Officials and residents of Dumfries are mourning the death last week of a popular former town clerk, Ruth Hillard, who served the town for seven years during the late 1970s and early '80s. According to Town Council member Marjorie Davis, Hillard "loved this little town" and worked very hard for it. "She was important to us and we loved her. She will be missed." Hillard, whose husband is a Marine, was buried at Quantico National Cemetery.

The Dumfries Town Council was expected to meet with representatives of the Grayson Village mobile home park, who plan to ask the council to try again to stop the noise and dust from an 83-acre landfill at nearby Battery Hill, which overlooks the town.

An attempt last year to close the landfill by court order was thwarted when the state Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the county Circuit Court that said the dump was operating legally. "I don't know what we can do next," Davis said, "But we've promised to try." Residents complain that the trucks going back and forth in front of the mobile home park also create a safety hazard for their children. Each truck pays $35 to dump debris at the landfill.