February 15, 2001
in Old Town sell: Businesses purchase Opera House and Trusler buildings
OLD TOWN – Two landmark properties in Old Town Manassas changed hands
In transactions finalized this week, the Loy Harris Holdings Group sold
the Opera House and Whimsical Gallery property on Center Street and Trusler
Hall on Battle Street to separate investors, said realtor John Weber, who
brokered the deals.
The late Harris is credited with starting the downtown’s revitalization
after he purchased the debilitated Opera House building in 1995. He rebuilt
the inside of the building to house retail stores like the Opera House Gourmet
and apartments on the second floor. Harris bought the adjacent bank building
in 1997 and converted its use to retail.[more]
Bennie Scarton/ For the Manassas Journal Messenger
A driver took out the historic steam locomotive tire
fire alarm by City Hall Wednesday morning. City Manager Larry Hughes said
stand will be rebuilt. The alarm dates back to 1909. Police said they are
investigating the accident.
construction good to go: Council approves city square project bid unanimously
By Chris Newman
MANASSAS – It’s coming.
City Council approved the $2 million City Square and Pavilion project
in a 6-0 vote before 35 local leaders Wednesday night.
The contract was awarded to the Culpeper-based JHC Construction Co.,
which had the low bid of $1,620,833. The additional costs for site demolition,
ice skating equipment, sodding and design fees push the price tag to close
to $2 million.
“What a night. What a Valentine. We’ve just witnessed history,”
said Historic Manassas Inc. President David Flach after the vote.[more]
Marine guilty of murder
MANASSAS – A former Marine corporal who admitted choking and killing
his wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder, and prosecutors recommended
he serve 25 years in prison.
Aaron A. Feeney, 22, appeared in Prince William Circuit Court with his
head lowered, remaining impassive as he entered the plea to first-degree
murder. He strangled his 27-year-old wife, Tabatha Renee Feeney, on Aug.
12 at the couple’s Woodbridge apartment.
Feeney confessed to the killing five days later. [more]
authority looks at community sewer systems
Allowing clusters of homes in rural areas of the county to share community
sewer systems isn’t something the Prince William County Service Authority
But should the board of county supervisors amend the comprehensive plan
and zoning text allowing two or more homes on one sewer system, the service
authority would follow their wishes – with conditions. [more]
deputies give seniors safety tips at mall
Photo by Amy Drewry
Mall walker Sue Schnake, of Manassas, talks with Chief
Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Messier about senior citizen’s safety at the Manassas
Mall on Wednesday morning. Triad, a partnership between law enforcement
and senior citizens, provides information meetings about public safety and
crime prevention at senior citizen centers and malls.
The Prince William Police Department, County Sheriff’s Office and the
American Association of Retired People were out in force Wednesday to help
crack down on criminal scams and fraud targeting senior citizens.
Triad, a partnership between the sheriff, police chiefs and the American
Association of Retired People, was formed in 1988 to reduce crime affecting
older citizens. They came to Manassas Mall early Wenesday morning to share
information about senior safety with a growing number of “mall walkers”
who exercise in the mall every day before stores open. [more]
Park HS inducts first two Hall of Fame members
MANASSAS PARK – School leaders inducted Bryan Polk and Mary Helen Dellinger
as the first two members of the Manassas Park High School Hall of Fame Wednesday
Polk, 34, is a 1984 graduate of Manassas Park High School and serves
on the school board. He is being recognized for excellence in his field
of engineering and for being a leader in the community.
Dellinger, 33, is a 1986 graduate and is assistant director of the Fredricksburg
Area Museum. She is being honored as a curator and historian. [more]
|Stevison not missing out on the fun
missing last year’s state meet, Osbourn Park’s Kelly Stevison will have
a chance to make amends.
Stevison missed last year’s competition, not because of an injury, but because
of a club meet she attended in California. The club meet happened to be
on the same weekend as regionals. And since she missed regionals, she couldn’t
qualify for states.
This year is a different story.
After placing second in the all-around at the Northwest Region Meet last
weekend, Stevison said she is ready to go for the state meet, which will
be held Friday and Saturday at Forest Park High School.
“I went last year and I watched, and I know there’s a lot of really,
really good gymnasts,” Stevison said. “I’m just expecting to do
hopefully as well as I’ve been doing.”[more]
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