Manassas Journal Messenger 02-15-01


February 15, 2001




in Old Town sell: Businesses purchase Opera House and Trusler buildings


Chris Newman



OLD TOWN – Two landmark properties in Old Town Manassas changed hands

this week.

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


Patrick Wilson



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


Caryn Goebel



Allowing clusters of homes in rural areas of the county to share community

sewer systems isn’t something the Prince William County Service Authority

would advocate.

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


Nancy Carroll



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


Tiffany Schwab



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

in 2001


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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