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
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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
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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
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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
Leesburg

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
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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
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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
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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.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

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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August 1, 2016

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August 7, 2016

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Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 22, 2016

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AUDITIONS

August 23, 2016

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August 28, 2016

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Around Virginia

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

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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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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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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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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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