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Dear Governor: I Need to Report Some PWCS Teachers
Virginia Governor Youngkin has established a tip line to report teachers. Please report your PWCS teachers now!
Governor Youngkin Announces School Choice Proclamation
Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced this week as School Choice week, and issued a proclamation highlighting the importance of school choice for Virginia’s students and parents.
Poll: POLL: Should Virginia's K-12 Schools Allow Students to Unmask?
Should Prince William County Schools allow children to unmask with parent permission? 
PWCS will Reduce Quarantine Requirements for K-12 Students, Staff
Effective Monday, January 24, PWCS will reduce quarantine requirements for K-12 students and staff.  
Prince William Schools Joins Legal Challenge Against Governor's Executive Order 2
Today Prince William County Schools signed on with six other school divisions in the Commonwealth of Virginia in seeking to legally challenge the Gov. Glenn Youngkin's Executive Order 2 that prevents school boards from enacting a mask mandate. 
UPDATE: Prince William School Board Chairman Wants 'Exit Ramp' for Ending Mask Mandate
Prince William County School Board Chairman, Dr. Babur Lateef, hopes Virginia agencies will explore scientifically sound "off-ramps" for ending school mask mandates.
UPDATED: PWCS Reaffirms Existing Mask Mandate Despite Governor's Executive Action
Superintendent said Prince William County Schools will continue to implement its mask mandate despite Governor Youngkin's Executive Order to allow parents to decide upon whether their children wear masks to school.
PWCS Increases Pay for Substitutes, Tutors, Plus Teachers & Staff Covering Classes
PWCS will increase the hourly daily-substitute rate, the PALS tutor rate, and the afterschool temporary tutor rate, effective Jan. 18.
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Prince William POLICE CRIME REPORT

Man Wanted for Malicious Wounding at Local Health Club

The victim was physical assaulted during an altercation in the locker room.
Prince William POLICE REPORT

Police Arrest Juvenile for Threat Against PWCS Middle School

Officers responded to investigate a potential threat of violence made towards Benton Middle School on Hoadly Road in Manassas, Friday.
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Prince William's Supervisor Victor Angry to Lead PRTC Board in 2022

Prince William County Supervisor Victor S. Angry has been elected Chairman of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) Board for 2022. 

Man Sentenced to Life for Attempted Capital Murder of Prince William Officers

Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amy Ashworth announces today the successful prosecution of Brett Monteith, 33, related to the attempted capital murder.
PRINCE WILLIAM PLANNING DEPT. INFO ON DATA CENTER OVERLAY

County Changes Community Meeting on Data Center Overlay Expansion to All Virtual

UPDATE: Due to projected inclement weather on Thursday, the community meeting on the Data Center Opportunity Zone Overlay District Comprehensive Review has become a Virtual Only event.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR on Data Center in the Rural Crescent

OPINION: Prince William at a Crossroads

Rural residents will be stuck with "the ugly, ravaged landscape" and "damaged environment" if the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approves the Digital Gateway.
County Planning Department Scheduled 2 Citizen Input Meetings in January

UPDATE: Planning Staff's Data Center Overlay Meeting Changed to All Virtual

The Planning Meeting about expanding the Data Center Overlay District will be all virtual tonight.
Virginia State News
GOVERNOR YOUNGKIN EXECUTIVE ORDER 11 (COVID-19)

Youngkin Announces COVID Action Plan

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced his COVID Action Plan to provide hospitals, health systems, nursing facilities, and other healthcare providers the tools necessary to combat COVID-19.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2: REAFFIRMING THE RIGHTS OF PARENTS IN THE UPBRINGING, EDUCATION, AND CARE OF THEIR CHILDREN

Youngkin Rescinds School Mask Mandates up to Grade 12, via Executive Order

Virginia parents may elect to send their children to their public schools without wearing a mask, according to Governor Youngkin's Executive Order number 2.
New Virginia Governor, Glenn Youngkin (Republican) signs executive actions

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin Signs 11 Executive Actions on Day One

The actions include an executive order affirming the rights of parents to make decisions on masks in schools,
Virginia Governor's State of the Commonwealth 2020

Governor Northam Delivers Last State of the Commonwealth Address

If you asked me who we are in Virginia, I would tell you we are people who care about each other. We try to treat each other right. We want our neighbors to succeed, just as much as we want that for ourselves. And our policy choices are rooted in who we are—people who want the best for others.

January Things to Do in Prince William County, Virginia

Ring in the New Year in Prince William, Virginia. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of indoor/outdoor activities, great food, and craft beverages and so much more this year. Check out the events you can find throughout the region to get out and enjoy!

