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Horseback riding instructor indicted for sexual battery

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Boris Gokovski, age 64 of Stafford County. Gokovski was indicted by a Stafford County Grand Jury on July 5, 2017 on four counts of Sexual Battery. He was arrested on those indictments on July 12, 2017 and incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $5,000 secure bond. Gokovski has since bonded out. He is scheduled for arraignment on July 20, 2017.

The indictments against Gokovski stem from a complaint the Sheriff’s Office received in May of 2017 from a female victim who reported that Gokovski sexually assaulted her at the B&R Ranch located in Stafford County. Gokovski is one of the owners of the B&R Ranch as well as a horseback riding instructor. (more…)

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Virginia Little League Tournament a win for sports tourism

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TRIANGLE — More than 1,000 people are expected to descend on Triangle next weekend for the Virginia Little League Championship.

Teams from across the state will travel to Prince William County, from as far as eight hours away, to play for the chance to win and move on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

A total of 35 games will be played over the tournament’s five days, July 20 to 25. On the field, more than 500 children and teens will take the field and play baseball. Parents, friends, family members, and baseball players are expected to stay in area hotels, eat at restaurants, and shop at area stores.

Landing the tournament is a win for Discover Prince William, the county’s convention, and visitors bureau, which started a sports tourism program three years ago designed to attract such events to the county. The teams will play at the three-year-old Fuller Heights Park at 18511 Fuller Heights Road, just outside the main entrance to Quantico Marine Corps Base.

“It has lots of parking, and restrooms, so it’s a great place to hold the tournament,” said one event organizer Brendon Hannifin. (more…)

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Prizes ready for most creative, best cardboard boats

STAFFORD — There’s still time to sign up for the Stafford Cardboard Boat Regatta.

The annual boat races on the Potomac River pit adults and children against each other to see not only who has the most creative cardboard boat, but who can put it in the water and win a race.

About 15 people are expected to participate in this year’s regatta held at Aquia Landing Park at 2846 Brooke Road in Stafford County. The rules are simple: Your boat must me made primarily of cardboard.

Six races will be held on Saturday, to include children’s’ races, races for teens, children, and adults, and adults only. Prizes for those who win will be gift certificates to restaurants in Stafford County to include Sams Pizza and Subs, Cici’s Pizza, Carlos O’Kelleys, Outback Steakhouse, and Sweet Frog frozen yogurt. (more…)



Ornery Brewery set the tone for brew pubs in Prince William

Prince William Beer Trail

Editors note: This is the third in a series of posts showcasing breweries in Prince William County, Virginia.

Prince William County’s first brewpub just did something every brewery wants to do: Distribute its beer on the wholesale market to local restaurants.

Now diners in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. can enjoy a cold glass of beer from Ornery Beer Company in Woodbridge. The brewpub — a combination brewery and restaurant with a chef-driven menu — opened near Potomac Mills in 2015.

“When we starting thinking about this business, this county didn’t have a brewpub. It had a brewery or two but not a brewpub that served delicious beer and food,” said Ornery Brewery owner Randy Barnette, of Gainesville.

Barnette was an investor in a brewpub in Falls Church and thought he could bring the same quality product to Prince William County. Before Ornery, Barnette operated the Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge for 15 years. That restaurant had run its course, he said, and Barnette gave the space an complete overhaul before opening Ornery Brewery.

Barnette knew how to run a restaurant, so he hired master brewer Chris Jacques to create Ornery’s 15 signature beer flavors. The brewpub serves everything from dark and beers to IPAs — just about anything a craft beer enthusiast would expect to find at a small brewery.

Last October, he promoted Ferdinand McAdoo to the position of head brewer, who has been Ornery since its opening.

A favorite of restaurant goers is Ornery’s Blonde Ale, a light beer that pairs well with just about anything.

“Prince William County has a very, very diverse demographic and our beers have to be very, very diverse,” explained Barnette. “We’re not as defined in our types of beer as you might see in some other places.”



Explore summer reading at your Prince William Public Library: Young Adults

 

Free food, prizes, and events all summer long!

How it Works:

Explore Summer Reading is happening now until August 19. A couple of weeks ago we talked about summer reading for kids, infants through students entering 5th grade.

Today it’s all about the teens! Young adults (entering grades 6 – 12), come to any library branch to register and pick up a Punch Card, and we’ll give you your first punch. Then each time you visit the library, tell us what you’re reading and we’ll punch your card. At your second visit, we’ll give you a free food coupon. And at your sixth visit, more free food!

Grand Prizes

But wait, there’s more! We’re giving away a $100 prize at each of our 11 branches, plus one grand prize, a Beats™ Pill+. Each visit counts as an entry into the drawings, and you can earn punches for up to nine visits. Plus, write a book review and enter it on our Explore Summer Reading website, www.pwcgov.org/summerreading, and earn extra entries! You might also find your book review published to our Goodreads page, www.pwcgov.org/goodreads.

Weekly Challenges and Events

Come in each week of summer reading and complete the weekly challenge for the chance to win additional prizes. Then put your smartphone down and come to a free event, such as a cartooning workshop, art class, cooking demo, magic workshop, reptile show, laser tag party, and much more. For the full lineup, pick up a copy of Explore magazine at any library or visit our events page at www.pwcgov.org/library/events.

