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Resident discovers two dead bodies in Woodbridge

Prince William County Police detectives are investigating two deaths, termed suspicious by the police department, Two bodies were found in woods off Featherstone Road this morning.

Road work in PWC rolled on

In an effort to minimize congestion and increase safety on area roads, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Prince William County transportation office work to improve roads and intersections. However, sometimes these changes take time and can impede traffic flow and add a few minutes, and perhaps a few headaches, to our commutes.

Register to vote by political party?

A Prince William County delegate intends to file a bill to establish voter registration by political party in Virginia.

Prince William County’s economy remained strong

December of 2010 brought in the strongest month of sales tax collection in 19 years, which was a great way to start off 2011. Add to that the planned five-year savings of some $3.5 estimated by the Prince William County information technology department specialists, and the county was off to a booming start to the new year. Then, the county’s board of supervisors advertised a tax rate of $1.213 per $100 of assessed value, which was down from the previous rate of $1.236. The approved tax rate was $1.204. Overall, the county's economy in 2011 was strong.

US 29 one lane each way in Gainesville this weekend

Local Gainesville area drivers may want to stay off US 29 and Linton Hall Road this weekend. The traffic pattern is being changed to allow for new construction.

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From 7 a.m. Saturday until noon Sunday, US 29 will be one lane in each direction between I-66 and Virginia Oaks Drive. The Gainesville traffic pattern will be moved to allow for construction of road improvements. The project is to take 3+ years.

Wild weather walloped the region

The year 2011 will go down in the record books for its weather highs and lows. From deadly tornadoes, droughts, wildfires, flooding and high winds in different parts of the country – to a hurricane and an earthquake in the same week in our area!

Top 10 stories: the countdown of 2011

A great deal happened in 2011. The Observer newspapers picked the top 10. The top story had to be the 150th commemoration of the start of the Civil War. The top four will appear here from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6, 2012. All 10 appear in the print edition of the Observer.

Tranquility in Haymarket

Tranquility Day Spa & Salon moved to Haymarket in the spring. In 2012, the business, owned by Gloria and Wayne Harding, will celebrate 15 years of business.

Cedar Point first-graders get passports

First-graders at Cedar Point .
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Elementary School in Bristow take their passports and "visit" other countries. Shown here are Cedar Point's first-grade teachers: Andrea Morgan, Bridget Kiernan, Beth Fredette, Nancy Kulak and Chrissy Johnson

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