Prince William News
Thu., Mar. 5 - The first election of the year in Prince William County has already begun and election officials are hoping against hope for a decent turnout. Dumfries Town Council member Bill Murphy is running unopposed in the special election set to conclude on April 14.
Thu., Mar. 5 - If the westward extension of the Virginia Railway Express from the Manassas area to Haymarket is in fact dead, the VRE doesn't know it. Last week, VRE spokesperson Bryan Jungwirth explained that the mass transit organization's goal "is to at least study it out to Haymarket" even if "Gainesville may be an easier short-term or phased recommendation.
Thu., Mar. 5 - While the Hylton boys and Woodbridge girls both lost their Conference 4 tournament championship games on Friday night to Colonial Forge, eastern Prince William still made out pretty well this past week in basketball. Along with Hylton and Woodbridge both earning first-round home games in the Group 6A South Region tournament for winning their regular season conference titles, Freedom pulled out the stunner of the winter season with a win in the quarterfinals against defending Group 5A North Region champion Wakefield.
Thu., Mar. 5 - You're not likely to find many softball fans in Nokesville who will say Brentsville District coming up a game short of reaching the Group 3A state championship last year was a good thing. So if there's any silver lining to the Tigers' abbreviated 2014 campaign, it's that it gives the still relatively young squad this year a mission statement to fulfill its unfinished business.
Wed., Mar. 4 - If there is one word coming from varsity basketball fans on the western side of the county that's fit to print after the first weekend of the Group 6A North Region girls and boys tournaments, it's "ouch." What else can you say when seven out of eight local teams drop out within the first two games, including the Stonewall Jackson girls, who were a favorite to at least contend for the state title this year if not to win it all?
Wed., Mar. 4 - Craig and Karen LeValley are trying to find something positive out of the grief they’ve endured since Morgan, their 5-year-old German Shepherd, was shot and killed by a bow hunter on the morning of Oct. 4. Craig remembers the morning of Morgan’s death with a sense of clarity. He recalled that it was a beautiful morning and that Karen had let him sleep in while she let out the dogs – which also include two chihuahuas, Cocoa and Nestle, and another German Shepherd, Zeus.
Wed., Mar. 4 - The wooded area across the street from the DMV and NEC buildings in Manassas is home to a couple of bald eagles that have recently been getting a lot of attention. The Internet has been alight over the last week with concerns for the eagles and their eggs.
Tue., Mar. 3 - For Woodbridge and Osbourn Park high schools, the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) seasons ended last week, but not before the Vikings and the Yellow Jackets produced their best winterlong ice shows in a while.
Tue., Mar. 3 - Anyone who took the Polar Plunge last year for the first time was in for a rude shock if they went for a repeat performance this year. The Special Olympics fundraiser is held each February at Tim's Rivershore in Dumfries. Teams of plungers take turns running from the beach into the Potomac River about 30 yards out until the water is about waist-deep, then dunking under before running back in.
Mon., Mar. 2 - There’s no 9-1-1 number to call when pets get hurt; so, pet owners need to be ready to step up when needed. The Prince William Parks and Recreation Department will offer two first aid and CPR classes for cats and dogs this spring to help people learn what to do in an emergency.