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Commonwealth Attorney Ruled it as self-defense

Police Investigate 'Justified Homicide'

Police are investigating a case in which a Woodbridge woman shot an armed masked man approaching her.

BREAKING: Gas Line Struck on Route 55, Haymarket, Roads Closed

BREAKING NEWS: There have been reports of an ouside gas leak in Haymarket on John Marshal Highway near the intersection of Route 15. 
National Parks Conservation Association Holds Joint Media Conference, Tuesday

Conservationist Groups Oppose Data Centers Near National Parks in Prince William County

The National Parks Conservation Association announces its opposition to building data centers near national park lands in Prince William County. The NPCA was joined by six other groups: Prince William Conservation Alliance, Piedmont Environmental Council, American Battlefield Trust, Manassas Battlefield Trust, Virginia Native Plant Society, and Coalition to Protect Historic Thoroughfare.
Upper Room Theatre Ministry Presents its 20th Annual Show

10 Things About HONK! an Upper Room Theatre Ministry Production

Performed at All Saints Catholic Church Performing Arts Center Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1:30 p.m. 1. It is a family-friend Broadway-performed musical. Honk! Is based upon the …
County takes 3rd in annual Digital Counties Survey by the Center for Digital Government, the National Association of Counties

Prince William County Recognized In the 19th Annual Digital Counties Survey

The survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services; encourage open data, collaboration, and shared services; enhance cybersecurity, and contribute to disaster response and recovery efforts.
Boards intended to create equitable marijuana industry in Virginia

Gov. Northam Announces Appointments to Three Cannabis Oversight Boards

"Newly-created boards will lead multi-year legalization process, establish an equitable marijuana industry in Virginia."
Local Education News
Virginia Departments of Health and Education Release Updated Guidance for PreK-12 Schools
PreK-12 schools will make locally-informed decisions on masking and prevention measures, as informed by CDC recommendations. VDH strongly recommends required masking in elementary schools.
Virginia Board of Education Meetings: July 21-22, 2021
Virginia Board of Education announces its upcoming meetings as shown below.  All meetings will be held in the James Monroe Building, 22nd floor Boardroom, located at 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond, VA, unless otherwise noted.  All meetings are open to the public and will be livestreamed on the VDOE YouTube Channel.
Governor Northam Announces Extension of Expanded Child Care Subsidy Program
Governor Northam announced he is extending Virginia's Child Care Subsidy Program and expanding it to include working families who meet eligibility standards of financial need.
PWCS Recognizes Class of 2021 Valedictorians, Salutatorians
PWCS honored 27 high school students this spring as valedictorians and salutatorians from the 2021 graduating class. From computer science to law, these bright young minds will fan out to seek degrees at major colleges and universities across the country.
School Board Recognizes Superintendent Dr. Steven Walts
As Superintendent of the 2nd largest school division in Virginia, and 35th largest in the nation, Walts oversaw a population of approximately 90,000 students, and 11,500 employees. He opened 24 new schools and the Kelly Leadership Center.
'Normalcy' is the Goal for PWCS Return to Learning
While 95% of students intent to return to 5-day in-person learning in the fall, Prince William County Schools will make virtual learning an option at all grade levels.
Lifestyle
10 Things About HONK! an Upper Room Theatre Ministry Production
Performed at All Saints Catholic Church Performing Arts Center Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1:30 p.m. 1. It is a family-friend Broadway-performed musical. Honk! Is based upon the …
Easy Summertime Snacks From Gina's Kitchen
I wanted to post the quick and easy ideas we shared last month.  Nothing too complicated, just fun and tasty snacks presented in new ways! The following recipes are the perfect easy summertime snacks!
JULY: Things to Do in Prince William County
Welcome back to a summer in Prince William, Virginia, the perfect destination to celebrate America and newly opened experiences. Jiffy Lube Live, the Washington DC region’s largest outdoor concert amphitheater reopens in July with major concerts listed herein.
Rollins Ford 'Multi-Use' 'Destination' Park to Feature Farm-Themed Playground
Rollins Ford Park will be a 70-acres park with fields, a large playground, dog park and trails.
Once Foster Child Becomes Gray Face Acres Rescue Foster Mom
Taylor Garduno Sharpe of Bristow is an avid volunteer, community leader, involved mother, wife and foster doggy-mommy to a senior pit-bull/great Dane mix. Her experience with great foster parents made her a great mom, and now foster-rescue mom.
Disney Foodie Bites
Walt Disney World has released the menus for the popular EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival! It's going to be another drool-worthy festival that will thrill all you Disney foodies out there.
Bakers and Entrepreneurs Jocelyn King and Brianne Hout taste success with Nothing Bundt Cakes Gainesville-Haymarket

