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Stover Goes To Court April 25

April 6, 2016 News Comments Off on Stover Goes To Court April 25
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Fundraiser Held April 16

Developers and owners, Mark Nelis, John Chapman, son Sam Chapman (candidate for Purcellville Town Council) and others, of the six-story Vineyard Square project on 21st Street will be represented by their attorney in court on April 25, 3:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County Courthouse. Mary Ellen Stover will be represented by her attorney, Frank Bredimus of Hamilton. … Continue Reading

On a Wing and a Prayer and a Smile

April 6, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on On a Wing and a Prayer and a Smile
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On Sunday, May 1 individuals and families from all over came together in Purcellville for Sadie’s Race, reminding us why each and every life we welcome into the world is so very special.

Sadie’s Race is a 5k event and fun run organized in honor of Sadie Ablard, a courageous five-year old who died in August of 2011 after sustaining a serious head injury while roller-skating. … Continue Reading

Local Survivor Competes for Cancer Group’s Woman of the Year

April 6, 2016 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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People say that life changed the instant they got the diagnosis. That’s when the beast known as cancer knocked on their door and came crashing down on themselves and their family, time, stopped.

They also say that you learn something about life. You learn to tap into the very best of yourself, and you come to understand the incredible power you have to positively impact the lives of others … maybe even save a life. And, this is exactly what happened to Purcellville’s Tracy Robinson. … Continue Reading

Candidate Forum, April 9

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President of Purcellville Company Pleads Guilty To Virginia Regional Transit Bribery Conspiracy

April 6, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on President of Purcellville Company Pleads Guilty To Virginia Regional Transit Bribery Conspiracy
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Thomas Eugene Ahalt, 71, of Berryville, pleaded guilty, April 6, to conspiracy to commit bribery concerning federal program funds for his role in a bribery scheme that caused over $500,000 in losses to the U.S. government.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Ahalt has served as the President of Mobile Auto Truck Repair (Mobile Auto), an automotive repair business in Purcellville, since 2007. Mobile Auto provided repair services to Virginia Regional Transit (VRT), 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. … Continue Reading

Stabbing in Purcellville – April 4

April 5, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Stabbing in Purcellville – April 4
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On Monday afternoon, April 4, there was a report of a stabbing committed against Pastor Janney at his house located in the Locust Grove subdivision in Purcellville. The stabbing was reportedly domestic in nature. According to the Purcellville Baptist Church social media page Pastor Janney is in stable condition. Janney was flown to the hospital in a helicopter which landed in a field near the parking lot of the church. Janney is pastor of the Purcellville Baptist Church.

There was a lock out at Blue Ridge Middle School, and Loudoun Valley High School. Emerick Elementary was out for the day but after school activities were locked down. The adult male suspect fled the scene but was apprehended shortly after the incident.

We will update as more information becomes available.

LCSO Investigates Armed Robbery at Gas Station in Ashbrook Commons Plaza

April 3, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigates Armed Robbery at Gas Station in Ashbrook Commons Plaza
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at an Ashburn gas station where the suspect fired a shot inside the store.

Shortly before midnight on April 1, 2016, the suspect entered the Shell gas station located in the 20060 block of Ashbrook Commons Plaza, displayed a firearm and demanded the clerk open the cash register. During the course of the robbery the suspect discharged a round from the firearm. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 23, 2016

April 1, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 23, 2016
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03/23/2016 – 05:46 p.m. 800 Blk. E. Main St. Loitering Complaint
A business was complaining of juveniles and young adults hanging out in the back parking lot of his business. Contact was made with the owner and the group of individuals and they agreed to leave and not return in the future. Extra patrol will be dedicated to the area in the future.

03/23/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 16000 Blk. McNaughton Ct. Assist other Police Agency
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid assistance with an off-road vehicle crash that had occurred just outside the town limits due to no Sheriff’s Office units in the area to respond. Purcellville Police units responded and secured the scene until Sheriff’s Office and rescue units arrived. … Continue Reading

Captain Marc Caminiti Graduates from 263rd Session of National FBI Academy

April 1, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Captain Marc Caminiti Graduates from 263rd Session of National FBI Academy
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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is proud to announce that Captain Marc Caminiti graduated from the 263rd session of the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.

Captain Caminiti was one of 230 veteran law enforcement officers who graduated March 18, 2016, from the 10-week program. This session included men and women from 47 states and the District of Columbia, 27 international countries, including four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Country Day School 8th Grader To Go to State Level Geography Bee

March 29, 2016 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Country Day School 8th Grader To Go to State Level Geography Bee
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In January, Loudoun Country Day School eighth grader George McCabe won a school-wide Geography Bee, with fourth through eighth grade students competing. Assistant Head and eighth grade civics teacher Tim Beauchemin has organized and led this activity for sixteen years.

George took an exam to determine if he qualified for the state level of the National Geography Bee, to be held on April 1 at Longwood University. The National Geographic Society invites up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each state to compete in the state Bees. … Continue Reading

LVHS Travels To New York For STEM Competition

March 29, 2016 News, Schools Comments Off on LVHS Travels To New York For STEM Competition
Malcolm Miller of Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville presents the solar powered alert system for nature trails to a panel of judges during the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Finalist Pitch Event in March.

Update: Four Days To Vote For Loudoun Valley High School

Public social media voting for the STEM Competition is open until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 1. To vote for Loudoun Valley High School voters must post or tweet using the school’s dedicated hashtag #SamsungSolveLVHS and #SamsungSolve on Instagram and/or Twitter. Votes are limited one vote per person per day. Multiple votes a day or retweeting and sharing social posts will not count as votes. There have been a total of 49,157 submissions for all 15 National Finalists in the competition (as of 5:00 pm ET Mar 28). The school with the most public votes will be named one of five National Winners and receive about $120,000 in technology for their school. To see Loudoun Valley High School’s progress, check out the public voting leaderboard online: www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/finalists/#leaderboard
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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 17, 2016

March 25, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 17, 2016
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03/17/2016 – 05:00 p.m. 200 Blk. W. “J” St. Destruction of Property
The complainant reported that his mailbox and post had been damaged. He provided some information about a possible suspect and the incident is under investigation.

03/18/2016 – 2:23 a.m. 200 Blk. Hirst Rd. DWI
Elizabeth Bufkin, a 32 year old female of Purcellville, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

03/19/2016 – 7:00 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute. No assaults took place and the situation was mediated prior to police leaving the scene.

Humane Society of Loudoun County Seeks Homes for Healthy, Sterilized Barn Cats

March 22, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Humane Society of Loudoun County Seeks Homes for Healthy, Sterilized Barn Cats
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The Humane Society of Loudoun County is currently soliciting the public’s help in finding homes for a local population of semi-wild feral cats. The ideal situations for these cats include a farm with barn, horse stable, warehouse or other suitable outdoor locations. All cats are healthy and have received veterinarian care including sterilization, rabies shot and exam. No adoption fee will be assessed. If you currently have unspayed barn cats you can also receive assistance in having them sterilized. These cats can help keep rodents away from grain and food storage and you will enjoy watching them as well as having the satisfaction of giving them a much-needed home. You are also helping to save lives. If you own or manage property and have permission for long-term placement of animals on the property, please contact the Humane Society of Loudoun County at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Human Fingerprints on Climate Change

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Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

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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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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

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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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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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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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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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