Manassas Journal Messenger 04-17-01



April 17, 2001




scrutinizes officials’ salaries


Caryn Goebel and Patrick Wilson



The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is scrutinizing the salaries

of Prince William’s sheriff, commonwealth’s attorney and circuit court clerk.

Delegate Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, asked county supervisors

in February to report back to him on their policies for supplementing the

state salaries of constitutional officers.

Prince William’s elected constitutional officers are Republican Circuit

Court Clerk David C. Mabie and Democrats Sheriff E. Lee Stoffregen III and

Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert.[more]


budget sees late changes

By Chris Newman



MANASSAS – A last-minute $255,000 increase in funding requested by Prince

William County officials for shared government services has city officials

reshuffling budget items and delaying the passage of the budget next week.

The city was notified of the higher estimate for the shared services

budget on Friday, said City Manager Larry Hughes at the public hearings

for the city budget Monday. It has put the city in a difficult position

right before the public hearings, he said.[more]


prices creep up again


Alfred M. Biddlecomb



In addition to the sounds of song birds and cherry blossoms, an all-too-common

sign of spring the past two years has been the annual spike in gasoline

prices that hits just as the family travel season begins.

This spring seems to be no different with gasoline prices jumping 13

cents during the past month, including a 7-cent increase since last Wednesday,

according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.[more]


16 offers long lines to procrastinators


Kelly Campbell



“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down,” goes the line from

a popular song by the Carpenters.

Add filing taxes into the mix and things really get murky, as they did

Monday at area United States Postal Service offices. This tax day almost

combined all three.

Twenty-six million of the estimated 130 million tax returns, or 20 percent,

are filed on the last day. That translated into jammed post office parking

lots on an overcast Monday as last-minute tax filers scrambled to get the

necessary stamp-cancellation mark signifying that their taxes were filed

on time.[more]


services wait for funding


Louise Cannon



Money for a new homeless shelter and more staff for Prince William County’s

busy health clinics have fallen victim to the supervisors’ deadlock over

funding for the Sheriff’s Office.

These fiscal 2002 budget items were still on the table April 10 when

the Board of County Supervisors split 4-4 over increased funding for the

Sheriff’s Office and abruptly adjourned its budget mark-up meeting.

Supervisors Mary Hill, R-Coles, John Jenkins, D-Neabsco, Hilda Barg,

D-Woodbridge, and Edgar Wilbourn, R-Gainesville would not move forward with

the mark-up agenda until more money was given to the Sheriff’s Office, Supervisor

Sean Connaughton, R-at large, said.[more]


Air controller ignored procedure


Nancy Carroll



A preliminary report released Wednesday indicates that a Manassas air traffic

controller failed to follow procedure a few weeks ago when a small one-man

plane crashed, killing the pilot.

According to a National Transportation Safety Board report, the Manassas

Regional Airport air traffic controller on duty on the night of March 19

failed to initiate an extensive search for Thomas Reilly, 71, when his single-engine

Piper Arrow did not land as scheduled.[more]


Tait’s hat trick propels Tigers 5-0NOKESVILLE

– When Brentsville’s David Tait gets the ball close the goal, Tigers coach

Chip Rohr knows good things will happen.

It just took a little longer than usual on Monday.

After scoring just one goal on 22 shots – 15 on goal – in the first half,

the Tigers got three goals by Tait in a span of six minutes to lead Brentsville

to a 5-0 win over Strasburg.

Brentsville (3-1-1, 2-0-1 Bull Run District) dominated from the start against

the Rams (2-4, 1-3) but virutally every attack by the Tigers was thwarted

by Rams’ keeper Paul Ziacoma. [more]


Hooper signs with Navy

The area’s top basketball player will continue his playing days in college

while building another career for his after-hoops life.

Gar-Field’s David Hooper, the Potomac News 2000-01 Player of the Year, committed

to the United States Naval Academy on Saturday, the second of a two-day

visit to the Annapolis school. Before attending the prestigious military

academy, Hooper will spend one school year at the Naval Academy Prep School

in Newport, R.I. [more]




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