Cox to Raise Fee

For Broadband Internet

Fairfax County subscribers of Cox Communications' high-speed Internet service face a $5 monthly increase beginning May 15, company officials said.

The cable TV and broadband service provider said increased operating costs prompted the monthly increase.

"Cox high-speed Internet will still be extremely competitive with what other local broadband providers are currently offering across the Washington region, particularly in terms of price, speed and features," said Gary McCollum, Cox vice president and general manager.

The company will begin a digital video recorder service April 1 that will allow subscribers to store up to 50 hours of TV programming on the system's hard disk. The new service will cost $9.99 a month, plus $9.99 monthly to rent the cable box. Current Cox digital cable subscribers who select the new service will pay about $7 more a month to lease the digital recorder than they pay to lease the regular digital cable box, Cox officials said.

Radford Student, 21,

Wins Lottery for Life

Anthony Hart, a 21-year-old junior at Radford University, chose to visit his parents in Chantilly instead of going to the beach with friends for spring break this year. The fateful choice is not one Hart is likely to regret because he is the Virginia Lottery's newest Win for Life game winner. He will be paid $1,000 a week -- for life.

While home, Hart stopped by a Sheetz convenience store in Chantilly to buy a magazine and lottery ticket. He initially won $7 on another lottery game he played while paying for the magazine. He used his winnings from that ticket to buy the Win for Life card that made him a lifetime winner, beating 1 in 1,285,2000 odds.

"I thought he was playing a joke on me," Hart said of the store clerk's news that Hart's second scratch ticket was a top prize winner.

Hart called his parents, Steven and Robin Hart, waking them with the news at 1 a.m. on the way back from the store. They, too, were incredulous at first.

"Okay. Just drive safely," Robin Hart urged her son.

Virginia Lottery officials said this was the third of four top prize winning tickets in the game. One winning ticket was still out as of Tuesday.

Meantime, Anthony Hart said, he plans to finish his psychology degree at Radford next year and possibly enter graduate school at George Mason University. He said he wants to return home to Chantilly for retirement -- at 40.

Firm Seeks Opinions

On County Schools

A Texas consulting company conducting a review of the county school system is asking residents to attend a forum Saturday to give their opinions about Fairfax schools.

The forum -- called "What Do You Think About Your Public Schools?" -- will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. E-mail comments are also encouraged to info@gibsonconsult.com.

The consultant, Gibson Consulting Group, said it would use residents' comments as part of its review of the efficiency and effectiveness of Fairfax schools.

5-Year Plan Would

Raise Sewer Fees

The average Fairfax homeowner's sewer bill would rise $6 a year beginning July 1 and increase $28 a year by 2007 under a proposal before the county Board of Supervisors.

The proposed five-year schedule of rate increases is needed to keep up with the costs of operations, inflation and building ammonia removal facilities at water treatment plants, said County Executive Anthony H. Griffin.

The sewer service charge, which would rise from $2.95 per 1,000 gallons to $3.03 in July, is based on the volume of water used by a sewer customer. The rate is proposed to rise to $3.40 per 1,000 gallons by 2007.

A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. April 7 at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Pkwy.

Reston HOA Urges

Residents to Vote

Voting will close March 28 in the balloting for two at-large seats on the Reston Association board of directors.

There are two candidates, Jennifer L. Blackwell and incumbent Robert T. Poppe.

Homeowner association officials are urging residents to return the ballots by mail or vote on the Internet by March 28 because a 10 percent return is needed for the election to be valid. The results will be announced April 8.

The group is the largest HOA in the county.

-- Compiled by staff writers

C. Woodrow Irvin, Diane Mattingly

and Stephen C. Fehr

A stop at a Chantilly store netted Anthony Hart $1,000 a week for life.