Property “Ownership” a Fantasy in the State of Virginia

June 5, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Property “Ownership” a Fantasy in the State of Virginia
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By Kelli Grim
(The following information was gleaned from an extensive study of eminent domain in Virginia written by Jeremy P. Hopkins, Esq. , and published by the Virginia Institute for Public Policy.)

The right to own property protects the individual by dividing power between the people and the government, and between the people themselves. The right to own, use and dispose of property gives the individual true security and independence. It is the bedrock of our constitution and all laws and freedoms are dependent upon it. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Economic dependence begets subservience and venality,” while economic independence begets freedom, liberty and industriousness. It is no wonder that tyrannical governments make common property a method by which to control people. If everyone owns something, no one owns it, and the government is, of course, the default owner of everything. … Continue Reading

Opinion – Is Janet Clarke the Right Choice?

June 5, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Opinion – Is Janet Clarke the Right Choice?

Janet Clarke is on the fast track to being nominated as the Republican candidate to run for the Blue Ridge Supervisor spot this November. She is currently unopposed on the Republican side. But, is she the best challenger to represent the party of “fiscal responsibility?”

Clarke was handpicked by Purcellville Mayor Robert Lazaro to replace him on the Town Council when Lazaro was elected Mayor in 2006. Serving on the Council from 2006 to 2008, Clarke voted with the Mayor’s majority voting block on every major issue.

  • While on Council Clarke voted for numerous lawsuits to sue the County of Loudoun to stop the building of Woodgrove High School which had been in Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan since 1995. All lawsuits failed. And, Clarke was part of the group the Mayor put into action to give an ultimatum to the County: give Purcellville just under $6 million (for unspecified transportation needs unrelated to the school) or the town will continue to “sue and appeal” all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court – delaying the building of the High School another year or more. In the interest of area students – many of whom were being taught in trailers due to severe overcrowding – the County gave in. … Continue Reading

A Page’s Life

June 5, 2011 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on A Page’s Life
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By William Rodenberg

I wanted to do an extracurricular activity in my sophomore year, which reflected my passion for politics. One day, in discussing my woes with my father, he suggested the Congressional Page Program. I began researching the program, five months living in Washington D.C., and watching Congress in action, interning on Capitol Hill, going there every day after I finished school at the library of Congress … how exciting!

On August 6, 2010, the office of Frank Wolf accepted my application. I began on September 6. … Continue Reading

Hear the Next Generation of Great Performers

June 2, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hear the Next Generation of Great Performers
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Young competition winners from the Levine School of Music return to Waterford to show off their exuberant best on Sunday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m. at Waterford Elementary School.

Come hear true excellence shine forth from these young virtuosi–of elementary through high school ages–as they play the music of Chopin, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Bartok on piano, violin, oboe, and guitar.

Bring the whole family, especially music students. Tickets are available for $25 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

Waterford Elementary School is located at 15513 Loyalty Road in Waterford.

For more information call 540-882-3018.

Summer Reading Tales from the Web

June 2, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Summer Reading Tales from the Web
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Tales from the Web, Loudoun County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program begins June 20 at all seven branches and runs through August 15, 2011. Stop by any branch to register and pick up a challenge card – all ages are encouraged to participate.

The program offers hands-on experiences, educational programs, first-class entertainment and fun for every age. Highlights for children and families include live musical performances by Barry Louis Polisar, Mad Science of Washington, Rainbow Puppets, visiting authors, professional artists, and chances to win great prizes! Disengage will kick-off the teen program with a live concert at 7:00 p.m., June 20 at the A.V. Symington Teen Center at Rust Library in Leesburg followed by a manga poster contest, a film competition and the 2nd annual anime-con! Adults are invited to “Untangle the Technology Web” and enter a chance to win a NookColor!

Stop by any branch to register, pick up your challenge card and learn all the details. The Summer Reading Program runs June 20 through August 15 at all branches. Visit your library or http://library.loudoun.gov to learn more.

