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Date published: 3/23/2008

Kalahari looking to buy Expo Center

Kalahari Resorts revealed plans to eventually buy the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center and operate it as part of the water-park hotel and conference center it wants to build in Celebrate Virginia.

Kalahari has asked that the 18.8-acre Expo Center property be included in the tax increment financing, or TIF, district the city proposes to create to distribute incentives to the resort operator.

City Economic Development Director Kevin Gullette said this new development does not change the basic nature of the Kalahari incentives package.

But it has raised questions among some council members, particularly because as recently as January, council members were publicly debating whether the city should grant the Expo Center $225,000 a year for three years to help it enhance its operations.

Councilman Marvin Dixon said he never supported the Expo subsidy, and "Once you tie Expo to Kalahari it complicates the policy discussion."

Census growth report shows mixed results

New census numbers show Spotsylvania and Stafford counties getting a handle on their exploding populations, but outlying areas such as King George, Culpeper and Caroline continue to be among the state's growth leaders.

When Spotsylvania and Stafford were perennially among the nation's fastest-growing counties earlier this decade, officials set goals of reducing their growth rates to 2 percent.

The new population estimates show that both counties have met that goal. From 2006 to 2007, Stafford saw a 2 percent population increase; Spotsylvania had a 1.2 percent increase. Stafford's growth was roughly the same from 2005 to 2006; Spotsylvania's was 2.8 percent.

In the latest numbers, King George ranks second in Virginia, behind Loudoun County, with a 4.6 percent increase from 2006 to 2007. Culpeper Is fourth, at 3.5 percent. Caroline, Orange and Louisa rank seventh through ninth.

Robbery of paraplegic results in one arrest

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