Then pick your smartphone back up and tag us #PWPLSsummer on social media. Find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Tag us and we might repost! (more…)

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Surovell: It’s time for local governments to invest in early voting

In Virginia, we have elections every year.  This year, we even have three including a special election for school board on August 29 and then elections for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and State Delegate on November 7. 

Turnout in our state and local elections plummets. In my experience, a large reason is that voting takes precious time away from jobs and families and given Northern Virginia traffic, time is at a premium.

That’s why I have been encouraging everyone to vote by mail. Most people do not realize how easy it is and most people also do not realize they are even eligible.  If you work outside  your home county, if you cannot stand in line for long periods, are an out of town college student, on vacation or leaving the county for ten minutes on election day, a first responder, or have a commute and workday longer than eleven hours, you can vote early by mail. 

Last year, over 34,000 Prince William and Stafford citizens either voted early in-person or voted by mail.  In Fairfax County, over 120,000 voted early.  There is no reason that should not happen every year and in larger numbers. (more…)



Who is the most beautiful baby? Sign up for the Prince William County Fair Baby Contest today!

The Prince William County Fair is right around the corner, and we want to see who has the cutest baby in Prince William County.

Potomac Local is proud to sponsor this year’s Baby Contest, and we want to know how cute is your baby.

The contest will be hosted over two days this year. Boys and girls ages nine to 18 months old be on Saturday, Aug. 12. We’ll have the girls contest at 3 and the boys at 4:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 13, we’ll judge boys and girls ages 18 to 36 months old. The girl’s contest is at 3 p.m. and the boys and 4:30 p.m.

To enter your child, print and fill out this application and then mail it to Prince William County Fair, 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas, Va. 20112. All entries must be postmarked by July 14 to be considered.

You can also email your entry or fax it to 703-368-5534.

Be sure to include the registration fee of $5 per child, or $10 per child if you want the cool participant souvenir t-shirt.

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Overnight work planned for I-95 south Wednesday

Drivers headed south on Interstate 95 on Wednesday night should expect delays as crews work to restripe the highway. 

The delays will be heaviest between the Stafford Regional Airport and the Rappahannock River.

Here’s a statement from the Virginia Department of Transportation: 

Motorists should anticipate overnight travel delays and lane closures tomorrow night on Interstate 95 southbound in Stafford County for a mobile work zone to allow crews to install reflective pavement markings after a recent pavement project.

On the evening of July 12, crews will begin on the I-95 southbound on-ramp from Exit 136  (Centreport Parkway) at 9 p.m. The on-ramp will remain open. Motorists can expect just a slight narrowing of the ramp to allow the crew to install the pavement markings.

The mobile work zone will then move to I-95 southbound from Centreport Parkway to Exit 133 (Route 17/Falmouth) to the Rappahannock River Bridge.  The mobile work zone requires a double lane closure to allow crews to work safely and install the pavement markings among the traveling public.

Lanes on I-95 will be closed on the following schedule, weather permitting:

Wednesday, July 12

I?95 Southbound at Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway) to Rappahannock River Bridge

  • On-ramp narrowed at 9 p.m.

  • Double lane closure with mobile work zone at 10 p.m.

  • All lanes re-open to traffic by 4 a.m.



Jeff Dove Leads African American citizens across Virginia in calling out Northam’s despicable racial attacks on Gillespie

Woodbridge, Virginia – African American congressional candidate, Iraq War veteran, and small businessman, denounced Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam for using the Klu Klux Klan as political leverage in this year’s elections.

Jeff Dove who is seeking the GOP nomination in the 11th Congressional District, said Northam was giving the racist organization attention it neither deserved nor warranted. The Klan has said it will hold a rally in Charlottesville and Northam has tried to accuse Republican nominee Ed Gillespie of failing to sufficiently denounce the plan.

“The Ku Klux Klan is despicable. So is using them for political leverage the way Ralph Northam and the Democrats are trying to do,” Dove said.

“As an African American man I am well aware of the Klan and its origins in the Democrat-dominated deep south. I’m a Republican because it is the GOP that was founded to end slavery and has had to stand up to the Democrat party repeatedly to defend the concept of equality for all. Today, the Klan barely exists and Ralph Northam is giving them the attention they crave by trying to inject them into the governor’s race,” Dove said.

Kaylene Seigle, Harrisonburg School Board Member reacted to this incident by stating.

“We need leadership in Richmond who will rise above the type of politics that uses race-based accusations and innuendo. Our Commonwealth deserves better from the Ralph Northam campaign. Ed Gillespie is the type of leader our state needs to bring people together, not divide and tear us apart.”  (more…)

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Heat wave starts today; Temps near 100 degrees expected

Good morning. If you’re asking yourself today if shorts are part of the “business casual” look, we say yes. 

A mass of hot air moves into our region today, and it’s going to be a scorcher with temperatures approaching 100 degrees. 

From the National Weather Service: 

 

The heat could be record setting, forecasters warn: 

 

A true summer pattern has set up over the region with a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast every day through Sunday.  High temperatures will hover near the century mark through Thursday and then fall into the high 80s and low 90s on Friday through the weekend.