Eastern Loudoun Station Hosts Open House

June 2, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Eastern Loudoun Station Hosts Open House
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Eastern Loudoun Station hosted its 1ST Annual Open House! The year old facility is a state-of-the-art sheriff’s station, with the highest possible security and amenities to aid law enforcement efforts. The community was invited to meet Eastern Loudoun Station Staff and tour the new facility which included a cookout, guided tours, LCSO displays and Specialty Vehicles. 350 local residents attended the Open House between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

The ELS is located next to Rolling Ridge Elementary School off of Sterling Blvd at 46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling.

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The police train ride circled the Eastern Loudoun Station and was continually packed with kids who came out with their families to enjoy a cookout, station tours and the free ride.

Oldest Horse Show in the Nation Celebrates 158 Years

June 2, 2011 Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Oldest Horse Show in the Nation Celebrates 158 Years
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Since 1853, equestrians, horse breeders and spectators have gathered under the Grafton oaks in Upperville to admire some of the nation’s most talented horses and riders. The Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) is the oldest horse show in America. It was founded to encourage better breeding of horses.

The one-day show, which began with a few breeding classes, has grown into a weeklong tradition with classes for children, adults and families. Each year beneath the oaks at Grafton Farm, more than 2,000 horse and rider combinations compete throughout the week. The show raises funds for the Upperville Volunteer Fire Department and other area charities. … Continue Reading

Town Council to Reconvene June 1, 2011 Special Meeting

June 2, 2011 Government Comments Off on Town Council to Reconvene June 1, 2011 Special Meeting

The Town of Purcellville recessed its June 1, 2011 Special Meeting and will reconvene the meeting on Monday, June 6, 2011 beginning at 8:00 p.m. and will be held in the Council Chambers located at 130 East Main Street.

When it reconvenes the Town Council will continue its consideration of SUP 11-01 Special Use Permit Application for the Accomplished Child’s request to operate a child day care center of up to 40 children ages three through fifth grade at 211 South 20th Street.

Fourth Grade Teacher Charged with Drunk in Public at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School

June 2, 2011 Our Towns Comments Off on Fourth Grade Teacher Charged with Drunk in Public at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School
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A Loudoun County fourth grade teacher was charged with drunk in public on Wednesday by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

A member of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Officer School Resource Officer Unit responded to Creighton’s Corner Elementary School in Ashburn shortly before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after school personnel reported a teacher was believed to be under the influence of alcohol.

Laura Ann Collins, 43, of Leesburg was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was charged with drunk in public.

State Veterinarian Urges Strict Biosecurity Due to Equine Herpes Virus-1 Outbreak

June 2, 2011 Equestrian Comments Off on State Veterinarian Urges Strict Biosecurity Due to Equine Herpes Virus-1 Outbreak

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages all horse owners to go to its website, www.vdacs.virginia.gov, for updates on the outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) in several western states. A horse button on the homepage will take readers directly into the EHV site which contains updates on the situation, as well as fact sheets and biosecurity information. VDACS recommends that horse owners and managers be aware of the signs of EHV-1 and practice good biosecurity to limit the spread of infection. Horse owners should also consult their veterinarians about the immunization status of their horses.

Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with VDACS, says that to date, he is not aware of any Virginia horses infected with EHV-1 or of any horses that have come in close contact with infected horses. “It’s always a good idea for horse owners to practice good biosecurity,” he said, “but it is especially important whenever we have an outbreak of a highly contagious disease. I urge every horse owner, stable owner, equine event planner and everyone else who comes in contact with horses on a daily basis to be extra vigilant. We have seen a very high level of cooperation from federal officials and the affected states and I am cautiously optimistic that the current outbreak will not spread to Virginia. But the reality of our global world is that livestock owners must be constantly vigilant and observe strict biosecurity practices to protect our flocks and herds.” … Continue Reading

Suspect Brandishes Firearm After Being Confronted by Lansdowne Man During Larceny

June 2, 2011 Public Safety Comments Off on Suspect Brandishes Firearm After Being Confronted by Lansdowne Man During Larceny

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a larceny from a garage that ended with the suspect brandishing a firearm.

