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November 14, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Airport boom predicted

November 1994: Brandon Smarr fuels a plane at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of November 18, 1994

Airport future bright, officials believe

The county supervisors this week gave a major boost to the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport when it endorsed a funding formula to provide public utilities in service districts.

That means industrial land around the airport, in the Midland Service District, finally would get the water and sewer to develop as zoned.

The proposed funding formula — subject to a public hearing — would assess a special 3-cent real estate tax to all landowners in the service districts, except Warrenton and Remington.

“You’ll see utilities (at the airport) in 20 months to two years,” Supervisor David Mangum (Lee District) predicted.

The county bought the airport in October 1991 as part of a bankruptcy settlement.

“It was a hole,” with cracked runways, decaying hangars and damaged underground tanks, Mangum said. “It was terrible, miserable. And now it’s very attractive.”

Panel recommends $25,000 for starting teachers

The school board last year took a step in helping beginning teachers.

The county raised their salaries to $23,420, up from $22,220.

But a citizens group wants to do more. Composed of citizens, teachers, school board members and county supervisors, the 21-member group this week suggested starting instructors should earn $25,000. It also wants to give newer instructors higher percentage raises than veteran teachers.

“We have outstanding teachers here, we just need to keep them,” Teacher Compensation Task Force Chairman Mark Riley told the school board Monday.

High schools searched for drugs

Sheriff’s deputies held an unannounced search of Liberty High School at 7:54 a.m. Wednesday.

They followed up with a search of Fauquier High at 9:15 a.m.

Fifteen officers from Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties, the state police and U.S. Customs used dogs to search for “illegal contraband, drugs and weapons,” Sheriff Joe Higgs said.

At Liberty, officers searched three lockers but found nothing illegal, sheriff’s Maj. Warren Jenkins aid.

They searched four lockers and a car at Fauquier a found a quarter-ounce of marijuana outside a classroom window. Jenkins said an investigation is underway to identify the owner.

“This serves a message that from time to time, we’re going to search cars and lockers,” FHS Principal Roger Sites said of the 90-minute operation.

Retail group split on Walmart rezoning

Greater Warrenton Business Alliance members remain divided about whether the town should rezone property for a huge Walmart store.

The group, composed primarily of retailers, recently polled members on their opinions about Walmart. Stewart Lindsey, chairman of the committee that conducted the survey, gave members the results Wednesday:

• 72 oppose Walmart.

• 76 support it.

• 17 have no opinion.

The 170-member alliance probably will take no position on Walmart but will concentrate on providing information, President Michael Kitt said.

Hype outshines first Fauquier-Liberty game

Fans from Paris to Goldvein flocked to Warrenton last Friday for the inaugural pigskin game between Fauquier and brand-new Liberty.

The four quarters of the game paled in comparison to the surrounding hype. Trophies and plaques — even a big 50/50 drawing — promoted the game that was nothing more than a lopsided blowout.

Liberty’s young team managed just 78 yards of total offense and crumbled in the face of Fauquier’s experience, 27-0. The Falcons (9-1) will face Spotsylvania in the first round of the regional playoffs. The Eagles finished their first season 3-7.
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AngryBob · November 14, 2019 at 11:13 pm
Sewer service in Midland. LOL! The whole county will be using Port-o-Johns before that happens!

Hey, FauquierNow, thanks for bringing back Throwback Thursday. Love it! I graduated FHS in '93 so it's been fun to read these for the last couple of years. How about a Throwback Friday(?) that goes back 50 years. Our history is amazing. Please!!
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