News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties

that appeared in the daily Post Aug. 8-14.


Unearthing a Colony's Past

Every Saturday during the summer, anyone who wants to can comb through the remains of Elk Run Anglican Church near Catlett in Fauquier County and participate in an archaeological study usually reserved for experts.


Office Vacancies Subsiding

Loudoun has one of the highest office vacancy rates in the Washington area, but it's coming down as more businesses move into the county. Last year, 21.1 percent of the office space in the country was vacant, highest in the region. This year, it's 15.6 percent.


Community Service for Protester

A Sterling man convicted of trespassing and tampering with school buses has accepted a judge's offer to do community service and keep his record clean. Three times last year, Edward R. Myers went into the parking lot of River Bend Middle School and stuck decals featuring the image of a burning American flag on school buses, which are kept there overnight. Myers, a Mennonite, said his was an act of protest against the excessive display of the American flag in schools, which he said elevates patriotism to the level of a religion. A jury convicted him and fined him $6 for his actions. By accepting Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne's offer, Myers gives up his right to appeal the case. However, he has said he will continue to fight patriotic symbols in schools, partly through a federal case he has filed against having children recite the Pledge of Allegiance.


Killing May Be Tied to Gang

A 22-year-old Manassas Park man was fatally shot at a party Wednesday night in a slaying that appears to be linked to Northern Virginia's most dominant street gang, MS-13, police said. Jose Escobar, who worked for a Loudoun County construction company, was shot in the chest in the hallway of a townhouse just outside Manassas, police said.