A resident was walking their dog in the 43700 block of Riverpoint Drive in Lansdowne around 11:50 p.m. when they observed an unknown suspect wearing a
motorcycle helmet in the garage of a neighbor’s home. The resident confronted the suspect who then fled on foot. The resident gave chase and at one point the suspect turned around and brandished a firearm. The suspect ran to a black pick-up truck driven by another unknown male and fled from the scene. … Continue Reading

American Veterans Center Honors National Military Appreciation Month

June 2, 2011 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on American Veterans Center Honors National Military Appreciation Month
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Center proud to preserve and promote the legacy of America’s servicemen and women from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom

The American Veterans Center would like to thank the servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our nation. In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, we are renewing the promise to you and your families that the legacy of your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

For the past fifteen years, the American Veterans Center has provided a forum for our military men and women to preserve their experiences for future generations.

“The American Veterans Center recognizes the tremendous sacrifice made by our nation’s servicemen and women and their families, and we are dedicated to ensuring their legacy is never forgotten,” stated AVC President Jim Roberts. “We are proud to honor this special month and our nation’s military veterans by hosting the National Memorial Day Parade. Our goal is to draw the attention of all Americans to the real meaning for the holiday – honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our liberties.”

Serving as the capstone for Military Appreciation Month in Washington, DC was The Seventh Annual National Memorial Day Parade presented by Boeing. The parade is an opportunity for thousands of patriotic Americans to come together to honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. The event celebrates all who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to those serving abroad now.

“Boeing has a special relationship with the men and women in uniform who, for generations, have defended liberty and freedom and protected our friends and allies,” said Leo A. Brooks Jr., Boeing Vice President, National Security & Space Group. “We are proud to stand with the thousands of people who will attend the National Memorial Day Parade to salute these American heroes.”

The National Memorial Day Parade showcases nearly 200 elements, including marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, and parade floats—as well as hundreds of veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Last year the parade drew over 250,000 spectators, a testament to the public’s desire to honor our heroes in uniform. Joining the 2011 parade will be Grand Marshal and Vietnam veteran Pat Sajak, as well as celebrity supporters of the military Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Buzz Aldrin, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, and many others.

The parade began at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30 and will stepped off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW. It then proceeded west down Constitution, past the White House, ending at 17th Street.

About the American Veterans Center
The mission of the American Veterans Center is to preserve and promote the legacy of America’s servicemen and women from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Center works with veterans to record their personal experiences through documentary and speaker programs, its magazine American Valor Quarterly, and events such as the National Memorial Day Parade.

Photo by Hope Miller

Wolf Secures Key Provisions to Fight Stink Bugs

June 2, 2011 Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Secures Key Provisions to Fight Stink Bugs
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Farmers, vintners, and homeowners could benefit from provisions in a bill moving through the House that would make fighting the brown marmorated stink bug infestation a greater priority for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA).

Wolf worked with Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee chairman Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) to include new directives for the USDA undersecretary of research in the FY 2012 spending bill approved by the full Appropriations Committee on May 31. The new provisions specifically direct the four research agencies of the USDA to identify and develop effective stink bug control methods.

“The committee felt that the USDA was not working aggressively enough to find a solution to this critical problem,” said Wolf. “We’ve now worked to single out the stink bug problem as one of the top priorities for all research agencies at the department.”

Another key provision instructs the USDA to work collaboratively with state partners to identify and implement controls for stink bug invasions.

The bill is pending consideration by the full House, expected later this month.

Stopping the destructive brown marmorated stink bug – whose influx some have likened to a plague of locusts – has been a top priority for Wolf, who has held a town hall meeting in his district so that scientists and experts could share ideas for control methods with local farmers and growers.

“I’ve seen first-hand the damage that stink bugs are causing to local fruit and vegetable growers and we have to do something to mitigate the economic damage caused by these pests,” said Wolf. “I hope this legislation will make this problem the top priority for USDA research agencies.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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