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Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) Work with Town of Purcellville To Provide Free Trigger Locks to Gunowners

January 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) Work with Town of Purcellville To Provide Free Trigger Locks to Gunowners
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In an effort to reduce gun deaths and injuries in the local community, Goose Creek Friends Meeting (Quakers) in Lincoln is working with the Town of Purcellville to make 60 high quality trigger locks available for free to the public. The locks, which work with almost all types of firearms, can be picked up starting January 3 at Purcellville Town Hall and Purcellville Police Department.

According to the most recent statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control, more than 33,600 people in the United States were killed by firearms in 2013. Of that number, more than 21,000 were suicides. There are no statistics available for gun-related injuries which are not reported to the CDC. … Continue Reading

Law Enforcement App Eases Reporting of Crime Tips in Loudon County

January 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Law Enforcement App Eases Reporting of Crime Tips in Loudon County
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A new app available at the ITunes App Store and at Google Play eases the reporting of crime tips and traffic issues for Loudon County residents. The app, developed by the Loudon Country Sheriff’s Office, permits users to submit crime tips anonymously and includes the ability to send photos and videos from a smartphone.

Non-emergency crime reports can also be filed through the app utilizing the agency’s online crime reporting system. Residents can also file a traffic complaint regarding speeding issues or other traffic safety concerns. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 22, 2015

January 2, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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12/22/2015 – 12:00 a.m. Rt 7 Bypass/Hillsboro Rd. Liquor Law Violation

Caroline Lampl, 18 years old, of Bluemont, was pulled over for an equipment violation. During the traffic stop it was determined that she had an open container of alcohol within her reach. She was charged and released on a summons.

12/22/2015 – 4:00 p.m. 200 Block of N. Maple Ave. Larceny

Victim reported his wallet was stolen from the building. No witnesses or surveillance were available. Victim had already cancelled credit cards and was given a case number to take to DMV for a new ID card. … Continue Reading

Five Killed in Holiday Traffic Across Virginia

December 29, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Five Killed in Holiday Traffic Across Virginia
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East Coast I-95 “Drive to Save Lives” Initiative Remains Ongoing Through New Year

Five fatal crashes over the Christmas holiday weekend resulted in the deaths of one pedestrian, one moped operator and three drivers on Virginia’s highways. The deaths occurred in Bedford and Surry counties, and the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Richmond. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the five fatal crashes. As of December 28, 2015, preliminary reports indicate 732 individuals have died in traffic crashes statewide; compared to 694 same date in 2014. … Continue Reading

5,085 Reasons Why Not to Drive Drunk or Buzzed This Holiday Season

December 21, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on 5,085 Reasons Why Not to Drive Drunk or Buzzed This Holiday Season
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Virginia State Police announced plans to focus patrols during time periods when alcohol consumption and holiday parties are most prevalent. “I can give you more than 5,000 reasons why you should designate a sober driver,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “In 2014, 4,834 drunk drivers were arrested by Virginia State Troopers. Another 251 persons were killed on Virginia’s highways in alcohol-related crashes. There are no excuses. You have a choice. Choose to designate a driver and do your part to drive to save lives this holiday season.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 10, 2015

December 18, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 10, 2015
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12/10/2015 – 06:31 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Assault
The victim reported that an acquaintance had assaulted him. He was not injured and did not wish to pursue charges.

12/11/2015 – 10:24 p.m. 400 Blk. Plymouth Ridge Ct. Crisis Intervention Call
Police called to the scene of a person that was trying to harm himself. He was taken into custody and transported to a mental health facility for treatment. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Church Fire Deemed Incendiary

December 16, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Church Fire Deemed Incendiary
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has classified the October 22, fire at the Grace Annex Methodist Church, located at 441 12th Street, Purcellville as incendiary in nature.

The early morning fire produced minimal damage to the structure and did not impair day to day functions of the church.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is currently leading the investigation into the October 22, fire and is working alongside the Purcellville Police Department.

