Missing Sterling Woman Latanger N. Gray Located Safe

January 30, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Missing Sterling Woman Latanger N. Gray Located Safe

A Sterling woman reported missing last week was located safe on Saturday.

Latanger N. Gray, 47, was reported missing January 21 by family members after she was last seen during the early morning hours at her residence.

Gray was located on January 26 in Richmond.

Ashburn Man Charged with Use of Computer to Solicit a Child

January 28, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Ashburn Man Charged with Use of Computer to Solicit a Child

On January 24 a 49-year-old Ashburn man was charged with one count of use of a computer to solicit a child less than 18-years-old. In December, a detective with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit began an investigation into allegations that an adult male was sending inappropriate messages to an underage female. The detective is assigned to the NOVA/DC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and continued the investigation by posing as an underage female. During online communications, Lazaro C. Hernandez arranged to meet the underage female at a Leesburg area hotel for the purpose of sexual activity. Members of the Sheriff’s Office met Hernandez at the hotel where he was arrested without incident. The Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation to determine if more charges will be placed. Hernandez remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Sterling Woman- Latanger N. Gray

January 28, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Missing Sterling Woman- Latanger N. Gray

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing woman from the Sterling area.

Latanger N. Gray, 47, was last seen by family members on January 21 at her residence on Pryor Square in Sterling. She is described as a Black female, 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.

Anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call Detective S. Cumberledge at 703-777-0475.

Senator Black’s Lyme Disease Bill Passes Senate Committee 10 – 4

January 28, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Senator Black’s Lyme Disease Bill Passes Senate Committee 10 – 4

Senator Richard H. Black (R- Loudoun and Prince William Counties) was able to successfully pass Senate Bill 971 through the Senate Education and Health Committee by a vote of 10 – 4 with one abstention. SB 971 was introduced by Senator Black on behalf of the National Capital Lyme Disease Association in an effort to fight Lyme disease in Virginia.

According to the CDC, as of 2011, Lyme disease has now become the sixth fastest growing disease in the United States. Although Lyme has been reported throughout Virginia, the heaviest concentration is in Northwestern Virginia, hitting residents in Senator Black’s senate district particularly hard. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Academy Hires Long-Term Leader

January 28, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Hires Long-Term Leader

The Board of Trustees of Middleburg Academy, Loudoun County’s only independent, coeducational, college preparatory high school, has completed its long-term leadership succession planning with the hiring of Colley W. Bell III as the next Head of School. Mr. Bell, currently Head of School at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, begins his tenure on July 1, 2013 under an initial five-year employment contract.

Middleburg Academy’s current Head of School, Dr. Ronald P. Sykes, will remain in his position through June 30, 2013, working closely with the incoming Head, the Board of Trustees, and administrative team to ensure a smooth transition in the six-month preparation for new leadership under Colley Bell. … Continue Reading

District Boundaries

January 28, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on District Boundaries

In 2011, the Republicans got 60 percent of the vote while the Democrats received only 40 percent of the vote from statewide senate races. However, because the Democrats manipulated the districts, they were able to hold exactly half the seats in the senate. Thankfully Republicans in Richmond had the courage to fix the gerrymandering the Democrats had done to thwart the voters.

Democrats have been screaming “foul” because Republicans stood up for what was right and fixed it. When drawing district lines, lawmakers are supposed to keep areas of common interest together. What does Lowes Island have to do with Arlington? Democrats took a few thousand houses in Lowes Island (Sterling) and made them into an Arlington district that is represented by Senator Favola. It is gerrymandering like that, which the Democrats had hoped would go unnoticed or unchallenged, that erodes the integrity of our political process.

I hope the House passes the corrected lines so that Democrats aren’t able to thwart the will of the voters in future elections!

Jeff Brown

Catherine LeSourd Makes President’s List

January 25, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Catherine LeSourd Makes President’s List

Catherine LeSourd, daughter of Jeff and Nancy LeSourd of Purcellville has been named to the President’s list for the Fall 2012 semester at Elon University.

International Flautist Jonathan Snowden Builds Flute Studio at Shenandoah Conservatory

January 25, 2013 Lifestyle, Music Comments Off on International Flautist Jonathan Snowden Builds Flute Studio at Shenandoah Conservatory

Shenandoah University welcomed premiere flutist Jonathan Snowden to the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory this fall. Snowden brings tremendous expertise, including a rich and multifaceted background in orchestral playing. This English native has graced the principal chairs of top orchestras and soloed under the direction of gifted conductors. He has performed for royalty and pop stars, and performed as a featured soloist on blockbuster movie soundtracks. His boundless enthusiasm for music and the flute have afforded Snowden a colorful music career that has taken him across the globe as a soloist, collaborator and teacher, landing him right here in Winchester. … Continue Reading

2013 Loudoun Grown Expo Ready To Go

January 25, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 2013 Loudoun Grown Expo Ready To Go

The exhibitor lineup for the 2013 Loudoun Grown Expo has been finalized and this year’s event has expanded again! The 2013 Expo has 36 exhibitors including nine wineries, five CSAs, many producers and other rural economy entrepreneurs including Purcellville’s own Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Corcoran Brewing. New to the event this year are food vendors that will be located outside the Tabernacle so guests can have a meal while enjoying the event. Food can be purchased from Fun Country Kettle Corn, Good Grubbin’, and Magnolias at the Mill, Monk’s BBQ, and the Roving Italian. … Continue Reading

Wolf Pushes Attorney General To Use Current Funding for Bipartisan Programs to Reduce Gun Violence

January 25, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Pushes Attorney General To Use Current Funding for Bipartisan Programs to Reduce Gun Violence

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today called on the Obama Administration to use existing funds to improve the nation’s background check system and to create a national center for campus public safety.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Wolf, chairman of the subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, said improvements to the background check system that were included in Wolf’s House-passed FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill could be funded through existing funding in the 2012 continuing resolution. … Continue Reading

Around the Block Books Sponsors Open Mic Nights

January 25, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Around the Block Books Sponsors Open Mic Nights

Around the Block Books is proud to sponsor an Open Mic Night for our local High School students – Grades 9 through 12. Every Friday night in February, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the store. We look forward to seeing what creative talent our local students will share with the community.

If you are interested in sharing your music, poetry or short stories, call Jodi or Laura at 540-751-9161 or e-mail atbb2013@gmail.com to schedule a Friday date and time slot.

LCSO to Hold Community Meeting to Address Burglaries in Western Loudoun

January 25, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO to Hold Community Meeting to Address Burglaries in Western Loudoun

In light of a series of burglaries in Western Loudoun County, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold a community meeting on January 31 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting stems from a series of burglaries in Western
Loudoun, Middleburg and Fauquier County that are possibly related.

The community meeting will be held at Banneker Elementary School located at 35231 Snake Hill Road in Middleburg. Members of the community are invited to attend to learn more about the burglary cases from Loudoun County Sheriff’s Detectives as well as crime prevention measures residents can take to help protect their home. … Continue Reading

Senator Kaine Casts First Vote in Senate

January 25, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Senator Kaine Casts First Vote in Senate

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following his first vote as a senator. Kaine voted in favor of the compromise reached to reform the filibuster:

“I was honored tonight to cast my first vote as the Commonwealth’s newest U.S. Senator and I’m pleased it comes in favor of a measure to reduce some of the gridlock that has frustrated all Virginians. The Senate has been in desperate need of filibuster reform and today’s compromise will make it more difficult for a vocal few to block common sense legislation for political gain. While I have long supported a talking filibuster, I believe these reforms will help the Senate function in a more transparent and expeditious way.”









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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


– 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


– 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 …

Dear Editor

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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 …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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