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Here are the top three stories today in Manassas:
The Girls’ wrestling coach had an emotional day as her team fought for the state title. Girls’ wrestling Riverside High coach Aubrey Burkett-Erice has worked hard for years to get to a place where she can stand at a state championship wrestling meet for girls in Virginia. “I had hoped that my daughters would have had this opportunity. But they were a part of the growth. Every single female that has come and fought the fight made this happen for the girls today,” she said. (The Freelance Star)
Schools in Prince William County are considering enhanced security measures to keep students safe. Among the serious security upgrades are high-tech scanners designed to detect weapons for both middle and high school students. There are already plans to bring the scanners to all 34 middle and high schools in a phased rollout. Other upgrades present in the district’s rollout include better surveillance technology, uniformed security, and additional training. (NBC)
The real estate market in our area is slowing down. According to a new report from the Prince William Association of Realtors, the real estate market is cooling off in the first quarter of 2023. While there was a decrease in sales, the number of active listings doubled. (Manassas Patch)
Today in Manassas:
AARP Tax Services at Bull Run Regional Library (10:00 AM)
In Person Rotary Meeting at Manassas Baptist Church (Noon)
Persian New Year Story Time at Central Community Library (4:30 PM)
From my notebook:
“In terms of what is more important, money or protecting the environment, I will 100% of the time default to protecting the environment in this case,” said Del. Danica Roem, a Manassas Democrat, at a recent public hearing on data center bills in Northern Virginia. Learn more about where things stand after the final public commenting session on a variance for data centers in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, which would suspend short-term emission requirements through July 2023 and allow the use of generators. (Virginia Mercury)
Prince William County firefighters are calling for pay raises amid a staffing shortage — and failure to bring in more fire and rescue employees could ultimately become a public safety issue. The proposed county budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes a 6.8 percent market adjustment for the fire department, but whether it will be approved in full remains to be seen. ( DC News Now)
Looking for a career opportunity that lets you serve your local community? The City of Manassas has recently posted several open positions, including a Family Services Specialist, an Equipment Operator for the Public Works department, and a Utilities Finance Manager. Visit the link for job details and to learn how to apply. ( GovernmentJobs.com )
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— Sean Peek
About me: Sean Peek is a writer and entrepreneur with a degree in English Literature from Weber State University. Over the years, he has worked as a copywriter, editor, SEO specialist, and marketing director for various digital media companies. He currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.