Bonnie Hobbs | Staff

Bonnie Hobbs

With more than 25 years experience in journalism, I’ve written and edited newspapers in California, North Carolina and Virginia. In California, I worked for a weekly paper in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I’m from originally.

In North Carolina, I worked two years (1990-92) at the Sun Journal, a daily paper in New Bern. There, I covered county government, commercial fishing – which is a big industry there – and the Gulf War.

New Bern is near the Marine Corps Air Station in Havelock, so I did lots of stories on the effects the war had on the wives and children left behind while the husbands and dads were fighting in Iraq. As one elementary-school teacher told me, “If one child’s father or mother is killed, the security for the rest of the students is shattered.”

In addition, my photographer and I were lowered by helicopter onto the USS Iwo Jima as it returned to port in Morehead City after deployment. I got to interview the sailors and Marines aboard ship and experience, firsthand, their welcome back by local residents who greeted them in the water in hundreds of small boats to escort them home.

I also interviewed parents of Marines killed in the war, as well as a Marine pilot whose aircraft had been shot down overseas. He spoke about what went through his mind while parachuting into the desert and what happened to him while he was a POW. Luckily, it was toward the end of the war and he was eventually freed to return home.

I also worked three years for the Prince William Journal, covering the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, as well as a slew of criminal cases. And I’ve been with Centre View for almost 19 years, covering Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Fair Oaks and Fair Lakes. For the past few years, I’ve also covered Fairfax and some of Lorton and Fairfax Station for the Connection.

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‘I Cannot Imagine Any Better Career’

Career and Volunteer Fire Department awards are presented.

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Sully Police Discuss State of the Station

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‘A Thoroughly Entertaining Production’ at Liberty Middle School

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Sentencing on drug charge set for June.

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‘An All-Around, Great Guy’

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‘Exemplary Service’ — PFC Culbertson is Sully’s Officer of the Year.

PFC Earl Culbertson is such an outstanding police officer that, not only was he named the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Month for October, he was also honored as its Officer of the Year.

City Manager Unveils Proposed FY18 Budget

Recommends real-estate tax rate stay the same

There’s good news for homeowners in the City of Fairfax: City Manager Bob Sisson’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 is calling for no increase in the real-estate tax rate.

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Up Where the Air is Rare

City’s fire-protection rating is among the nation’s highest.

When John O’Neal came to the City of Fairfax a year ago to become its new fire chief, one of his objectives was to improve the City’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) fire-protection rating.

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Animal Shelter Named after Michael Frey

Lifelong advocate for humane treatment.

If a dog is man’s best friend, then certainly Michael Frey is one of the best friends of dogs, cats and other animals.

Adewusi Named Officer of the Month

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