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Dumfries hires interim manager

p>It’s not a permanent solution for Dumfries, but it does help.
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Bank robbery suspect arrested

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Prince William police charged a 44-year-old Dumfries woman in the March 14 robbery of the Marumsco Plaza First Union bank at 13891 Jefferson Davis Highway, Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman, said Monday.

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GOP leaders back Rollison in race
Campaign kicks off

Delegate John A. “Jack” Rollison III showed he has the backing of influential county and state Republicans at his Monday campaign kickoff to counter an inner-party challenge for his seat.

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City helps workers’education
Manassas Park approves expansion program

A Manassas Park firefighter for more than two years, Todd Lupton, 24, is looking forward to receiving an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Services Technology from Northern Virginia Community College.

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Dumfries Town Hall gets new look

The new Dumfries Town Hall will barely resemble the old Dumfries Town Hall when the inside renovations are complete in about two months.

The dark wood paneled walls, vintage 1960s and 1970s, are history and are being replaced with white painted dry wall.

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Park celebrates nature’s bounty

The folks at Leesylvania State Park celebrated Natural Heritage Day on Saturday with an awards ceremony, music, prizes, a birds of prey show and a reptile and amphibian exhibit.
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Dale City woman dies in car crash

A 25-year-old Dale City woman was killed in a car accident Sunday at about 2:30 p.m.,on Prince William Parkway near Hynson Drive, just outside Manassas, said 1st Sgt. Kim Chinn, Prince William police spokeswoman.
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Manassas memorial to salute veterans

A year ago Manassas Mayor Marvin Gillum was visiting with Manassas businessman David Flach at Flach’s vacation home in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

The two strolled into the tiny town and sat down on a bench to eat ice cream cones.

A monument in a small park that honored the town’s past veterans caught the eye of Gillum, a veteran of the Korean War.

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Balancing low taxes against growing needs daunts county policy-makers

Taxpayers beware.

Your government is growing out of control.

Prince William County real estate taxes are up 12 percent this year and possibly going up 9 percent next year.

State spending is up 40 percent in six years.

Your only hope is to vote for candidates who sign a pledge against tax increases.

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Clubs lose thousands on trips canceled due to security fears

The Prince William County School Board has requested school officials to review field trips that were canceled in light of the nation’s terror alert status, to determine the financial burden it has placed on clubs and students.

Under the direction of Edward L. Kelly, Prince William County School superintendent, field trips to the Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York areas were canceled.

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Neighbors, strangers rally to save lost dog

Sarge, a 13-year-old Husky, left his happy home Wednesday night when the wind blew open the screen door on the back porch, where he lives with the Witkowski family on Purcell Drive.

Jillian Witkowski, Sarge’s girl, said the dog is not prone to wander, but this time he stayed out all night, the next day and another night, which surprised the Witkowskis.

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Area analyst spending time on cable TV

Rarely has a week gone by in the past 10 years when Woodbridge resident Robert Maginnis has not appeared on national television.

In this age of duct-tape defenses, “shock and awe” campaigns and color-coded terrorist warnings, he is on television practically every day, helping viewers make sense of it all.

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Local recruits keep eye on war progress

Lisa Rhinehart said she’s not sure if she’s actually going to let her daughter Allana Kerrin go to boot camp at Parris Island.

“She’s my only daughter,” Rhinehart said during a family day gathering of about 50 other U.S. Marine Corps recruits, their families and about a dozen U.S. Marine Corps recruiters

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Second jury recommends death for couple?s killer

Jurors recommended the death penalty for Larry Bill Elliott for the second time Friday morning.
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Mabie: No time to debate

State senate candidate David Mabie declined a recent invitation to attend a Republican debate sponsored by a group that is advised by an outspoken political ally of Mabie’s opponent.

Mabie, 49, and Bob FitzSimmonds, 50, are both seeking the GOP nod to challenge seven-term Democratic incumbent Charles J. Colgan for the 29th District Senate seat following a May 10 party convention.

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A day to say farewell
Mourners come together to honor Hylton linebacker James Parker

Football played a large part in James Parker’s life and the reminders were everywhere Friday.

All manner of football jerseys — some from area high schools and some from their more famous NFL counterparts — were worn by mourners who celebrated Parker’s short life during a two-and-one-half hour service at Hylton Memorial Chapel.

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