Hylton rolls over Osbourn 35-13


Hylton wide receiver D.J. Wright [Photo: Mark Lomax]
Osbourn defensive back Jordan Lansdowne [Photo: Mark Lomax]
Hylton Marching Band [Photo: Mark Lomax]
Osbourn's Kris Thorton tries to intercept a pass caught by Hylton's D.J. Wright. [Photo: Mark Lomax]
Osbourn's Kris Thornton [Photo; Mark Lomax]
Hylton Quartnerback Donovan William looks to pass [Photo: Mark Lomax]

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The Hylton Bulldogs beat the Osbourn Eagles Friday night at home 35 to 13. The Bulldogs of Woodbridge led the Eagles of Manassas the entire game.

The most explosive play in the first half of the game came when C.D. Hylton’s Kris Thornton ran the ball 60 yards deep into Osbourn territory for the touchdown. It was one of five touchdown plays led by Hylton quarterback Donovan Williams.

The Hylton Bulldogs played at home Friday nightWoodbridge facing the Osbourn Eagles, of Manassas. The score was 14-7 following the play.

This is week two of prep football action in the region. Both Hylton and Osbourn came into the game zero and one.

A big play in the 2nd half — Hylton’s Ricky Slade number 3 ran 25 years to score another touchdown with 3:41 left in the 2nd half, extending Hylton’s lead by seven points.

Osbourn came alive in the later in the 2nd quarter and looked liked they wanted to score, with more visible drive and determination by quarterback Anthony Pearson. A holding call against the team with 1:14 left in the quarter slowed down the Manassas team.

Then, Hylton intercepted the ball on the five-yard line with 33 seconds to go in the half. Williams connected well with Slade, and Benson while picking up small passes.

For Osbourn, Pearson threw a 42-yard pass for the touchdown early in the 3rd quarter. Later in the quarter, Hylton’s DiVijan Franklin intercepted a pass by Eagles quarterback Anthony Pearson.

With the Eagles, fumbled the play with 9:54 left in the 4th quarter. That set up a touchdown pass for Hylton’s Justin Torian, number six. It was the third catch for Torian for the night.

“We did some good things out there tonight, and we’ve got lot of things that we need to get corrected and do better at” said Hylton Head Football Coach Tony Lilly. “We’re a young team, and we’ve got a lot of young players that haven’t played varsity ball.”

Hylton was plagued by penalties Friday night, something Lilly says he will focus on for next week’s home game against Patriot High School, of Nokesville. Patriot is now 1-1 after the team’s 54-6 loss against Forest Park in Woodbridge.

“Patriot is a good team. They score a lot of points, and have a lot of discipline. And that is what we are going to instill in our guys this week,” added Lilly while still on the field Friday night.

This was the second loss this season for the Eagles and the team’s former Washington Redskin, head coach Chris Samuels. Osbourn will take on the Potomac Senior High School Panthers next week in Woodbridge.

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Call to Action: Retire Old Glory with respect


Good morning  – Retire Old Glory with Respect at the Balls Ford facility. On Saturday, September 12, local Boy Scouts, Prince William Solid Waste Division, and Keep Prince William Beautiful will celebrate the grand opening of another American Flag Collection Center in Prince William County.

The Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas flag collection service will be available for citizens and businesses to retire American flags with respect.

· Send Hunger Swinging Golf Tournament – Saturday, September 12, to benefit the Haymarket Food Pantry. This worthwhile event will be held at the Prince William Golf Course on Vint Hill Road in Nokesville. Time is running out! Register today at: www.haymarketfoodpantry.org.

· Literacy Volunteers of America is gearing up for their next tutor training on September 19th and October 3rd. No experience needed just come and share your time to greatly improve the life of another. Please visit their website at: lvapw.org to learn more.

· Virginia Cooperative Extension is looking for volunteers interested in strengthening families. If you would like to become a facilitator for Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) Groups contact Janice at 703-792-4678 or via email jbrody@pwcgov.org. All training is provided!

· General Heiser Boys and Girls Club needs coaches! If you can help out in basketball, volleyball or cheerleading please call 703-365-2582 Ext. 233 or go to: www.bgcgw.org/manassas/athletic-leagues-schedules for a volunteer packet. What a great way to get exercise and help out some kids!

