First, a few bulletins from the Metro hinterlands: Blacksburg, Va., was abuzz yesterday over the case of the golf-cart getaway. It seems a mysterious character tried to use a stolen credit card at a town camera store, then, when police were summoned, drove off in a automobile reported stolen.

On to the Virginia Tech campus the man sped, before smashing into a tree. Afoot, he dashed to a nearby golf course where he hijacked a golf cart from several duffers and vanished into a 40-acre cornfield. A Virginia Teach airplane, state troopers and local cops searched for three hours, but only came up with the getaway vehicle. The culprit is still at large.

Meanwhile, massive traffice jams are tying up the troubled town of Louisa, Va., population 932. About 4 p.m. every weekday more than 300 cars carrying 700 workers homebound from the town's three manufacturing companies reluctantly converge at the hot corner of Main Street and Fredericksburg Avenue. Everyone in Louisa gets off work at 3:30 p.m., producing snarls that have lasted as long as 40 minutes. Louisa leaders are trying to get employers to stagger their quitting times, so far to no avail.

And in Braddock Heights, Md., Frederick County officials are chewing over an amendment to zoning laws that would prohibit public rallies, carnivals, tent revival meetings, circuses and Ku Klux Klan rallies that occasionally take place in a local field. The proposal was spurred by citizen complaints. Upon hearing of the proposal Anthony LaRicci, grand dragon of the Maryland Klan, mildly remarked, "If they [the county commissioners] get too damn smart, I'll hold a cross burning there every damm week."