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Crime Watch: Taxi Driver Robbed, 2 Injured in Large Fight

Cab Driver Robbed
A taxi driver was robbed at knife point Monday in the Montclair subdivision.

The 44-year-old victim was driving three men to the 15000 Block of Mill Spring Drive, off Holleyside Drive and Spring Branch Boulevard at 3:34 a.m. when one of the men pulled out a knife and demanded money, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

After the robbery, the three fled the scene and police were able to locate the three men, one of which has been charged.

Nathan Robert McGill, 23, of 13002 Kimbrough Lane in Dale City, is charged with robbery, said Perok.

His court date was not released.

2 injured in fight involving 50 people, police said
Two men were taken to the hospital suffering injuries that were suffered during a fight that involved at least 50 people, police said.

The fight broke out at 12:39 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Oak Tree Lane in the Southbridge subdivision outside of Dumfries.

Callers told police a fight was in progress, and police found the two victims – a 20-year-old man from Alexandria and 22-year-old man from Dale City – when they arrived.

Police don’t know what caused the fight and the victims were not able to provide descriptions of their attackers.

Cars, property vandalized in Dale City
Eight vehicles were tampered with in the 14500 block of Three Domers Court in Dale City, between 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

The vehicles were left unlocked and a laptop, speakers were reported mission from two of the eight vehicles, police said.

There were also several vandalisms to property on Saturday in the area of Birchdale Avenue and Burleigh Lane in Dale City.

Eleven vehicles on Birchdale Avenue, Burbank and Burligh lanes were vandalized, as were fences at homes in the area.

Damaged property is suspected to be valued in the thousands of dollars, said police.

State Won’t Fund Hybrid Cars

Stafford, Va. –– Local governments won’t get money from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s massive transportation plan to purchase new hybrid fleet vehicles.

Late last month, the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to withhold funding from a six-year transportation plan approved by the group in Richmond, reports Bloomberg Business Week.

“We’re not going to fix transportation by buying municipal fleets,” said Stafford County Supervisor Cord A. Sterling, who also represents the Fredericksburg District on the CTB. “We’ve got very limited resources and we’ve got a lot of needs.”

McDonnell’s $10 billion transportation plan will fund new road construction through 2017.

Stafford County began purchasing hybrid vehicles in 2005 and has continually bought hybrid cars over the past four years when available, said Stafford spokeswoman Cathy Riddle.

A portion of the county’s green vehicle purchasing policy states all hybrids under consideration for purchase must meet all federal, state and local emission standards and manufacturers must be able to deliver the cars within 90 and 120 days.

New OmniRide Trips Eyed

OmniLink switch riders buses at the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. –– As many as eight new morning trips could be coming to OmniRide in an effort to ease crowding.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, the public agency that operates the commuter bus service from Prince William County to points in Northern Virginia and Washington, says 20 percent of their routes have long suffered from overcrowding –– a result of higher gas prices and congress’ decision to extend the $230 employer-sponsored commuter benefit for federal employees through 2011.

PRTC commissioners are expected to vote on the plan Thursday night.

Until now, all of the agency’s available buses have been in use during peak rush hour times. Last month, however, the transit agency received four new federally-funded buses meant to replace aging buses in PRTC’s fleet.

Instead of retiring the four older buses, OmniRide plans to keep three in service and use the forth to help speed up an ongoing mid-life bus restoration project, said PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo.

The transit agency says a combination of scheduling efficiencies, higher than budgeted fare revenue and additional contingency hours already budgeted into the year’s budget schedule will make the additional trips possible.

If the change is approved, the new trips will be rolled out gradually and would be added to the system’s printed schedules in the fall, said Rodrigo.

Storms Possible Before Fireworks

An overcast afternoon could lead to some summer storms this Independence Day.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Stafford County and points south until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

At 5 p.m., doppler radar indicated a large area of rain moving from west to east that could affect the Potomac Communities before many of the fireworks shows in the region are set to begin at 9 pm.

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One Killed, Power Out After Storms

Powerful storms rolled through the Washington area Sunday night killing one and leaving hundreds in the Potomac Communities without power.

The unidentified storm victim was riding his bicycle along the C&O Canal in Montgomery County, Md. and was struck by a tree, reports the Washington Post.

