News of particular interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Oct. 23-29.

Sunday23

Craddock Gets Nine Tickets

Republican Chris S. Craddock, who is running for the House of Delegates in a district that includes parts of eastern Loudoun County, has received nine traffic tickets, three for driving at least 15 miles over the speed limit, in the past five years. Craddock, a 27-year-old youth minister, called the tickets "mistakes." His Democratic opponent in the 67th District, C. Chuck Caputo, said the tickets call into question Craddock's fitness to serve in Richmond.

Monday24

Young Adults Leaving Exurbs

The number of people in their twenties who live in the District's exurbs is dwindling as steep housing and gas prices have forced many to rent closer in or move out of the area altogether. Fauquier County in particular is feeling the effect: Its percentage of twenty-somethings was among the lowest in the Washington region in the 2000 Census.

Wednesday26

Snow Falls on Some

While a slow-moving storm dropped rain on most of the metro area, westernmost parts of Loudoun County saw light snowfall.

Thursday27

Mary Cheney Hired by AOL

America Online Inc. has hired Mary Cheney, a daughter of Vice President Cheney, to increase viewership of the company's Web sites, a spokesman for the Dulles-based firm said.

Thursday27

Standing Tall at Loudoun Valley

Not many 6-foot-5 teenage girls would walk into their high school's homecoming dance wearing four-inch heels. But Loudoun Valley senior middle hitter Blair Brown is accustomed to standing out in a crowd. "No question, she's the best player in the state," says an opposing coach.

Friday28

Developer Offers Toll Road Bid

A developer and part owner of the Dulles Greenway said he plans to offer Virginia $5.7 billion to let his firm take over the Dulles Toll Road for 50 years and build four express lanes, one of several proposals to be considered by the state. Franklin L. Haney's private group, Dulles Express, would operate and build the road in exchange for tolls. Virginia has signed several similar deals in recent years, but this would take the state a step further because it would be selling rights to an existing asset.

Friday28

More Choose Absentee Ballots

More Virginians are requesting absentee ballots for this year's general election than did four years ago. In Loudoun County, nearly 1,500 absentee ballots have been issued, including a significant number to college students, said General Registar Judy Brown. In the 2001 election, 1,146 absentee votes were cast.