Prince William's $140M Sports Complex Facing an Uncertain Future

Image rendering of proposed sports center
The proposal for an over $100 million indoor athletics facility in Prince William County faces a dicey future as a majority of elected officials appear unable to coalesce around it.
PWCS to Reduce Bus Stops, Consolidate Routes to Improve Arrival Times
School bus routes will look very different for Prince William County School buses for the 2024-25 school year.
Community Organizes Fundraiser to Pay Funeral Expenses for 10-year-old Nokesville Girl
The community organizes a GoFundMe and athletic booster fundraiser to support the family of a Nokesville elementary school student who passed away last week.
The Learning Experience Opens Early Childhood Academy in Bristow
When The Learning Experience: Academy of Early Education offered Megan Barefoot the position of site director at their new Bristow center, she jumped at the opportunity. Barefoot is an early …
Community

Tin Cannon Brewing Hosts Pints & Panels Comic Book Swap & Shop Event

The DMV Comic Collectors, a group of over 750 members, will hold a swap and shop event  June 23 from 1- 5 p.m. at Tin Cannon Brewing Company in Gainesville.

Silver Eagle Stable Announces 4th Annual Show Series

Riders demonstrate their posture while riding in the Silver Eagle Show Series.

Silver Eagle Stable Annual Show Series will return this April with shows running one Saturday a month through November.

EDUCATION & LEARNING
VASSP Names OP's Lisamarie Kane Outstanding High School Principal Of Virginia 2024
The Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) named Osbourn Park High School Principal Lisamarie Kane the 2024 Outstanding High School Principal of Virginia.
PWCS Announces Finalists For The 2024 Outstanding Educators Awards
To cultivate an empowering, supporting, and engaging environment with a strong sense of belonging, Prince William County Public Schools will recognize excellence in the workplace at the annual …
NAMMF Lists PWCS Among Best Communities For Music Ed Once Again!
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) as one of the Best Communities for Music Education for the fifth consecutive year!
Prince William County School Board Ratifies First Collective Bargaining Agreement
 The Prince William County School Board ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement with its employees’ exclusive bargaining agent, the Prince William Education Association (PWEA),
PWEA Ratifies 1st Collective Bargaining Agreement in Virginia
Prince William Education Association [PWEA], the largest public-sector education local representing over 11,000 educators in Prince William County Schools [PWCS], has announced the ratified the first …
Prince William School Board Gives High Praise for Student Vision Profile Reports
The key to succeeding at anything in life begins with knowing what you want to do but selecting a career path is a daunting task for students and families. …

10 game-changing strategies for finding the right summer camp

(BPT) - With the days growing longer and warmer, securing a suitable camp for your child can feel like an impossible task. However, finding the perfect camp experience for your kid this summer …

COMMUNITY EVENTS & FEATURES

ARTfactory Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

ARTfactory building in the City of Manassas.

ARTfactory, a creative arts center dedicated to providing quality programming in the visual and performing arts to Manassas, Prince William County, and surrounding areas.

Be a Lifeguard this Summer at SplashDown Waterpark

Be a Lifeguard this Summer at SplashDown Waterpark. Free training is offered.

Parks & Rec Presents Proposed Prince William Sports Complex & Event Center

Illustration of the proposed Prince William County Sports & Event Center.

The Prince William County Sports and Event Center is a proposed large indoor multi-sport and special event facility, that if ultimately approved, will be developed in North Woodbridge.

Sinistral Brewing Celebrates Imagine 20th Anniversary with Launch of Imagine Better - The King's Stout

Invitation to Imagine 20th Anniversary kick-off at Sintral Brewing.

As part of this milestone celebration, Sinistral Brewing is unveiling a special brew: Imagine Better—The King's Stout, a Barrel-Aged Russian Stout aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels, dedicated to the memory of Patrick King, Founder of Imagine.

