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‘There are people who shy away from the term politician. I, however, recognize that I am a politician’

Laura Sellers is about to finish her first term as Stafford County’s Garrisonville District Supervisor.

When she was elected in 2013, she rode a wave of blue along with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. While her margin of victory was less than one percent, turning the map blue in Stafford County is a rarity, and fellow Democrats celebrated the win.

Sellers serves the most developed, most populated portion of the county. And, she want’s to keep her seat.

She’s running against Republican Mark Dudenhefer, who held the seat from 2005 until 2011 when he was elected to serve as a member of the House of Delegates.

Voters will head to the polls on Nov. 7, 2017. Learn the location of your polling place

This election season, we’re asking candidates who wish to reach our readers a “why you should vote for me” email by Oct. 27, 2017. 

Sellers sent us this email telling our readers why they should vote for her:

When I graduated from North Stafford High School in 2003, I thought my life would take me many places but I never imagined it would bring me right back to Stafford. I grew up a military brat – born on Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City (by a Colonial in the USAF) and my dad retired in 2004 after I had left home. I was born and raised a nomad.

Growing up military gave me an appreciation for different cultures. I love to travel and love to try different food but it also gave me a longing to be from somewhere. My parents were both raised by the US Army. My father grew up traveling the world while my mother lived most of her life outside of Fort Hood, Texas after her father died just weeks after returning home from Vietnam. At the time, they called it “lung cancer” but now we know that it was agent orange. While my family never needed for anything, I always wanted one place to call home. A family house to return to on holidays. Trees that I watched grow over the years. Walls with memories of my childhood – not my childhood and that of hundreds of other families too.

While in high school, I met a man that would change my life forever. We went to college together and then as we grew into adulthood, life took him to the west coast to play professional football. As much as I loved him, I was not interested in living the life of a nomad anymore. I wanted one place to call home so I returned home to Stafford full time and continued my career in intelligence. To this day, he and I remain in contact as we raise our son and I continue working on contract for the Defense Intelligence Agency. (more…)

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Outdoor Food Festival to stock shelves for ACTS food pantry

From an email:

Manassas, VA– The Prince William Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Cuisine de Commerce on Thursday, November 2 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chamber’s building at 9720 Capital Court near the Manassas Airport.

This year the event transforms from a luncheon into an outdoor food festival; complete with live music by classic rock cover band Type A, cornhole boards and all-you-can-eat samples from the area’s best restaurants, caterers and food trucks. Those attending should bring a donation of non-perishable foods. Burke & Herbert Bank is sponsoring a food drive at Cuisine de Commerce with donations benefitting the ACTS food pantry in Dumfries. (more…)

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‘The driver of the Dodge, a 55-year-old Haymarket, Va., male, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital’

From an email: 

At 4:42 a.m.Friday (Oct. 13), Virginia State Police Trooper B.J. Burke responded to a two-vehicle crash in Loudoun County.  The crash occurred on Route 9, less than a mile west of Route 611.

There was a tractor-trailer traveling east on Purcellville Road/Route 9 when three vehicles following behind it pulled into the westbound lane to pass the tractor-trailer in a no passing zone. The first two vehicles made it around the tractor-trailer and back into the eastbound lane. The third vehicle, a 2001 Kia Spectra, did not. As the Kia came into the curve heading east in the westbound lane, it struck head-on a westbound 2014 Dodge Charger.

The driver of the Kia, Kevin R. Bell, 60, of Inwood, W.Va., died at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Dodge, a 55-year-old Haymarket, Va., male, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

The crash remains under investigation.


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The five creepiest places to visit in the city of Fredericksburg

Looking for the spookiest places in Fredericksburg? Halloween is just around the corner and what better time to see the creepiest places in the area? Fredericksburg Economic Development & Tourism recommends you check out these history-rich haunts.

