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Offenders and staff from Va. Dept. of Corrections test positive for coronovirus

The Virginia Department of Corrections late March 31 received its first positive COVID-19 test results for incarcerated offenders. Three offenders at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland, Virginia tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

PAWS makes adopting pet more express

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Prince William County residents who are looking for pets should watch for the new pet adoption van, which will be unveiled Saturday, Dec. 10. The P.A.W. (Pet Adoption on Wheels) Express, bought in the summer by the Prince William Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) with a $154,565 grant from the PETCO Foundation, is making its public debut at 2 p.m. at the Prince William County Animal Shelter, at 14807 Bristow Road in Manassas. The van can hold about 26 cats and dogs. Potential adopters can see the animals through roll-up windows on the van, then walk through the van to meet the animals.

Stirrup welcomes newcomers at last town hall meeting

John Stirrup, who has been Gainesville
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supervisor for eight years, introduced Peter Candland, who will take Stirrup's seat and Dick Black, against whom Stirrup ran for state senate, among other newcomers and old hands in the political arena at a Dec. 5 meeting at Haymarket's Battlefield High School. This was Stirrup's last town hall meeting, which started at 7:30 p.m. After the candidates spoke at the lectern, they participated in a question-and-answer session with audience members.

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Dick Black, Virginia senator-elect, spoke to voters about his background and his plans for office.

Ruritans’ fruit sales support students

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Customers Aldo Rodriguez and Megan Van Stry from Haymarket (on left) with Gainesville Ruritans Bart Colendene and Cynthia Hughes. Photo by Jan Davis. Gainesville-Haymarket Ruritans offer fruit for locals. Honeybells are to come, by order-ahead only.

Knight sings for locals

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Haymarket resident Angela Knight, a heralded opera singer, is putting on a Dec. 3 concert for two local community members in need. This year’s production, “Winter Wonderland,” will be performed Dec. 3 at Battlefield High School. The concert will benefit two local families, struggling with illnesses, that “need to know they are loved by the community,” she explained.

Cole saves kids from coal

John Cole will again be Santa's helper at the Town of Haymarket's annual holiday festivities on Dec. 3 in front of town hall on Washington Street.

“The Nutcracker” to be danced in many local venues

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Courtesy photo. The timeless offering of "The Nutcracker" is gracing stages throughout Manassas and Prince William County as local dance troupes bring Tchaikovsky’s classical music to the area.

Churches celebrate the season

Local churches are gearing up for celebrations of Christmas. Come take part in celebrating Christ’s birth in many different ways. Here’s a look (in alphabetical order of churches’ names) at some offerings to help locals remember the reason for the season.

Indian dancers performed at Glenkirk

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Courtesy photo. More than 300 people attended the Nadanalaalya Dance School’s third annual performance at Glenkirk Elementary School, featuring classical and traditional Indian costumes and choreography. The event was coordinated by Beverly Byer, Glenkirk Elementary teacher, and directed by Vasunthra Saravanapavan, dance school founder and teacher.

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