A reward may be offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the incident. Anyone with information should contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600 or Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 if you wish to remain anonymous.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 4, 2015

December 12, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 4, 2015
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12/04/2015 – 11:23 a.m. 1000 Blk. E. Main St. Employee Dispute
A business called police advising that an employee had been terminated and was acting disorderly. On police arrival, the person had already left. The business owner was advised what procedures to follow to trespass the ex-employee from the business.

12/06/2015 – 2:59 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a possible domestic situation. A neighbor had heard yelling and shouting and called 911. On police arrival, contact was made with one of the parties involved. She stated that no assault(s) had taken place and her husband had just left. She admitted that there had been a loud argument but everything was ok. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 29, 2015

December 6, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 29, 2015
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11/29/2015 – 4:30 p.m. 100 Blk. F St. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance involving a husband and wife. No assault(s) took place but one of the parties was experiencing medical issues that required an ambulance to be called. EMS staff felt that the person had serious medical conditions that needed hospitalization but the patient refused to go. He had to be taken into custody on an emergency custody order (ECO) and was transported to a medical facility where he agreed to seek treatment.

12/01/2015 – 12:15 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Destruction of Property
A customer got into an argument with a business over the service received and had become upset and broke the exit door as he left the establishment. Management was unsure if they wanted to pursue criminal charges against the person. He was contacted and stated that he was willing to pay for the damages. The incident is still under investigation. … Continue Reading

VDOT Prepared for Snow Season

December 2, 2015 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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The Virginia Department of Transportation is encouraging residents of Fairfax, Loudon and Prince Williams to use its web site to tap into real-time updates on that status of snow plowing efforts in their neighborhoods. “Over two years, we’ve seen hits to the site increase while customer calls decrease, as residents check road conditions, locations of our trucks and the progress of our crews,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s maintenance engineer for Northern Virginia, at the department’s annual snow briefing held November 12.

When it snows more than two inches, residents of Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William can enter their address at www.vdotplows.org to see whether plowing is underway, completed or not yet started in their neighborhood. They can also track the location of plows in relationship to their house. The site is refreshed every five minutes. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Officials: If You See Something, Say Something

December 2, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun Officials: If You See Something, Say Something
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In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Loudoun County officials remind residents that informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe, and that “if you see something, say something.”  The following are steps that each of us can take throughout the year:
• Remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings: Everyone plays a role in keeping Loudoun County safe. Whether you are at home, at work, or in public places like a mall, stadium or restaurant, be vigilant and report suspicious activity
• Know what to report: Examples of things to report include: … Continue Reading

Six Lives Lost over Thanksgiving Weekend

December 1, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Six Lives Lost over Thanksgiving Weekend
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Six individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to preliminary reports. In 2014, a total of eight people were killed in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. During the 2015 holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (November 25) and ended at midnight Sunday (November 29), the fatal crashes occurred in Craig, King George and Loudoun counties, and in the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk.

“Six deaths are still six too many, but the lower number of traffic deaths for this past Thanksgiving weekend is encouraging,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “As indicated by the increase in all areas of traffic enforcement over the holiday weekend and the fact that we are still averaging a dozen more traffic deaths in 2015 compared to 2014, there are still too many drivers making irresponsible choices when behind the wheel. The 54 more DUI arrests this past holiday weekend compared to last year are extremely alarming, especially as we head into the holiday season and its many festivities.” … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Fatal Crash

November 28, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Fatal Crash
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Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper M.S. Middleton is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Loudoun County. The crash occurred at 1:06 a.m., Wednesday (November 25), on Route 15 near Selma Lane.

A Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling north on Route 15 when it crossed the centerline into the southbound lanes. A southbound tractor-trailer swerved to the right in an attempt to avoid the oncoming pickup truck, but the two vehicles collided in the southbound lanes.

The driver of the pickup truck, Kristopher F. Lewis, 21, of Ft. Stewart, Ga., died at the scene.

The 30-year-old male tractor-trailer driver from North Carolina was not injured in the crash.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

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 …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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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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