LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspect in Bridge End Center Burglary

December 31, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspect in Bridge End Center Burglary

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office released video surveillance of a suspect involved in the December 25 burglary of the Bridge End Center convenience store.

In the video, the suspect, wearing a ghillie suit, uses a splitting maul to damage the exterior wall of the store located in the 11100 block of Berlin Turnpike near Lovettsville. He is then observed removing over 120 cartons of cigarettes from the store. The video can be viewed at .

The incident began around 10:45 p.m. on December 25 and the theft was discovered on the morning of December 26. … Continue Reading

Class Makes Special White House Visit

December 30, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Class Makes Special White House Visit
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A class from Catoctin Elementary in Leesburg recently had a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the White House. The class of severe medical needs students had an official meet and greet with the presidential dogs on December 4. The group of six children, special needs and in wheelchairs, went with their parents and school staff. Money for transportation was donated by Jenkins Restorations of Sterling and Rockville.

“It was such a once in a lifetime day,” said Carrie Jenkins, a parent of one of the students. “I still cannot believe we did it.” … Continue Reading

Betsey Brown Becomes Author

December 30, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Betsey Brown Becomes Author

Americas first pandaBetsey Brown of Leesburg fulfilled her 80 year dream to become an author by writing and publishing a children’s book. America’s First Panda is the true story about Ruth Harkness who in 1936 traveled from New York City to the mountains of China to bring back a baby panda, a bear that few had ever seen or heard about in those days.

The baby Giant Panda named Su Lin which Ruth translated to mean “a little bit of something very cute” was given to the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Hayden Harris, Director of the Brookfield Zoo, and grandfather to the late Valeria (A.V.) Symington of Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, Leesburg, was instrumental in helping Ruth Harkness bring Su Lin to America. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Public Safety Firing Range Community Information Session

December 30, 2014 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Public Safety Firing Range Community Information Session
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Loudoun County will provide an update on the design of the Public Safety Firing Range project at a community information session on Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. at 801 Sycolin Road in Leesburg. The meeting will be held in the large conference room on the first floor of the offices of the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure.

The Public Safety Firing Range will be a fully-contained, indoor range which will support the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office training programs. The facility will be located on a county-owned parcel on Shreve Mill Road on the south side of the Dulles Greenway and will replace an existing outdoor facility currently leased by the Sheriff’s Office. The future Leesburg South Fire and Rescue Station is planned to be co-located on this site. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter

December 22, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter

12/4/2014 5:00 p.m 700 Blk. E. Main St Simple Assault

A 17 yr old juvenile arrived on station to report an assault that occurred in the parking lot of a business in the 700 Blk of E. Main Street. The juvenile reports he was hanging out in a parking lot area and was approached by two known subjects that accused him of a theft from a family member. An argument ensued and complainant alleges that he was choked and taken to the ground by one of the subjects. The subject released the complainant and left the scene. The juvenile’s parent was notified and the process was explained on how obtain a warrant from the magistrate. … Continue Reading

LEx is Here! Loudoun County Launches Loudoun Express Request Online System

December 20, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on LEx is Here! Loudoun County Launches Loudoun Express Request Online System
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Loudoun County citizens now have a new way to interact with the Loudoun County government. Residents and businesses are now able to submit requests and questions to county staff through an improved online tool, Loudoun Express Request (LEx). The new tool features an expanded selection of request types, a user-friendly interface and real-time updates from staff. Users of the system are also able to submit photos with their inquiries.

Request types span a variety of the county’s departments and services, including the Departments of Building and Development; Health; Transportation and Capital Infrastructure; Parks, Recreation and Community Services; and more. … Continue Reading

VSP Searching for Possible Suspect Vehicle in Fatal Hit and Run Crash in Frederick County

December 20, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on VSP Searching for Possible Suspect Vehicle in Fatal Hit and Run Crash in Frederick County

The investigation continued Friday into an early-morning fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian in the Clearbrook community of Frederick County – near the West Virginia border.

Virginia State Police are now trying to locate a Volkswagen Beetle, manufactured between the years of 2000 and 2010. The car would have damage to its front left and/or driver’s side. Anyone with information concerning this vehicle or the fatal hit-and-run is asked to call the Virginia State Police Area 13 Office in Winchester at 540-662-3313 or the Virginia State Police Dispatch Center at 540-829-7771. … Continue Reading

He Loves You

December 20, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16.

