When Robert Wagner and the crew of his new television series "Lime Street" returned to Middleburg last week to film an episode about a hijacker who jumps from an aircraft over the town, shooting was "calm and peaceful" even though it was done in the center of Middleburg, according to Mayor Loyal McMillan. The only upset came when a few Middleburgers discovered that the stars and crew had taken their favorite downtown parking spots. Wagner, reported McMillan, has a high rating among the other actors and crew members. "I liked him myself," the mayor said. "I found him to be very personable." When the first episode of the crime show was filmed in March, town officials denied the crew permission to stage a high-speed chase through town and the burning of an airplane on a Middleburg farm.
Philip Cook, chairman of Middleburg's planning commission, said the town's long-awaited comprehensive plan will be ready for review by the Town Council at its Aug. 28 meeting. The commission has requested several extensions to work on the plan after residents began crowding meetings last spring due to concern, they said, that a 200-acre tract at the end of town might be the site of 400 housing units. Although only 90 acres of the land is within town limits, the planning commission has pared the density from five to eight housing units per acre to 2.5 units per acre. Said Cook, "We're trying to plan the best land use we can. If we get any more complications, I don't know what we'll do.