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New historical marker erected at River Mill Park in town of Occoquan

The Town of Occoquan recently received a new historical marker, situated at the base of the Nathaniel Ellicott footbridge and the town’s River Mill Park. This new marker details the history of the Ballendine Ironworks and the Janney Cotton Mill.

Earthquake hits Prince William and beyond

On Aug. 23, at 1:53 p.m., an earthquake hit the East Coast of the United States. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake, with an epicenter in Mineral, Va., shook buildings up and down the East Coast, from South Carolina to New Jersey.

Lightning strikes Manassas home

A Manassas town house in the 10100 block of Statesboro Court caught fire from a lighting strike on Aug. 21, 2011.

Back-to-school issue out now

The late-August issues of the Bull Run Observer, Manassas Observer and Old Bridge Observer all offer must-have back-to-school information for parents, students and the community.

Concussion training is mandatory for PWCS athletes

Prince William County Schools requires parents and students to attend concussion training before students can even try out for sports, regardless of whether they are contact or noncontact sports.

PWC Fair opened

Prince William County Fair brings in livestock and people. Food was a big draw for fairgoers. Here, a man cooks jumbo turkey legs to perfection for hungry fairgoers.
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Students excel on SOLs, but AYP is elusive for school divisions

Many area students performed extremely well on their Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Even still, no area school division—Prince William, Fauquier county, Manassas City nor Manassas Park—achieved all the benchmarks required to earn the national Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standard. They were in line with 124 other school divisions that failed to make AYP. Only four school divisions as a whole achieved AYP, which requires not only high numbers of students to pass the math and reading SOLs, but that certain groups of students meet SOL pass rates, graduation and attendance rates as well.

Patriot readies for opening

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Patriot High School, in Nokesville, is ready to have students gracing its halls. Principal Dr. Michael Bishop is excited to welcome students. Patriot’s final orientation is scheduled for Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m. A pep rally is planned for Sept. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.; classes begin Sept. 6. Patriot High School, at 10504 Kettle Run Road in Nokesville, can be reached at 703-594-3020. Its website is patrioths.schools.pwcs.edu. Photo by Sudha Kamath

Hellwig Memorial Park officially opened

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open universal field, designed for players of all abilities, including disabilities, at Hellwig Memorial Park included many dignitaries, including, from left: Wally Covington, Brentsville District supervisor; Richard Tami, director of Field of Dreams Inc.; and L. Scott Lingamfelter, delegate for the 31st District of the Virginia House of Delegates.
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