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Two Alarm House Fire in Aldie

March 13, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Two Alarm House Fire in Aldie
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At approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12 fire and rescue crews from Aldie, Leesburg, Hamilton, Philomont, Brambleton and Dulles South were dispatched to a house fire in the 22000 block of James Monroe Highway. Units arrived on scene to find significant fire showing from a single family home. All residents, including two canines had safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of fire crews. Firefighters immediately began an aggressive fire attack and called for additional water supply resources due to the rural area of the incident. … Continue Reading

LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Two Teens Last Seen in Purcellville

February 26, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety, Uncategorized Comments Off on LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Two Teens Last Seen in Purcellville
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate two missing teenagers who were last seen in the Purcellville area.

Christopher T. Rhames, 15, and Stephan N. Seaver, 16, were last seen in the 700 block of Main Street on February 24th. The two left together on their own accord. The two have no ties to the immediate area and both are in need of medication for health issues. … Continue Reading

LCSO & Virginia State Police Announce Results of Joint Aggressive Driving Reduction Efforts

February 20, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO & Virginia State Police Announce Results of Joint Aggressive Driving Reduction Efforts
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Motorists on Route 15 and Route 50 Reminded It’s Not a Race- Create Space

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police teamed up February 8 in a campaign to curb aggressive and impaired driving in the area of Route 15 and Route 50 in Loudoun County.

During the weeklong traffic safety enforcement effort, deputies and troopers cited 134 drivers for speeding and another 15 drivers for reckless driving along the two highway corridors. According to the Virginia State Police, the average speed of violators ticketed by a trooper was 70 mph (all in posted 55 mph zones). In addition, one summons for a child restraint violation and one summons for a seatbelt violation were issued. Fourteen equipment violations were also cited. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 2-12-2015

February 20, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 2-12-2015
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02/12/2015 12:56 p.m. – Hirst Road/Hatcher Ave Narcotics Violation

While an officer was on a traffic stop, he detected a strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle which lead to a vehicle search and seizure of small amount of marijuana. David Tinta, 23 male from Purcellville was released on a summons for possession of marijuana.

02/12/2015 08:07 a.m. – N. 16th Street/ E. Main Street Property Damage Accident

Police were dispatched to a two vehicle property damage accident. Police investigated the accident, no injuries were reported and damages estimated at $2500. No charges were filed. … Continue Reading

Virginians Advised to be Prepared for Storm Conditions

February 16, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Virginians Advised to be Prepared for Storm Conditions
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With Virginia’s impending snow storm, it’s best to plan ahead now. Virginia State Police is advising all motorists to delay travel plans for tonight and/or Tuesday morning, as roads will be treacherous. With the forecasted freezing temperatures, any snow and ice accumulations are expected to stick around for a few days. So it is important to prepare your home, family, and vehicle in advance.

If you do have to travel, then keep these tips in mind:

Make sure you and your car are properly equipped:

  • Make sure your vehicle has ample antifreeze, the windshield is clean and you have plenty of windshield washer fluid.
  • Check to make sure the headlights are clean and in working order. In Virginia, state law requires you to use your headlights when operating your windshield wipers.
  • Verify that the tires have tread and are properly inflated.
  • Have your battery tested, to avoid being stranded in the cold with a car that won’t start.
  • Equip your car with a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, warm clothes, bottled water, snacks, and a blanket.
  • Remember to have sunglasses in the car, as the glare of the sun off of snow and ice can be more intense in the winter than it is in the summer.

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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 6, 2015

February 15, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 6, 2015
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02/06/2015 10:23 p.m. – 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute
The complainant reported that an ex-acquaintance has been harassing her by way of text messages and other forms of social media. The incident is under investigation.

02/07/2015 7:45 p.m. – 100 Blk. 21st St. Domestic Assault
Steven Roberts, a 47 year old male from Purcellville, was arrested for domestic assault. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

02/08/2015 2:06 a.m. – 100 Blk. Ast St. Juvenile Complaint
Police Officers on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle on school property after hours. Several juveniles were in the vehicle and out after curfew without the parents’ permission. The juveniles were turned over to their respective parents and no charges will be placed.

02/12/2015 12:56 a.m. – Hatcher @ Hirst Narcotics Violation
Police Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and the driver was found to be in possession of narcotics. The matter is under investigation and charges are pending.

LCSO Investigating Attempted Domestic-Related Homicide Near Middleburg

February 15, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Attempted Domestic-Related Homicide Near Middleburg
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Suspect Found Deceased in Herndon After Apparent Suicide

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted domestic-related murder where the suspect appears to have later taken his own life.

Around 3:15 a.m. on February 14, Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 23000 block of Champe Ford Road near Middleburg, for a report of a burglary. The victim’s estranged husband entered the home and brandished a firearm. After a brief struggle, the suspect discharged one round striking the victim. The victim was able to wrestle the gun away before she fired a round. The suspect then fled the scene.

