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Virginia RB Perris Jones walks out of Louisville hospital after spinal surgery, rehab
November 29, 2023, 12:00 am | Source
Virginia running back Perris Jones is leaning on memories of his days as a walk-on for the Cavaliers to remind him that patience is essential, and rewarding.

How a Fairfax Co. mom is using deadly crash to remind kids how important seat belts are
November 28, 2023, 11:58 pm | Source
A Fairfax County, Virginia, mother is raising funds for a teenager who died in a car crash last week and is using it as a reminder for the community to wear their seat belts.

Vending for the holidays: A unique way to give this season
November 28, 2023, 11:02 pm | Source
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has placed its Light of the World Giving Machines in spots all over the country. One has popped up at the shopping mall at Ballston Quarter in Arlington, Virginia.

Oakton High School students launch high-powered rocket to 34,195 feet — higher than many airplanes
November 28, 2023, 10:09 pm | Source
Students at Oakton High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, have reached soaring heights through a student rocketry program, launching a high-powered rocket 34,195 feet into the sky.

El Fresco Tex-Mex grill expands with franchise-owned Alexandria location
November 28, 2023, 6:40 pm | Source
Iranian immigrant Steve Ganji is expanding his restaurant business; a franchise-owned El Fresco opening in Alexandria, Virginia, next month.

Community college enrollment rises in Virginia but remains below pre-pandemic levels
November 28, 2023, 4:46 pm | Source
More Virginia students have been taking a full course load at community colleges over the past year, but enrollments are still short of pre-pandemic levels.

‘Phenomenal’: DC-area drivers notice gas prices have dropped 10 straight weeks
November 28, 2023, 2:52 pm | Source
D.C.-area drivers have noticed that the average price of gasoline has dropped for the 10th straight week with the national average at $3.21 per gallon.

14-year-old dies days after Fairfax Co. crash that left 5 other teens hospitalized
November 28, 2023, 1:25 pm | Source
Kevin Landaverde, a 14-year-old eighth grader from Longfellow Middle School, was the first teenager to die from injuries caused by a single-vehicle crash near Idlywood.

Reston hosts inaugural ‘Winterfest’ with lighted trail, s’mores and Santa
November 28, 2023, 9:09 am | Source
Guests to the new festival will embark on a mile-long lit trail through the "Enchanted Forest" before reaching the "Vendor Village" for food, drinks and live music.

Last access points for 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension to open next month
November 28, 2023, 12:36 am | Source
The last access points along the 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension are scheduled to open early next month, according to Transurban North America, which operates the express lanes.

Why burpees, laps and aerobic bowling start the day at this Fairfax Co. elementary school
November 27, 2023, 9:19 pm | Source
Around 30 fifth and sixth graders at Chesterbrook Elementary School hit the gym an hour before class to get their energy up and learn lifelong fitness habits and skills.

Virginia’s own bestselling author David Baldacci publishes ‘The Edge,’ latest in his ‘6:20 Man’ series
November 27, 2023, 6:11 pm | Source
After publishing books in more than 80 countries and selling 150 million copies worldwide, author David Baldacci can often be found sitting and writing his next bestselling thriller at a restaurant in Vienna, Virginia.

Virginia State University to be first HBCU to host presidential debate
November 27, 2023, 10:23 am | Source
The debate is scheduled for Oct. 1, 2024, in the VSU Multipurpose Center. It will be the second of three official presidential debates in next year's general election.

Gluten-free bakery opens full location in Prince William Co. after farmers market success
November 26, 2023, 2:17 pm | Source
A gluten-free bakery opened last week in Old Town Manassas, the first of its kind in the Prince William County, Virginia, area.

‘I started to really love learning English’: Fairfax Co. community college helps immigrant from Sudan gain fluency
November 26, 2023, 4:59 am | Source
An immigrant from Sudan struggled with English when she moved to Northern Virginia until she entered Northern Virginia Community College.


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