· Brain Injury Services is looking for a volunteer to teach basic email and web searching skills to a woman in Fairfax City. You can make a world of difference for just a couple of visits a month to bettering the lives of brain injury survivors. They are also looking for volunteers to walk with consumers once or twice a month and have coffee or lunch. In the Lorton area, someone is needed to go swimming or do tai chi. They also could use help in the office which is very flexible as well. Please contact Michelle: mthyen@braininjuryservices.org or by phone: 703-451-8881, ext. 232.

· Project Mend A House has a need for volunteers at this time. Do you love working with your hands? Would you like to learn more about home repair? Get experience, have fun and give back to your community! Download a volunteer application at www.pmahweb.org. Additionally, they have two super activities this fall for you. First of all gather your friends and families to build a Popsicle House. Its super fun to use your creativity to build the house. You can enter the contest purchase the supplies for just $25. You need to submit your house by October 14th and it will be judged by the fans at the Taste of the Town fundraiser on October 28th. You don’t want to miss either of these two events. Please call (703) 792-7663 to learn more.

· The ARC cordially invites you to their Respite for the Soul event for any caregiver to a person with disabilities on Saturday September 26th at the McCoart Government Building. It’s just $10 and includes a box lunch. Please email: jrussell@arcgpw.org for more info.

· Volunteers are needed for Public Lands Day at Leesylvania State Park on Saturday September 26th – 9:30am-1pm. Tasks include collecting native tree seeds that will go to local nurseries that grow trees for reforesting efforts across the region. You need close-toed shoes and sharp eyes but they will provide all tools, water, supplies and lunch. You don’t want to miss this great event. You can sign up at: Potomac.org or call (703) 583-6904 for more info.
· Historic Manassas, Inc. has an urgent need for volunteers at the Bands, Brews & BBQ on September 12thfor the afternoon, 2-6pm shift! This is a super fun community event in Old Town Manassas. You must be age 21+ and the fun jobs include checking IDs, pouring beer, ticket taking, children’s games and of course set-up or take down. Please call Erin at (703) 361-6599 to learn more.

· It’s almost fall – Walk to End Alzheimer’s is gearing up for the Manassas walk on October 17th. Walkers and volunteers needed for this fun event so please visit: www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer. To learn more.

· SERVE in Manassas needs volunteer’s weekdays and Saturday mornings at their food pantry. Tasks include processing families, stocking shelves, accepting food donations and preparing food packages. Volunteers must be 16+ yrs. old. They would love Spanish speakers but mostly just you! Please email Jan to learn more at: jhawkins@nvfs.org

· House of Mercy is hosting their 2015 Campaign to End Hunger on Saturday October 17th. Volunteers are needed to work a 2 hour shift and contribute $20. This fee covers the cost of the food ingredients for 150,000 meals. Please call (703) 659-1636 or via email at: help@houseofmercyva.org to learn more

· Prince William Bar Association for sponsoring the Wills for Veterans program. The Bar Association is looking for vets needing Wills, Power of Attorneys and Medical Directives to come to their information sessions to receive this free service. The first session is September 19th, the second session is October 3rd and then you’ll receive your docs on October 24th. Please call Barbara at (703) 792-7175 to register and receive all the specifics of this super project sponsored by the Bar Association.

· And speaking of vets please mark your calendars to attend the Freedom Museum’s 1940’s Hanger Dance on Saturday October 10th at the Manassas Airport. They will have music, dinner, dancing, and fabulous raffle items all to support this wonderful museum. Please visit their website to learn more and buy your tickets at: freedommuseum.org

· The 2015 American Heart Association Walk is November 7th in DC. Volunteers are needed as course marshals, set-up, and other assistance. Volunteers must be 16yrs old or be accompanied by an adult. Please visit their website to sign –up at: greaterwashingtonheartwalk.org.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Coleen can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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Storms delay dismissal for Prince William County students

(Photo: Prince William County Public Schools)

Severe storms in the area knocked out power to some Prince William County public schools. Some schools also delayed the the regular release of students for safety reasons. 


A line of storms was moving southwest into Prince William County about 3:30 p.m. 


