Monday, May 20, 2013
Manassas eighth grader Christopher Shoemaker will compete in the famed Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington DC this month.
Manassas middle school student Christopher Shoemaker will be among the spelling elite when he travels up the road to Washington D.C. for the Scripps Spelling Bee next week. Christopher, an eighth grader at Grace E. Metz Middle School, competed in the Prince William Spelling Bee on March 8 and defeated 23 other top spellers for first place. He spelled the word "Arcane" correctly for the win, landing him a spot at Scripps. City officials said Christopher lasted through 24 rounds of spelling over a two-hour period. He was recognized by Manassas City Council and the Manassas City Public School Board for his accomplishments. "It is an individual accomplishment, as well as the accomplishment of our school system," Manassas Mayor Hal J. …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Attorney general gets the nomination for governor.
Virginia Republican Party delegates officially nominated Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to run for governor at its state convention Saturday in Richmond. See: VA GOP Nominates Ken Cuccinelli for Governor's Race The full text of Cuccinelli’s speech runs below: I think you now have a better sense of why I’m one of the luckiest guys in Virginia. I want to thank my wife, Teiro - who is such a great advocate for me and our shared principles - and my children who have stood by me every step of the way. I also want to thank my mother and father for being here today and providing great examples for me over the years. Wherever you are from in Virginia, Teiro and I are thankful you are here and we are humbled by your support. With today being …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Cuccinelli formally received the nomination Saturday at the Virginia Republican Convention.
Virginia Republican Party delegates officially nominated Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to run for governor at its state convention Saturday in Richmond. Cuccinelli, 44, essentially locked down the Republican nomination in November 2012, when outgoing Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced he wouldn’t be seeking the nomination. Bolling cited party officials’ vote to change the nominating method from a primary election to a convention as the main reason for withdrawing his hat. "I see a Commonwealth where our people once again lead in liberty and opportunity," Cuccinelli said in his address. "Where striving to achieve is respected, even when we fall short, and it’s celebrated when we succeed. I see a Commonwealth where we restrain our debt so we …
Ken Cuccinelli is expected to accept the gubernatorial nomination Saturday at the Virginia Republican Convention in Richmond.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is expected to formally accept the Republican nomination for Governor on Saturday morning, delivering a speech at the Virginia GOP's convention. More than 13,000 delegates are registered for the event. As the Republican candidate, Cuccinelli will face off against Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Nov. 5 general election. The address is scheduled to begin around 10:45 a.m. Saturday. You can stream it live in the video above.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Contract Solutions Inc. (CSI) celebrated its ribbon cutting Thursday with business leaders from the Manassas area.
Corliss Udoema said she went from a makeshift office in her kitchen to landing multi-million dollar contracts with the federal government, all by using a simple method. “One word: prayer,” Udoema said on Thursday from Contract Solutions Inc.’s brand new office space just outside of Manassas in Prince William County. “(I prayed) for wisdom. I started with the computer and the telephone I had at home and with the brains the good lord gave me,” said Udoema who is the president and CEO of CSI. A crowd of local business leaders welcomed Udoema and CSI to its new home on Thursday during an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The company is an employment agency of sorts, but its scope is far broader than that, she said. CSI employs about 100 …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Organizers: "Manassas Tea Party was one of those at the center of the attack."
The Manassas Tea Party says it was one of the conservative organizations faced with extra hurdles and unusual delays in receiving tax-exempt status from the IRS, according to a post by organizers at the MTP website. President Barack Obama announced the resignation of acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller on Wednesday night. The Justice Department launched an investigation Friday into the extra scrutiny applied by IRS employees on tea party applications and whether high-ranking members of the IRS misled or lied during congressional testimony in 2012, according to the New York Times. "The Manassas Tea Party (MTP) was one of those at the center of the attack by the Internal Revenue Service," according to the statement at the MTP website. "…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Smart Markets Inc. Farmers' Market is Manassas Park is from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays in the Manassas Park City Hall parking lot.
Check out video of freshly popped pocorn at the Manassas Park's weekly farmers' market.
City council adopted the budget in a 4-2 vote on Monday.
Real Estate taxes in Manassas will be a little higher when July rolls around, with city council set to finalize the adoption of its Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Manassas City Council voted 4-2 on Monday to adopt the $328,392,966 budget. A second reading of that adoption is on Wednesday. Councilmen Marc Avent and Ian Lovejoy both voted against the budget and tax increases, the Washington Post reported. The budget calls for a total real estate tax rate of $1.393 per hundred dollars of a property's accessed value—2.7 cents more than the current rate of $1.366. The general property tax rate, which is part of the total real estate tax rate, did not increase, but will remain at $1.192. Part of the 2.7 cent tax increase will go toward funding the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The veteran veterinarians of Prince William Animal Hospital are preparing to break ground on a new building on its existing lot in Manassas.
Veterinarian Teresa Brown's dream of building a larger animal hospital to serve the 5,000-plus patients is one step closer to coming true. The city of Manassas issued a Special Use Permit for the building of the new 8,600 square foot facility—the new home for Prince William Animal Hospital. The practice will remain on Nokesville Road on the same parcel of land as the current hospital located inside a small house, Brown said. The three buildings now on the property-the animal hospital, a staff break room and a storage facility-will eventually be torn down as the phases of the new hospital are completed. The new hospital will have two floors: the ground/basement level will be about 2,800 square feet while the first floor will be 5,800 square…
Friday, May 10, 2013
The elementary school day will last 30 minutes longer and the middle school day will increase by 15 minutes, division administrators said.
Elementary and middle school children in Manassas will receive more learning time next school year, thanks to adjustments in the Manassas City Public Schools division calendar. The school board approved new start and dismissal times for all of the division's schools, effective in September and lasting the entire 2013-2014 school year. Administrators said the new schedule saves money and increases student achievement, especially for the younger ones because more time is spent learning. The schedule changes were prompted by decreased funding from the state. Less money meant school administrations had to execute a cost reduction in the division's transportation, prompting a change in school and bus schedules. New school bus schedules will be…