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Fairfax County History, 3/18/21

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News that was making news in years gone by.

March 16, 1951:

  • County Manager A.T. Lundberg has recommended a real estate tax rate of $2.65 per $100 to fund a $6.8 million county budget and $4.6 million schools budget.
  • The Arlington County Democratic Club wants a 15-percent raise for firefighters and policemen, while the Arlington Chamber of Commerce wants raises for those employees as well as teachers.
  • Harry K. Green, who was elected to eight terms as commissioner of revenue, has died at age 71.
  • A low bid of $1.6 million was submitted for the 600-student addition to Washington-Lee High School, which will bring its capacity to 2,600.
  • In junior-high basketball, the Swanson boys and Madison girls won their respective titles.

March 17, 1961:

  • The School Board has approved a plan to allow black students to attend all-white schools without a court order.
  • Easter dresses for girls are on sale for $8.99 to $12.99 at Kann’s.
  • Snow flurries are possible over the weekend.

March 16, 1968:

  • The Arlington GOP is trying to draft former County Board member Harold Casto to run again, but he appears unwilling.
  • United Airlines reports that its traffic was up 13 percent at National and 9 percent at Dulles in February compared to a year before.
  • Catholic and Protestant youth came together in an ecumenical work day over the weekend.
  • Coca-Cola is reporting a shortage of glass bottles for Coke, Tab, Sprite and Fresca, and is asking the public to turn in empties as soon as possible.

March 17, 1978:

  • The School Board has approved a $47.7 million budget for fiscal 1979.
  • County Manager Vernon Ford wants the County Board to enact a ban on smoking in public places.
  • Metro plans to raise bus and rail fares for suburban riders, but not for intra-D.C. trips.
  • Sens. Harry Byrd Jr. and William Scott voted against the Panama Canal Treaty.
  • Publisher Herman Obermayer decries a proposed tax on those commuting into D.C. as “impractical and unjust.”
  • Don’t think spring just yet: A cold snap is on the way.

March 20, 1991:

  • Two Arlington educators are headed to Eastern Europe to teach English for three weeks.
  • A jump in housing starts could be pointing the way to an economic recovery.
  • Bishop O’Connell seems to have the strongest returning baseball squad among Arlington schools.
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