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Prince William County could move cemetery to make way for new fire station


This is the site of the abandoned cemetery.
'Option A' plan for the fire station.
Another alternative option for the station.

The Coles district is getting a new fire station.

But the location and plan for the new Coles District Fire Station is currently the subject of some controversy, as one of the proposed sites would require the county to dig up and move an old cemetery on the property.

The original station at 13712 Dumfries Road in Manassas, was built in 1976, according to county documents.

“The current station we have has exceeded its life cycle…a few years ago we hired a consultant – it was an architectural firm – who took a look at each of our stations…the recommendation for the Coles station was that it be replaced. Putting any more investment into that station, really isn’t going to give [us] the proper return. The construction style of that building was only meant to be a 30-year building, and we’ve far exceeded that,” said Prince William Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee.

The new fire station would take 18-months to complete once it has been approved, said McGee.

According to McGee, the cemetery – which is abandoned – was from the 1800’s, and the county did not originally own the parcel the cemetery is sitting on, but purchased it as part of the plans to replace the fire station.

“We looked at some of the options for how to place the station on the property, and there was [the] cemetery. It was abandoned. We’ve known that it was there, but it is kind of ‘hidden away’…there are not visitors to it, it’s an abandoned graveyard,” said McGee.

Potomac Local visited the cemetery and found that there were no headstones remaining, but there were some field stones, and that the ground had sunken in, in the areas where human remains are buried.

“When looking at the site, it was very difficult to locate a station without moving the cemetery,” said McGee.

Four options for the fire station

County documents show that there are four options for the new fire station – with ‘Option A’ being the preferred route, according to McGee.

‘Option A’ would build a new fire station next to the current station, and relocate the cemetery to another site on the property, according to county documents. This would fit into the $10.7 million budgeted for the project, by Prince William County.

‘Option B’ would entail rebuilding on the same location, using a temporary facility in the interim, which would cost an additional $1.2 million, stated county documents.

‘Option C’ would be to build a two-story station, which would impact response times – according to McGee – and cost an extra $888,275, stated county documents.

And ‘Option D’ would reduce the sound buffer area for nearby residents, by building around the cemetery, it would create a segregated access point for apparatus, and cost an additional $1 million, according to county documents.

Descendants, historical groups upset by plans to move cemetery

While McGee stated that the county wants to involve descendants of those buried in the cemetery in the process, and wants the relocation of the graves to be done in a respectful way, the Prince William County Historical Commission and descendants have expressed their concerns.

“The Historical Commission objects to [the preferred plan] as we feel there must be some alternatives to disturbance of the cemetery…one being a two story firehouse, which would be similar to the last five firehouses built in Prince William County, and the proposed firehouse for Bacon Race [Fire Station]. They’re arguing that two story firehouses actually have a problem with increased response time, which we could not understand, as to why it seems to be the preferred plan in the past and the present,” said Bill Olsen, a member of the Prince William County Historical Commission.

Olsen stated that cemeteries shouldn’t be considered ‘moveable’ sites.

“The discussion should be, ‘Is there justification for moving a cemetery’ which is not normally considered a moveable object,” said Olsen.

Susan Tansill, a county resident whose husband is directly descended from one of the families buried at the cemetery, stated that moving the cemetery is a bad idea. Tansill had spoken with the county after hearing about the possible disinterment.

“When I responded back to the [county] that we were really more interested in hoping that they would keep the cemetery intact, I didn’t hear anything back from the county…our family feels that it’s better to preserve the dignity of the deceased, and work around, what is obviously inconvenient, but a fact on the site, instead of digging them up,” Tansill said.

A public hearing about the fire station and the cemetery will be held on September 8 at 2 p.m. at the McCoart Building in Woodbridge. Following the public hearing, the board of supervisors will ultimately select which of the four options the county will pursue, to build the new Coles District Fire Station.

Prince William County Public Schools officials exhumed graves at the site of the future Charles J. Colgan High School, just across the street from the Coles District Fire Station. The remains dug up will be re interned at the high school site.  

Fall for Manassas! So many great events happening this season

Manassas Fall Jubilee
Manassas Fall Jubilee
Manassas Dog-a-pool-ooza

Children are already back in school and now the sun sets earlier and earlier. Why does summer always go by so quickly?

