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Missing 12-Year-old Located Safe and Sound

March 14, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Missing 12-Year-old Located Safe and Sound
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A missing 12-year-old girl from Sterling was located safe and sound Sunday evening after an extensive search involving the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the Fairfax County Police Department.

The girl was located walking in the area of Algonkian Regional Park after residents recognized her from a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post alerting the public she was missing. “Social media can be a powerful tool,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “The Facebook post notifying the community she was missing was shared over 6,000 times from the East Coast to California. The efforts of Loudoun Deputies, the Virginia State Police, the Fairfax County Police and our community helped bring her home safe tonight,” Sheriff Chapman added. … Continue Reading

20-Year-Old Murder Still Unsolved

March 9, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on 20-Year-Old Murder Still Unsolved
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Twenty years ago, a 25-year-old graduate student was driving along Route 29 from Baltimore, Md., to Charlottesville, Va., when she disappeared. Her vehicle, a Mercury Tracer, was found abandoned later that same day in Culpeper County. Two months later, the remains of Alicia Showalter Reynolds were discovered in a field that had recently been cleared of trees in the rural community of Lignum, Va. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 27, 2016

March 9, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 27, 2016
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02/27/2016 12:38 a.m. – W.T. Druhan Jr. Blvd/South Maple Ave DUI

A police officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. It was determined that the driver, Kimberly Cummings a 49 year old female of Harpers Ferry, WV, was intoxicated and arrested for DUI. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigates Armed Robbery of Taxi Driver in Ashburn

March 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigates Armed Robbery of Taxi Driver in Ashburn
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Detectives Seek Information Regarding Possible Suspect Vehicle

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the February 29, armed robbery of a taxi cab driver in the Ashburn area.

Around 9:50 p.m., a taxi cab driver was traveling in the area of the StoneRidge Apartments when the driver of another vehicle ran a stop sign, forcing the taxi driver to stop to avoid a crash. The suspect exited his vehicle in the intersection of Broad Vista Terrace and Cornerstone Square and a verbal altercation ensued. The victim then pulled out his cell phone to take photos of the suspect. … Continue Reading

LCSO Expands Into Western Loudoun

March 2, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Expands Into Western Loudoun
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By Nathaniel Stephens

Round Hill will soon host the newest staging and community outreach station for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, with construction crews nearing completion on a Western Loudoun Station on West Loudoun Street heading towards Route 7.

The station has been in the works since 2008, and will be run by the civilian and law enforcement staff now occupying a small leased room above the Round Hill town offices. A welcome change of scenery, the new complex will provide 9,000 sq. ft. of space to include a community room, a gym, locker rooms and administrative areas. At first impression large, the western facility’s footprint is in fact small in comparison to the other spaces from which the Sheriff’s Office operates in other parts of the county. … Continue Reading

Cold Case Detectives Continue Search for Person of Interest in 34-Year-Old Unsolved Murder

February 27, 2016 Public Safety Comments Off on Cold Case Detectives Continue Search for Person of Interest in 34-Year-Old Unsolved Murder
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Cold case detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police continue to investigate the unsolved murder of a Fairfax County woman whose body was found along Route 50, 34-years-ago.

Veronica Hepworth was 20-years-old when her partially-clothed body was discovered along a driveway at 7:00 a.m. on February 25, 1982, in Loudoun County. She was found by a passerby driving along Route 50, approximately a quarter of a mile east of Route 15 near Gilberts Corner. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 19, 2016

February 27, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 19, 2016
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2/19/16 6:40 p.m. – 100 block of S. Orchard Dr. Simple Assault

A verbal altercation became violent, male subject assaulted the female then left the area. A search of the area was conducted, but the subject was not found. Investigation continues. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 17

February 21, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 17
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02/12/2016 – 11:34 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Trespassing
A resident reported that he invited an acquaintance over then he refused to leave after they got into an argument. On police arrival, the person had left and the resident was advised what procedures to follow to not allow him to return in the future.

