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 Kevin Gullette, Fredericksburg's director of economic development and tourism (foreground), listens to speakers--including city resident Anne Gray Fuller at the microphone--during last week's public hearing on the Kalahari water-park resort project.
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Date published: 1/20/2008

Public speaks out on Kalahari incentives

Over a period of more than three hours Tuesday night, more than 50 people told the Fredericksburg City Council what they thought about plans to offer incentives to Kalahari Resorts for its plan to build a $200 million water park hotel in Celebrate Virginia.

The speakers came out nearly 3-to-1 in favor of the project, but some questioned whether there's enough water for a giant water park and how much traffic the project will bring.

City officials have said they have the capacity to meet Kalahari's water needs, and that the traffic impact won't hit at rush hour.

Dahlgren identity theft is possible

A 13-year-old report listing names, Social Security numbers and birth dates for Navy employees is raising concern over identity theft at Dahlgren.

Officials at the Dahlgren Naval Support Facility's largest command, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, are warning past and present employees that their identities--and credit ratings-- could be at risk.

According to a news release, two pages of a Naval Surface Warfare Center Employment Verification Re port dated July, 7, 1994, were found when four people were arrested in Bensalem Township, Pa., recently for attempted identity fraud. A Navy employee was notified by the Bensalem police that someone had stolen his identity and was trying to use his credit card to buy a big-screen television.

Hospital may see record patient counts

Mary Washington Hospital is bracing for what could be a busy winter after a record number of patients came through its doors recently.

The official 7 a.m. count of patients reached an all-time high of 395 on Jan. 11. The count climbed to 405 later that morning and then began to drop.

To deal with the patient crush, officials moved second beds into some rooms, creating semiprivate rooms from what had been private rooms.

The Fredericksburg hospital is licensed by the state for 412 beds, though its practical capacity is much less than that.


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