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Chimney fire breaks out at home near Haymarket

HAYMARKET, Va. — Fire crews are on the scene of a structure fire in the 17000 block of Stormy Drive near Haymarket.

Crews found a fire in the chimney of the house about 8:30 p.m. Firefighters ran hose several feet of water hose from the pumper trucks to the house.

Crews reported the fire had been extinguished shortly after arriving on the scene.

Crews on the scene reported problems extending the house due to a “significant elevation” issue, due to the home’s location on a hillside.

Fire crews from Fairfax County were dispatched to assist Prince William crews.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. We’ll post more details on this story when we have them.

Junction B&B in Manassas is expanding

After seven years in business, and having to turn away hundreds of tourists due to space limitations, the Manassas Junction B&B is expanding.

Owners Mark and Ann Hempen plan to rehabilitate an existing outbuilding on the property into a 450-square-foot cottage suite for the Bed and Breakfast. The addition will provide a third “room” for guests; currently, two rooms are available for rent in the 2,700 square foot main house. As a long time residents of the City, the Hempen’s hope the addition will encourage additional tourists “to enjoy and be enriched by the history, culture, and friendliness of Manassas.”

Located in Historic Downtown Manassas, the Queen Anne, Eastlake style Victorian home was originally built in 1902. Completely restored, and furnished with period antiques, this cozy bed and breakfast is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing get-a-way weekend or to accommodate out of town guests.

The owners were able to take advantage of the City’s Arts and Tourism incentive program to help offset the costs of the expansion.

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Manassas makes getting a food truck permit easier

Diners in search of fast, novel, and delicious meals may soon have more choices as new rules enable food trucks to open for business in the City of Manassas.

Although food trucks have always been a fixture at Manassas events like the Fall Jubilee, and have always been permitted at private events, recent changes to the zoning ordinance make it possible for food trucks to open on a regular basis. The zoning change responded to a growing nationwide and local demand among consumers for food truck fare and a growing number of local vendors ready to open for business.

Restaurateurs interested in parking their food trucks in Manassas will find a streamlined process for permitting. Food trucks are permitted to open if a property owner with at least one acre of land grants permission, and the truck owner obtains an annual $50 zoning permit, a business license, and all appropriate licenses and inspections from the Virginia Department of Health.

Up to three food trucks can stay open at an approved location for four hours between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., and all trucks must be removed from the property at the end of the day.

 Please visit or call 703-257-8232 for more information.

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Battlefield High School evacuated after fire alarm sounds


An all-clear was given at Battlefield High School. The evacuation was blamed on a faulty alarm, said schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer.

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Battlefield High School near Haymarket was evacuated this morning. 

Fire and rescue crews were called to the school on Graduation Drive about 10 a.m. after a fire alarm sounded, according to initial information. 

Crews are investigating the cause of the alarm. No smoke or fire has been detected.

We’ll update you as we learn new information.

Velocity Wings opens in Bristow

Velocity Wings tells us it opened its doors in a new location in Bristow. 

The new 145-seat restaurant opened Tuesday and offers wings, buffalo chicken egg rolls, chicken lettuce wraps, and pulled pork sliders. 

The new eatery is located in the Braemar Village Center at 12853 Braemar Village Plaza.

Velocity Wings opened its first location in Purcellville in 2013 and its second location in South Riding two years later. The Bristow location is the company’s third.  

The company plans to expand to more locations in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., according to a press release. 


Animals break free in area of Waterfall Road


Police tell us the animals wee on a neighbor’s property and not on a street. 

“…it wasn’t really a police issue,” Prince William police spokesman 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok stated in an email.

No injuries were reported. The animals did not obstruct traffic.

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Animal control was called to the area of Waterfall Road about 8 a.m. for a report of several animals on the loose.

Horses and alpacas broke free about 8 a.m., according to initial information, and were on the run in western Prince William County.

No word yet on how many animals got loose, and if they were wrangled back into their pens.

More nighttime road closures in Haymarket

From VDOT: 

Drivers can expect nighttime lane closures on I-66 next week at Route 15, weather permitting, for crews to install overhangs on girders for the new southbound Route 15 overpass, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

On eastbound I-66, single-lane closures will begin around 8 p.m. each night Sunday, October 9 through Tuesday, October 11. Beginning around 10 p.m., all eastbound traffic will be detoured onto the Route 15 exit/entrance ramps back to I-66. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

On westbound I-66, single-lane closures will begin around 9 p.m. each night Wednesday, October 12 through Friday, October 14. Beginning around 10 p.m., all westbound traffic will be detoured onto the Route 15 exit/entrance ramps back to I-66. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Police will be on site to direct traffic. Drivers should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

The work is part of the I-66 and Route 15 diverging-diamond interchange I-66 and Route 15 diverging-diamond interchange project. Diverging-diamond interchanges shift vehicles to the opposite side of the road and eliminate left turns that cross into oncoming traffic, improving safety. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2017.