1. The Rising Sun Tavern

Location 1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Why? John Frazer, the tavern innkeeper, took ill and died in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Staff that works there will tell you that he has never left. It has been reported that Mr. Frazer enjoys unplugging lights, moving objects, tugging on dresses, and pulling pranks on the tavern guides to let everyone know that he is still around.

2. St. Georges Episcopal Church

Location 905 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Why? A lady in white haunts the church. Her face covered in a veil, kneeling at the altar. She is said to have disappeared into the air once a choir lady called to her.

3. Kenmore Plantation

Location 1201 Washington Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Why? Colonel Fielding Lewis is said to have seen from time to time agonizing over money burdens. His ghost can be seen pouring over his documents. Also claims of doorknobs mysteriously turning themselves and footsteps can be heard as well.

4. The Chimneys

Location 623 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Why? A few different ghosts have made their appearance or the presence known here. Objects broken, doors slammed shut, footsteps heard, empty chairs rocking. One night, a mother went to check on her young sleeping son. She enter his room and was surprised to see two young boys sleeping in his room. She didn’t recognize the child, but thought someone must have come to spend the night without her knowing. The next morning she asked her son and he said he slept alone!

5. Sunken Road

Location 1013 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Why? Here along the Sunken Road, the Union Army suffered one of its bloodiest defeats during the entire Civil War. There have been reports of people hearing gunfire, images of soldiers, and voices giving commands. Some claim to hear ghosts whispering in the cemetery.


 

Flickr Photo: Rob Shenk

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Manassas leaders approve sale of troubled mobile home to Catholic charity

MANASSAS — In a unanimous vote, the Manassas City Council on Monday cleared the way for a charity to purchase, and fix the beleaguered East End Mobile Home Park.

The city was ready to pay $1.9 million for the park along Route 28 after its owner, East End Mobile Home Park, LLC, did not fix leading sewage in the park. City leaders had planned to force out some 300 people who live in 58 trailers in the park, demolish the trailers, and fix the leasing sewage problem.

Last night, city leaders approved the first of a two-part agreement to allow an $1.4 million “alternate purchase agreement” for Catholics for Housing to buy the property and fix the sewer system which now leaks raw sewage into storm drains that collect rainwater, which is then treated at a regional water treatment facility that produces drinking water.

“There is no more important reason for this journey than the residents of East End,” said Karen Devito, the charity’s executive director.

Residents who came to witness the city council vote on the matter shed tears of joy after the vote.

Now, city staff will work with the charity to ensure it meets all the conditions set forward by the city to bring the trailer park’s sewage system up to code. Once city officials determine the conditions can be met, the charity will be allowed to purchase the property without further action from the City Council.

“I have to admit I thought this was not a viable project for Catholics For Housing,” said DeVito.

The charity spoke with other trailer park owners and experts, then developed a plan to move forward with the sale. The foundation has purchased over 20 properties in Prince William County and the surrounding areas. It manages three apartment complexes, each in Alexandria, Fairfax, and Fredericksburg.

Councilman Marc Aveni motion the council to approve the agreement. 

“The protects public health, this protects city taxpayers…,” he said.

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Manassas man, 18, arrested on four counts of malicious wounding

From Prince William County police:

Malicious Wounding – On October 14 at 12:12 a.m, officers responded to a residence located in the 13000 block of Dane Valley Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a fight. The investigation revealed that the victim, 19-year-old man of Woodbridge, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, an acquaintance, which escalated. During the encounter, the accused pushed the victim to the ground and kicked him in the mouth damaging several of the victim’s teeth.

The accused fled the area prior to officers arriving. On October 15 around 1:44 a.m., officers responded to investigate another fight which occurred at a residence located in the 13800 block of Holly Forest Dr in Manassas (20112). The investigation revealed that the accused arrived at another party where he was involved in a verbal altercation with a 19-year-old male and 17-year-old male. A fight broke out and the accused assaulted the victims with a crow bar and brass knuckles. (more…)

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Traffic snarled on Yates Ford Road this morning — incidents in two places

Two incidents snarled commuters on Yates Ford Road this morning.

