suffering a serious mid-life crisis.
Williams first black school board member
The appointment of John Edison Williams to the Fauquier school board Tuesday marks “the beginning of a new era,” according to minority groups.
Williams will be the first African-American to serve on the five-member board.
The board of supervisors unanimously chose the Warrenton resident among three applicants to fill the Center District seat.
Center District Supervisor Jim Brumfield, who nominated Williams, described him as a “good leader” and a “problem solver.”
“He’s involved in so many areas of the community,” Brumfield said. “He’s worked as a problem solver, has management skills and is committed to instruction.”
Williams, 61, said: “I want to take a leading role,” getting parents more involved with schools.
Police find no drugs or guns during FHS search
The sheriff’s office and Fauquier High officials questioned more than 20 students after a drug search Thursday, June 2, at the school.
Sheriff’s deputies, along with U.S. Customs officers and state police, used five dogs to search for drugs and weapons.
Although officials found nothing illegal and charged no students, the police searched 23 lockers and two cars, sheriff’s Lt. R.P. Mosier said.
The dogs, two from the customs department “alerted to the past presence of weapons and drugs,” Mosier said.
“The students involved were identified and interviewed by the school administration, and no criminal charges were placed,” Sheriff Joe Higgs said.
Although the sheriff received several complaints from parents and “community representatives,” Higgs said he “will continue to take whatever proactive steps necessary to identify the individuals who sell, use and profit from illegal drugs or weapons that continuously plague our youth and create the carnage that these drugs and weapon have brought to our community.”
Local GOP backs North for Senate
Fauquier Republicans backed Oliver North for the U.S. Senate as last weekend’s GOP convention in Richmond.
The retired Army colonel received 48 of Fauquier delegates’ votes to James G. Miller’s 33.
North won the Republican nomination with 55 percent of of the delegate votes. Despite their divisive campaign for the nomination, Miller, a cabinet member during the Reagan administration, said he would support North.
North probably will face Democratic incumbent Charles Robb in the Nov. 8 general election. Robb first much win a four-way primary June 14.
Bank seeks to cut costs, raise profits
The Fauquier Bank has launched a campaign to reduce costs and double its profits.
“By any measure, we have to become more profitable,” President C. Hunton Tiffany said.
Within a year, the Warrenton-based bank will more than double the profitability of its “core” business to $2.5 million annually, Tiffany said.
To get there, the bank will cut its workforce almost 30 percent, change the way all employees function, trim other costs and adopt new technology, he said.
Otherwise the community bank, with five branches and $162 million in total assets, would be unable to compete with other financial institutions, meaning shareholders would fail to get reasonable returns on their investments, Tiffany explained.
One of first FHS grads to speak at commencement
Fauquier High School’s commencement exercises June 18 will mark the end of a 30-year stint as the county’s only high school.
Superintendent Tony Lease and Principal Roger Sites will hand diplomas to 408 graduates during the ceremony at 9 a.m. next Saturday on Falcon Field.
Fauquier County General District Court Judge Charles Foley, a member of the first FHS graduating class, will deliver the keynote speech. His son Jay will be among the graduates.
After high school, Foley earned his bachelor’s and law degrees at the University of Richmond. He returned to his hometown to practice law and served as commonwealth’s attorney until the General Assembly named him to the judgeship in 1986.