"Water, Water Everywhere" NPAA Art Exhibit

ARTfactory to Showcase 19 Nova Plein Air Artists in Upcoming Group Exhibit “Water, Water Everywhere” Exhibit dates: May 2 – June 15, 2024 (9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110) Artist Reception: May 4, 6 pm-8 pm (Free & open …

Crime Report

Police Arrest Driver in Yates Ford Road Collison that Killed 32-Year-Old Woman

Jason Carter Lambeth

May 3, Prince William crash investigators obtained arrest warrants for the driver determined to be at fault in a fatal collision that occurred at Yates Ford Road near Evans Ford Road in Manassas.

Police Arrest Manassas Teen Suspected of Shooting following Altercation

Prince William Police vehicle

Prince William Police arrested a 17-year-old male who is suspected of firing gunshots at or near a 19-year-old following an altercation.

Juvenile Brandishes BB Gun on PWCS Bus Heading to Forest Park HS

Prince William County officers responded to Forest Park High School to investigate a brandishing that reportedly occurred on a school bus.

Police Respond to Bomb Threat at T. Clay Wood Elementary School

Police evacuated T. Clay Wood Elementary School in Nokesville, Thursday morning, while officers and a K-9s investigated a bomb threat.

NEWS & CRIME REPORTS

Prince William Board of Supervisors Approves Prince William Public Schools 2025 Budget

Notably, employees will earn an average 6% pay increase.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin-R

Google announces $1B for Data Center Expansion in Loudoun, Prince William Counties

Google announced a $1 billion investment to expand its Virginia data centers, Friday, including two Loudoun County sites and a newly opened Prince William County campus.

Prince William County Expected to Hike Data Center Taxes while Cutting Homeowner's Rate

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors appears likely to raise taxes on data centers in hopes of making good on the promise that data center revenue will help to offset the county's residential tax burden.

Police Investigate Vehicle Struck by Bullet on Fitzwater Drive in Nokesville

A bullet struck a vehicle parked on residential property in Nokesville, Wednesday afternoon.

Vehicle Strikes 3-Year-Old and Father on Crescent Park Drive in Gainesville

Prince William County Officers responded to the 7800 block of Crescent Park Drive in Gainesville to investigate a crash involving pedestrians, April 16 at 7:44 p.m.

Bristow Townhouse Fire Displaces 5 Residents

Prince William County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched to the 8700 block of Chorley Way in Bristow for a reported townhouse fire, Sunday, April 14 at 9:36 p.m.
VIRGINIA STATE NEWS

Police Clash with Protesters at VCU Pro-Palestine Event

Police tear down a pro-Palestine encampment by Virginia Commonwealth University students on March 29.

Law enforcement officers arrested 13 individuals during a chaotic clash that involved use of chemical agents to break up a pro-Palestine encampment on the Monroe Park campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. 

VIRGINIA STATE NEWS
Virginia State Senator Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax).

Governor Vetoed Senator Boysko’s Safe Storage of Firearms Bill

RICHMOND, VA – Today, the Governor vetoed Senator Jennifer Boysko’s (D-Fairfax) Senate Bill 368, requiring any person who possesses a gun in a residence to store their firearm safely …

Gov. Youngkin Requests Review of Course Syllabi at Two Virginia Universities

RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Glenn Youngkin recently requested syllabi from two state universities, a move some faculty called “unprecedented."

The origins of 20 political words and terms

Stacker traced the origins of 20 words and terms used in political discourse using historical archives, research reports, and news articles.

SEASONAL

Who are today’s climate activists? Dispelling 3 big myths for Earth Month

Climate rallies, like this one in New York City in 2022, draw activists of all ages. AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe As Earth Month 2024 gets underway, climate activists around the world are planning …

Failed West Virginia microschool fuels state probe — and some soul-searching

The 74 reports on a microschool closure that led to a government investigation and closer scrutiny at other programs across the country.

Simple, Convenient Salads to Celebrate Spring

(Family Features) Letting in a little fresh air with an open window or a screen door is a sure sign of spring, allowing the natural sights and smells of the outdoors to accompany you at the dinner table.