Closer to home, about 600 Dominion Virginia customers in the Brooke and Widewater areas of Stafford County had their power knocked out. About 300 Dominion customers in the Dumfries area lost their power.

There were 498 NOVEC customers in Prince William County with power out about 10:30 p.m. and four customers in Stafford with their power out, according to the utility’s website.

The storms contained heavy downpours and lightening, and came after flirted with the low 90s across the region. The high temperature at Quantico measured 88 degrees at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The weather service has issued an air quality alert for Independence Day, as temperatures are expected to rise into the 90s. The air is expected to become unhealthy for children, older adults and those who suffer from asthma.

Those who may be sensitive to poor air quality conditions are urged to stay indoors tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.

Drivers Face Long Delays

Drivers make a hasty entrance to Interstate 95’ High Occupancy Vehicle lanes near Potomac Mills.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Traffic headed south on Interstate 95 in Virginia has been backed up since 11:30 a.m.

A crash just south of Lorton snarled traffic between from the Occoquan River all the way to the Capital Beltway, and there are no signs traffic is easing as many commuters are making a break for the long holiday weekend.

The delays along the highway were so bad about 2 p.m. some drivers chose to drive off the highway, into a median and access the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes near Potomac Mills mall.

Anticipating afternoon crowding, Virginia Railway Express will add additional cars to Fredericksburg line train #303 leaving Washington’s Union Station at 3:35 p.m., and will also add more cars to Manassas line train #327 departing Union Station at 4:25 p.m.

The commuter railroad reminded riders Friday there will be no service Monday in observance of Independence Day.

July 4th Get There Guide

Drivers travel north on Interstate 95 at Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/

Interstate 95 / 395 High Occupancy Vehicle lanes

  • HOV restrictions on I-66, I-95 and I-395 will be lifted on Monday, July 4. Normal HOV restrictions will be in place on Friday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 5.
  • Northbound/southbound schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes: Lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m., Friday until 2 p.m. Saturday; and northbound from 4 p.m. Saturday through 7:30 p.m. Monday. On Monday, the lanes will be northbound until 7:30 p.m., and southbound from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tuesday. The lanes will re-open northbound by 3 a.m. July 5.
  • July 4 event traffic: To accommodate travelers attending Fourth of July events in Washington, the Virginia Department of Transportation will coordinate and adjust signal timings at approximately 116 signalized intersections along major arterial roads, including U.S. 1, 29, 50 and Va. 7, 123, 236 and 244. Signals will be timed to help move traffic into the District during the day and then south and west from the city between 9:30 p.m. and midnight.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

  • Drivers are urged to travel to Maryland’s eastern shore / Ocean City, Md., Deleware Beaches using the Chesapeake Bay Bridge during off-peak times, before 2 p.m. Friday, before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Saturday, before 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Sunday.

Hampton Roads / Virginia Beach / Outer Banks, N.C.


  • The transit system says they’ll be geared up to handle the increased volume of riders on Independence Day.
  • Click here to see the Metro’s full service schedule for Monday.
  • The Smithsonian station on the Blue and Orange lines will be closed until after the conclusion of the fireworks display on the National Mall. Metro urges riders trying to get downtown to see the fireworks to use Farragut North, Federal Center SW, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Archives Navy Memorial, Union Station or Judiciary Square stations.
  • All regularly scheduled track work for Monday has been canceled due to the anticipated volume of riders.

Virginia Railway Express

  • No service Monday

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission OmniRide, OmniLink

  • No service Monday

July 4th Holiday Weekend Events Guide

By Kristina Schnack Kotlus

Friday, July 1

  • Fabulous Fridays at Waterworks Waterpark in Dale City will be feature a “Happy Birthday USA” theme and includes food specials, giveaways and games from 5 to 9 p.m. when the park closes.
  • Not ready to be decked out in red, white, and blue quite yet? The Potomac Nationals 7:05 p.m. game will have a “Star Trek Night” promotion.

