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Highway alert: Va. State Police to be looking for HOV lane violators on I-66 on Thursday, Dec. 13

Virginia State Police (VSP) will conduct a focused High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) enforcement on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway Thursday, December 13th, during morning and afternoon rush hour periods, according to a news release from the office of Del. Tim Hugo.

Blood needs mount in wake of hurricane

American Red Cross says local blood donors are urgently needed because 60+ blood drives have had to be cancelled due to the impact of Hurricane Irene.

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.

PW nurses donate funds to Head Start

Nurses from Prince William Health System banded together to raise funds, which they donated to Head Start programs in Prince William County, Manassas City and Manassas Park schools.
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SERVE needs food donations

Nonprofit SERVE is in need of donations during the summer months, which is a time when donations typically fall off a bit.

Area commutes can be a breeze

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Getting to work is a breeze for some and a hard slog for others. If you’re lucky enough to work from home, it may just be a matter of walking from one room to another. You may not even bother getting dressed or putting on makeup or shaving. Others who have to drive to work may be lucky to live close by or they have timed their departure and picked the best route to make it easier. Four locals, chosen at random, shared their driving experiences in the area.

It’s tough to beat the heat

Man, it's hot. High temperatures in Manassas area cause NOAA to issue heat advisory on May 31, 2011. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration issued a heat advisory and the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue advises locals to watch out for heat stroke.

Spring Tea celebrates mothers

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Prince William Health System Foundation's 8th annual Spring Tea, on May 15, was held at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Va. The event brought mothers and daughters of all ages together. This mother and daughter even color-coordinated their outfits. Many area residents and businesspeople remembered loved ones they lost to breast cancer. The tea was a fundraiser for The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas. Many silent auction items were awarded to the highest bidders.

Farmers markets now open or opening soon

Bull Run photoFarmers markets are open now, and others are opening soon, to provide locals with homegrown tomatoes, berries, corn and other produce. Some markets even have local vendors who sell their crafts and wares. Read all the details about local farmers' markets in the May 13 Manassas Observer. And, check out the list of area markets and when they're open.

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