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Pandemic Layoff Spurs Artist to Paint Window Mural in Vienna

After the pandemic forced Pet Valu to close in Alexandria this month, the employees looked elsewhere for a job, but the Pet Valu manager was hired by Loyal Companion pet supply store in Vienna.

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Northam: ‘Time to Legalize Marijuana’

Virginia looking to be the first state in the South with legalized marijuana.

Marijuana Legalization is a Goal of the Governor

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County’s Incident Alert System Helps Nab a Robbery Suspect

Phone calls and social media enable Fort Hunt residents to help in this case.

Incident alert

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Local Breakfast Oats Company Catapulted by Reality Show

Shark Tank Success pays off for GoOats in Burke.

GoOats

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South County Scenes from 2020

With the pandemic dominating headlines, the community strived for normalcy.

Scenes from 2020

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Mount Vernon and Global Warming

Ground water seeping up regularly may be a sign.

With the Potomac River a few hundred yards away, residents of Fort Hunt are seeing ground water seeping up, running down the sidewalks and low-lying street areas.

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Unusual and Quirky Items Sell at Area Gift Stores

Consignment shops and estate sale hubs in the Mount Vernon corridor.

Gift Shops

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Blacksmithing in Burke

It all started as a Boy Scout badge requirement and is now spitting out knives and swords.

Blacksmith in Burke

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Boxing isn’t Always About the Knockout

Springfield has its own boxing workout gym to try out the jab and the roundhouse.

Boxing workout

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Belle View Upgrades May Bring New Life to Shopping Center

Façade improvements continue during pandemic

In early December, shoppers aren’t the only ones busy at Belle View Shopping Center in Mount Vernon.

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Sidewalk and Bike Trail Project Connects to Lee District Park

Spot improvement projects along Telegraph Road improve traffic flow.

Road project in Lee District

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First Female NFL Coach Got Her Start with the MV Majors

Mount Vernon native Callie Brownson is now a Cleveland Browns Coach

Female NFL Coach

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Artifacts Tell the Nation’s Story at the New Army Museum

Museum showcases display cases, first hand accounts, newsreel footage and more.

Inside the Army museum

‘Fairfax Peak’ Indoor Ski Slope Jumps Another Mogul

Public comments show mixed opinions for the slope planned at Lorton Landfill.

Fairfax Peak skiing

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Fairfax County Police Patrol on Bikes to Enhance Community Relations

Neighborhood Patrol Units are in every district.

The boots on the ground for the Fairfax County Police Department include the numerous bicycle squads cruising throughout the county, keeping communities safe while interacting with the public on a daily basis.

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Artifacts Tell the Nation’s Story at the New Army Museum

The display cases, first-hand accounts and newsreel footage showcased in the museum.

In 1861, when the Civil War was just starting, Capt. Josiah Sawell was attacked by a pro-secession mob while passing through Baltimore with the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer infantry.

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Land Acquired Near Springfield for New Inova Medical Campus

Changes coming to area close to the metro and town center.

Inova Medical Campus

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’Be The Good Project’ Ramps Up for The Holidays

Mount Vernon community effort spreads to the schools.

Be The Good Project

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Express Lanes May Link to American Legion Memorial Bridge

Last stretch may be express lanes next with “495 NEXT.”

Last stretch may be express lanes next with “495 NEXT.”

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Options Examined for Mobile Home Parks in Mount Vernon

County officials may look to upgrade these communities.

mobile homes

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Army Museum Opens at Fort Belvoir

Virtual opening paves the way for socially-distanced visits, but tickets are required.

Museum virtual opening

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Show Biz Author Got His Start in Fairfax

Marshall Terrill has written more than 25 books and he’s not done yet.

Local Author

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Bears Spotted in Fairfax County Backyards

In the fall, black bears may be roaming for food.

Bears

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Alexandrian Documents the History of U Street

Filmmaker Jane Pittman returns to Alexandria Film Festival.

Alexandria Film Festival

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Polls Were Busy in Mount Vernon

Parks, libraries and redistricting were small issues compared to the presidential contest.

election

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Burke Teen Awarded for Excellence in Horsemanship

Kayla Wolfe gets the Laura Pickett Award for her enthusiasm and horsemanship.

