Five Manassasark High School students who skipped school on March 24 as part of a "sick-in" protest of proposed school budget cuts were in automobile accidents on or near school premises that day, according to Superintendent Jimmy Stuart. Only one of the students was taken to the hospital, as a precautionary measure, but all were suspended Stuart said.
The penalty was relaxed to an in-school suspension but the students' parking privileges may be revoked. "If they can't find a place to park, they won't be able to drive to school," he said. Many of the high school's 390 students skipped school to join their parents in picketing Manassas Park City Hall and later attended a joint meeting of the City Council and school board.
City Manager Jerry Davis said the athletic program will not be cut from the budget as many of the picketing students and their parents feared. The $4.5 million fiscal plan will go to public hearing April 8, he said. 12 Eyed for Manassas City Manager Job
The Manassas City Council last week received the names and resumes of 12 candidates for the job of city manager, culled from 114 applicants by Municipal Advisers Inc., a Virginia Beach consulting firm. Among the 12 is the name of Clyde Wimmer, who is currently acting city manager, a post he has held twice in two years and for which he applied on a permanent basis just before the application deadline. Wimmer is the city's director of public works, a position he has held for 15 years. Vice Mayor Stewart Vetter said the council hopes to make its final decision within two weeks.
The Manassas Art Guild fine art show will be held at Manassas Mall April 5 and 6. Hours are 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Sat. and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. For information call 368-0181. Court Overturns Occoquan Ruling
Continental Motor Inns, the company that owns the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise just outside Occoquan, recently won a suit in Prince William Circuit Court in which it asked the court to overturn a Board of Supervisors' decision against a drive-in window at the facility. According to County Attorney John Foote, Judge Percy Thornton ruled against the council because the concern residents voiced about increased traffic on Devil's Reach Road was not sufficient reason to deny the drive-in window.
Occoquan's annual sidewalk sale will be held Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the town's merchant association. License Plea Sets Off Dumfries Debate
A woman who applied for a business license last winter to operate a beauty parlor out of her home in Dumfries is still waiting for a call from the Town Council, unaware that she raised an issue that had never been of real concern until she made her request. According to Vice Mayor Marjorie Davis, the woman moved to Dumfries from another jurisdiction and applied for the home business license because she had always needed one to operate.
The town has no such provision in its ordinances and the request sparked a debate among Town Council members and some business owners and residents. Some believe residents should be allowed to operate a business out of their homes, especially the low-income and elderly. Others say that if a business owner must purchase a license, everybody who runs a business at home should have one.
The issue has been discussed so long without resolution, Davis said, "We may just get rid of it and pretend we never heard of it." Even if a home business license ordinance is adopted, Davis said, she believes each business should be weighed on its own merits. Screening of Handicapped Children
The Prince William County school district's program for handicapped children will offer free screening this month for 2-to-4-year-olds at two county elementary schools. According to school spokeswoman Kristy Larson, the children will be tested for developmental delays and hearing, vision, speech, language, motor skills and behavior.
Children from the Marumsco Hills, Belmont and Vaughan elementary school areas will be screened on Friday at the Marumsco Hills schools. Children from the West Gate, Sudley and Sinclair elementary schools will be screened at the West Gate facility on Wednesdays. Children born after Oct. 1, 1983, will be tested at the Woodbine preschool because of the need for different screening materials, Larson said. Parents who believe their preschooler has a delay in any area of development may call Woodbine for an appointment at 791-3151 or 791-3152.
The Prince William Council Public Works Division of mosquito control for Occoquan, Woodbridge and greater Manassas is seeking participants for its trapping and spraying programs in preparation for the annual onslaught of the pests in those areas. According to county spokeswoman A.R. Kurz, participants will be given a New Jersey light trap. On the basis of the trap contents, which will be collected and analyzed daily, the county will plan a spraying route.