Local Women Bring Nothing Bundt Cakes to Virginia Gateway

Western Prince William residents Jocelyn King and Brianne Hout are ecstatic about beginning new phases of their lives as owners of the Gainesville’s new specialty bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes Gainesville-Haymarket.

Franchise Marketing: Why a Corporate Only Strategy Can Fail a Franchise

Kate Sprague owner of Flourish with Kate marketing. By Kate Sprague  There’s a reason the Franchise Corporate Office provides advertising materials for local and regional use. It doesn’t even …

Freeman & Sherburne Has Been Insuring Families & Businesses for 150 Years

Agent Bob Oveissi of Freeman & Sherburne Insurance works from his office in Gainesville, Virginia.[/caption] What if it only took one phone call, and one conversation with just one licensed …

Driving Diversity: How business leaders can spur workplace change

The spotlight on inequality is driving increased dialogue and inspiring change on social and cultural levels, and the same is true of the business community.

COLUMN: Crafty Coaching with Ed Johnson

Crafted Coach Ed Johnson is a leadership coach who inspires confidence and self-awareness in individuals so they can begin to operate as their best selves. The result is more successful interactions and honed skills in interpersonal relationships and inner growth.
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Food & Cooking

Take Salad Season to the Next Level

Warmer months typically call for lighter bites, and one of the first things that comes to mind for many is a fresh and flavorful salad.

Education

Redefining ‘Summer School’: How Year-Round Learning Can Shape K-12 Education

by Megan O’Reilly Palevich, M.Ed.  (NAPSI)—Each day, as people across the country wake up and check their phones, turn on their morning news broadcast, or unfold their local papers, one …

Pets

4 questions to ask before getting a new pet

(BPT) - One good thing about 2020? More people are fostering and adopting pets who need homes. And during the holidays, pet adoption increases even more because families have more time away from work …

Home improvement

5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

When temperatures creep up again, it signals time for an annual tradition: spring cleaning.

Travel

Top travel trends for U.S. travelers this season

(BPT) - After a devastating pandemic kept us in our homes for over a year, wanderlust is at an all-time high and more Americans are starting to get back out there. In fact, one-third of us plan to …

Green Living & the Environment

As carry out surges during the pandemic, landfills are filled with disposable containers

When the world could no longer eat together in restaurants at the beginning of 2020, many of us turned to take-out, delivery and fast food. Online meal delivery revenues in the United States are projected to reach $26.5 billion this year, a 20 percent increase over 2019.

Police Arrest Four in Woodbridge Murder of 17-Year-Old

Police arrest three adults and one juvenile for their involvement in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old in Woodbridge this past weekend.

Police Investigate Fatal Shooting of Woodbridge Juvenile

Detectives from the Homicide Unit are actively investigating the incident to determine what led up to the shooting.

Police Investigate Armed Home Invasion, Assault in Manassas Area

Four men forced their way into a Manassas apartment where they assaulted victim and stole items from the home.

Police Investigate 4 Shootings Into County Homes Over July 4th Weekend

Prince William Police investigate four shootings into residential homes from July 2-5, including one in Haymarket.

Prince William County Cooling Resources for July 12 & 13

Prince William County offers resources to assist members of the public in staying cool when temperatures reach 95 degrees or higher and heat indices reach near 100 degrees.

Prince William Senior Centers Open on Modified Schedule

People are thrilled to return to the Manassas and Woodbridge senior centers and they started lining up outside at the centers a half hour before the doors opened at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Celebrate 4th of July in Prince William, Fauquier Counties

Fourth of July Festivities (click on the purple for more information) It's America's 245th birthday and the fireworks are back on this year. The following is a list of nearby celebrations. I hope …

County to Move Forward with Groundbreaking on Rollins Ford Park

For over ten years, Rollins Ford Park has remained undeveloped for a variety of reasons. That is no longer the case.