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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Reenactment site picked for Civil War sesquicentennial

Prince William County officials have secured a location for the reenactment of the First Battle of Bull Run planned for next year's Civil War commemoration.

The reenactment, part of sesquicentennial events in the county and Manassas, will take place July 22 to 24 and include 12,000 to 14,000 reenactors, county officials said, noting that the July 22 event is for reenactors only. The event will take place at the 200-acre Pageland Farms, next to Manassas National Battlefield Park.

County officials said the event is slated to cost $345,000, which includes use of the land, marketing, public safety, supplies, transportation and insurance. Revenue is expected to total more than $860,000. County officials said spectators will pay $15 to $20, and reenactors will pay $20 each.

The reenactment is just one of several events planned, county officials said, noting the Prince William County/Manassas Convention and Visitors Bureau has also helped plan the commemoration events.

County officials to discuss home maintenance codes

Prince William County officials will host a public forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss regulations that require residents to maintain their homes.

County officials will discuss state, federal and local laws that address building maintenance problems, including sagging porches and missing siding. Senior Inspector Barbara Stone of the Spot Blight Abatement Program will also discuss concerns about neighbors who delay repairs.

The meeting will be in Room 202 of the Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge.

For information, call 703-792-7018 or visit

Trains blare through night as Manassas loses quiet zone

The Federal Railroad Administration has lifted a ban on trains blowing their horns at night, Virginia Railway Express officials said, and Manassas officials are working to have a quiet zone reinstated in the city.

For now, trains are required by law to sound their horn when crossing roads any time of day, rail officials said.

County School Board leader chosen for Radford U. board

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has appointed Prince William County School Board Chairman Milton C. Johns to the Radford University board of visitors, county officials said.

Johns will serve four years on the 17-member board, which was created under Virginia state law and governs Radford University. The university in Radford, near Blacksburg and Roanoke, has an enrollment of about 9,000 students. The university was founded in 1910 as a women's college but opened to men in 1972.

-- Compiled by Jennifer Buske

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