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Arlington History, 3/10/22

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News that was making news in years gone by.

March 9, 1951:

  • The Civic Federation is pressing county officials to fast-track placement of an $8 million school bond on the ballot.
  • Most potential candidates for the 14 offices on the local ballot in November seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude to announcing election plans.
  • Bids will be opened this week for a major expansion to Washington-Lee High School and later in the month for an expansion to Hoffman-Boston High School.
  • A total of 58 county men are slated for induction into the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Arlington police and firefighters are pressing for a 15-percent raise and a five-day work week.
  • Oakridge Elementary School is set to open Monday, with a capacity of 650 students.
  • Crandal Mackey, 84, who as commownealth’s attorney at the turn of the century led a posse to clean up Rosslyn, has been injured in a car accident.

March 11, 1964:

  • Officials say two weeks of good weather is all they need to complete the entire Virginia route of the Capital Beltway, which is expected to open in April.

March 9, 1968:

  • Members of the General Assembly have passed a two-year, $3.127 billion state budget.
  • William Battle, Fred Pollard and Henry Howell are shaping up to be the contenders for the Democratic nomination for governor next year.
  • Virginia officials want to impose a $1 “enplanement fee” on passengers departing from airports in the commonwealth, but need congressional approval first.
  • Northern Virginia Community College president Robert McKee will resign to join Bell & Howell.
  • Religious leaders from Northern Virginia are considering establishment of an ecumenical center at George Mason College.

March 11, 1989:

  • U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) spent $803,080 on his recent re-election bid, while Democratic challenger Robert Weinberg spent $242,787.
  • County Board Chairman Al Eisenberg predicts a “substantial” cut in the real estate tax rate.
  • The Arlington treasurer’s office aims to collect $2.4 million in delinquent taxes during a 13-week enforcement effort.
  • Washington-Lee’s baseball team hopes to improve on last spring’s 8-11 record.

March 12, 1996:

  • It could be a Warner-vs.-Warner U.S. Senate race, as telecommunications entrepreneur Mark Warner has announced plans to challenge U.S. Sen. John Warner.
  • Six local students are among 10 region-wide to be finalists in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Soloists Competition.
  • Swimmer Tom Dolan is dominating the competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
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