Clinton unpopularity could bode well for Prince William GOP

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If you’re already tired of the 2016 presidential campaign, just wait: The rhetoric is about to get a lot louder here in the Old Dominion.

Virginia continues to be a “purple” swing state, one that can easily go Democratic one year and see voters flip the script and put Republicans in office the next. To boot, every year in is an election year in Virginia, whether voters are putting candidates in local, state, or federal offices.

Virginia will join 15 other states holding presidential primaries and caucuses on March 1 for “Super Tuesday.” The state’s open primary is a chance for Democrats and Republicans to come out and select their nominee for president.

And since it’s an open Primary, Republicans can vote for Democrats and vice versa. Keep Reading…

Over 100 jobs available at Potomac Nationals stadium

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The Potomac Nationals 2016 Seasonal Job Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge.

This annual job fair event is open to the public with over 100 positions in all departments available.

The baseball team seeks dedicated candidates to work part-time as game day employees during the baseball season. Employees could also be tasked with working non-gameday special events.

On-site interviews will be administered on a first come, first serve basis.

Job applications can be downloaded online and will also be available on-site. Applications can be downloaded from the Potomac Nationals website. Part time employment applications will not be accepted prior to the job fair. Keep Reading…

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Crews hitting streets before snow showers, bitter cold sets in

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Snow showers should pass through the region this evening. While the showers will be light in nature, we all remember what happened last time the forecast called for “light snow.” 

The snow should move through this evening late into the afternoon rush hour. Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will deploy snow plows to treat the roads early this afternoon, said VDOT Northern Virginia spokeswoman Jennifer McCord. 

Crews will also monitor conditions and treat roads where necessary in the Fredericksburg region, too. Stafford County is included in this region. Keep Reading…

City of Manassas companies receive ‘Excellence in Business’ nominations

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This post is written by the City of Manassas as part of a paid content partnership between the City and Potomac Local to showcase businesses and economic development.

EXCELLENCE — most commonly defined as a talent or characteristic which is unusually high quality and which exceeds the average. It is often invoked, repeatedly strived for, but rarely achieved. 

On Feb. 25, 2016 two dozen Manassas City businesses will vie for this coveted designation during the Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards dinner.  The awards recognize excellence in business, including categories for innovative practices, outstanding contributions to the community and businesses/organizations that stand out among their peers.    

Nominees include tech firms, fine dining restaurants, and government contractors from both the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park as well as from Prince William County.  They are small businesses, large employers and everything in between.    

Some have just recently opened their doors –like CJ Finz, while others have been around for more than 20 years, as is the case with Carmello’s and Little Portugal.  Both are located in Historic Downtown and both are nominated for “Outstanding Customer Service.”  Keep Reading…

Transit crisis comes as bus loads lighter, drivers leaving

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Morale among bus drivers at the region’s commuter transit agency is low.

It’s the kind of mood you would expect from employees if your bosses, the heads of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation, are heard in public, and in the media talking about a “doomsday scenario” where operations as you know them could come to an end.

It’s no joke that PRTC faces a $9.2 million budget shortfall every year over the next five years. If state and local leaders don’t find the money, the transit system that thousands of residents, federal workers, and carpoolers (Slugs as they’re called in Northern Virginia) rely on could be blown up, changed, and rerouted to only ferry commuters to Metro stations.

All of this comes at a time when some drivers who trained at PRTC are leaving to make more money driving buses for other agencies. Keep Reading…

Dumfries landfill to close in 2032, give $4 million

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A debris landfill in Dumfries will close in 2032, and give the town government up to $4 million in host fees.

The Town Council and the landfill reached an agreement this month on the closure of the 101-acre facility. The agreement comes after years of on again, off again negotiations between the two entities.

Dumfries will be paid the host fee over the course of the next 16 years. In 2015, Potomac Landfill President Philip C. Peet told Potomac Local his landfill would be only of its kind in Virginia to pay such fees.

The landfill will also pay up to $50,000 for a study on how the land could be used following the closure. The land could be used for future parks and recreation facilities. Keep Reading…

Celebrate Black History Month with Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division

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Prince William County has a unique and extensive African American history that is preserved and interpreted through its surviving buildings. 

Throughout the county’s history, many enslaved African Americans worked at plantations throughout the county including Rippon Lodge and Ben Lomond. 

At Brentsville, both enslaved and free African Americans were placed on trial where they were not able to testify against their white neighbors because they were considered second class citizens. 

At Lucasville and the Barnes House, free African Americans after the Civil War built homes and communities to establish a life for themselves as free citizens, where they began to challenge racism and segregation.  Keep Reading…

Found human remains spark murder investigation

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Prince William police are investigating a murder after human remains were found last month. 

Here’s more in a press release issued today: 

Murder Investigation – On January 13 at 1:56PM, officers located what appeared to be human remains and bones in a wooded area in the 8000 block of Barrett Dr in Manassas (20110). The remains were collected by the Medical Examiner’s Office and further analysis was completed which confirmed the remains were human. Based upon the Medical Examiner’s preliminary analysis, detectives from the Homicide Unit are investigating this death as a murder. The exact cause of death is still pending.

Detectives are still awaiting positive confirmation on the victim’s identity. At this point, the victim is described as an adult male. Detectives are continuing their investigation into this incident. No suspects have been identified or arrested in connection with this investigation. This is Prince William County’s 1st homicide of 2016.*

1 wrong letter cost $2,000, ruined a friendship

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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.

As I mentioned in my last article, my keg delivery business taught me the value of being diversified.

My very determined competitors helped me learn that one (did they really have to flatten all FOUR tires?)

By my second year in business, I had added custom-printed shirts to my service offering. That addition helped me learn another valuable business lesson: the importance of details. A very expensive lesson as it turned out.

College campuses back in the 80s – as now – had a lot of parties.

Back then, custom shirts were not as readily available as they are today. There was no Internet to order from, and FedEx was in its infancy. Keep Reading…

Valentine’s Day Events: Chocolate walk and couples art class

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to spice up a regular date night.

Our area lot to offer to make your Valentine’s Day weekend a success. From special restaurant deals, couples painting sessions, and chocolate tasting.

Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk, Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The third annual Chocolate Walk is taking place this Saturday in Occoquan. While strolling through the historic district of Occoquan you’ll be given the opportunity to sample chocolate goodies.

Over 40 shops and restaurants will be participating in the annual Chocolate Walk. You’ll be given the opportunity to register for a chance to win a prize, no purchase is needed to enter. This event is sponsored by the Business Guild of Occoquan. Keep Reading…

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