News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Oct.2-8.
Cabbies Strike at Dulles
For the fifth time in three months, drivers of Washington Flyer cabs at Dulles International Airport went on strike, demanding a fare increase and an additional fuel surcharge in the face of rising gasoline prices. Drivers for Dulles Taxi Systems Inc., which operates the Flyer cabs, also said that recent fleet additions have increased competition for passengers. Dulles Taxi said it has filed a formal application to address drivers' demands.
Planes Disappear Off Radar
The Federal Aviation Administration called the temporary disappearance of two planes from a radar scope a common occurrence that controllers are experienced in handling. Two Delta Air Lines planes disappeared from radar view for 21/2 minutes, according to a report filed by an air traffic controller in Leesburg.
Mystery of Missing Man
Officials are still trying to determine what happened to a 34-year-old man presumed killed five months ago in an unexplained fire at his Loudoun County farm. The remains found in the rubble proved not to be those of C.W. Monroe but of his dogs. Police are treating it as a missing-person case, but friends and family discount the idea that he might have purposely vanished. Some suspect foul play.
Purcellville Water Restrictions
Purcellville imposed mandatory water-use restrictions as a result of a line break that caused the town's water supply to plummet and a drought-induced drop in one of its wells. Residents are forbidden to water lawns or wash cars, and restaurants are prohibited from serving drinking water unless customers request it. Homeowners must limit consumption to 300 gallons a day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared several Virginia counties, including Loudoun, agricultural disaster areas after an extremely dry September.