Don’t lament digging out your coats and putting away your flip flops. With autumn comes plenty of festivals and events to get you in the mood for fall.

First Friday

To kick off September, there is a First Friday on Sept. 4. Enjoy the last of the warm weather by strolling the streets of downtown where you can enjoy live music, shopping, and dining from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Downtown.

Bridal Showcase

Here’s a gift to all the brides-to-be is a one-stop shop for bridal research. Discover what Manassas businesses offer that will make the wedding of your dreams at the Historic Downtown Manassas Bridal Showcase on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Harris Pavilion. Buy tickets.

Bands, Brews & Barbecue

How does a roasted porter with a vanilla finish or a seasonal ale with layers like a pumpkin pie sound? Sample the best beer that the region has to offer at Bands, Brews & Barbecue on Sept. 12 from noon until 6 p.m. Hourly BBQ pairings are featured in the VIP tent. Manassas Museum Lawn. Buy tickets.


Cool off the dogs of summer at the Dog-a-pool-ooza at Stonewall Pool. The afternoon of Sept. 13 is the only day pups are allowed in the pool before it closes ($5/dog). Stonewall Park.

Greek Festival 

Interested in a Big, Fat, Greek Weekend? Visit the Annual Greek Festival on Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Taste of Greece and East the following day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opa! Harris Pavilion. Free.

Antique car meet

What’s more American than an apple pie? An antique car show! Come check out 150 four-wheeled beauties at the Annual Edgar Rohr Memorial Antique Car Meet on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s feature car is a 1941 convertible Buick Phaeton and you can watch a team assemble a Model T Ford. There is still time to register to show your car for a small fee. Manassas Museum Lawn. Free.

Rev it up

Enjoy more classic cars as well as food trucks, cold beer, and live classic rock music at Bull Run Rotary’s Rev It Up for Rotary charity event benefitting CASA, Habitat for Humanity, and BARN from 5 to 9 p.m. Harris Pavilion. Free.

Chili cookoff 

Nothing says “fall” more than chili! Don’t miss the annual Chili Cookoff on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Think you have the best batch? It isn’t too late to join. Enter as a professional cook, amateur cook, or nonprofit organization. Sampling starts after 1 p.m. Harris Pavilion. Free.

Latino festival 

Salsa your way to the Annual Latino Festival on Sept. 27 from noon to 5:30 p.m. You will find tons of games for children, tasty foods, piñatas, and live music and dancing all day! Harris Pavilion. Free.

Fall Jubilee 

Pick a perfect pumpkin at the Annual Fall Jubilee. Enjoy the crisp air as you browse cool crafts, play games, and enjoy live music on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown. Free.

Open house 

On Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., swing by the City of Manassas Utilities Open House at 8500 Public Works Drive to enjoy free food, a huge pumpkin patch where you can pick out a free pumpkin, children’s activities, and a chance to check out the cool utility trucks. Free.

Farmers market 

Don’t forget the farmer’s market is still open on Thursdays in the Harris Pavilion and Saturdays in Parking Lot B from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up your favorite fall veggies before grabbing lunch at a nearby spot.

Man wanted for indecent exposure outside Woodbridge home


Prince William police are looking for a man, after he allegedly exposed himself in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, on the evening of September 2, officers were called to the area of Aurora Drive and Adams Street in Woodbridge to investigate an indecent exposure.

The victim – a 59-year old Woodbridge man – told officers that he saw a physical fight between an unknown man and woman outside of his home on Ashdale Avenue, according to Prince William police.

When the victim attempted to stop the fight, the unknown man became verbally aggressive, and exposed himself, making an obscene gesture towards the victim, stated Prince William police.

The man and woman left the area before police arrived.

Prince William police stated that the man is described as Hispanic, between 20 and 24 years old, 5’10” and 180 pounds. He was last seen driving a 2015 black BMW with unknown temporary tags, stated Prince William police.

Occoquan Craft Show coming Sept. 26, 27

Fall 2015

Get ready for some fun at the Occoquan Craft Show.

The craft show – which is celebrating it’s 46th year – will be running September 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to Occoquan Craft Show Director Krista Forcier, more than 260 vendors will be exhibiting and selling items at the show.

There will also be art, music and food at the craft show, said Forcier.

