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Prince William County News in Brief

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Colgan Air to Move Headquarters Out of Manassas, Costing 100 Jobs

Colgan Air will move its corporate headquarters from Manassas to Memphis to be near its parent company, Pinnacle Airlines, officials from Pinnacle said.

Pinnacle spokesman Joe Williams said the move should be complete by year's end and result in the loss of almost 100 local jobs. Fifty employees will transfer to Memphis to do flight operations, crew scheduling, dispatch training and other administrative functions. Although an additional 45 employees were asked to move, they opted to leave the company to stay local.

Williams said an additional 20 employees will remain in Manassas, operating at Manassas Regional Airport, where the company owns two hangars.

Colgan Air was founded by Virginia state Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William) in 1965 and sold to Presidential Airlines in 1986, Williams said. Presidential went out of business, and Colgan and his son re-created Colgan Air in 1991. Pinnacle bought the company in 2007.

Colgan Air has been under scrutiny since February, when a plane crashed in Buffalo, killing 50. The company had provided the flight crew and aircraft under a contract with Continental Airlines.

Manassas City Council Approves Fines for Graffiti

The Manassas City Council adopted a graffiti ordinance Monday that allows city officials to fine anyone caught defacing property.

The city can now fine people who paint, draw, scratch or mark any building and charge them for cleanup. Anyone convicted of violating the graffiti ordinance will be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and charged a minimum fine of $500. Violators could also be ordered to perform community service by a judge.

Manassas public works officials routinely paint over or clean up graffiti on public property within 24 hours of notice and have to cover the cost.

Students to Take Part In Safe-Driving Campaign

Students at Woodbridge Senior High School will participate Monday in a nationwide campaign meant to keep students safe on the roads.

Keep the Drive, created by the Allstate Foundation, is a movement that empowers teens to avoid unsafe driving behaviors and attitudes. The campaign crew is traveling to seven key markets across the country to talk to 3,000 high school students about everything from the leading causes of car crashes to ways to initiate "smart driving" conversations with others.

According to Allstate, an average of 11 teens a day die in crashes across the United States. In the Washington region, the leading causes of fatal teen crashes include not wearing seat belts and speeding.

Police Event to Celebrate Crime Prevention Month

Prince William County police will host an event next weekend to celebrate Crime Prevention Month.

The Celebrate Safe Communities event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Gateway shopping center, Route 29 and Linton Hall Road in Gainesville.

During the free event, police officers will check child safety seats for families and introduce residents to the department's horse-mounted patrol. Other activities include a blood drive, a slider-eating contest, a costume contest and a line dance demonstration.

For information, call 703-792-7270.

-- Compiled by JENNIFER BUSKE

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