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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

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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

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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.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 13, 2015

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11/13/2015 – 8:50 p.m. 600 Blk. Yaxley Dr. Narcotics Violation
A Police Officer observed a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot and determined that the occupants had been involved in narcotics activity. The incident is under investigation and charges are pending.

11/13/2015 – 10:15 p.m. 200 Blk. S. Nursery Ave. Public Drunkenness
Police located an underage person intoxicated in public. A parent was contacted and took custody of the juvenile. The matter is being turned over to the Loudoun County Juvenile Court Services Unit for court action. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 7, 2015

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11/07/2015 – 5:43 p.m. 300 Blk. McDaniel Dr. Vehicle Crash
An unlicensed juvenile driver struck a fence and caused extensive damage. Investigation determined that the juvenile drove the vehicle without parental knowledge and the incident is under investigation and charges are likely.

11/06/2015 – 11:03 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main. St. Drunk in Public
Police were called to the scene of two subject being disorderly and harassing customers. On police arrival, they were found to be intoxicated. Johanna McDaniel and Nicholas Cleveland of no fixed address were placed under arrest for being drunk in public. During the arrest, the male subject had assaulted a police officer. The officer was not injured. Both subjects were transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. Nicholas Cleveland was also charged with assault on a police officer. … Continue Reading

November Screenings Schedule for Inova Loudoun Mobile

November 4, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on November Screenings Schedule for Inova Loudoun Mobile
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Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing blood pressure screenings during the month of November:
Thursday, November 5, 11:00 a.m. – noon, Lovettsville Community Center E. Broad Way, Lovettsville
Thursday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Carver Center 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville
Thursday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. – noon Lovettsville Community Center E. Broad Way, Lovettsville
Monday, November 30, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Levis Hill House 1000 West Washington Street, Middleburg

Purcellville Police Report – Week of October 25, 2015

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10/25/2015 – 10:13 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Assault
The complainant reported that an acquaintance had assaulted her. She was not injured and is contemplating pursuing charges against the individual.

10/23/2015 – 4:00 p.m. 500 Blk. Gentlewood Square Neighborhood Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a parking dispute between neighbors. The issue was resolved and no further police action requested.

10/26/2015 – 3:15 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Destruction of Property
An electrical box had been spray-painted with graffiti. The damage was $50 and is in the process of being removed.

10/23/2015 – 12:45 p.m. 3300 Blk. Allder School Rd. Bomb Threat
Purcellville Police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia State Police responded to a bomb threat at Woodgrove High School. As a precaution, the school was evacuated and searched by police and specially trained police K-9’s. Nothing suspicious was located and the students returned back to school. The threat that was made is being investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

Court of Appeals Denies Petition for Rehearing

October 22, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Court of Appeals Denies Petition for Rehearing
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The Court of Appeals of Virginia denied Moses Ulysess Harris’ petition for a rehearing on his 2013 convictions for two counts of rape, two counts of carnal knowledge, five counts of indecent liberties with a child by custodian, and one count of manufacturing child pornography.

Beginning in the summer of 2007, Harris, a previously convicted sex offender worked his way into the lives a local family. He eventually moved into their home and preyed on one of the young children living there and repeated sexual abuse on that child took place for the next five years.

On June 13, 2013, Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Burke F. McCahill upheld a jury verdict sentencing Harris to two life sentences plus 75 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Harris has been incarcerated since his arrest for these charges in April 2012.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Habitable Planet

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“At the moments when we are able to separate ourselves from our daily concerns and ponder deeply, most of us have encountered fundamental questions of our existence as human beings. Where do we come from? What happened before humans appeared …

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

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 …

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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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Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. …

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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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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

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

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Senior Caregiver Training

Hillsboro Ruritan Club Dinner Meeting

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Strawberry Afternoon Tea

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Land Trust of Virginia Annual Garden Party

BRASS EXTRAVAGANZA

Waterford Concert

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

A Taste of Paris and View of Normandy at Breaux Vineyards

Annie Stokes Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Paella by Carlos at North Gate Vineyard

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

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PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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New Concert Series Comes to Purcellville

20 May 2016

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On Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m., internationally recognized pianist Brian Ganz will present an all-Chopin recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street in Purcellville. The recital will feature several of Frédéric Chopin’s studies for solo piano, including the renowned “Revolutionary” Etude, among other works by the Romantic master. Ganz, who recently moved to Purcellville from Annapolis, …

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Eucharistic Procession To Pass Through Leesburg May 29

20 May 2016

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– By Mark Gunderman Each year, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), symbolizing their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In the United States, the celebration of Corpus Christi is held on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This is a time when Catholics can demonstrate their …

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Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

12 May 2016

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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg On Saturday, May 21, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the fourth town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display at 108 East Washington Street, …

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Around Virginia

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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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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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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