The first was a crash at Esther Court.

From Prince William police:

“…occurred at Ethel Ct at 6:55AM. It was a three-vehicle accident. One of the drivers was cited for following too closely.”

The second was in Fairfax County.

From Fairfax County police:

“Around 9:11 hours this morning, Oct 17 in the area of Old Yates Ford and Kincheloe Rd, there was an 18 wheeler attempting to turn around causing traffic backup.”

@FixRoute28 sent us the featured image for this post showing the backup on Google Maps.

We’ll be talking about Yates Ford and Davis Ford Roads, and the regular traffic backups commuters face on this popular road linking Fairfax and Prince William counties, at our town hall event on Thursday.

If you drive this route on a regular basis, you should attend this free event.

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Gas leak closes portion of Ramoth Church Road

Crews working to widen Courthouse Road ahead of construction of a new diverging diamond interchange struck a gas main this morning.

Rescue crews and sheriff’s deputies are in the area of Ramoth Church and Courthouse roads in Stafford where a six-inch gas main was reported to have been struck at 11:15 a.m.

The gas main is now leaking, and traffic in the area could be rerouted. Right now, we know a portion of Ramoth Church Road is closed.

A gas crew is on the way to fix the leak.

More on this as we have it.

Updated

The road is now reopened. 

Traffic
Leaked chemicals caused HAZMAT on Pageland Lane

Authorities report a HAZMAT situation on Pageland Lane this morning Gainesville is now in VDOT’s hands.

Emergency crews relinquished control of the HAZMAT scene to the state transportation agency.

Police provided us with the details on what led to the incident:

Pageland is closed for a two-vehicle accident. One of the vehicles involved was a lawn service truck and may have leaked some of the lawn application chemicals onto the roadway. HAZMAT cleanup of the fluid is underway. Traffic was being alternated on Sudley Rd past the scene. Traffic on Pageland is being diverted onto Thorton.

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Update: Schools cancel public hearing on sale of excess land at 13th high school site

At its public meeting on Wednesday night, the Prince William County School Board is set to approve the sale of four and a half acres of unwanted land at the site of its soon-to-be-built 13th high school to NOVEC.

The new school will be located off Progress Court in Gainesville, near Jiffy Lube Live.

From school board documents: 

Summary: The Prince William County School Board recently purchased 101.5 acres of land for the 13th High School. Due to the extension of future University Boulevard, several acres of land will not be usable for the 13th High School. Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) owns and operates a substation on property adjacent to the unusable land and needs to expand operations to serve the high school, as well as other new businesses in the area. NOVEC has requested to purchase approximately 4.46 acres of the unneeded property for that expansion at 8225 Linton Hall Road and 7801 Limestone Road.

The School Board paid $158,558 an acre for the area of land across the future University Boulevard and, in turn, is selling the land to NOVEC for the same per-acre value, which amounts to a total of $707,168.

The School Board held a public hearing on the sale of excess School Board property and retention of proceeds from the sale on October 18, 2017.

From NOVEC spokeswoman Priscilla Knight: 

“…NOVEC’s customer base is growing in Prince William County.  The extra acreage will allow us to expand the existing substation at Linton Hall Road and Limestone Road to better serve our customers.”

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center, located at 14715 Bristow Road at Independent Hill.

Update: 

Schoo officials tell us they have pulled tonight’s sale of land to NOVEC from the agenda, so there will be no public hearing. 

From Prince William County Public Schools: 

The following agenda items have been removed from tonight’s School Board meeting agenda. Staff will be re-evaluating the sale price.

10. Public Hearing

10.01 – Public Hearing – Sale of Excess Vacant Land – Portion of 13th High School

14. Adoption of Consent Agenda

14.09 – Sale of Excess Vacant Portion of 13th High School Land