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“Future Developers Must Follow The Rules Of Law Set Forth In Our Town” Citizen Activist Challenges Vineyard Square Development

July 1, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on “Future Developers Must Follow The Rules Of Law Set Forth In Our Town” Citizen Activist Challenges Vineyard Square Development
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– By Andrea Gaines

Purcellville resident and businesswoman Mary Ellen Stover addressed citizens June 27, as she explained her legal challenge to Purcellville Zoning Administrator Patrick Sullivan’s decision to let the historic downtown project known as Vineyard Square proceed, despite at least two expired Certificate of Design Approval permits.

Stover’s antique shop, Mary Ellen Stover Antiques, is located in a part of historic downtown Purcellville that will be directly impacted by the 5-6 story, mixed-use Vineyard Square development. But, according to Stover, while she opposes the project on principle, believing that its size and scope is inappropriate for the spot and incompatible for historic downtown, the essence of her legal challenge centers on the special treatment being given to developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis.

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Stage Is Set For Purcellville’s July 7, 8, 9 Zoning Debate

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No-Size-Limit Big Box Stores, By-Right Drive-Thrus And More On Developers’ Wish List

The Purcellville Planning Commission has finalized its agenda for the approximately 229 zoning regulations that will be the subject of three major public input sessions in early July.

The commission’s agenda ranges from uses that will remain unchanged in residential, commercial and industrial zones, to new uses that would now fall into the by-right category, eliminating requirements for public input before a particular project can proceed. These by-right uses include drive-thrus, no-size-limit big box stores, and high-density town center-style developments.

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Public Asked To Weigh in on Developer Demands for Sweeping Changes to Zoning Map

June 3, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Public Asked To Weigh in on Developer Demands for Sweeping Changes to Zoning Map
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Expanded Big Box Stores, By Right Drive-Thrus, Data Centers and More on Planning Commissioner’s Agenda

Purcellville Planning Commission Chairman Gilbert Paist – under significant pressure from Mayor Kwasi Fraser, Town Council member Karen Jimmerson, Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman and others – is asking for public input on a long and increasingly aggressive list of developer demands for sweeping changes to town zoning regulations.

Paist, serving on the Planning Commission since 2011 and as chairman since 2014, is viewed by the preservation community as decidedly pro-developer, as are many long-standing members of both the Planning Commission and the Purcellville Town Council. … Continue Reading

Kline Proposal Update

June 3, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Kline Proposal Update
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In late May the developers of the Purcellville Crossroads Property had a meeting at the Carver Center to update the neighbors on the proposed annexation project – although the residents in the town of Purcellville were not notified of the meeting.

Pleasants Kline, along with three other property owners, is requesting the annexation of approximately 50.4 acres. The property is currently zoned JLMA-3 (one house per three acres). It is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Berlin Turnpike (Rt. 287) and Harry Byrd Highway (Rt. 7) and along St. Francis Court. … Continue Reading

BOS Approves $167,000 For Northern Collector Road Study

June 3, 2015 Development, News 3 comments
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Another Give Away To “Deep-Pocketed” Developers, Says One

In March, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved funding for a study of the NCR. The road –envisioned as a four-lane highway – appears on Loudoun’s Countywide Transportation Plan. However, smart growth advocates point out that collector roads are often purely conceptual in nature, put on transportation documents in the event they are needed in the future. Loudoun’s official transportation plan map, in fact, is designed to chart county transportation needs through the year 2030. Said Wright Farm resident Ray Baker, whose residential neighborhood would be directly impacted by the road “ … for every deep-pocketed voice which demands zoning changes, there are dozens of regular folks like myself who moved to Purcellville specifically to be away from the noise and congestion of other areas … the last thing this area needs is a four-lane Northern Collector Road running through our peaceful development.” … Continue Reading

Help Shape Loudoun’s Future; Attend a Silver Line Scenario Planning Work Session May 28

May 10, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Help Shape Loudoun’s Future; Attend a Silver Line Scenario Planning Work Session May 28
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Loudoun County encourages anyone interested in the development around the future Metrorail stations in Loudoun to attend an interactive work session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Moorefield Station Elementary School, 22325 Mooreview Parkway in Ashburn.

The work session will include a presentation and interactive activities. Participants will hear about the process the Loudoun County project team is using to consider alternative growth scenarios for land around the future Metro stations. People attending the work session will help shape the future of Loudoun County by sharing their ideas about new development. During the work session, participants will have the opportunity to talk to team members about the issues most important to them and help set priorities for the land use scenario planning study as the process moves forward. … Continue Reading

Annexation Requests Move Forward Along the Proposed Northern Collector Road Corridor – And Beyond

May 6, 2015 Development, News 2 comments
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– By Valerie Cury

Three new annexation requests are in process or will be submitted shortly to the Town of Purcellville. These include:

The Purcellville Crossroads Proposal

Pleasants Kline, along with three other property owners, is requesting the annexation of approximately 50.4 acres. It is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Berlin Turnpike (Route 287) and Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) and along St. Francis Court. The property is currently zoned JLMA-3 (one house per three acres). … Continue Reading

Sullivan Vineyard Square Ruling Facing Official Appeal

May 6, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Sullivan Vineyard Square Ruling Facing Official Appeal
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On March 9, 2015, Purcellville Town Manager Rob Lohr received a letter from developer John Chapman asking the town manager, who has broad powers, to confirm that the Vineyard Square development project had “commenced” – thus eliminating the need for the developers to reapply for long-expired permits and start the project over. The project “ … is well under way,” according to the letter. Chapman asserted that because he had demolished three buildings under CDAs 13-13 and 13-14 – the project as a whole had started.