Saturday, July 2

  • Leesylvania State Park hosts their monthly Kid’s Fishing Tournament beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the marina. Children do not need game licenses, but adults who plan to “help hold the rod” should be sure to have one. Participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies.
  • Kick back and celebrate early with the Arts and Stripes Picnic at the Lorton Workhouse. The picnic is a free event, but a $5 donation is suggested. Parking will be available on site to picnic-goers who are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. The event begins at 2 p.m. Entertainment will include interactive art demonstrations, the Navy Commodores, New Dominion Choraliers, and a keynote from Congressman Gerry Connolly.
  • At 3 p.m., head to the Spotsylvania Courthouse for the “Spotsylvania Stars and Stripes Spectacular” which will feature live music, fire trucks, children’s activities, pony rides and more. Admission is free, but some activities have an additional fee. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and plan to stay late for the fireworks display at 9:25 p.m. once the sun goes down. Avoid the crowds at the courthouse parking lot and use the free shuttle from Courtland High School for the least hassle.
  • Join the Potomac Nationals for their “History of Baseball” night featuring vintage jersey auction, bobbleheads for the first 1,000 fans and fireworks after the game, which begins at 6:35 p.m. Special tickets are available that include an all-you-care-to-eat picnic style dinner before the game.

Closed Saturday: Prince William County Neighborhood Libraries

Sunday, July 3

  • It’s everyone’s favorite mascot’s birthday, and Uncle Slam plans to celebrate in style. Special tickets are available that include an all-you-care-to-eat picnic dinner before a 6:35 p.m. Potomac Nationals game, which will feature mascots from around the area. After the game, be sure to stick around for fireworks!
  • The Village Anniversary Laser Show on the Spotsylvania Town Center Village Green will include patriotic music with neon light accompaniment and sneak previews of the upcoming shows at the Riverside Dinner Theatre. The events start at 6 p.m. and admission is free.

Closed Sunday: Prince William County neighborhood and regional Libraries

Monday, July 4

  • The Dale City Independence Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Dale Boulevard will be reduced from four to two lanes between Mapledale Avenue and Minnieville Road beginning at 8 a.m. Drivers should use alternate routes to avoid backups. The parade will feature between 150 and 200 floats and civic groups, and is being Grand Marshaled by hometown hero Marine Corporal Joshua Himan. Parking lots at Beville Middle and the Dale City Boys and Girls Club, and Center Plaza will be closed for event use, but any other plaza along the parade route may be used for parade viewing. The Center Plaza commuter lot will be the site of the annual Family Fun Day that follows the parade until 2 p.m.
  • Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., celebrate our nation’s birthday at the home of one of its founding fathers! Ferry Farm in south Stafford will have period actors, games, food, live music and more including appearances by an actor portraying General George Washington who called Ferry Farm his home. Admission is $1 but military families with proper identification get in free.
  • Celebrate America with Old Town Manassas. Starting at 2 p.m. at the train depot in Old Town there will be rides for children, food concessions and a “red, white, and blue hayride.” Bring your lawn chairs and blankets starting at 4 p.m. to get seats at the Manassas Museum lawn for the 9:15 p.m. fireworks display –– one of the largest in Northern Virginia. Festivities also include Jay Henley and the Stone Brook Band at 4:30 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion.
  • Stafford’s Pratt Park will have a “July 4th Spectacular” beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing until the conclusion of their fireworks display. Food vendors will be available, but picnic dinners are encouraged, so be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and plan to enjoy the evening full of music and fun.
  • Join the Potomac Nationals at 6:35 p.m. for the largest game of the season! Special tickets are available that include a picnic meal before the game, and be sure to stick around after the final pitch for a large fireworks show in honor of the 4th of July.

Closed Monday: Prince William County Government Offices, Prince William County courts, Prince William County Landfill, Prince William County Libraries, Dale City Recreation Center, Stafford government offices, Stafford Regional Landfill, Stafford Departments and Facilities, Stafford County courts.

Open Monday: Prince William County Fire and Rescue, Stafford County pools, Aquia Landing, Historic Port of Falmouth, Stafford Fire and Rescue, Stafford County Magistrate.

Fireworks that Could Land You in Jail

Woodbridge, Va. –– Prince William fire and rescue officials warn about the dangers of illegal fireworks.

During the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, officials plan to write summonses and place some behind bars for possessing illegal fireworks.

“On the Fourth of July weekend, fire marshals and police officers will patrol the region looking for illegal fireworks, which will be confiscated,” Prince William fire and rescue Assistant Chief Hadden Culp said. “The violator will then be charged with the offence and must appear in court. Locally, use of illegal fireworks in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor, meaning a person could receive jail time of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $2,500.00.”