Interested persons, who must have an outside electrical outlet, should call 791-6141 for more information. There is no fee for this service, Kurz said, although there may be a slight increase in electrical bills of approximately $1 monthly. The program will begin in May. Leesburg Chooses Law Firm in Dispute
The town of Leesburg last week appointed the law firm of Hunton & Williams of Richmond to act as special counsel in the reconvening of the Special Annexation Court to settle the dispute of whether the town or Loudoun County should provide water and sewer service to Xerox's Potomac Park development. The Richmond firm was appointed after the sudden death recently of Leesburg's special counsel W.E.H. (Pete) Jolly, a Virginia Beach attorney.
According to Assistant Town Manager Steve Owens, the three-judge annexation court will reconvene May 16 to decide the issue, which is complicated by the fact that there are two apparently contradictory agreements on the books. The town annexed the land in question in 1983.
In other business, the Town Council unanimously approved its land use plan, which has been on the drawing boards for seven years. The five-year plan was made necessary by the town's 5 percent annual growth rate and the annexation of seven square miles of county land two years ago. According to Mayor Robert Sevila, the plan is a good one because it was drawn up by a task force of staff, counsel and residents that met at least 20 times. The plan calls for increased industrial and commercial growth along Rte. 7, the town's main artery, as well as preservation of the downtown area's historic character.
Owen said Town Manager Jeff Minor will present a proposed budget of $4.7 million at the April 9 council meeting. The figure represents an increase in spending of more than $700,000, although revenues are up more than $1 million.
The celebration of National Library Week next week at the Thomas Balch Library will begin with a balloon launch on the library grounds Monday. Balloons will be distributed at 10 a.m. and launch time is 10:15 a.m. Library spokeswoman Janet Hedrick said the fourth annual event is for all ages. 'Womanless' Beauty Contest in Loudoun
On May 2, the Loudoun County Victim/Witness program will present its fifth annual fund-raiser, a "womanless" beauty contest, according to director Irene Wodell, a recent recipient of Loudoun Woman of the Year award. Wodell founded the program, which aids victims and witnesses of crime.
Wodell said that at least 25 professional men and elected officials enter the competition every year dressed in female attire and offering some type of "talent." Said Wodell, "if any of them really had talent, we wouldn't know what to do." Last year two local veterinarians in flowing pink evening gowns sang "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" Said Wodell, "It was so bad we had to give them first prize."
Several thousand dollars are raised every year for emergency housing, medical treatment and other victim/witness programs. She recalled one of her favorite acts that came during the first year of the contest, when Dr. George Poehlman, husband of School Board member Betty Poehlman, dressed like Annie of musical fame, brought his dog on stage with him and sang "Tomorrow." The dog howled all the way through the song, Wodell said. To enter the contest call 777-3399. Paeonian Springs Hears Trail Report
The newly formed Paeonian Springs Council, designed to promote activities at the village and give residents an official voice with the county, recently heard Paul McCray, regional park manager for the Washington and Old Dominion trail, detail work on the trail that will be completed as far as Paeonian Springs in the summer of 1987.
The trail, which will then go on to Purcellville, will accommodate hikers, bikers and horseback riders, according to council secretary Betty Shiflett. In addition, plans for Paeonian Springs Day, to be held June 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., were approved and will include a walking tour from the town's only business, the American Workhorse Museum, to the spring after which the town is named.
In other business, Council President Henry Buckart had drafted a letter requesting that the county include the village on the official Loudoun map. The next meeting is set for May 22 at the Buckart home. Purcellville Sets Library Week Events
Activities at the Purcellville Library to celebrate National Library Week, include a presentation Tuesday by Purcellville native Asa Moore Janney, who will read from his manuscript of reminiscences from 1914 to 1919. There is no admission charge for this program, which will begin at 8 p.m. Library spokeswoman Sharon Hershey said that at 10 a.m. April 11 all the county's children's librarians will present an hour of stories, games and music. On April 12 the library will sell books, antiques, furniture and dishes to raise funds for the facilities. Items will include two farm bells, two church pews and a desk. -- Donna Acquaviva