02/13/2016 – 10:50 p.m. 200 Blk. N. Maple Ave. DWI and Drunk in Public
A Police Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. It was determined that the driver (Delvin Moten, a 52 year old male of Purcellville ) was intoxicated and was arrested for DWI. Two passengers (Carmen Trudell, a 39 year old female of Purcellville, Rachelle Russell , a 26 year old female of Leesburg) were intoxicated and refused attempts to have rides pick them up. They were arrested for drunk in public. All arrestees were transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held until sober. … Continue Reading

Ashburn Dog Rescued from Ice

February 19, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Ashburn Dog Rescued from Ice
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At approximately 7:30 a.m. February 17, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications received a 9-1-1 call for an ice rescue incident. The caller reported that a dog had fallen through the ice on a pond located in the 21400 block of Windmill Drive. Fire and rescue units from Ashburn, Moorefield, Leesburg, and Sterling responded to the incident. Firefighters from Ashburn arrived on scene to find a dog that had fallen through the ice of a large pond and was located about 60 feet from shore. The dog, “Tootsie”, a female cocker spaniel, appeared to be in extreme distress and unable to make her way out of the pond. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Deputies Use Naloxone To Prevent Heroin Overdose Fatality

February 15, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Deputies Use Naloxone To Prevent Heroin Overdose Fatality
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Two Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are being credited with potentially preventing a fatal heroin overdose after they utilized their training Wednesday to help an unconscious man.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies Placido Sanchez and Erick Ambroise responded to a home in the Western Loudoun area where an adult male was reportedly unconscious and indications were the incident was drug-related. … Continue Reading

Preventing Frozen Water Pipes in Your Home or Business

February 15, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Preventing Frozen Water Pipes in Your Home or Business
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With frigid temperatures on the way, the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management urges homeowners and business owners to take precautions to prevent frozen pipes. In addition to precautions for the average homeowner, it’s critical for business owners and property managers to ensure structures with sprinkler systems are adequately protected against frozen pipes. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter

February 13, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter
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01/28/2016 – 05:00 p.m. 3000 Blk. Perkins Ct. Threats
The complainant reported that an acquaintance had made threats against her on social media. The person has been identified and the incident is under investigation.

01/31/2016 – 04:00 a.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Narcotics Violation
A Police Officer on patrol observed a group of juveniles out after curfew and made contact with them. It was determined that the individuals were intoxicated and had narcotics in their possession. The juveniles were turned over to their parents and charges will be filed in Loudoun County Juvenile Court. … Continue Reading

Snow Emergency Route Restrictions for Leesburg Go in Effect at Midnight

February 8, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Snow Emergency Route Restrictions for Leesburg Go in Effect at Midnight
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Current forecasts call for one to two inches of snow to fall in Leesburg late this evening and into early Tuesday morning. In preparation for possible snow removal operations, Town officials will put Snow Emergency Route restrictions into effect at midnight tonight.

When Snow Emergency Route restrictions are in place, all vehicles parked on the street along snow emergency routes (King, Market and Loudoun Streets) must be removed. Any vehicles remaining on snow emergency routes once snow removal operations begin will be towed at the owners’ expense. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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” …

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 …

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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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Calendar

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Last Ham Comedy Improv: April FOOLS SHOW

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West Loudoun County Methodist Stop Hunger Now

Writer's Project Runway

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Praise Concert

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My Child's Closet Consignment Sale

Cherry Blossom Celebration

A Springtime Serenade Concert

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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April Fourth Friday

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Virginia Touch-A-Truck

Breaux Vineyards Wild Game Winemaker's Dinner

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Hamilton Town Hall

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

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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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Lifestyle

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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April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper

6 Apr 2016

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As the sun’s lengthening days settle us into the spring, newborn bees and their caretakers are emerging from their hives and going to work, collecting pollen and nectar and replenishing the colony’s food stores. Along the way, any number of the 60,000 or so bees that make up a single hive may be stopping by your garden or yard to …

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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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