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PW YOUTH HOMES COULD BE AXED
The potential closing of the Prince William County boys and girls group homes on Feb. 27 might become a formality thanks to what Social Services Director Jack Ledden has described as the perfect storm of a change in philosophy, a lack of state funding and a diminishing staff. Earlier this month, the Social Services Board voted 5 to 3 in favor of closing the doors. The move, which would save the county at least $438,888 just in the remaining fiscal year, won't become official, though, until the Board of County Supervisors votes on it next month. (Inside NoVA)
STEALING FROM THE KIDS?
The Frederick County Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation into possible embezzlement of funds from the Frederick Youth Sports Association, the office confirmed Friday. The office's criminal investigations unit opened the investigation earlier this month, Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said. She could not release further details because the investigation is ongoing. (Frederick News-Post)
Giant Food has voluntarily recalled two Simply Enjoy dessert sauces because the product could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Giant says the products are Simply Enjoy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce and Simply Enjoy Coffee Caramel Dessert Sauce. The grocer says the sauces' manufacturer, Stonewall Kitchen, said parts of the manufacturing process did not meet food safety standards.
IN LOUDOUN, HOME VALUES DOWN
The value of all taxable property in Loudoun County has dropped by 9.3 percent, according to the county assessor's office, which began mailing its annual assessment notices to property owners on Friday. When new construction is excluded, the drop in value is 11.9 percent from January 2008 to January 2009. (Loudoun Extra)