More on parking for the Occoquan Craft Show:

There are four parking lots that visitors can use;  Vulcan Materials at 10000 Ox Road, Lorton, VA, the Tackett’s Mill Commuter Lot at the corner of Harbor Drive and Old Bridge, the 123 Commuter Lot at the corner of 123 and Old Bridge, and the I-95 commuter lot at I-95 and 123.  All parking lots will have continuous shuttles to and from the event for a $5 round trip fee.  Children 12 and under ride free. 

Several lanes closed after accident on Route 234


Several southbound lanes on Dumfries Road (Rt. 234) near Village Parkway are currently blocked, following an accident.

According to Prince William police, a vehicle struck a light pole, and the pole fell, blocking the roadway.

No one was injured.

One southbound lane on Dumfries Road is currently open to traffic, according to Prince William police.

Digital solutions company JTC expands to Fredericksburg, Richmond

  • JTC, Inc.
  • Address: 9720 Capital Ct. #305, Manassas, Va.
  • Phone: (703) 794-1225
  • Website: http://www.jtcinc.net/
John Jewell is the president of JTC, Inc.

Jewell Technical Consulting will expand its market territory to include Fredericksburg and Richmond.

A Manassas, Virginia-based company, JTC, is the official IT provider of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, and has long concentrated on the Northern Virginia market. The expansion marks the first time JTC has expanded into a new regional market.



Charles Sowers will lead the expansion and concentrate on growing the business in the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Stafford areas in Central Virginia. Sowers will manage technical sales for JTC in these markets.

“I met Charles in 1995 when we were working on a project for Capital One Bank,” said JTC, Inc. President John Jewell. “We moved the bank from a Macintosh network and put it on a Windows network.”

JTC will market solutions to new customers in the medical and legal fields. The company will offer a wide range of solutions to include managed services of electronic medical records systems, disaster recovery, private cloud services, and IP telephone services.

“JTC Cloud is a private server. Unlike being on a Google, Amazon, or Rackspace server, we own the equipment, and our customers data is stored in a data center right here in Manassas,” said Jewell.

A large number of hospitals along the Interstate 95 corridor, and ancillary medical facilities that surround them made the area attractive to JTC. The expansion has been in the works for about a year, added Jewell.

JTC is a Microsoft Certified Partner and a Dell Certified Partner.

Expect parking changes for Downtown Manassas in coming weeks

Photo: City of Manassas

Parking changes are coming to Downtown Manassas.

According to Manassas spokeswoman Patty Prince, following a survey given to residents and tourists in the area, the city will undergo some changes to parking.

More on the changes from a Manassas release:

This fall changes are coming to parking in and around the Historic Downtown area of the City of Manassas.  Improvements are already underway at City Hall and the Parking Garage.  Changes of note include:

Daytime public parking in the garage has been moved from Levels 4 & 5 to Level 2 for customer convenience. Level 2 will have both four-hour free parking and all day paid parking.  The entire garage remains free and open to the public on evenings and weekends and after 10 a.m. on weekdays.

Permanent closure of the Journal Messenger Lot (Lot I) for public use.

Additional public and downtown employee/resident parking at City Hall.

Lengthened hours for public parking at the Manassas Museum and City Hall.

Additional four-hour public parking in the Water Tower Lot (Lot B).

When all of the changes are put in place, parking will be more streamlined.  Parking lots on the north side of the railroad tracks and all on-street parking will have a two-hour time limitation. On the south side of the railroad tracks, near Prince William Street, public parking lots will have a four-hour time limitation. All permit and time restrictions will cease at 5 p.m.,MondayFriday, excepting Red Permit commuter restrictions that will end at 10 a.m. There will be no permit or time restrictions in effect on evenings and weekends.

As always, certain parking lots and on-street parking may be closed for special events or street cleaning. Always read the posted signs before leaving your vehicle.

All of these changes come as a result of citizen recommendations gained from an online survey of residents and visitors, and the parking task force made up of residents, businesses and city staff.  Task force information can be found atwww.manassascity.org/parkingTF.  For more information on permits, visit www.manassascity.org/parking.

Prince stated that the changes to the City Hall lot and it’s additional parking are already available, but there are not set dates for the other parking changes to take effect.

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