News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Oct. 24-30.
5 Hurt in Bus-Vehicle Collision
A school bus and two vehicles collided in Loudoun County, injuring five people, Virginia State Police said. Police said a car went out of control on Route 15 near Route 612 and struck the bus, which was carrying 36 students and five adults who had been at an athletic event. Then, police said, another vehicle collided with the first vehicle, which had lost its lights. Two students and three people from the vehicles were taken for medical treatment, said trooper Danny Sawyer said. He said none of the injuries was thought to be life-threatening.
Fast Job Growth in Suburbs
Many of the region's outer suburbs are adding jobs faster than most other large counties in the nation, according to Labor Department data, signaling that businesses are expanding at a roaring pace in areas that historically have been bedroom communities. Prince William County added jobs at the fastest rate of any big county in the United States in the year ended in March, with an 8 percent rise. Loudoun County recorded a 5.5 percent gain in that span, ranking sixth in the nation.
10th District's Harsh Campaign
The campaign in Virginia's 10th Congressional District has become one of dueling personal attacks, with harsh charges and countercharges broadcast, phoned and mailed across the region.
School Board Won't Appeal
The Loudoun County School Board has voted not to appeal a federal court decision that ruled the system discriminated against several families when officials removed bricks engraved with crosses from a walkway at Potomac Falls High School in Sterling. The families bought the bricks as part of a fundraiser for the school's parents group. They were offered the opportunity to inscribe the bricks with their child's name and, for an extra $5, a symbol.
After a parent complained, school officials removed bricks with crosses, and several families sued in response. Judge James C. Cacheris ruled Oct. 1 that the school system engaged in "viewpoint discrimination" by allowing families to buy bricks with secular symbols but removing those with religious ones. A school official said the bricks had been replaced.