Enter the pumpkin pie eating contest and beer and wine garden at the 34th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee

It’s that time of the year again! The 34th Annual Fall Jubilee will be held October 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

This highly recognized craft and artisan festival brings out nearly 30,000 people to visit Historic Downtown Manassas each year. Streets become lined with booths featuring unique crafters, non-profits, local community booths, and numerous downtown merchants. There is fun to be had for everyone at the Fall Jubilee!

This year brings back exciting contests introduced last year to the Fall Jubilee. Fall is the season of pumpkin pie and the pie contests are back again! Enter your homemade pumpkin pie into the baking contest or sign up for our pumpkin pie eating contest.

The pumpkin pie eating contest will be broken up into two age groups for children and adults – and there’s a catch, no hands allowed! The Main Stage on Prince William Street will feature music from DarcyDawn & Company and Kitty and the Fat Cats. Underneath the Harris Pavilion attendees can find the community stage featuring local dance troops and musical acts.

This year’s Beer and Wine Garden can be found on the Manassas Museum lawn from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sample beers from Manassas’s own BadWolf Brewing Co. and Heritage Brewing Co and get your wine fix from the new tasting room in downtown Manassas, Aroma.

There will also be loads of fun for the kids including, rides, games, and the Southern States Pumpkin Patch full of pumpkins waiting to be decorated. At noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m, there will be a DareDevil Dog Show on the museum lawn! Stop by to see tricks and a chance to meet the rebellious pups.

Parking for the Manassas Fall Jubilee can be found in the free, downtown multi-level parking garage on Main Street and Prince William Street. For more information about Historic Manassas, Inc., the Manassas Fall Jubilee, and other great Manassas events, go to

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Chick-fil-A free food faithful expected in Haymarket

A new Chick-fil-A restaurant will open in Haymarket next week. That means hundreds are expected to pack the eatery’s parking lot for a chance to win free food for a year. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Local franchise owner Jason Ward will open Haymarket’s first stand-alone  Chick-fil-A restaurant on Aug. 4, bringing 80 new jobs, a chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the community to donate children’s books to benefit Prince William County Schools.

              The family-friendly overnight First 100 party is expected to pop up in the restaurant parking lot at 15250 Washington St., 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A complete listing of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at

The Chick-fil-A First 100

              A tradition going back more than 12 years, Chick-fil-As First 100 celebration has given away nearly $27 million in free food through 2015 and continues to be the chains signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures below zero or above 100 do not deter fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs, computers and other gear.

              Each fan is hoping to win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults — ages 18 and older with identification — in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. on Aug. 4. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Aug. 3, a drawing will be held to select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.

              “My team members and I cant wait to welcome our guests,” said Ward. “Were not just in the chicken business — were in the people business. Our goal is to provide a remarkable experience for every customer, every time, by serving food our guests can truly feel good about eating, providing sincere hospitality and being a good neighbor in the Haymarket community.”

Childrens Book Drive

              Reflecting his desire to have a positive impact on the surrounding community, Ward is inviting his First 100 guests and restaurant customers to celebrate the new location by participating in a children’s book drive for a local elementary school. Ward is collecting new and gently used childrens books on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The donated books will be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House to serve as a free library exchange and will be donated to Prince William County Schools. The Book House, built from reclaimed wood, is donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation ( Last year with the help of communities from coast to coast, Chick-fil-A collected more than 10,000 books, which were donated to 89 local organizations in 30 states and Washington, D.C.

Restaurant Details

The new Haymarket Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:

·       restaurant design using hand-made, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, subway tiles, and light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets.

·       two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi.

·       drive-thru service expanded to offer dual drive-thru ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to quickly move into a single lane for payment and pick up.

·       dining room with seating for 134 and additional outdoor patio seats

·       full-service menu including breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open Monday through Saturday from     6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Like all Chick-fil-A locations, it will be closed on Sunday.

Truck that caught fire at Haymarket loaded with tomatoes

Truck burns underneath one-of-a-kind interchange under construction 

A tractor trailer hauling tomatoes caught fire this morning under a brand new bridge in Haymarket.

The truck was traveling on Interstate 66 when it hit a guard rail. The truck them burst into flames underneath the new bridge that carries Route 15 traffic over I-66, known as the Diverging Diamond Interchange.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. Inspection crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation went to investigate damage to the bridge after fire crews extinguished the blaze, said Haymarket Mayor David Leake.

This was the first fire at the new bridge, and “it fared well through it, it seems,” added Leake.

More from Virginia State Police:

At 8:06 a.m., Monday (July 18, 2016), Virginia State Police Trooper R.E. Curiel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 66 under the Route 15 overpass.

A tractor-trailer was traveling east on I-66 when it ran off the left side of the interstate, struck the guardrail, and traveled approximately 1/10 of a mile against the guardrail before coming to a stop. The truck then caught fire.

The driver, Jose E. Martinez, 50, of Brownsville, Texas, suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was charged with reckless driving. Fatigue was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

The tractor-trailer was loaded with tomatoes.

Westbound lanes of I-66 were reopened at about 9 a.m. Eastbound lanes of I-66 will remain closed for cleanup and removal of the charred tractor-trailer. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route and be prepared for delays.

