Johnson to Open Inn * Sheila Johnson, media mogul turned horse show impresario turned linen designer, is taking yet another turn: innkeeper. The 53-year-old co-founder of Black Entertainment Television plans to build a 40-room rural resort just outside Middleburg.

Salamander Inn, named after Johnson's nearby 168-acre estate in Fauquier County, will be awash in amenities: a stable for guests' horses and a field in which to ride them, an eight-room spa and an upscale restaurant catering to the area's inveterate horse enthusiasts and visitors.

The resort, Johnson and townspeople agree, is her way of sealing her relationship with Middleburg, where she moved 2 1/2 years ago after her divorce from the other BET founder, Robert L. Johnson. Most residents are relieved that the 341 acres previously owned by the late Pamela C. Harriman will not be subdivided.


Guilty Plea in Killing * A Fauquier County man pleaded guilty to first degree murder, robbery and abduction in the June 2001 slaying of his 19-year-old girlfriend.

Maurice Bailey, 21, who entered his plea in Fauquier County Circuit Court, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison in the death of Jessica Ann Pruitt. She had been missing for two weeks before her body was found in a wooded area in the northern part of the county. Medical examiners determined that she had died from upper-body trauma. Bailey's sentencing is scheduled for April 14.