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Manassas Park cancels football season — Due to small participation numbers, Manassas Park High School will not field a football program on any level this fall. Since starting July 28, Manassas Park averaged a turnout of 11 players over the seven days it conducted a practice. [Insidenova.com]

Yesli Vega boosts national profile with CPAC appearance — Virginia Republican congressional candidate Yesli Vega, who is running against Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) in the competitive 7th District, made a foray into the national conservative spotlight Friday with a brief appearance onstage in Dallas at one of the GOP’s largest annual gatherings, the Conservative Political Action Conference. [The Washington Post]

Three new Prince William County judges sworn in — Three judges have been sworn into the local court system over the past five weeks: Katherine McCollam to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on May 25, Robert Coleman to Circuit Court on July 15 and Abigail Miller to General District Court on July 29. Judge Robert Coleman Coleman becomes the seventh circuit court judge, following efforts by local officials to expand the number of judges because of over-crowded dockets, increasingly complex cases and a growing backlog. Coleman has already made news by granting bail to a suspected killer. [Insidenova.com]

Mandi Spina Named New Deputy Director of Prince William County Department of Development Services — The Prince William County Department of Development Services has selected Mandi Spina as its new Deputy Director. Ms. Spina has nearly 10 years of experience supporting the Department in increasingly senior roles. She previously served as Senior Human Resources and Administration Analyst. [Prince William County Government]

New medical examiner sworn in — Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Jacqueline Smith swore in three people to positions in the county and Manassas City. Chelsea Kadak is the new medical examiner, Robert Fox to the Manassas Board of Zoning Appeals, and Samuel Snow to the Prince William County Board of Equalization. [Twitter]

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Summer has come to an end for Stafford County Public Schools students.

On Tuesday, August 9, students in kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grades will head to school on what the division calls its first-ever transition day.

The non-instructional day will allow students in transitional grade levels to learn the layout of their new school buildings, meet their teachers, and reconnect with friends.

It will also allow bus drivers to drive their new routes with children on the school buses. Last year, the school division, like so many across the region, was plagued by bus driver shortages which led to delays, children walking long distances to and from school, and an influx of parents driving children to school.

On Wednesday, August 10, all students will head back to class on what the division considers its first school day of the year.

Stafford County is the second school division in the region to send children back to class. Children in Fredericksburg Public Schools returned to class today.

The school year is off to a rocky start for more than 80 Stafford County Public Schools employees who sickened during a convocation event at the Virginia Credit Union Stadium, home of the Fredericksburg Nationals, on Friday, August 5.

Emergency crews took eight people suffering from heat exhaustion to a local hospital. The school division required its 4,300 employees to attend the event.

Fredericksburg Nationals General Manager Nick Hall told Potomac Local News the conference was the largest private event to be held at the stadium since it opened the last year.

High school students will begin their day at 7:30 a.m and dismiss at 2 p.m. Middle school students will start at 9:30 a.m. and dismiss at 4:20 p.m.

The school division said it would provide free and reduced lunches for all qualifying students. The school division will also offer more time for high school students to eat lunch. In addition to eating, students may use the additional time to seek help from advisors.

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Police in Prince William County were called to investigate two incidents involving alcohol. One person locked herself in a bathroom at a car dealership and refused to leave, police said.

Another exposed himself to drivers in Gainesville, police said.

Here’s more from Prince William police:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On August 5 at 9:26AM, officers responded to T and C Auto Sales located at 18405 Richmond Hwy. in Triangle (22172) to investigate a patron refusing to leave.

When officers arrived at the business, they located the patron, later identified as the accused, inside the restroom refusing to leave. After several attempts to have the accused exit the restroom, officers obtained a key from the manager and gained entry.

When officers attempted to take the accused into custody, she actively resisted and refused to follow officer’s commands. During the encounter, the accused bit and kicked the officers. After a brief struggle, the accused was taken into custody.

While investigating the incident, officers determined the accused was intoxicated and in possession of multiple illegal substances. The officer reported minor injuries.

Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Tara Lin GILL, was arrested.

Arrested on August 5:
Tara Lin GILL, 36, of no fixed address
Charged with 1 count of assault & battery on LEO, 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, 1 count of obstruction of justice, 1 count of intoxicated in public, and 1 count of trespassing
Court Date: Pending | Bond: $6,000 Unsecured Bond

– On August 7 at 6:57PM, officers responded to the 14700 block Lee Hwy. in Gainesville (20155) to investigate an indecent exposure.

When officers arrived in the area, they made contact with a man matching the description provided to police. While investigating, officers determined the man, later identified as the accused, was intoxicated, and detained him.

The investigation revealed the victim, a 32-year-old woman, was in the parking lot of the above area when she observed the accused inside a vehicle exposing himself and making obscene gestures. The victim immediately contacted the police.

Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Robert Edward LATIMER II, was arrested.

Arrested on August 7:
Robert Edward LATIMER II, 40, of 4398 Ringwood Rd. in Nokesville Charged with indecent exposure and intoxicated in public
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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On Saturday, August 6 at 4:22 p.m., officers responded to Dolphin Beach located at 15904 Dolphin Drive in Montclair to investigate a missing swimmer.

The investigation revealed the victim, a 38-year-old man, and two acquaintances, were swimming at the beach when he attempted to climb the dock’s ladder and suddenly went under the water.

The acquaintances and Dolphin Beach lifeguards attempted to locate the victim before contacting the police. Members of the police department’s Marine Unit responded and located the victim later that evening.

