manassas journal messenger 02/07/01



February 7, 2001



High on flying: 6-year-old girl pilots her way

into history

By Nancy


   It’s my first flight in a small aircraft, and the pilot

has not even graduated from elementary school. Six-year-old Isilay Davas

has been flying since she was 2 1/2.

Forget Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. Ask Isilay

Davas who her heroes are, and she’ll tell you John Glenn and George Bush.

“When I grow up I want to be an astronaut,”

Isilay says, and I have no reason to doubt her.

“She will get her license as soon as she turns 16,”

flight instructor James Stone says. “She has more concentration than

anyone I have taught.”

Stone, who has been with the Manassas Aviation Center

at Manassas Regional Airport since 1986 makes it clear that Isilay is not

his student. [more]

Sheriff, police differ on issues

Story By Kate




    The conflict between Prince William’s police department

and sheriff’s office over who should provide traffic and other law enforcement

isn’t just about money or turf, police said.

The real issue is the inefficiency caused when separate

agencies strive to provide the same service, independently.

The long standing feud between the police and sheriff’s

office was brought to light last week when a citizens task force report

suggested the role of the sheriff’s office be clearly spelled out in writing

and controlled through county funding.

Sheriff E. Lee Stoffregen feels the report aims to restrict

his responsibilities, but police argue that a clear distinction between

the duties of each agency is badly needed to settle funding and command


Board works at nominee question

Story By

Caryn Goebel



      There soon could be an end to the county’s

debacle in appointing a representative to the Human Rights Commission.

In a move to possibly smooth ruffled feathers, Prince

William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Sean Connaughton announced

Tuesday his intent to appoint Woodbridge resident Chester Banks to the county

Jail Board.

Banks was originally Connaughton’s choice to replace long-time

Human Rights Commission member Curtis Porter, whose term had expired at

the end of December.

Connaughton’s announcement was made soon after Supervisor

Hilda Barg, D-Woodbridge, announced her intent to reappoint Porter to the

Human Rights Commission. [more]

Staff tops school budget topics

Story By

Tiffany Schwab


      The school board launched into its first

budget work session Tuesday, placing the heaviest focus on staffing.

“The essence of tonight is personnel,” board

Vice Chairman Art Bushnell said.

One area the school division is struggling with is a growing

English as a Second Language population and not enough teachers to accommodate

the increase.

Four years ago, Manassas had 230 ESL students. Now it

has 679, about the size of one elementary school, said Mary Helen Smith,

assistant superintendent in charge of instructional services.

“We need additional teachers,” to accommodate

those students, she said. The proposed budget calls for an additional 1.5


Web site assists seniors: provides

info for Va. elderly

Story By

Caryn Goebel



      A Web site devoted to helping seniors plug

into Virginia’s 14,000 community-based services and health care systems

was launched Tuesday by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner and

America Online Time Warner.

The announcement comes a month before Warner is expected

to formally launch his campaign. Warner, who will face either state Attorney

General Mark Earley or Lt. Gov. John Hager in November, has already raised

$4 million.

The Web site,, is a joint venture

of the Virginia Health Care Foundation, the AOL Time Warner Foundation,

and two dozen insurance and health care systems in Virginia. [more]



No call:

Brentsville squeaks by Clarke County in final minute 52-48

Call it the foul that wasn’t.

Down 48-46 with only three team fouls and just 1:08 left in the game,

Brentsville coach Doug Poppe told his team to foul, immediately.

Tigers guard Chris Jenkins was apparently following orders as he reached

and grabbed at Clarke County point guard Matt Huff up the court.

However, no call was made and the senior turned the ball over with 1:02

left after attempting to dribble by the repeated foul attempts when Huff

tripped over Jenkins’ outstretched knee near midcourt and the ball flew

out of bounds.

The no call by the official riled up Eagles coach Brent Emmart, who

was called for a technical.[more]



ahead of the daily grind

Some like it black, some like it white. But African-American business owners

Karl Chen and Kenneth Whiting have one thing figured out – everyone likes

tea or coffee.

Chen is the owner and founder of I Like it Black, a coffee, tea and

espresso bar at 5832 Mapledale Plaza, Dale City, and Whiting is the owner

and founder of the Victorian Tea Room at 9413 Battle St., Manassas.

Both work a hectic schedule that includes holding down another full-time

job – Chen practices corporate law with a telecommunications firm in Reston,

and Whiting is the supervisor of a receiving unit for the Department of

Corrections in Fairfax. [more]



Manor opens its doors


Manor House will hold its official grand opening on Feb. 15 from 2-8 p.m.

with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m.

The festivities will include tours of the facility, entertainment, food

and vendor displays.

Doing the ribbon cutting honors will be Bob Anderson, president of the

Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, Manassas Mayor

Marvin Gillum and Tom Frank, owner of the facility. The Rev. Alan Hudsmith,

pastor of nearby Hope Lutheran Church, will give the invocation. [more]



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