Teen awarded for Horsemanship

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Celebrate Fairfax: Outlook Not Good

Outside or not, thousands gathered for rides, entertainment and food could be a super spreader.

Celebrate Fairfax plans in question

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Punjabi Dhaba Pops up In Springfield

An outside area next to the Springfield Town Center attracts many.

Punjabi Dhaba

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Local Filmmaker Uses a Pie Recipe to Highlight Family Change

The family and sweet potato pie is one of many highlights in the upcoming Alexandria Film Festival.

Local Filmmaker

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Truck Enthusiast’s Collection Includes an Old Fire Truck

Historic fire truck got its start in Burke

Fire Truck

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Mount Vernon Trail Study Identifies Hot Spots

Mount Vernon Trail study

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Friends Group Performs Bike Trail Repairs on Mount Vernon Bike Trail

Gunk Removal and Plank Replacement is the Work of Volunteers

Mount Vernon Bike Trail work

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Lorton Landfill Mountain Could Become ‘Fairfax Peak’

Officials delay decision on possible indoor ski slope, looking for more public comments before moving forward.

Indoor Ski Slope

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Fort Hunt Community Part of “Be the Good Project”

Family’s effort with food contributions turns into a whole lot more.

Be the Good Project

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Deer Hunting in Fairfax County Controls Herd Populations

Bow hunting program nets hundreds of deer each year.

Imagine walking through wooded county park and all of a sudden, you see a person armed with a bow and arrow up on a stand in a tree.

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Deer Hunting in Fairfax County Controls Herd Populations

Bow hunting program nets hundreds of deer each year.

Deer hunting

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Mount Vernon Serenity Cut Short By Noisy Tailpipes

Modified mufflers put out sounds that carry through quiet neighborhoods.

Noisy tailpipes

Viewpoints: What are the Greatest Things About Living in the Springfield/Lorton/Clifton/Fairfax/Fairfax Station Area?

Viewpoints: What are the Greatest Things About Living in the Springfield/Lorton/Clifton/Fairfax/Fairfax Station Area?

Viewpoints: What Do You Like Best About Living in Mount Vernon?

Viewpoints: What Do You Like Best About Living in Mount Vernon?

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New and Improved Is the Outlook for Parts of Mount Vernon

Everything from new apartments to the Embark Richmond Highway and Bus Rapid Transit are planned.

Things are moving along in Mount Vernon, despite the setbacks everyone has experienced in 2020 from the coronavirus and the economic crisis that persists.

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Shooting in Lorton Leaves One Dead, One Injured

Supervisor Storck plans a meeting with residents for update next week.

Shooting

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Hollywood Musician Got His Start at Robinson Secondary

A Fairfax man was nominated for an Emmy Award recently.

Emmy Nominee

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New Army Museum Opening On Veteran's Day

With the pandemic still impacting the area, museum crowds will be managed.

At 5 p.m. every weekday evening, officials retire the flag at the National Museum of the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir.

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Burke Community Church Expanded, Enhanced

A major expansion project was recently completed at the Burke Community Church, adding space for a 1,150-seat worship center, adult classrooms, offices, lobby, cafe, bookstore and commercial kitchen.

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Pedestrian Deaths Continue to Mount on Richmond Highway

Intersection improvements can barely keep up with the traffic.

A pedestrian was killed last week in a part of Richmond Highway just south of Hunting Creek in an area that has traffic coming in from the Capital Beltway, and several secondary roads intersecting, and is short on pedestrian-friendly crossings.

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Plans Nixed for an Updated Belle View Shopping Center

Proposal for mixed use redevelopment is withdrawn.

Belle View Shopping Center stays for now.

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Fire in Kingstowne Damages Townhouse, Spreads to Others

No injuries reported, firehouse open houses to go virtual.

Kingstowne Fire

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Police Support Group Visits the Franconia Police Station

No fires, rubber bullets or tear gas at this peaceful event.

Bolster the Blue

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Burke History Book is Published

Burke Historical Society spent over a year collecting stories and photos.

Burke History Book

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New U.S. Hotel Brand Opening in Woodlawn Area

Doors will open in early October for the stayAPT Suites, replacing Quality Inn.

In early October, a new stayAPT Suites hotel will open one of their first U.S. locations in the place of the old Quality Inn on the corner of Richmond Highway and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, bringing new life to this area just outside Fort Belvoir.

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