Every year, many multiple injuries are reported because of the use of illegal fireworks, officials say. Fires and even death are also to be blamed on illegal fireworks, the use of which has increased over the past 10 years.

So what fireworks can you have? Officials say cones, sparklers, sparkling devices and novelties are legal in some jurisdictions. Illegal are anything that shoots into the air, roman candles and firecrackers.

In the end, it’s up to the local jurisdiction to set the rules and users are urged to check first with local governments to find out what fireworks are legal to posses.

Police in recent years have confiscated more than $10,000 in illegal fireworks in Prince William County–– a fraction of the illegal fireworks confiscated in the Washington area, officials said.

Town Reverts to 1790s Map to Set Historical Boundaries

By KJ Mushung

Dumfries, Va. — The latest changes to Dumfries’ historic boundaries were made by the town council in 2005. The problem is they were never amended in the town code, so now Virginia’s oldest-chartered town must revert to boundaries drawn in 1790.

The change means some property owners may have buildings the historic district and may require approval before any changes to their exterior can be made.

Debi Sandlin, Director of Economic Development for the town of Dumfries, asked the town council to approve a survey of the historic area. They did, but now the survey has to be developed, conducted and the results compiled. According to Sandlin, this could take a year.

Vice Mayor Nancy West said at the June 21 council meeting that she wants to make sure any new boundaries include the Weems-Botts Museum.

Mayor Fred Yohey Jr., and Councilman Willie Toney both want Dumfries Public Cemetery to be protected by the historic designation. Though it has graves dating back to the 18th century, the cemetery it’s not located in the historic districts set by the 1790 or the 2005 maps.

Cemeteries are normally protected under state and federal law. However that’s not always enough, according to Toney.

“I have been in a municipality where a cemetery was removed so a road [could be put] through it,” Toney pointed out. “That was in North Carolina.”

“It can’t hurt to have an extra layer of protection in place,” said Sandlin later in a phone interview.

The cemetery is located near Dumfries Elementary School.

Section 70-383 of the town code currently states:

The boundaries of the historic district shall be according to the overlay of the 1790 town map, with the exclusion of everything east of Fraley Boulevard, better known as U.S. Route 1: South boundaries, Quantico Street; east boundaries, U.S. Route 1 (north Fraley Boulevard); west boundaries, Old Back Street; north boundaries, Marion Street, which presently does not exist.

Weems-Botts Museum Free to Military Families

The Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries. (KJ Mushung/

By KJ Mushung

Dumfries, Va. –– Historic Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries has joined the league of Blue Star Museums, which allows free admission to active-duty personnel and up to five immediate family members each year from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

The service member must be present and have proper identification, according to museum officials.

The museum also altered its hours for the summer. It’s now open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Before the change, it was closed on Sundays and open on Tuesdays.

On July 9 at Merchant Park, there will be a presentation on the history of Dumfries at 7 p.m.

You can visit the museum’s website for more information.

Town Manager Search Underway

Dumfries, Va. –– The search for a new Dumfries Town Manager began Tuesday night.

That’s when Kimberly Alexander, who’s held the position since 2009, announced she has accepted a similar position in Culpeper.

Alexander is the eighth person to hold the job in Dumfries in 17 years.

Dumfries Mayor Fred Yohey praised Alexander and said she’s moving on to bigger and better things, and noted that she’s leaving on the job on amicable terms.

“I can’t think of a more capable local government employee. She’s helped us through a lot in the 25 months she’s been here. Were operating on a surplus budget surplus and things have improved since she’s came,” said Yohey.

The town has hired a private staffing agency to replace Alexander, and hopes to have the position filled by Sept. 1.

Yohey says they are looking for someone who can “hit the ground running” and be able to assist the town’s economic development manager in luring new business to the town.

Culpeper is a larger town with more than 13,500 residents, a stark contrast to Dumfries’ nearly 5,000.

She will make $19,000 per year more than what she did in Dumfries, with her salary in Culpeper listed as $122,000 per year.

Alexander to Bid Adios to Dumfries

Dumfries, Va. –– Dumfries’ Town Manager has accepted a similar position in Culpeper.

Kimberley Alexander, 33, was chosen out of 51 applicants who applied to be Culpeper’s new town manager.

“She proved to be the top candidate in a field of very talented people who applied,” said Mayor Chip Coleman in a press release. “She has faced some tough issues in her previous position and handled them well.”