Loudoun Deputies began searching for the suspect and contacted the Fairfax County Police Department as the suspect has a residence in the Herndon area.

The suspect was located deceased shortly after 10:00 a.m. by the Fairfax County Police Department in a parking lot in the 2600 block of Reston Parkway in Herndon. His injuries appear to be self-inflicted.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Court of Appeals Affirms 2nd Degree Murder Conviction

February 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Court of Appeals Affirms 2nd Degree Murder Conviction
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Robert E. Roy Remains in Prison

In an unpublished opinion by Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr., the Court of Appeals of Virginia affirmed the 2012 conviction of Robert E. Roy for murder in the second degree.

The conviction arose from the May 21, 2001 murder of Patrick Hornbaker. Roy shot and killed Hornbaker in Hornbaker’s Purcellville home during a robbery.

On February 3, 2012, Roy was sentenced to 27 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections, with an additional thirteen years of suspended time by Judge J. Howe Brown. Roy was further ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the victim’s mother, and upon his release, he will be placed on supervised probation for an indefinite period of time. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 15, 2015

January 25, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 15, 2015
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1/15/2015-8:45 p.m. – 600 block of Wintergreen Dr. – Telephone Scam– Victim had a voice mail stating that he was a subject of a Lawsuit. Victim called the number provided and became suspicious. Police investigated and found that the telephone number 323-282-5894 has been used in numerous scams for court cases, in an attempt to extort money from the victims.
1/16/2015-11:58 p.m. – Warrant Service – A routine traffic stop on Main St. resulted in an arrest for a person that was wanted by Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant. Warrant was served at the Adult Detention facility.
1/18/2015-8:00 a.m. – Juvenile runaway – Juvenile had left the home the night before over an argument. Juvenile was located and unharmed.
1/18/2015-3:00 p.m. – 600 block of Greysands Ln. – Burglary and destruction of property – Homeowner reported that he had left the house that afternoon and came home around 7:00 p.m. and found that his back door had been kicked in. Homeowner stated that it appeared that nothing had been stolen. Damage valued at $1000. This incident is under investigation.
1/19/2015-8:00 a.m. – 300 block of Locust Grove Dr. – Telephone scam – Victim stated that she was contacted by telephone that her loan had been approved. Victim had not applied for a loan. She called them back and immediately got a voice mail saying that the business was closed. Victim was told to watch all bank accounts and credit activity.

LCSO Implements Crisis Intervention Program in Adult Detention Center

January 18, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Implements Crisis Intervention Program in Adult Detention Center
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Training to Help Those Suffering a Behavioral Crisis Expanded to Help Inmates

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services (MHSADS) graduated twenty deputies and one mental health professional on January 16 from the from the first-ever Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training hosted specifically for deputies assigned at the Adult Detention Center in Loudoun County.

The collaborative program joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Courts and Corrections Division; Loudoun County MHSADS; Friends of Loudoun Mental Health; the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Northern Virginia; the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney; the Wounded Warrior Program; Mobile Hope; and Retired Col. Scot Campbell in an effort to allow mentally ill persons to receive necessary treatment to become stabilized and work toward recovery. The program is designed to promote positive interaction between law enforcement and persons in crisis and reduce injuries to deputies and persons suffering from mental illness. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Issue Fraud Alert

January 14, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Issue Fraud Alert
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Residents are receiving telephone calls from persons identifying themselves as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents. These callers have been requesting money or various money cards. Residents are threatened with arrest if they fail to forward these funds.

Do not send money to anyone in these types of situations. Please call the Purcellville Police (540-338-7422) if you have concerns about these or any type of suspicious calls from unknown individuals.

LCSO Investigating Armed Robbery at Hill Tom Market

January 12, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Armed Robbery at Hill Tom Market
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed robbery at the Hill Tom Market in Hillsboro.

On January 10, an unknown suspect entered the store around 2:00 p.m. and brandished a firearm. The suspect demanded cash and fled westbound on Charles Town Pike (Route 9).

The suspect was described as a White male, 6’0” -6’2”, 25 to 30-years-old, with a thin build and was wearing camouflage clothing and a mask.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, they are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

Loudoun Officials: Winter is Here! Take Precautions to Stay Safe

January 6, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun Officials: Winter is Here! Take Precautions to Stay Safe
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Loudoun County officials remind everyone that the cold and snowy weather conditions we are experiencing can bring treacherous roadways, sidewalks and parking lots. There are precautions you can take to stay safe:

  • Remember the phrase; “Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.”
  • If roads are icy, do not travel unless absolutely necessary.
  • Use extreme caution when driving. You may not be able to stop as quickly as usual on the snow-covered or wet pavement.
  • If sidewalks are icy, take short steps and bend slightly.
  • If you fall, avoid using your arms to protect against breaks.

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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