Competitive Edge caters to Woodbridge athletes

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They looked at places from Tysons Corner to Fredericksburg and didn’t quite find what they were looking for.

Monte Evans and Magnus Ellerts were looking for a place that would be able to train the entire athlete, from teaching agility and speed, to weight lifting, to developing skills on the field. That’s what Competitive Edge is all about — a new 18,000 square feet indoor sports training facility off Featherstone Road in Woodbridge.

It is the life dream of Evans, who founded a track club in Dale City six years ago. He’s been renting park facilities in Prince William County to hold meets and special events, but he always wanted a place of his own.

“Everybody’s is trying to use the county track or the fields, so we got bounced around a lot,” said Evans, “Sometimes, there just weren’t any fields available to use.” Keep Reading…

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Lunchtime training leaves Chipotle fans in cold

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Here’s something you don’t see too often. The photo above was taken at Noon today, and it shows a nearly empty parking lot outside a Chipotle restaurant in Woodbridge.

The burrito maker locked its doors for lunchtime on Monday so it could review new food safety policies with staff.

Some of the food Chipotle uses will now be shipped to restaurants form central kitchens, instead of being shipped to, and prepared at individual restaurants.

The company states it’s only going to marinate chicken and steak late at night, and will blanch its produce like jalapenos, limes, onions, and avocados for up to five seconds to remove any germs on the skin of the produce. Keep Reading…

Gas explosion rips through Woodbridge home

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A house exploded in Woodbridge Sunday afternoon after a gas leak, according to fire and rescue officials.

OWL Volunteer Fire Department crews were called to the 14000 block of Franklin Street and West Longview Drive at 3:03 p.m. for a report of a gas leak that appeared to be outside of the house.

Crews arrived and found the smell of gas inside the home, and upgraded the call to an “inside gas leak.” High levels of gas were found inside the house, according to OWL Volunteer Fire Department spokeswoman Rebecca Barnes.

As firefighters exited the home, an explosion erupted creating a fireball that ripped through the basement. Windows inside the home were blown out, Barnes added.

Afterward, a fire in the utility room was extinguished. No one was injured, and area homes were checked for gas levels, said Barnes.

Crews from Washington Gas were called to the investigate, said Barnes. A Fire Marshal from the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department was also called to the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.

1-3 inches of snow could fall Monday night, Tuesday

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More snow, you ask?

This next winter storm that’s expected to impact our area Monday night into Tuesday won’t be anywhere near as big as the January blizzard that dumped more than two feet of snow on our area.

This time, forecasters at the National Weather Service said we’re looking at the potential of only two inches at most from this storm.

Rain on Monday will turn to snow after the sun sets, according to the weather service. Most of the snow should fall overnight, and warmer temperatures on Tuesday will limit higher amounts of snow we could see with this storm.

Low temperatures on Monday night should dip reach the freezing mark. Expect high temperatures on Tuesday in the upper 30s.

Higher snow accumulations are expected further north and west of Washington, D.C. Expect one to three inches of snow possible for our immediate area, according to the weather service.

On Wednesday, a chance of snow showers remains with high temperatures in the high 30s. Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy and cold with low temperatures in the low 20s.

Thursday will be mostly sunny and cold with high temperatures in the low 30s.

33-year-old man shot and killed in North Stafford

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Updated 7 p.m.

Tolliver turned himself into police, according to the Stafford sheriff’s office. 

Chancellor Tolliver was taken into custody this evening without incident after turning himself into authorities in Stafford County.  Tolliver is currently being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.   

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A 33-year-old man was shot and killed in Stafford County.

The victim was involved in an argument that took place in the area of 202 Garrison Woods Drive, just off Onville Road in North Stafford. The argument escalated, and the victim was at 4:48 a.m. Sunday, February 7.

Deputies called to the scene found the victim unresponsive. The man was taken to a local hospital but died while in route to the medical center, according to Stafford sheriff’s spokesman 1st. Sgt. Eric Quinn.

The victim was identified by the sheriff’s office as Maurice Williams Scott, of Stafford County.

Following the shooting, Stafford detectives obtained murder arrest warrants for the arrest of Chancellor Tolliver, 20, of Stafford, said Quinn.
Tolliver is said to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Tolliver’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Stafford County Crime Solvers.

Blizzard brings delays for report cards, college transcripts

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As students mourn the loss of their beloved snow days, some stop to ask themselves; What does this mean for the remainder of the school year?

Prince William County  Public Schools are allotted 12 snow days this school year. After the #sNOVAlanche storm that blanketed the region with up to to two feet of snow January 22 and 23 , Prince William County Public School students and teachers have about 5 snow days left.

As of now, Prince William public schools students will not have to make up the missed time, according to school officials. Keep Reading…

Habitat for Humanity Manassas ReStore needs lots of volunteers

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Happy Valentine’s Day and Heart Month! Catholic Charities –Hogar Immigrant Services has an urgent need for ESOL teachers for the classes in Manassas. You don’t need teaching experience or speak another language to make a huge difference in the life of another. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to join this great team.

· SERVE has an urgent need for dedicated volunteers with fluency in Spanish to help with food intakes on weekdays. You must be 18 yrs. +, have good computer skills and pass a background check. It’s that time of year when families aren’t getting the hours at work and you can make a huge impact at SERVE. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org to learn more.

· Historic Manassas has a number of super fun volunteer’s positions. Positions include assisting with the farmers market on Thursday and Saturdays from April through November. They also are looking for volunteers to give tours at the Historic Liberia Plantation from May 29 through September 4th on Sundays at noon or downtown Manassas walking tours on Thursdays and Fridays at 12 noon. There’s always lots of fun event going on throughout the spring and summer with Historic Manassas. Please call Erin at (703) 361-6599 to learn more. Keep Reading…

Threats, slashed tires challenges for beer keg delivery service

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“Business Beat” is a sponsored column written by One Degree Capital CEO and President Rod Loges. His column examines ideas and best practices that help local businesses succeed.

When I tell people about One Degree Capital, I often hear things like “Oh, I’d love to start my own business doing ‘XYZ’ someday.”

To the outsider, it often looks easy to own a business. The reality is that business owners face challenges and surprises all the time. It takes a lot of perseverance to overcome them and be successful.

My lessons in perseverance came to me early in life. I started my first business as a sophomore at Miami University, where I discovered an opportunity to help solve a disturbing problem in the community.

The two-lane, windy highway between small-town Oxford, Ohio (home of Miami of Ohio – go Hawks!), and the nearby City of Hamilton had been nicknamed “The Highway To Heaven” because so many college students died traveling that road. Students regularly drove to Hamilton to pick up kegs of beer for parties from local distributors. Sadly, many drove under the influence, which added to the trouble. Keep Reading…

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