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Uranium Mining in Virginia – Conference Raises Serious Issues

December 1, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Uranium Mining in Virginia – Conference Raises Serious Issues

By Molly Pinson Simoneau

u•ra•ni•um [yoo-rey-nee-uhm]
Noun: The chemical element of atomic number 92, a gray, dense radioactive metal used as a fuel in nuclear reactors.

The issue of whether to allow the mining of uranium in Virginia has been revisited. Virginia Uranium, Inc. is pressuring the Virginia legislature to allow mining at Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County. If you open up uranium mining at Coles Hill, is Loudoun County next? … Continue Reading

Governor Volunteers at Foodbank

November 30, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor Volunteers at Foodbank

Governor McDonnell, Mrs. McDonnell and their children Sean, Bobby and Rachel volunteered today at the Central Virginia Foodbank in Richmond. While there, Governor McDonnell also stopped to thank others working to sort food donations, including Jason Anderson who was helped by the food bank and a local shelter after losing his home during Hurricane Isabel. He now works for the Central Virginia Foodbank and says he is grateful to be part of the company, giving back.

To learn more about the Central Virginia Foodbank, visit https://feedmore.org/food-bank

Photo Courtesy of Michaele White, Governor’s Photographer

Schools Cleared To Give Excess Food to Local Food Banks

November 30, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Schools Cleared To Give Excess Food to Local Food Banks

In an effort to help food banks and food pantries across the country collect more food, language specifically allowing public schools to donate unused food has been included in the annual spending bill that funds the Department of Agriculture, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) announced today.

Wolf pushed for the language after learning many school districts are not donating excess food out of concern they were not covered under the Good Samaritan Act, which protects donors who give to food banks in good faith from all liability. Wolf’s language amends the law that created national school lunch program that provides free or low-cost lunches to needy children. … Continue Reading

WV Man Loses Life After Vehicle Is Struck by Tree

November 26, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on WV Man Loses Life After Vehicle Is Struck by Tree

A West Virginia man lost his life in a fatal accident that occurred November 23, 2011 near the Virginia-West Virginia line.

The victim, Damola Itobi, 38, of Charles Town, was traveling on Harper’s Ferry Road just south of Route 340 around 11:15 a.m., when a tree fell onto his 2007
Nissan Altima. The victim was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital but was later transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for life-threatening injuries.

He succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, November 24, 2011. The accident was investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit.

Measure Aimed at Bringing Jobs Back Home Approved

November 19, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Measure Aimed at Bringing Jobs Back Home Approved

Language requiring the Commerce Department to develop a comprehensive plan to bring manufacturing and other jobs back to America is on its way to becoming law, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said today.

Wolf, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Commerce Department’s budget, said legislation approved yesterday in both the House and Senate requires the Commerce Department to immediately set up a task force to examine what needs to be done to encourage U.S. companies to bring their manufacturing and research and development activities back to America’s shores. The department also must develop a list of “best practices” for states and communities to follow to help foster the repatriation of jobs that have moved abroad. … Continue Reading

Wolf: Why Does GE Pay More Taxes in China?

November 18, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Wolf: Why Does GE Pay More Taxes in China?

In remarks today on the House floor, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) questioned why General Electric is paying more taxes in China than in the United States.

Below is the text of his remarks:

“General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010.”

These were the opening words of a March 24 New York Times article. The article continued, explaining that GE paid zero taxes in the U.S. in 2010. … Continue Reading

Virginia Builders Push Traffic Onto State Roads, Refuse to Build Adequately Interconnected Streets

November 2, 2011 Around Virginia 1 comment

Lobbyists Undermine Signature Bipartisan Reform of 2007 General Assembly Session

October 19, 2008 “At a time when VDOT can’t keep up with transportation needs, Virginia’s building lobby wants the taxpayers to shoulder even more of a burden by pushing more traffic onto our arterial roads,” said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Today in Richmond, VDOT will ask the Commonwealth Transportation Board to reduce the street connectivity and sidewalk requirements approved after the 2007 General Assembly session. The proposed changes would remove the Connectivity Index and only require one real external connection for a new suburban development (for every 200 houses). The other connection can be a stub-out that might be connected in the future. In contrast, the Connectivity Index would have resulted in more external connections and options for drivers, reducing pressure on arterial roadways. … Continue Reading

Attorney General Cuccinelli Talks Eminent Domain Abuses, Property Rights at NAACP Event

October 30, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General Cuccinelli Talks Eminent Domain Abuses, Property Rights at NAACP Event

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addressed more than 200 attendees today at the NAACP State Convention in Richmond, discussing government abuses of eminent domain and the property rights constitutional amendment currently pending in the General Assembly.

