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Tourism rebounds in Prince William County and Manassas

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In the wake of the federal shutdown in 2014, tourism screeched to a halt in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. But in the 2015 fiscal year, various localities, including Prince William County and Manassas, experienced substantial growth in tourism traffic and revenue.

Nicole Warner, marketing and communications specialist for Discover Prince William & Manassas, said the federal shutdown took a big toll on Northern Virginia.

“It was a huge hit for hotels [in 2014]. Several companies and federal agencies were out of work and couldn’t pay for traveling expenses. Due to the proximity of the counties to D.C., it was a huge, huge hit,” Warner said. Keep Reading…

Boarded up and tiles missing: What’s up with this old McDonalds?

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“Are we going to lose the retro McDonald’s to the new McDonald’s design?” asked Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi at an Oct. 2, 2012, meeting.

“Retro? It’s like your going to miss it,” said Prince William County Board of Supervisors Corey Stewart, At-large.

“It’s a classic design,” replied Principi.

“Good riddance,” said Stewart.

It was a lighter moment in a meeting that had dragged on for more than six hours. It was captured on video and is now archived on the Prince William County website. Keep Reading…

Marine Museum hangs WWII plane recovered from Lake Michigan

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A World War II plane pulled from the depths Lake Michigan now hangs in the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Riggers today hoisted the SBD-3 Dauntless into place above the Leatherneck Gallery — the atrium visitors to the famous museum see upon entering the building. There, it will hang with other aircraft that were integral to the missions of U.S. Marines throughout history.

The Dauntless was used by the U.S. Navy starting on Aug. 24, 1942. Several Marine Corps squadrons used the plane in the U.S.

The aircraft transferred from the Marine Corps to the U.S. Navy Carrier Qualification Training Unit in Glenview, Ill. in 1943. It was lost in a training accident that same year when the plane crashed and sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan. Keep Reading…

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…

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…

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