Photos are attached. The photos are property of the Virginia State Police, which grants permission for the republication and rebroadcast of the images.




Candland announces first youth art contest

Supervisor Pete Candland would like to invite local children to participate in the First Annual Gainesville District Youth Art Contest. The contest is open to all children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Entries will be accepted in any medium, painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. The contest theme for the artwork is Summer Vacation.

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on June 8, 2016, at 6 PM at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. All entries will be displayed through the month of June at the library. Winners will receive a gift card and have their artwork displayed in Supervisor Candland’s office until June 2017.

Artwork should be submitted to Supervisor Candland’s office (7001 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 210, Gainesville, VA 20155) by 6 PM on June 6, 2016.

VRE to Haymarket: If you build it will home developers come to the Rural Crescent?

Those behind a study to expand Virginia Railway Express in western Prince William County say the region’s population numbers will explode.

The transit agency said it used statistics from the Prince William County Planning Office that show more 43 percent of the growth in the county between now and 2040 will be centered along a planned 11-mile extension of VRE’s Manassas line, from the city to Haymarket.

The proposed $550 million extension would have three commuter rail stations — one at Innovation Park, another at Gainesville near Virginia Gateway, and a terminus outside Haymarket. (more…)

2 main reasons to workout with a trainer at Manassas Park Community Center

With the temperatures warming up outside, it’s natural to feel the urge to get up, get out, and get active.

There is still plenty of time to reach your fitness goals before beach season hits, but as we get closer and closer to summer, you may find it difficult to stay on task and stay motivated. That’s where personal training can come in handy.

To help you reach your fitness goals, the Manassas Park Community Center will give you an additional 10 free 30-minute personal training sessions when you renew or purchase an annual Basic or All-Access Passport membership throughout the month of April.

If you’re like me though, you may not exactly understand what personal training is or how it can benefit you. I sat down with our Deputy Director, Jay Swisher, who has worked as personal trainer and oversees our personal trainers here at the community center and asked him some questions I had about personal training.

Shriner: So, what exactly is a personal trainer?

Swisher: A personal trainer is someone who provides not only guidance in the technical sense but also moral support to someone in an effort to help them reach their fitness goals.

Shriner: I’m fully capable of going to the gym and working out or running on the treadmill. What is the advantage of using a personal trainer versus just going to the gym on my own?

Swisher: There are two main reasons to work out with a trainer:

First, you’re working with somebody who is specifically trained in an exercise science based discipline. That specialized knowledge will allow them to prescribe the most effective program to help you fulfill your fitness goals. Exercise prescription includes everything about your workout routine – the recommended exercises, repetitions, sets, weights, frequency, and so on. This knowledge is derived from different places including past experience or background, which can include education and formal training.

Second, you’re gaining a support system. A trainer will motivate you and hold you accountable. Sure, you can go online and download sheets of exercises or watch YouTube videos but those videos aren’t going to text you to make sure you’re keeping up with your routine or encourage you to keep going when you feel like you’ve plateaued. In addition, your trainer will be able to monitor your form by demonstrating how to properly perform exercises. You can put yourself at risk by performing exercises incorrectly, but also incorrect form means you aren’t achieving your maximum potential and getting the most from each exercise.

Shriner: Okay, so I’m convinced. What do I need to look for in a personal trainer? How can I make sure I’m picking a good trainer?

Swisher: The first thing you want to do when you’re considering using a trainer, or even when you want to work out on your own, is figure out what your fitness goals are. Search for a trainer whose skill set best matches your needs. If you have very specific fitness goals, you’d want to seek out a personal trainer who has expertise in that same area.

It’s important to vet your trainer to make sure they are truly qualified. Check their background, ask about their experience and certifications. When it comes to certifications, check for reputable agencies such as AAFA, ACE, or ACSM. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for a mini session. Tell them about yourself. Say you’re a 44-year-old male with high blood pressure who has been sedentary for the past 15 years and one of your goals is to lose 10 pounds. Listen to what the trainer would recommend and see what they demonstrate. How do you feel about their training style? Ask them about their fitness philosophies – do they make sense to you? What it boils down to is you need to ask questions, listen to the answers, and observe their style. (more…)

Live Well Festival to feature health and wellness activities, farm to table brunch

Spring has sprung and it’s time for the year’s first festival in historic downtown Manassas! The 10th Annual Live Well Festival, formerly known as Spring Cleaning Day, will be held Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 .p.m in the Harris Pavilion and along West Street. Health and wellness information, exercise classes, a farm-to-table brunch, and more will be available. (more…)

Manassas Farmers Market has more vendors, ‘Take-Out Tuesdays’

The City of Manassas Farmer’s Market is back for its 25th peak season. Running from April through early November, the market is open on both Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Thursday market will be housed at the Harris Pavilion beginning April 7, while Saturday shoppers can find all their market necessities in Parking Lot B, across from the Train Depot beginning April 9. (more…)

Who is Gar-Field Senior High School named after?

Gar-Field High School, located on Smoketown Road, was originally established near Cardinal Drive and Route 1 on land donated in 1949 by Martin Gilmer Garber and Grover P. Manderfield. (more…)

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