The attorney general spoke about eminent domain and urban renewal, a project in the 1960s in which the government would raze blighted or poor neighborhoods, transforming the land for public use. This process displaced thousands of families and individuals, often in African-American neighborhoods, forcing them to give up their homes, businesses, and property, and forcing many into public housing. … Continue Reading

Effort To Bring Back 9/11 Commission Advances

October 15, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Effort To Bring Back 9/11 Commission Advances

The effort by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) to reconstitute the 9/11 Commission cleared an important hurdle this week.

The House Homeland Security Committee has included King and Wolf’s legislation in the FY 2012 Homeland Security Authorization Act that was approved Thursday. The measure now goes to the full House. … Continue Reading

Attorney General Cuccinelli Applauds EPA for Stopping Alleged Chesapeake Bay Polluter

October 15, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General Cuccinelli Applauds EPA for Stopping Alleged Chesapeake Bay Polluter

Homebuilders to pay $625,000 Clean Water Act penalty and implement company-wide storm water controls

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli today announced that a settlement has been reached in a Chesapeake Bay pollution case, and he applauded the Environmental Protection Agency for sanctioning the alleged polluter. … Continue Reading

Cuccinelli Files Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Health Care Lawsuit

October 2, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Cuccinelli Files Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Health Care Lawsuit

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that Virginia filed an appeal in the United States Supreme Court today regarding its challenge to the federal health care law.

Virginia’s petition to the court to hear its case raises two primary issues. First, it asks the Supreme Court to overturn the recent decision of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that dismissed Virginia’s lawsuit because the court said the commonwealth lacked standing to challenge the health care law. While this question is separate and distinct from the question of whether Congress has the power to force citizens to buy health insurance through an individual insurance mandate, Cuccinelli stressed the standing issue’s critical importance on its own. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Announces Sales of Virginia Wines Reach All-Time High

September 2, 2011 Around Virginia 2 comments

Sales Increase Over 11 percent in FY2011; Domestic and International Promotion of Virginia Wine is Component of Governor’s Economic Development Initiatives

Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that sales of Virginia wine reached an all-time high in fiscal year 2011, increasing by 11.4 percent from fiscal year 2010. Virginia wineries sold 462,112 cases of wine in FY 2011. That figure is up from the previous fiscal year’s benchmark of 414,785 cases sold.

According to figures from the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, total sales of Virginia wine amounted to almost $1.8 million in wine liter tax collections during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. The total wine liter tax collected by the state derived from the sale of Virginia wine in fiscal year 2010 amounted to just over $1.6 million. The Virginia wine liter tax is applied at a rate of $3.60 per case of wine. … Continue Reading

Attorney General Cuccinelli Helps Target and Prosecute Human Trafficking

August 26, 2011 Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General Cuccinelli Helps Target and Prosecute Human Trafficking

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) hosted a first-of-its-kind (in Virginia) all-day training seminar this week on human trafficking as part of the ongoing effort by the attorney general, law enforcement, and advocacy groups to target and prosecute human trafficking in the commonwealth.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is a form of modern-day slavery where traffickers profit from the control and exploitation of others. Trafficking includes recruiting or taking victims by threat, force, coercion, or deception for the purpose of exploiting them for labor or sexual activities. Labor trafficking ranges from domestic servitude and small-scale labor operations to large-scale farms, sweatshops, and major multinational corporations. Sex trafficking is one of the most profitable forms and includes prostitution, ography, bride trafficking, and the commercial sexual abuse of children. … Continue Reading







The Holocene Climate


(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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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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

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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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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


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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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 …


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


– 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


– 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 …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


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


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 …

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Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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 …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  


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


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


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 …



Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


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


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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