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Prince William County News Briefs: County Attorney Retiring; Chamber Awards

Sunday, May 31, 2009

County Attorney Plans To Retire June 30

Prince William County Attorney Ross G. Horton has announced that he plans to retire next month after 31 years of public service.

Horton, whose official last day will be June 30, began his career as the assistant county attorney in 1974. He later left for the private sector but returned to serve Prince William in 1987. The Board of County Supervisors named him the county's lead attorney in March 2006.

Business Receives Award From Chamber

Employment Enterprises took home top honors last week from the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce.

The Manassas-based company received the chamber's 2009 Business of the Year award for those with 35 or more employees.

Employment Enterprises offers staffing, recruiting, human resource outsourcing and consulting services. The business, which opened almost 30 years ago, is also the home of Temporary Solutions and Checks and Balances.

Artists to Display Images Of Historic District

Twenty artists will have their work on display throughout Old Town Manassas this week as part of the third annual Paint! Manassas festival.

The art, which depicts scenes throughout the city's historic district, will be placed in several shops from Monday to June 19. Shops participating include ArtBeat Gallery, Ashby Jewelers, City Square Cafe, Foundations, Creative Brush Studio, Fulton Bank, The Things I Love, Whimsical Gallerie, Prospero's Books, Opera House Gourmet, Historic Manassas and the Manassas Museum.

Information is available from the Manassas Art Guild, 703-791-5767.

Manassas Programs Win National Honors

The Manassas Neighborhood Services Department has received three national awards for one of its community outreach programs.

The city received the Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation award May 14 from the Alliance for Innovation, a national networking association committed to innovation and transforming local governments. The award was recognition for the summer Week of Hope program, which brings volunteers from the city and other states together in Manassas for a cleanup effort.

The same program won two second-place awards, one for the city and one for the Weems neighborhood, later in the month at the National Conference on Neighborhood Concerns. The neighborhood's award also recognized its community watch program.

Among the dozen neighborhood programs in the national competition were those in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Fort Worth.

-- Compiled by JENNIFER BUSKE

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