Alexander has served as Dumfries Town Manager since 2009. During her tenure, she oversaw saw an extensive investigation into the town’s police department. During the probe, the town’s police chief of 15-years, Calvin Johnson, was placed on administrative leave. He had spent a total of 27-years on the force and was eventually replaced in September with current Police Chief Daniel Taber.

Alexander lives in Spotsylvania, but her mother owns 15 acres of farmland in Culpeper County, according to the town’s press release announcing her hire, which remains contingent on a background check and a final decision by that town’s governing council.

Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and graduating cum laude from James Madison University in 2000.

Prior to heading to Dumfries, she worked in her college town of Harrisonburg, serving as the assistant to the city manager for more than a year. Before that promotion, she served as the city’s director of Special Projects and Grants Management.

Boys & Girls Club Reopens

Dumfries, Va. –– The Boys and Girls Club in Dumfries is ready to reopen its doors for the first time in more than two years. 

On Monday, the facility was set to welcome 27 children into a nine-week summer camp, which offers children access to the gym, basketball courts, game rooms and computers. Children will also enjoy a field trip once per week.

“It’s good to be back here at the General Heiser Branch [of the Boys and Girls Club]. I’ve worked at the Manassas branch and at the Hylton Branch in Dale City, but I started here and it’s good to have it back open” said Camp Director Judy Moore.

Budget cuts forced the closure of the facility which was scheduled to reopen for the first time Monday.

Children will also have access to a math and reading center that will allow them to keep up with learning while school is out.

The cost of the summer camp is $120 per week per child.

The General Heiser Branch of the Boys and Girls Club is located 17565 Old Stagecoach Road in Dumfries.

Emails, Cell Phone Safety Messages Win Award

Fire and rescue officials in Prince William County were honored for their work on broadcasting safety messages.

The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue was honored with a Governor’s Transportation Safety Award for sending safety messages twice a day to all personnel through cell phones and email, reinforcing the county’s safety policies –– including the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

“This is a dangerous job, but by sending out these messages is just one more tool in our toolbox to help a safer workplace,” said Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Chief Hadden Culp.

The awards ceremony was held Wednesday in Richmond, and is an annual event that identifies and recognizes those working to make transportation safer in Virginia.

Schools Get New Start Times

By Kristina Schnack Kotlus
Schools and Education Reporter

Prince William County, Va. –– Some Prince William County Schools will be starting and ending their day at a different time next year.  Prince William County uses a three-tier approach when busing children to school which allows drivers to serve multiple routes.

High schools will begin between 7:20 and 7:30 a.m.  Middle school start times range from 8:10 to 8:20 a.m., and elementary schools have the widest range, with schools beginning their day anywhere from 8:15 to 9:20 a.m.

This year three schools will be beginning and ending at a new time. Antietam Elementary is one of three schools in Prince William County that will begin the day at 8:15 a.m., with 2:40 p.m. marking the end of the school day.

“It is typical that a couple of schools’ bell times have to be adjusted each year, particularly when we have additional schools coming online”, said Ken Blackstone for PWCS.

Patriot High School in Nokesville (opening this fall) and Marsteller Middle School in Bristow are the two other schools that will experience schedule changes.

Parents at the affected schools should have received notification via website about the changes.  The full schedule of start and end times for Prince William County Schools is available online.

News Transfer on Hold

Dumfries, Va. –– Dumfries’ website is getting a makeover, but it won’t immediately be known as

The town plans to have its newly redesigned website up and running by July.

The new site will allow residents to pay their taxes and to purchase special permits, offer more information about the town’s government, town ordinances and will offer a newly redesigned calendar of events that will list happenings inside the town and around the area.

But the domain name belongs to Prince William County Supervisor Maureen Caddigan. She, prior to April, was the Dumfries Magisterial District Supervisor, an area separate from the actual Town of Dumfries.

The Dumfries District was changed to the Potomac District as part of Prince William County’s decennial redistricting process.

“We have already spoken with Supervisor Caddigan’s office about having the domain. They have graciously agreed to allow the town to have the domain after there has been enough time for the residents that have been using this domain for so many years the time to adjust to the new domain being,,” said Dumfries Director of Economic Development and Marketing Debi Sandlin.

