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February 28, 2001






by Amy Rosseti




Galbraith, a sergeant with the Virginia State Police, issues a ticket for

a speeder who was detected through the use of VASCAR technology.


from above: Troopers use planes to catch speeders


Nancy Carroll



     Drivers beware. Flying half a mile above

Virginia interstates is a Cessna-182 and it’s clocking 20-30 speeders a


Virginia has four of these small aircraft. On board, a visual average

speed computer and recorder (VASCAR) which, since its introduction last

July, has led to 842 speeding citations.

VASCAR, which was approved by the General Assembly last year, supplements

radar used by troopers on the ground. State police use Aerial Speed Enforcement

once or twice a month for one-day periods, usually on weekends or heavy

traffic days, said Lucy Caldwell, Virginia State Police spokeswoman.





by Bennie Scarton Jr.



One of

Manassas’ landmarks, the Oakenshaw barn off Fairview Avenue, was torn down

Tuesday to make room for an 18-unit housing development.


search drags on

By Tiffany Schwab



    The search for a new Manassas schools chief continues

with no end in sight.

The Manassas School Board opted not to go with any of its initial crop

of superintendent finalists, said school board Chairman Thomas Bradford.

Last month, the board interviewed an unreleased number of candidates

and was on target for naming a new superintendent on Feb. 13. The date came

and went with no announcement.

Bradford said board members thought they would be able to breeze right

through the process, naming a superintendent in the amount of time the consultants


“It didn’t work that way,” he said. [more]


Lutheran Church looked at to be saved


Chris Newman



     “Should it be saved?” is no longer the

question, but rather can the 103-year-old Bethel Lutheran Church be saved?

A $9,600 study approved by City Council 5-2 Monday will better clarify

the condition of the structure that its owner says cannot be saved. The

study contract was awarded to the Alexandria-based John Milner Associates

Inc. preservation firm.

“Is it worth saving? Is it savable, and at what cost?” said

Councilman Steven Randolph. He said council will wait until it is better

informed by the study before it makes a decision on whether to uphold the

city Architectural Review Board’s June 2000 denial of the owner’s appeal

for a demolition permit, he said.[more]


percent raise proposed for county employees


Caryn Goebel



   PRINCE WILLIAM Prince William County’s 2,900 employees

will see an across-the-board pay raise of 5 percent in July should the Board

of County Supervisors adopt the proposed fiscal 2002 budget.

County Executive Craig Gerhart presented his proposed budget Tuesday,

one he heralded as the first fully balanced five-year plan going into the

six-week-long budget adoption process.

Following an earlier directive from the county supervisors, Gerhart focused

much of his fiscal plan on employee compensation, making Prince William

County more competitive in terms of recruiting – and keeping – its work



Seton girls advance to Final 8


maturation of Seton’s Jessica Spicer took another step forward Tuesday night

in the first round of the Virginia Independent Schools tournament.

After turning the ball over just three times in the first three quarters,

No. 5 seed Seton coughed it up three times in the first few minutes of the

final period as No. 12 Carlisle attempted to come back from a 57-37 deficit.



rebuilds Manassas Park wrestling tradition

When Richard FitzSimmons was hired as the new Manassas Park wrestling

coach last summer the first thing he noticed was the apparent decline in

the Cougars’ wrestling tradition.

Manassas Park owns five team state titles – three of which were consecutive

championships from 1984 through 1986. The Cougars earned a reputation as

being a contender every year. Last season Manassas Park finished fourth

in the state tournament. [more]

Will D.C. host 2012 Olympics?

The Gar-Field

girls basketball team has a name for its full-court pressure defense. The

Indians call it Helter Skelter and they use it after virtually every basket.

When it’s causing the havoc that their baseline and halfcourt traps are

designed to create, the Indians are one of the area’s most dangerous teams.[more]



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