manassas journal messenger 2/14/01



February 14, 2001




kills bond proposal: Bill would have funded GMU’s Prince William campus


Alfred M. Biddlecomb



RICHMOND – A state Senate budget committee killed a cluster of bond proposals

Tuesday that offered millions for the construction of a science center at

Belmont Bay and a new academic building for George Mason University’s Prince

William campus.

A total of three bond measures passed by the House of Delegates last

week, providing close to $1 billion in construction for new parks, college

buildings and museums, was voted down by members of the Senate Finance Committee

because of the long-term debt involved with the legislation. [more]



Middle School students deliver valentines to hospitalised veterans

By Tiffany Schwab



WASHINGTON – Monday, a group of students in the Stonewall Middle School

Builders Club delivered Valentine cards to the veterans staying in the H

and K wings of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

The veterans’ faces perked up when they saw the students enter their

hospital rooms, fingers cradling valentines made especially for the men.[more]



dim for sales tax increase


Alfred M. Biddlecomb



RICHMOND – Legislation to let Northern Virginia residents vote on a regional

sales tax increase was pulled from a House of Delegates committee by its

sponsor Tuesday, striking a severe blow to plans of raising additional money

for the area’s crowded schools and congested roads.

Taking an all-or-nothing approach, state Sen. Richard Saslaw, D-Fairfax,

withdrew a bill allowing voters to decide on a 1 percent sales tax increase

with the proceeds split between education and transportation. A similar

bill passed by the House last week, which only asks for a half percent increase

to be strictly used for transportation, is pending before the Senate.[more]



to offer hepatitis vaccine


Diane Freda



A new hepatitis B vaccination campaign sponsored by the Prince William

Health District will focus on fifth-graders who may not have received their


Letters are going out to parents of fifth-graders in Prince William County

Schools telling them about the vaccination program.

The Prince William Health District will begin offering special clinics

for the shots at two health departments beginning in March.[more]



murder case moves on to grand jury


Patrick Wilson



MANASSAS – A local man accused of killing and mutilating his girlfriend

talked to himself during an interview with a detective, saying, “I’m

going to go to jail for a long time,” according to evidence presented

in the case on Tuesday.

Allan L. Rother, 49, said he dumped his girlfriend’s body in Washington,

D.C., testified Prince William Detective Paul J. Masterson at a preliminary


Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Mary Grace O’Brien found

enough evidence against Rother to send the case to a grand jury that will

meet March 5.[more]


to give Valentine’s gift to homeless


Chris Newman



MANASSAS – Patrick Cloud II got a black leather coat from his parents

as a present last month, but he took it back to the store for a full refund.

The 14-year-old then decided he’d use the money to do something nice

for others. Today Patrick and two friends will go into Washington, D.C.,

to give out 50 blankets to homeless people living around the monuments and




trainer needed at Osbourn, residents say


Tiffany Schwab



MANASSAS – Osbourn High School is in dire need of a certified athletic

trainer, a number of citizens told the school board at a public hearing

on the budget Tuesday.

Currently, the position is not funded in the proposed 2001-02 budget

presented by Interim Superintendent Dianne Mero.

The high school has 26 sports teams and about 1,000 student athletes,

but no certified trainer, said Lucille Potter, a member of the school division’s

Health Advisory Board.[more]



disagree on pro soccer program


Caryn Goebel



A plea for seed money to locate a professional soccer program in Prince

William County was kicked aside Tuesday by three county supervisors, who

felt funding a for-profit activity would cut into Little League and other

leisure activity allocations.

Three other supervisors, however, voiced support for the idea.

After some discussion, supervisors directed staff to determine the league’s

monetary needs and to incorporate a stadium study within the McCoart Town

Center plan.[more]


Brentsville returns to winning ways


– Tuesday night was a time of reflection for Brentsville’s basketball team.

It was Senior Night, and the current group of six Tiger seniors realized

that the game against Rappahannock County would be their last regular-season

home game.

While Brentsville will be hosting the Bull Run District Tournament, that

didn’t stop the flood of memories for the seniors. After all, most of them

have been playing together since middle school.[more]

One chance

for glory — Yellow Jackets’ Greg Valdez headed to regionals after 3 years

of frustration, injury

MANASSAS – Osbourn Park wrestler Greg Valdez waited his entire high school

wrestling career for this moment.

The Yellow Jackets’ senior competed in his first Cardinal District tournament

last weekend, finishing third in the 145-pound weight class. And now Valdez

will go even further, as his third-place finish qualified him for the Northwest

Region tournament at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville Friday.


Hylton crushes OP


– Hylton let Osbourn Park beat itself in the first half, then took over

the job in the second as it outscored the Yellow Jackets 34-11 in the 61-32

Cardinal District match up.

Osbourn Park’s zone defense gave the Bulldogs fits for the entire first

half. Hylton spent much of its time sitting outside and had trouble getting

open looks.[more]

Chocolate 101

It would

be like Christmas without the tree, Halloween without the jack-o’-lantern,

Easter without the painted eggs.

No Valentine’s Day would be complete without chocolate.

Decadent, delicious and dangerous to dieters, chocolate has become a holiday

staple. But for the candy-impaired, shopping for the sweet stuff can be

mind-boggling. What’s the difference between chocolate and fudge? Why would

anyone want semi-sweet? And why bother spending more than a few bucks on

it anyway? The answers are only a confectionary-cram session away. [more]


Gilbane to join

Innovation Center

A 2 million-square

foot office/flex campus complex – Innovation Center – on a 151-acre site

is planned near Manassas.

Gilbane Properties is in the process of acquiring the tract from Prince

William County in a transaction expected to close in March. The land purchase

price was $7.8 million. [more]


supporters half way to fund-raising goal

The Friends of

the Loy E. Harris Pavilion is one-half of the way to the organization’s

goal of raising $125,000 for the proposed and long-awaited facility.

The group, headed by Historic Manassas Inc. President David Flach, has set

a goal of April 1 to meet its challenge.

“We have more than $60,000 collected – mostly gifts from the Harris

family,” Flach told a gathering of potential fund-raisers Tuesday at

a breakfast at the home of Lu Harris, wife of the late Manassas businessman

for whom the pavilion will be named.

He said future fund drives will include the sending out of pledge cards

and a “Pavilion Day” to be held in late March in Old Town, in

which the merchants will donate a portion of their receipts that day to

the Pavilion fund. [more]




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