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Alert: Missing Endangered Child

January 28, 2015 Around Virginia, News Comments Off on Alert: Missing Endangered Child
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The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse has issued an endangered missing child media alert on behalf of the Christiansburg Police Department on January 28 at 11:45 a.m.

The Christiansburg Police Department is looking for Aysia Monique Lewis, 16 years of age, height 5’3, weight 155 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair, wearing: blue jeans, black fleece jacket and tan moccasins.

The child is believed to be in danger and was last seen at Christiansburg High School. The child may be in the company of Donald Bruce Quesenberry Jr. The subject is described as, 33 years of age, height 5’7 Feet, weight 195 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair.

The subject may be driving 2002 Nissan Altima 4d with Illinois Registration V975074. Possibly heading south to Florida.

Additional information: Child is believed to be in danger of sexual exploitation.

Please contact the Christiansburg Police Department at 540-382-3131 or The Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453. (1-800-vachild) … Continue Reading

Virginia Constitutional Amendment Passes

November 7, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Constitutional Amendment Passes

Amendment by Ramadan Gives Tax Relief to Families of Service Members ‘Killed In Action’

Delegate David I. Ramadan’s (R-87th) proposed Constitutional Amendment, which passed through the General Assembly twice unanimously, was approved by more than 87 percent of those who voted in Virginia’s statewide election yesterday. It was the only constitutional amendment on the ballot. Within the 87th District, the measure received more than 88 percent approval in Loudoun County, and more than 90 percent approval in Prince William County. … Continue Reading

Wolf Urges Holder to Investigate Oklahoma Beheading as Terrorist Attack

September 30, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Wolf Urges Holder to Investigate Oklahoma Beheading as Terrorist Attack
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, today sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate the recent beheading in Oklahoma as a terrorist attack and to not just quickly dismiss it at workplace violence like was done in the Fort Hood terrorist attack in 2009:

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW Rm 5111
Washington DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Holder: … Continue Reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces Measures to Expand Healthcare Services to Over 200,000 Virginians

September 9, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McAuliffe Announces Measures to Expand Healthcare Services to Over 200,000 Virginians
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Launches 10-step plan that will reach Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens

Governor McAuliffe launched A Healthy Virginia, a 10-step plan to expand healthcare services to over 200,000 Virginians. This plan is an unprecedented action by any governor in Virginia history and includes authorizations of four emergency regulations, one executive order, and innovative and creative solutions to expand healthcare to Virginia veterans, children, and families. … Continue Reading

VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

July 20, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1.

“I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas to the department, Staples said. “He has extensive experience in all areas of public education and will be a real asset as we move forward with educational reform that will prepare Virginia students for the future.” … Continue Reading

LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

July 17, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science
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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects of technology and science and endeavor to stimulate, encourage, promote, and assist in the development of technology and science in the Commonwealth and sound public policies thereto.”

Each year, the Commission develops a work plan and identifies several topic areas that it will consider. The work plan may include such study topics as those directed by the General Assembly through legislation, requested by government agencies and the public, or identified on the Commission’s own initiative. … Continue Reading

Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

June 25, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Earns Top Special Education Rating from U.S. Department of Education

Virginia is one of only 18 states and territories earning a “meets requirements” designation under the US Department of Education’s (USED) new results-driven accountability model for rating state compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Previously in rating states, USED focused on procedural requirements such as timelines for student evaluations, due process hearings and transitioning children into preschool services. The new results-driven accountability model includes the participation of students with disabilities in state assessment programs and state progress in narrowing achievement gaps in reading and mathematics between students with disabilities and non-disabled students. … Continue Reading

Kaine Statement on Silver Line Announcement

June 24, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Kaine Statement on Silver Line Announcement
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the announcement that Phase I of the Silver Line is scheduled to begin service on July 26:

“Today’s announcement that Phase I of the Silver Line will begin service on July 26 is news we’ve been anticipating for years. This was one of the most challenging infrastructure projects I worked on as Governor, and it wouldn’t have been possible without years of hard work and innovative thinking from bipartisan stakeholders up and down the Dulles Corridor. This project is an example of what elected officials can accomplish when we put aside our partisan differences and work together to improve Virginia. While the delays and glitches have been frustrating, I am optimistic the Silver Line will improve daily life for thousands of commuters and that the long-term benefits in improved traffic, economic development, and livable communities will be worth the wait.”

Eight Die in Traffic Crashes over Memorial Day Holiday

May 27, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Eight Die in Traffic Crashes over Memorial Day Holiday

Motorists Urged to “Drive to Save Lives” This Summer

Eight people lost their lives in eight traffic crashes across the Commonwealth, according to preliminary reports for the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, nine people also died in traffic crashes statewide. In 2012, 11 individuals lost their lives over the four-day holiday reporting period. In an effort to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths over the Memorial Day weekend, the Virginia State Police stepped up patrols as part of the annual Operation C.A.R.E., (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, and ended at midnight Monday, May 26, 2014. … Continue Reading

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Will Celebrate Celanese Easement

May 5, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Appalachian Trail Conservancy Will Celebrate Celanese Easement

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will celebrate the signing of an easement across a portion of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Giles County, Virginia during a dedication ceremony on May 23. The event, located at 3520 Virginia Ave. Narrows, VA, will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The easement was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the ATC, Columbia Gas of Virginia, Columbia Gas Transmission, Celanese Corporation, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, the Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech, and local governments. Celanese has generously donated the easement across 2.5 miles of the A.T. … Continue Reading

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

December 17, 2013 Around Virginia, News 1 comment
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014.

He released the following statement announcing his decision:

“I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years. … Continue Reading

Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

November 2, 2013 Around Virginia Comments Off on Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger
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By Congressman Frank Wolf

Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last two years, even since the start of the recession.

Because of high unemployment and underemployment rates nationwide, local food banks and pantries are struggling to keep up with demand, even during this period of economic recovery.

In some cases, families that once were regular food donors are finding themselves in line for food assistance themselves. Media outlets have reported that military families are regularly visiting local food banks, some of which have had to close their doors all together as their shelves go bare. … Continue Reading

Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

September 16, 2013 Around Virginia, News Comments Off on Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard:

“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out to the friends and families of the victims, as well as the surrounding community. I am thankful for the bravery of the first responders who put their lives on the line today, and every day.”


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Lifestyle

Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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