16 Graduate LCFR Officer Development School

The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management is proud to announce the graduation of 16 of our career personnel from the third Officer Development School. These 16 men and women attended the comprehensive two-week academy from May 5 thru May 18, at the Oliver Robert Dubé Fire-Rescue …

Focus On: Monk’s BBQ

Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville focuses on slow smoked, no shortcuts, BBQ. Make sure to check them out every Wednesday for Whiskey Wednesday where 128 of their 130 bottle Rye Whiskey and Bourbon collection is half off. Every Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m. they have live music featuring the local …

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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 19, 2016

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05/19/2016 – 04:37 a.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Grand Larceny
The complainant reported that several pieces of jewelry had been missing from a dresser that he was moving to another location. The value of the items was over $800.

05/22/2016 – 6:57 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. DWI
Sarah Debose, a 33 year old female of Hamilton, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

05/22/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 400 Blk. K St. Domestic Assault
Jordan Lickey, a 28 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for domestic assault. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held. … Continue Reading

Former PTA President Charged with Felony Embezzlement

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The former president of the Creighton’s Corner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was charged last week after an investigation determined he embezzled $13,000 from the organization.

Russell Sharifi, 41, of Ashburn was indicted on May 15 by a Loudoun County Grand Jury for felony embezzlement. The information came to light in March 2016 after unauthorized charges were discovered in the association’s financial records.

The monies were embezzled between September 2015 and February 2016 during Sharifi’s tenure as the president of the PTA.

160 Loudoun Deputies Trained to Provide ‘Rescue Drug’ Naloxone

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Over 160 Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies are now trained to administer the potentially life-saving drug naloxone to help counteract the effects of an opioid in an overdose. Additional patrol deputies recently were trained to administer the drug as part of a pilot project through Purdue Pharma and the National Sheriffs’ Association. The project provides the drug to the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office through a $350,000 grant.

Nationally, deaths from opioid overdoses have risen significantly since 2012, and Loudoun County is no exception. As of May 16, the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office has responded to 46 suspected opioid overdoses this year with 13 of those overdoses being fatal, the majority of which were believed to be heroin (pending toxicology). … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Chair To Deliver State of the County Address May 25

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Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall will deliver a first-of-its-kind State of the County address to the public on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room, which is located in the Loudoun County Government Center (1 Harrison Street, SE, Leesburg).

Following her first 100 days in office, which included the adoption of the county’s $2.46 billion fiscal year 2017 budget, Chair Randall will update Loudoun County residents about broad range of county business. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 12, 2016

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05/12/2016 – 09:53 a.m. 100 Blk. Positano Ct. Fraud
The victim reported that he had been notified by mail that he had won a sweepstakes and had won several thousands of dollars and had to pay taxes on his winnings. He sent several thousands of dollars before he realized he had been scammed. The incident is under investigation. … Continue Reading

Purcellville’s Music and Art Festival Continues Rain or Shine

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The Town of Purcellville’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board announces that the Third Annual Purcellville Music & Arts Festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Field. Despite the weeks of wet weather and the anticipation of rain overnight Friday, this exciting event will continue as scheduled and we look forward to a great day of music, art, and supporting local vendors. … Continue Reading

Former CEO of Virginia Regional Transit Pleads Guilty to Bribery

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Mark W. McGregor, 63, of Charles Town, West Virginia, pleaded guilty May 16, to bribery concerning federal program funds for his role in a bribery scheme that caused $380,000 in losses to the U.S. government.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, McGregor served as the chief executive officer of Virginia Regional Transit, a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides transportation services throughout Northern Virginia. VRT is funded by a combination of federal, state and local grants, including from the U.S. Department of Transportation. McGregor engaged in a bribe scheme with co-conspirator Thomas Ahalt, then President of Mobile Auto Truck Repair (Mobile Auto), an automotive repair business in Purcellville, since 2007. Mobile Auto provided automotive repair services to VRT. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Receives Statewide Award for Veterans Services Program

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Loudoun County has earned statewide recognition for its Veterans Services Program. The program, housed in the Department of Family Services (DFS), has received the Virginia Department of Social Services 2016 Local Recognition Award for Innovation, Implementation and Impact.

The award recognizes the work of social services professionals in the Commonwealth. The award program seeks to capture best practices and guiding principles from the nominees to share with other agencies throughout the state. Veterans Services Coordinator Michael Ball and Francis Coughlin, the DFS Division Manager who oversees the program, accepted the award at the Virginia League of Social Services Executives Conference in Hampton, Virginia, earlier this month. … Continue Reading

LCSO Uses New Technology to Gain Information in 1987 Cold Case

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Cold Case Detectives are utilizing advances in DNA technology to help solve a nearly 30-year-old sexual assault case.

Using DNA evidence from this investigation, detectives sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Virginia that provides a DNA phenotyping service, called Snapshot™, which predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of a suspect from unidentified DNA evidence. Snapshot produced a composite image of the suspect with these trait predictions that LCSO detectives hope will assist with their investigation. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 5, 2016

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05/05/2016 – 01:00 Hrs. 700 Blk of E. Main St. Suicidal Person
The officer was approached by a citizen asking for help to find their son who was having suicidal feelings. It was reported to the officer that the son had been sending text messages that were possibly suicidal. The officer checked the area and enlisted the help of the sheriff’s office. The person was located with minor injury. He was taken to the E.R. and was evaluated. Due to the quick response of family members, Police were able to find this person and he is now getting the help that he needed. … Continue Reading

AG Advisory Opinion in on Sex-Based Discrimination

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Virginia legal dispute flares as Department of Justice sues North Carolina over HB2

Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion Tuesday in response to a request by Delegate Dave LaRock, advising that any form of sex-based discrimination found to be in violation of federal law would also be illegal under the Virginia Human Rights Act.

LaRock (R-Loudoun), was joined in the request by Senator Thomas Garrett Jr. (R-Buckingham) and separately by Delegate Kenneth Plum (D-Fairfax). LaRock and Garrett specifically asked whether Virginia law that prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex” also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, and requested definitions of those terms.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced today that drug collection units are now available at three of the agency’s stations to provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The drug collection units were awarded through a grant from CVS/pharmacy. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Offers Elder Caregiver Training May 19 in Ashburn

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Loudoun County is offering a training designed to empower caregivers of the elderly with information to help prevent abuse and neglect.

In recognition of Adult Abuse Awareness Month, the Division of Adult Protective Services and the Area Agency on Aging are presenting a program from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, at the office of the Area Agency on Aging, 20145 Ashbrook Place, Suite 170 in Ashburn. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Movies in the Park Return to Ida Lee This Summer

25 May 2016

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“101 Dalmatians” kicks off the season on Thursday, May 26. Get the popcorn ready! The Town of Leesburg will once again be hosting Movies in the Park this summer. This free series will feature an evening movie on the third Thursday of each month throughout the summer, hosted at Ida Lee Park.

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Around Virginia

Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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