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January Things to Do in Prince William County, Virginia
Ring in the New Year in Prince William, Virginia. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of indoor/outdoor activities, great food, and craft beverages and so much more this year. Check out the events you can find throughout the region to get out and enjoy!
Ring In The New Year With An ‘Anti’ Resolution List
(NAPSI)—As the world celebrates the new year, many will make an annual list of resolutions and goals, which often include improving overall health and fitness.  As we continue to weather …
Your Winter Weight Loss Guide
(NewsUSA) - In winter, it seems like life slows down in a variety of ways. Maybe that's because we need a break after the busy holiday season or because we have a natural urge to …
5 ways to keep your kids healthier all winter long
(BPT) - During the winter months, it can seem more challenging to focus on wellness — especially when it comes to your kids. Getting outside to stay active is more difficult in the cold weather …
Hearty, Wholesome Winter Meals
(Family Features) During the winter months when brisk temperatures chill you to the bone, warming up with hearty dishes at the family table can bring everyone together.
7 car care tips to make sure your vehicle doesn’t leave you out in the cold
(BPT) - Winter weather is just around the corner or may already have arrived. As most drivers know, it’s not always a wonderland. Snow, slush and ice can create extremely difficult driving …
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Food

Four easy ways to limit carbs in 2022 for a healthier you

(BPT) - Heading into the new year, you may be thinking about ways to work on your health and wellness. A new year is an ideal opportunity to consider positive lifestyle changes, and what you choose …

Health

Fitness Guru Isaac Boots Shares How to Choreograph a Better, Healthier 2022 While Leaving Migraine in the Rearview

(BPT) - Isaac remembers it vividly. The way it felt to be dancing on the edge of total darkness and the wave of fear that flooded in. “I was auditioning for a Broadway show and couldn’t …

Money Matters

Support Small Business: 6 ways to help businesses in your community thrive

(Family Features) Over the past year, pandemic-related operational challenges, combined with a surge in physical and verbal attacks, have been uniquely difficult for Asian American and Pacific Islander business owners. Consider these ways you can support small businesses, including AAPI owners and the community at-large.

Pets

6 Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Warm This Winter

(Family Features) Just as people prepare their homes, cars and families for extreme temperatures and weather events of winter, it's important to remember pets' needs this time of year. As cold weather sets in, consider these tips to prepare and ensure your pets are warm and happy throughout winter.

Home improvement

5 trends to inspire your outdoor living space design in 2022

(BPT) - Since 2020, you've likely spent more time at home than ever before. As a result, you're more conscious of how you use your space and how design can impact your comfort and ease. To give you a …

Travel

Survey: 4 ways driving could change in 2022

(BPT) - Our driving habits and relationships with our cars have made many unexpected turns throughout the pandemic — from driving every day, to the closure of many public places, leading …

Green Living

Clean Heat: Stay warmer with clean energy

(Family Features) For homeowners who live off the natural gas line, propane is an earth-friendly option that can reliably and efficiently deliver warmer air all season long.

Education

Let's Set An Amazing Education Record This School Choice Week

(NewsUSA) - Did you ever thumb through the Guinness Book of World Records as a kid, awed by the amazing feats? This year, families can help set records in ways that may not make headlines, but will …

6 Reasons Infographics Can Help Your Content Strategy

(NewsUSA) - It wasn't that long ago that Infographics were the "It" tool for public relations and marketing - until they weren't. To understand why infographics should still be a viable …
Bristow Beat's Holiday Shopping Guide 2021

Our Local Holiday Shopping Guide

This year, it is more important than ever to support the kinds of shops we love, the ones that make the Gainesville-Bristow area something special.
Local Holiday Shopping Guide 2021

SimaVisions

Whether you are shopping for friends, family or clients, sometimes the holidays make you feel you could use a little professional help.
Local Holiday Shopping Guide

The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm

There is now a winery that affords us all an opportunity to enjoy the scenic views of Lake Manassas. The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm in Gainesville is local owned and operated.

The Benefits of Dogs in the Workplace

(Family Features) As many pet parents return to the office in the new year, they are looking for ways to continue spending time with their furry friends during the workday. Consider these benefits of bringing pets to work, including boosting happiness and relieving stress.
Ric Segovia, Senior Vice President and Branch Manager for George Mason Mortgage for the last 27 years has over 34 years of mortgage banking experience.

George Mason Mortgage is a Trusted Name in Virginia Real Estate

George Mason Mortgage has been a trusted name in real estate for 40 years. Ric Segovia, Senior VP and Branch Manager for for the last 27 years brings 34 years of mortgage banking experience to the profession.
Founder Jeff Salter visits the Gainesville location

Caring Senior Service 'Grab the Bars' E-Bike Ride Spreads Awareness on Senior Safety

The “Grab the Bars” initiative aims to educate people on how bars installed in senior’s homes can save lives. Falls are the leading cause of serious injury among seniors.
OmniRide stakeholders explain significance of new Western Maintenance & Storage Facility

OmniRide Holds Ribbon Cutting for Western Bus Maintenance, Storage Facility

Now that the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission, or PRTC, has its OmniRide Western Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility on Doan Drive, in the western end of the county, buses will not …

A Sweet, Simple Way to Make Your Holiday Healthier

(Family Features) Whether you're looking to reduce the fat or added sugar content of a recipe or add more plants to your table, raisins are a healthy, natural option for topping or adding to your favorite dishes.
A Bristow Beat Column

What Do You NEED to Get Happy?

In this installment, writer Derek Kannemeyer answers questions on what we NEED in order to be happy.

3 helpful hints to enrich students’ virtual learning

(BPT) - While the majority of American students have returned to in-person learning, the shift to a more virtual way of life in schooling has changed for the foreseeable future with the increasing …
Organization warns parents about children viewing online pornography

The Third Talk™ Thanks Billie Eilish for Her Bravery in Addressing Pornography Related Trauma

Subject matter experts The Third Talk Inc. today announced the release of their Wake Up Parents! video, a first-of-its-kind depiction of the trauma that online pornography can cause young people.