Prior to this letter, Vineyard Square, which is a planned 5-6 story mixed-use development on 21st Street, had a time limit for the Certificate of Design Approval (CDA) permits from the Board of Architectural Review to demolish certain buildings on 21st Street. Developers Chapman and Mark Nelis had to meet time limits on each CDA. At the time, zoning administrator Patrick Sullivan said in a memo dated May 29, 2014, “Each of the CDAs has a time limit of one year that is imposed by ordinance (Chapter 54 Section 54-78 F of the Town Code). The expiration dates laid out in Sullivan’s memo were November 14 2014, December 16, 2014 – with a required approved site plan and zoning permit, and January 14, 2015 – again with an approved site plan and zoning permit. … Continue Reading

Brand New Home for a Battle-Injured Soldier

May 6, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Brand New Home for a Battle-Injured Soldier
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Construction on a brand new home for a battle-injured soldier is well underway in western Loudoun County.

The home is a project of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation of New York City, with secondary funding by the actor Gary Sinise’s foundation and the Building for America’s Bravest Foundation. Crews from Fuog/Interbuild, Inc. located in Purcellville and sub-contractors from western Loudoun have passed the half-way point in construction with a July target date for completion of the project outside Lovettsville.

John Fuog said his firm was awarded the contract by the foundation, “And we’re very happy to be a part of this historic project which honors a critically injured warrior, as well as a New York City fireman who lost his life trying to rescue people on 911 in the World Trade Center disaster.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Meeting On Proposed Northern Collector Road – May 5 At Loudoun Valley High School

May 1, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Meeting On Proposed Northern Collector Road – May 5 At Loudoun Valley High School
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There will be a community meeting Tuesday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Loudoun Valley High School to discuss plans for the Northern Collector Road study as well as the re-alignments. Many citizens see this proposed road as leading to further high density development, as most large parcels of land along this proposed route are undeveloped, and currently have low density zoning. Supervisors Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) and Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) have set up this meeting.

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Purcellville Community Meeting On Proposed Annexations – May 1

May 1, 2015 Development Comments Off on Purcellville Community Meeting On Proposed Annexations – May 1
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There is a meeting scheduled for Friday, May 1, 5:00 p.m. at 16932 Berlin Turnpike (Route 287), directly behind Carlyle and Anderson. This meeting is with the property owner, J. “Ron” Roncaglione, looking to get feedback from the community of his proposed annexation plans into the Town of Purcellville for development of 67 acres. Joe Bane gave a presentation at the Purcellville Town Council Work Session in January 2015. At the time he proposed the idea of data centers on this property. Roncaglione is asking for the neighbors to attend to voice their input. A public input session is usually customary prior to submitting an annexation application.

There will also be another meeting on Friday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. at the same location for another proposed annexation of 84 acres known as Purcellville West, LLC.

Zoning Administrator Rules Vineyard Square Project May Proceed Despite Expired Permits

April 3, 2015 Development, News 17 comments
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Decision Goes Into Effect Unless Challenged By April 13

In a surprising reversal of policy, Purcellville Zoning Administrator Patrick Sullivan is siding with Vineyard Square developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis and allowing their project to proceed, despite the fact that numerous dates for their project have expired.

Sullivan’s action is in direct conflict with a Purcellville Town Council vote in July 2014 denying an extension.

Background

Vineyard Square, a 5-6 story mixed use development planned for downtown Purcellville, obtained Certificate of Design Approval (CDA) permits from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) to demolish certain buildings on 21st Street, each requiring a separate CDA.

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Study For The Northern Collector Road Advances

April 2, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Study For The Northern Collector Road Advances
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At the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) March 4 Business Meeting, the board unanimously approved the funding to complete the Northern Collector Road (NCR) study. The total amount approved was up to $166,883, which includes funding for two phases.
The concept study for the NCR will include the following areas: Allder School Road to the north, Purcellville Road (611) to the west, Berlin Turnpike (Route 287) to the east and Main Street in Purcellville to the south.

The present and future developments listed as the reasons why the study is needed include: the Wright Farm residential community, the Fields Farm School Complex, the Mayfair/Autumn Hill community (not yet built), the yet to be built Loudoun Youth Football Stadium, the yet to be built second access road to Woodgrove High School, the build-out of St. Francis de Sales Church and the future Route 690 interchange (projected to begin in 2025). Future build-out conditions for the town and the county will also be taken into consideration.
According to the March 4 BOS Business Meeting Action Item, Phase I of the study will determine if the NCR “is still needed given the level of actual and planned future development … ” This phase will cost approximately $123,544, and is estimated to take 8 months.

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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 …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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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 …

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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 …

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Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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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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

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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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YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

30 Apr 2016

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The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines …

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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Around Virginia

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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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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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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