The victim was removed from the water and pronounced deceased by awaiting rescue personnel. The victim’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and determination of cause of death.

At this time, there is no foul play concerning the death. The investigation continues.

The deceased has been identified as Benjamin Alexander SEGURA ARTIGA, 38, of Lorton

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A low-income housing developer will breathe new life into a brown spot on Route 1.

Foulger-Pratt will build 240 new garden-style apartments in seven buildings to revitalize Jefferson Square Plaza, next to Todos supermarket in Maurumso Plaza in Woodbridge. The developer will demolish Jefferson Plaza, a shopping center once home to a The Hub furniture store and The Ground Round restaurant in the 1980s and 90s, to make way for the new homes.

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Prince William Chamber Building at 9720 Capital Court in Manassas.

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates for the soon-to-open CEO position that will be open following the retirement of Debbie Jones. 

The Board of Directors voted and approved a Transition Committee that has worked to secure a CEO Search firm Anissa Starnes, IOM with YGM, Total Resource Campaigns, LLC, of Springdale, Ark. to manage the nationwide search. YGM specializes in the total resources of Chambers of Commerce through strategic revenue alignment and executive searches, the chamber states in a press release. 

Candidates can review the job description online. Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest, resume/CV, and salary requirements.

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 organization covering the Prince William Region, which includes Prince William County, the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. 

Earlier this year, Jones announced her retirement from the Chamber of Commerce, which she’s led since 2014. Four years earlier, the Greater Manassas – Prince William Chamber of Commerce, serving Manassas and western Prince William County, merged with The Region’s Chamber, primarily serving eastern Prince William County. 

Jones previously worked for the Greater Manassas — Prince William Chamber of Commerce before the merger.

Jones’ retirement announcement followed news of Ross Snare’s departure from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce to UVA Medical Center. Snare served as Jones’ second in command and the organization’s lobbyist. 

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How does a day on one of the region’s best golf courses sound?

How about playing with future golf professionals and college athletes?

You can participate in a unique, all-inclusive 18-hole shamble with a cart, meals, gifts, and an unforgettable experience!

The Stafford Economic Development Authority (EDA) is seeking partners, sponsors, and volunteers to participate in the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament.

Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism and the Stafford EDA attracted the American Junior Golf Association to host a Qualifier and Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament at The Gauntlet Golf Club.

It’s the perfect setting to entertain or reward clients, business prospects, and employees.

Join us at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2022, for the Shamble!

  • Entrants must be received by Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Partner, sponsor, or volunteer with us!

PLAY IN THE TOURNAMENT
Businesses are encouraged to sign up as a team of three or play individually. Sign up to play

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Tournament Partners, Team Sponsors, Individual Sponsors, Hole Sponsors, and a variety of other opportunities are available. Sign up to sponsor

VOLUNTEER
We are looking for community volunteers for the EDA fundraiser shamble and the AJGA Tour Stafford Qualifier during the week. Sign up to volunteer

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Central Rappahannock Regional Library Porter Branch sits at 2001 Parkway Boulevard in North Stafford.

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library System is currently conducting surveys and focus groups that will be used to inform its latest five-year strategic plan.

The library hired Dr. Cara Graham Parker of C Parker Consulting Inc. to collect data that will be used to create a strategic plan that will inform its priorities. According to its website, the firm is an organizational psychology firm that, according to its website, works to streamline the goals of an organization with the needs of its employees.

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Civil Air Patrol Cadet Col. Daniel C. Hince of Prince William Composite Squadron was presented the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award certificate on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the Virginia Wing Headquarters located at Chesterfield County Airport.

Brig. Gen. Bryan E. Salmon, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, 15th Air Force, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., was the presiding official for this special event. Brig. Gen. Salmon also serves as the Assistant Adjutant General for Air Strategic Initiatives for the Virginia National Guard. Hince earned his Spaatz Award, number #2415, on July 24th, 2022.

Parents Dan and Teri Hince, grandparents Britt and Therese Hayes, Hince’s four siblings, extended family, and several CAP members celebrated Hince’s cadet, academic, and athletic achievements. Hince will be a freshman this Fall at Longwood University in Farmville, studying history and international relations as a member of the 2026 class.

Hince has served in CAP since January 2017. As a cadet, he served in every cadet leadership position, from element leader to cadet commander. He currently serves as the Virginia Wing Cadet Advisory Council Chair and representative to the Mid-Atlantic Region Cadet Advisory Council. Outside of CAP, Hince is active in theater, youth and children’s ministries at his place of worship, and sports through Northern Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association, where he lettered in varsity cross country, track, and field, and basketball.

The Spaatz Award is CAP’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education. Cadets qualify for this prestigious award after devoting an average of five years to progress through sixteen achievements in the CAP Cadet Program.

Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology. The final step a cadet must complete to earn the Spaatz Award is a rigorous four-part exam consisting of a challenging physical fitness test, an essay exam testing their moral reasoning, a comprehensive written exam on leadership, and a comprehensive written exam on aerospace education. Upon passing the Spaatz Award exams, the cadet is promoted to the grade of cadet colonel.

On average, only five cadets in one thousand earn the Spaatz Award. Since the award’s inception in 1964, CAP has presented the Spaatz Award to only 2,400+ cadets nationwide. Spaatz Cadets are expected to serve as role models for junior cadets and become leaders in their communities as they enter adulthood. Hince’s achievement adds to Virginia Wing’s longstanding record of cadet program excellence of 85 Spaatz awards earned to date.

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