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Prince William County news in brief

By — Compiled by Sarah Lane,

Phone scam not from Manassas utilities agency

The Manassas Public Works and Utilities Department has received several reports of someone claiming to be with a “utility company” calling residents and threatening to turn off their power unless they provide a credit card number.

The call is fraudulent, the department said. The utility will not ask for a credit card or Social Security number. If residents receive such a call, the city advises that they hang up. For information, call 703-257-8245 or visit

Dig aims to uncover

a Civil War cemetery

With a $20,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Historic Preservation Division of the Prince William County Department of Public Works will conduct an archaeological survey to identify a possible Civil War era military cemetery at Bristoe Station Battlefield Park.

The public is invited to the survey from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Archaeologists from Wetland Studies and Solutions and public works staff members will be available to answer questions and provide information on the battlefield.

For information, call 703-366-3049 or e-mail

Marine Corps foundation seeks award nominees

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual awards program, which honors the work of individuals, military and civilian, in preserving and promoting the history, traditions and culture of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Fifteen awards will be presented at a ceremony in April in historical scholarship, journalism, and letters and arts. The deadline is Jan. 9. For information, visit

Gainesville students win gold for one-act comedy

Gainesville Middle School’s advanced drama students took home gold this month for their one-act comedy “Four Little Words” during the Virginia Theatre Association’s Festival in Lynchburg.

Students Carleigh Hopkins and Jacob Boon were also selected for the festival’s all-star cast.

The drama department will present “Miracle on 24th Street” at 7 p.m. next Thursday and Nov. 30 and 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the school, 8001 Limestone Dr., Gainesville.

Tickets are $7, $6 with a new, unwrapped toy; seniors and students, $6, $5 with a new, unwrapped toy.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane

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