Dumfries’ website will also have a new domain, changing from to

Visitors that still type in will be redirected to the new site for at least 12 months after the new site is launched.

Parents Must Re-Register for Schools Info

By Kristina Schnack Kotlus
Schools and Education Reporter

Prince William County, Va. –– In an ongoing effort to keep parents involved and informed in their child’s education, Prince William County Schools will be switching to Parent Portal, an online interface for parents.

Previously, PWCS has used EduLink, which was essentially a product that interfaced between SchoolFusion, which hosts individual county school’s websites.

This change comes along with an upgrade to a new student information system a sort of “mainframe” that holds all critical student information, a project that is a year in process.

“It has been many years since we have made such a change so the upgraded ability this will give us is significant in many ways.  Unfortunately, these abilities come with a price for parents, who will need to re-register their SchoolFusion accounts in order to keep receiving updates or log into their school’s website.  New accounts may be requested and passwords and login will be available from schools this fall,” said Blackstone.

In the meantime, Blackstone recommends parents follow the same procedure as in years past.

“Parents will need to back up any documents that they may have saved as part of their SchoolFusion classroom account…at the end of the year, the old classroom data, including these saved documents, are deleted in preparation for the next year’s data. We’ve posted directions on how to save the files, which is extremely easy to do,” he added.

If Kids Play, Parents Must Learn About Concussions

By Kristina Schnack Kotlus

Woodbridge, Va. –– Following concussion-related deaths and students who committed suicide last year, a new policy affecting student athletes in Prince William County will begin in September.

Prince William County Public Schools announced Monday beginning with the 2011-12 school year, all athletes and their parents or guardians will be required to attend a concussion education session before being allowed to participate in sports try-outs.

The decision to adopt a concussion policy was made in April 2011 and brings the county up to new Virginia Code Standards requiring concussion training. Virginia law now requires parents and their students to sign a form attesting they received training on concussions prior to student athletic participation.  The bill was championed by Virginia State Senator Ralph Northam (D-6th, Norfolk) who is also a pediatric neurologist, and won unanimous approval from the Virginia House and Senate.

“Prince William County Public Schools supports the need to ensure that its staff, students, and the community are aware of the seriousness of brain injuries and concussions and how they can affect the student’s abilities in the educational setting,” stated a press release from Prince William schools.

While concussions are obviously not a regional issue, Prince William County was particularly affected last September when school board member Gil Trenum’s son, Austin, committed suicide in September after a concussion on the football field.

Presentation dates and times for each middle and high school will be provided by the schools after July 1, according to the school system. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school for an up-to-date presentation schedule during July.

Feds Approve Prince William Redistricting

Map of approved voting precincts in eastern Prince William County.

Prince William County, Va. –– The federal government has approved Prince William County’s decennial redistricting plan.

The plan, which transformed the Dumfries Magisterial District to the Potomac District, was passed by the county’s Board of Supervisors in April. Afterward, it was forwarded by law to the U.S. Department of Justice for final approval.

“The approval of the County’s redistricting plan is the culmination of a process that involved the entire community. The Board heard input from the Human Rights Commission, the NAACP, various community groups and many individuals, said Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart. “Clearly this Board worked diligently to make certain we had district lines that were fair and equitable to the demographics and population of Prince William County, and the Department of Justice agreed.”

The plan modified the counties seven magisterial districts — which help to define polling places — to account for population growth over the past 10 years.  Prince William’s population grew 43 percent since 2000, from 289,000 to 404,000 residents, according to U.S. Census data.

HOV Violators Targeted

Taking the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 95 Tuesday? Make sure your car has three or more occupants.

Virginia State Police along with other agencies are cracking down on those who violate the HOV laws as part of a stepped up enforcement effort, Capital HOV Awareness Day.

Police will be out in force during both the morning and evening rush hours driving the length of the lanes as well as sitting along the highway trying to spot violators, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

The enforcement methods will shift throughout the morning and evening to avoid traffic backups.

While vehicles on HOV lanes on I-95 and 395 must have three or more occupants, vehicles on I-66 must have two occupants to use the lanes.

Police in Maryland will also step up enforcement on their HOV lanes, on I-270 and the John Hanson Highway (U.S. 50).

During the special HOV enforcement last year, police issued 2,300 summons and arrests over the two-day enforcement period, said Geller.

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