That Bible verse captures the miracle and majesty of the Christmas story. An almighty God, bigger and more amazing than anything we could possibly imagine loves the world. He loves Virginia. He loves Loudoun County. He loves YOU. He loves you so much that he sent His only Son into the world to conquer sin and death clearing the way for you to have a relationship with Him that will last forever. It is His gift for you. And you receive it by accepting His Son, Jesus as Lord and Savior. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to unwrap this Christmas present.

Gary Kunkel

Two Teens Charged in Connection with Armed Robbery in Aldie

December 20, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Two Teens Charged in Connection with Armed Robbery in Aldie

Two teenagers were charged in connection with a reported robbery that occurred in December in the Aldie area.

Sukhpreet Singh, 18, and a 15-year-old, both of Aldie, were charged with robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The charges stem from a report by two teenaged victims who were walking in the area of Millstream Drive and Southpoint Drive shortly before 3:00 p.m. on December 6. A dark gray sedan approached them and two males exited the vehicle and demanded cash. One of the suspects brandished a firearm from the car. A small amount of cash was taken from the victims. … Continue Reading

Inova Loudoun Hospital Limits Visitation Policy Due to Flu

December 17, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Inova Loudoun Hospital Limits Visitation Policy Due to Flu

Due to increased flu-like illness activity at Inova Loudoun Hospital, today, December 15 Inova Loudoun Hospital has instituted temporary changes to their visitation policy.

The temporary measures apply to visitors until further notice:

  • No visitors under the age of 16
  • No visitors with any symptoms of influenza-like illness
  • Visitors will be limited to two persons
  • … Continue Reading

Turtle Soup

December 17, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Turtle Soup

“We can debate this forever. George Will had a column in the last year or so pointing out that in the 70s, we were concerned the ice age was coming. I’m not a scientist. I’m interested in protecting Kentucky’s economy.” Senator Mitch McConnell [1]

“There is no doubt that climate change, mainly caused by our material production and consumption activities, threatens human existence.” Ha-Joon Chang [2]

Senator McConnell made his statement in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board just before the last election. The editorial board asked McConnell several times what it would take to convince him of human-caused climate change. The Senator deflected each question with economic arguments until finally he made the reference to George Will, champion of the over privileged. The relevance of this quote is not the economy of intellectual content but what it says about our new Senate Majority Leader’s commitment to bad policy. We can expect that over the next two years Congress is going to do its best to make the problem of human-caused climate change that much worse. Thus the imperative for local action is even stronger. … Continue Reading

Assault on the W&OD Trail

December 12, 2014 News, Public Safety 1 comment

On Monday, December 8, the Purcellville Police responded to Leesburg to interview a 21 year old female who reported that she had been assaulted on the W&OD Trail near 21st Street. The complainant stated that she began to run on the trail at approximately 6:10 p.m. when an unknown male wearing a hooded shirt and hat grabbed her from behind. The complainant was able to break free and run back to her vehicle to drive home. She received scratches on her neck and a cut over one eye. No further information is available at this time.

Purcellville Police advises everyone that uses the W&OD Trail to be aware of your surroundings at all times, and to notify the police of any suspicious activity.

A Kid, Yes, But Not So Wimpy

December 12, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on A Kid, Yes, But Not So Wimpy

Massachusetts author Jeff Kinney may write from hundreds of miles away. But, his connection to this area runs deep, and he showed his commitment to local children with a special visit to them during Thanksgiving week, including one at Kenneth Culbert Elementary School in Purcellville and one at Harmony Middle School.

Kinney is the author of the popular children’s book Diary of Wimpy Kid ( His inspiration comes from real life, something that is obvious to the thousands of children who hang on every word of Greg Heffley, the main “kid character” in the series. Many of Kinney’s books have reached the number one spot on the New York Times Best seller list. To date, the online version of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” has had more than 80 million visits, and is read by more than 70,000 kids a day. He also has two big movies to his credit. … Continue Reading







The Holocene Climate


(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


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


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


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


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


“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


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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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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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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 …


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 …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


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


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 …

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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 …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech


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 …


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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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


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


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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