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Local teams claim four District 8 baseball titles

While the big local winner of the Babe Ruth League baseball tournament this year is the Gainesville-Haymarket Baseball League 13U state championship team, that group was actually one of four Prince William County baseball teams to compete at states. The 9U and 14U Greater Manassas Baseball League all-stars represented the county too, after also winning the Division 8 title, as did GHBL at the 13U and 16-18 level. Aside from the 13U GHBL squad, the other three teams had a much more difficult outing in the double elimination state tournament than at districts.

Engineering an end to hunger

Volunteers for the Workday D.C. Cangineering Challenge spent approximately 120 hours perfecting their national artfully delicious sculpture entry at Haymarket Regional Food Pantry headquarters last week. Workday is a cloud-based software vendor with offices worldwide -- including in Washington, D.C. Sixteen different Workday offices are competing to win bragging rights and a company donation for their favorite cause.

Ghost hunters come to Ben Lomond

A man named Benjamin Tasker Chinn built Ben Lomond House in 1832. In 1850, he rented the house to the Pringle family, who still lived there at the start of the Civil War. On July 21, 1861, the day of the Battle of First Manassas, Confederates commandeered the house for use as a field hospital.

GHBL all-stars win state title

Chalk up Sunday to being one of those days where the third time really was the charm. At Stratton Woods Park in Herndon, the Gainesville-Haymarket Baseball League 13U all-stars won the program's first-ever state championship for the Babe Ruth League in Virginia after the 11U and 12U tournament teams finished as runners-up in 2011 and 2012.

P-Nats in seesaw affair for first place

All it takes is a couple inches to upend a race for the playoffs. On Friday night in Woodbridge, Wilmington rallied in the top of the ninth inning for three runs after collecting only one hit during the previous eight innings, defeating home team Potomac 3-0. It marked the Blue Rocks' fourth win against Potomac in five games, held over three days with double-headers on Wednesday and Thursday.

Dawkins Crest Circle Fire incident

On Sunday, July 20th at approximately 3:15 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 9200 block of Dawkins Crest Circle in Bristow. Upon arrival fire and rescue units found heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear of a 3-story middle of the row townhome that was spreading quickly to adjacent townhomes, immediately the incident commander requested a second alarm.

Let it go

The Marketplace at Madison Crescent in Gainesville was packed on Friday, July 11 for an outdoor viewing of the Disney movie “Frozen.” The cartoon musical was featured as a sing-along where hordes of small children -- and their parents -- could belt out the words to the wildly popular song “Let It Go,” and all the rest.

American Legion Post 364: Friday nights at the post

Members of American Legion Post 364 get together on Friday nights for games and camaraderie. The post also hosts community dinners where members of the public can buy home-cooked meals.

Area students sprint their way to Jr. Olympics

Members of the Mustangs Track Club have qualified for the 2014 Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) Jr. Olympics, which will be held July 27 through Aug. 2 on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Ten athletes from the team advanced to the national event after attending the AAU Region 5 Qualifier Meet in Suffolk last month. The Mustangs Track Club, led by Raymond Gee, Damian King and a team of volunteer coaches, includes athletes primarily from the Manassas and Culpeper areas.

COLUMN:Call to Action - It’s Christmas in July.

Good morning Prince William - It's coming . . . Christmas in July! Don't forget to join us for fun activities to benefit our Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids living right here in our community. Christmas in July is a two day event starting at 5pm on July 24th with Old Town Manassas Restaurants collecting toys and donating a portion of their receipts to the program so this is the perfect way to treat your family to dinner out on a Thursday night in Old Town.

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