Margaret Morse Nice thought like a song sparrow and changed how scientists understand animal behavior

The Conversation looks back at a pioneering ethologist, bird-bander, and ornithologist Margaret Morse Nice, and how her work influenced scientific approaches to animal behavior for Women's History Month.

Maximize family fun: 4 ways to elevate your camping

(BPT) - Spending time together as a family in the great outdoors provides ample opportunities to create treasured memories. Out in nature, you can unwind and discover the world’s natural …

How social media transformed the way companies sell us products

Social media is now the go-to place for companies to sell products. Xactly analyzed industry reports to understand this retail transformation.

Sanctuary, self-care and sustainability top outdoor living trends

(BPT) - Over the past several years, our backyards have become much more than spaces for weekend barbecues. They’re sanctuaries where we go to decompress from our increasingly hectic lives and …

5 can't-miss motorcycle road trips

For those looking for an unforgettable adventure, Cheap Insurance takes a look at five motorcycle road trips that provide a look at history, scenery, and freedom on the road.
Kids & Family

Make the most of summer with these on-the-go snacking tips

(BPT) - Summer is a great time of year — full of new activities, outings, road trips and all kinds of adventures. As your family gears up for a season full of fun, one of the top items on your …

How to help after international disasters: Award-winning student designs explain why 'Cash is Best'

(BPT) - It can be heartbreaking to watch news of international disasters, especially when you feel powerless to help. Your immediate impulse might be to send food, water, medicine or other material …

Toys For Tots Brings Hope to Children in Foster Care

Toys For Tots Brings Hope to Children in Foster Care

(NewsUSA) - May is National Foster Care Month, and Marine Toys for Tots, America’s premier children’s Christmastime charity, continues its year-round mission of providing support to at-risk …

Home-schooled kids face unique college challenges − here are 3 ways they can be overcome

The Conversation looks at the growing trend of home-schooling and offers ways to better prepare those students for college.

Can you afford an extra semester? How tuition insurance can help

(BPT) - Given the current economic climate, social issues, and rising college tuition, completing a higher education degree has become quite difficult.While some students are still overcoming the …

Create a Family-Friendly Grazing Board
(Family Features) A beautifully designed charcuterie board may feel more like a grown-up treat, but with the right ingredients, delicious grazing boards can provide fun and nutrition for the whole family.
Clean Your Air: Six Ways To Manage Allergens
(NAPSI)—As the warmer seasons unfold, a host of allergens and irritants become more prevalent, potentially disrupting your daily life and health—especially if you have asthma and allergies. …
Dish Up Protein-Packed Sweet Treats
(Family Features) In a world of packed schedules and boring food, it can feel like doing the healthy thing means giving up some of what makes you happy - like treats and flavors you love.
Family Matters: Tips for Planning a Summer Family Reunion
(BPT) - Did you know the average family spends less than an hour of quality time together per day? According to data from Pew Research Center, nine in ten people indicate that spending time with …
Fuel Family Fun with This Easy Recipe
(Family Features) Between work, after-school activities and homework, planning memorable family time is nearly impossible. Changing that mindset can start by making mealtime simpler with recipes like Pierogy Burrito Bowls.
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Consejos para mejorar la salud mental

La líder comunitaria Adaris Rivera ha encontrado esperanza gracias a la fortaleza que uno gana por vivir en una comunidad rural.
(NAPSI)—Cuando se trata de la salud mental, mucha gente a través de EE. UU. ha experimentado muchos desafíos, pero ayuda está a la mano.   El problema   Este problema es preocupante …

Cómo esta estrella del béisbol toma la iniciativa cuando se trata de neumonía neumocócica

(BPT) - El jugador profesional de béisbol JD Martínez presenta un mayor riesgo de neumonía neumocócica porque tiene asma y no quiere dejar que eso decida si va a seguir …