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Closings between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. tonight in Haymarket at Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at Interstate 66 and US 15 will be one step closer to completion once the new traffic signal mast arms are installed at US 15 and VA 55, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Lane closures at the intersection, as well as intermittent full closures up to 15 minutes each will occur to facilitate the work.

Agriculture and forestry industries’ impact on Va. economy up 30 percent in four years

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced July 18 that a new comprehensive study shows Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries contribute $91 billion annually to the commonwealth’s economy–a 30 percent increase over results of a 2013 study that found a $70 billion annual economic impact.

Ribbon cutting and dedication scheduled for Covington-Harper Elementary Aug. 24

The ceremonial opening of the newest Prince William County elementary school will be Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. Named for two distinguished leaders in education, Betty D. Covington and John H. Harper Jr., Covington-Harper Elementary School is located at 2500 River Heritage Boulevard, Dumfries, in the Potomac Shores community.

State to get $834,991 from NOAA to reduce impacts of storm flooding

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced July 14 that Virginia will receive $834,991 in federal funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Coastal Resilience Grant appropriations to reduce the impacts of storm flooding through natural and nature-based infrastructure.

Virginia inks trade and cultural pact with Mexico City

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced July 14 that Virginia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Mexico City to formalize a bilateral relationship aimed at expanding business opportunities and trade and strengthening cultural, historic, and economic ties through coordinated joint initiatives.

Manassas City Schools to participate in USDA Summer Food Service Program

Manassas City Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program July 24-Aug. 11. Breakfast (8:30-9 a.m.) and lunch (noon-12:45 p.m.) will be provided to all children without charge and will be the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Participating schools, addresses and meal times stated below.

Rep. Comstock’s anti-gang language included in Commerce Justice Science appropriations bill

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) made the following statement July 14 after her proposed language to fight MS-13 and other gangs was included in the report accompanying the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

Wittman backs House passage of defense authorization; seapower, local priorities included

WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, July 14 backed House passage of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18 NDAA).

Hearing on baseball stadium lease withdrawn from PWC supervisors’ July 18 agenda (last item)

Prince William County Board of County Supervisors has a full agenda starting at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. for public hearings. The final item, "Approve Lease of Nine Acres (Approx.) of County Property – Including a Baseball Stadium and Related Infrastructure and Improvements, ...at 2501 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge, to Potomac Baseball LLC D/B/A Potomac Nationals, its Parent Entity(s), and/or its Affiliate(s), for Use as a Minor League Baseball Stadium and Other Uses..." has been withdrawn.

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