Over the past 10 years, Potomac Local News has been there for the community

Potomac Local News President Publisher Uriah Kiser

In one month, Potomac Local News will celebrate 10 years of publishing local news in our community.

That’s a huge milestone — one that we’re exceptionally proud of.

Earlier this year, we had planned to throw a bash. Now, in the era of social distancing, throwing a big party in June is no longer an option.

But that doesn’t mean we still won’t be there for our community. In fact, we’ve been there for 10 years, reporting the stories that matter most.

In 2012, we were there in Triangle when Basim Mansour, owner of Michael and Sons Services, presented a deserving 15-year-old with a football helmet from his favorite team.

Basim Mansour, owner of Michael and Sons Services, presents 15-year-old Brandon Anderson a Philadelphia Eagles helmet signed by Brandon’s favorite player Michael Vick. (Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Or, how about that time when Shining Sol Candle Company, the Manassas Business of the Year 2018, was slapped with a no-trespassing order from the city while trying to bring wax into their store?

Shining Sol Candle Company’s flagship store is located at 9109 Center Street in Manassas. [Photo: Uriah Kiser/Potomac Local News]

There was a cold January night in 2013 we were there to tell the story of the eight homeless families displaced from the ACTS shelter in Dumfries after a water pipe burst.

Volunteer fire crews assess the damage after a water pipe burst at the ACTS Emergency Homeless Shelter in Dumfries on Monday night. [Photo: Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

Later that year, we were there when community residents gathered early on a Saturday morning in Brentsville to chart the future of what would be Dove’s Landing Park, a place where the community gathers today.

Ryan Conklin, a planner with the Prince William Parks and Recreation Department, shows where a parking lot for a new Dove’s Landing Park could be located. [Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]
Ryan Conklin, a planner with the Prince William Parks and Recreation Department, shows where a parking lot for a new Dove’s Landing Park could be located. [Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

In 2010, when people were beginning to fight for the right access Featherstone Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge, we were there to tell the story.

Kevin Parker, with binoculars in hand, leads a tour group at to the beach portion of the Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge on the Potomac River in Woodbridge. (Mary Davidson)

When Stafford County named Access Eye its 2016 Business of the Year, the ceremony served as a grand opening for the recently-opened Jeff Rouse Swim Center. You guessed it. We were there.

Ophthalmologist Arash Mansouri [right] and his wife Michele [left] from Access Eye. [Photo: Uriah Kiser/Potomac Local News]

In 2011, hundreds of Woodbridge residents were displaced after flooding rain from Tropical Storm Lee fell on the region. Again, we were there.

Flood victims on Tuesday demanded Prince William officials allow them a longer stay at a Red Cross shelter after floods took their homes in the Holly Acres Mobile Home Park in Woodbridge. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

In late 2018, we investigated what led to the closing of the Flory Small Business Center in Prince William County — a place that helped so many small businesses in our community.

Marion Wall Welcomes John Gregory to the Board of Directors for the Flory Center.

We walked on the Interstate 95 E-ZPass Express Lanes and took pictures, and spoke with construction crews while they were working to build the lanes so you would know what to expect when they eventually opened in 2014.

A view of the I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes under construction looking south at Dumfries. [Photo: Uriah Kiser/Potomac Local News]

We’ve been there for the ribbon cuttings.

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Mr. Postal holds ribbon cutting at a store in North Stafford. [Photo: Uriah Kiser/Potomac Local News]

And Hylton’s big win over Osbourn in 2015.

And through it all, it’s you who have trusted us to bring you your local news. You’ve stuck by us, whether through good news and bad.

You’ve supported our advertisers — those locally-owned shops that need us now more than ever.

Thank you for all you’ve done.

If you value this kind of community journalism, and you have not done so already, please step up and support it today by becoming a Subscriber.

It’s only $6 a month, or you can SAVE $13 and subscribe for a year for only $65. Your support means we will be around for another 10 years to continue telling the story of our community.

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