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Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Richard Anderson

Republicans scored an early election victory in Prince William County Circuit Court.

A Judge on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, issued an injunction to allow the Prince William County Republican Committee to have its party members serving as election officers in the roles of poll chiefs and assistant chiefs in 12 disputed precincts across the county.

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Rep. Abigail Spanberger visits Todos Supermarket in Woodbridge during a campaign stop on August 8, 2022. [Photo: Rick Horner]
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-Va. 7) says she's focused on preventing federal officials from participating in insider trading.

However, those same safeguards wouldn't apply to locally-elected officials.

Since 2020, Spanberger has sought to ban politicians from trading single stocks. Spanberger introduced the Transparent Representation Upholding Service and Trust in Congress Act. She has also gone so far as to recommend that family members of sitting members of Congress should not be allowed to buy or sell individual stocks due to the privileged information that may find its way into their hands.

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A stretch of University Boulevard between Edmonston and Sudley Manor drives will be completed for $1.5 million.

The vision for a fully-connected University Boulevard in Prince William County will come true.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority awarded $53 million to complete the thoroughfare, extending University Boulevard from Devlin Road to Route 29 in Gainesville, near a new commuter lot at Interstate 66.

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Prince William County will collect too much tax revenue in the coming year. As a result, it will give teachers and other county government school employees a bonus.

The Board of Supervisors agreed to front the county schools with $12.5 million for a one-time teacher bonus. Last April, in the largest county budget ever approved at $3.8 billion, Supervisors hiked taxes in anticipation of losing revenues from taxes collected at grocery stores.

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A crew team uses a dock at Lake Ridge Marina on the Occoquan Reservoir. [Photo: Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye Facebook Page]
Prince William Board of County Supervisors ordered a study water study in the wake of multiple data center campuses looking to build in the area. 

The study, to be overseen by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, will examine and detail what sediments are flowing into the Occoquan Reservoir, one of the largest drinking water sources in Prince William County. Two-thirds of all stormwater runoff in the county end up in the reservoir. 

The study comes as residents have voiced concerns that the continued development of the county's rural areas with new data center campuses would produce more sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus that can pollute the reservoir. 

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City officials broke ground on a new $6.8 million expansion of the Manassas Museum.

The museum will feature a new events space, a new hall for special exhibits, and storage space. It's the first renovation of the museum since it opened 30 years ago.

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Manassas Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Newman

A new strategic plan approved by the Manassas City School Board will include focusing on goals of on-time graduation and developing critical, creative, and collaborative thinking capabilities for students.

The new 2027 strategic plan was conceived over the course of 10 months starting in October 2021, involving 77 participants in the process and 1,770 hours of work, collaboration, edits, and revisions that were presented to the board at a recent meeting.

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The Manassas City Public Schools teachers will have a new standard on which their performance will be graded: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Equitable Practices.

Educators must complete this training to get their teaching license or renew it.

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The Manassas City Council held a town hall meeting at Dean Elementary School on Monday, March 21. Left to right: City Manager Patrick Pate, Mayor Michele Davis Younger, Vice-Mayor Pamela Sebesky, City Clerk LeeAnn Henderson. [Uriah Kiser/Potomac Local]
The pandemic is over in Manassas.

On Monday, July 25, the City Council voted to end an emergency it declared on March 17, 2020. Then, City Manager Patrick Pate declared a local crisis to optimize the city's response to a "serious threat to public safety posed by the coronavirus pandemic."

City documents state, "while COVID-19 continues as a serious public health concern, at this time, there is no existing need for the city to take emergency actions to combat the spread of the pandemic."

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