Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, Aug. 26.
Students are headed back to school for the first day of the 2019-2020 year in Fairfax County and Prince William County on Monday, Aug. 26. Students will return to an estimated 1,200 new teachers and at least 12 new principals in Fairfax County, and new classrooms have been added to several elementary schools in Prince William County (with less trailers, too). (WTOP)
Throughout Virginia, ceremonies were held over the weekend (specifically at Point Comfort, Virginia, the first place on record of enslaved Africans arriving in the colonies in 1619) to commemorate the 400-year anniversary of slavery in the United States. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, churches across the country and select locations of the National Park Service rang bells for four minutes. (WTOP)
Princedale Drive reopened over the weekend after a six-week closure following the development of a sinkhole that formed on July 4 and swallowed a minivan. After several inches of rain fell on the holiday, the force of the water from nearby tributary (which pushed a pipe into the stream) caused the asphalt above to fall. Thankfully, no one from the minivan was injured. (Inside NoVA)
Fans are saying goodbye to the Potomac Nationals before they no longer call Prince William County home. The high class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals plan to open a new stadium in 2020 and make the move to Fredericksburg. If they don’t make the upcoming playoffs (and if the new stadium is ready in spring 2020), the team’s final game held at Pfitzner Stadium will be Thursday, Aug. 29. (Inside NoVA)