Eight Die in Traffic Crashes over Memorial Day Holiday

May 27, 2014 Around Virginia Comments Off on Eight Die in Traffic Crashes over Memorial Day Holiday

Motorists Urged to “Drive to Save Lives” This Summer

Eight people lost their lives in eight traffic crashes across the Commonwealth, according to preliminary reports for the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, nine people also died in traffic crashes statewide. In 2012, 11 individuals lost their lives over the four-day holiday reporting period. In an effort to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths over the Memorial Day weekend, the Virginia State Police stepped up patrols as part of the annual Operation C.A.R.E., (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, and ended at midnight Monday, May 26, 2014. … Continue Reading

Police Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting

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Tuesday, May 27 – many students arrived at Loudoun Valley High School wearing either black or tie die t-shirts in memory of Christian Sierra. There were extra grief counselors on hand to speak with students if needed. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and it is important not to rush to judgment – let the process work its self out, said Wayde Byard public information officer for the Loudoun County Public Schools.

The Standards of Learning Test is Tuesday May 27 and students have the option to wait if need be.

At 2:12 p.m. Saturday (May 24, 2014), the Purcellville Police Department received a 911 call from an individual at a residence in the 100 block of Frazer Drive in the Town of Purcellville. The call to police was for seeking help with a 17-year-old teenager threatening suicide, later identified as Christian Sierra. When an officer arrived on scene and approached Sierra. Sierra, armed with a knife, lunged at the officer. The teenager was subsequently shot. Rescue was immediately called to the scene. Sierra was transported to a nearby hospital where he was declared deceased. The Purcellville officer was not injured in the incident.

The teenager’s remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for examination and autopsy.

The Virginia State Police’s “Police-Shooting Investigative Team” from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office is conducting the investigation into the incident. Once the investigation is complete, the investigative report will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review and final adjudication. … Continue Reading

Pool and Water Safety Tips

May 23, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Pool and Water Safety Tips

The summer pool season is quickly approaching and the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management encourages residents to follow these water safety steps:

  • Children should swim only if a lifeguard or a grown-up gives permission and is present to supervise.
  • Teach children to obey the posted rules.
  • Make sure pools and spas are enclosed on four sides with a fence at least five feet high with a self-closing and latching gates.
  • Drains in pools and spas should have anti-entrapment drain covers.
  • Learn infant and child CPR and always have a phone near the pool for emergency use.
  • … Continue Reading

Pets and Hot Cars: A Deadly Mix

May 21, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Pets and Hot Cars: A Deadly Mix

Nearly every day in spring and summer, Loudoun County Animal Control Officers respond to reports of pets left inside cars on hot days. The cars are usually found in shopping center parking lots, and the pet owners often offer the same response, “I was only in the store for a few minutes.” Not only is it illegal to leave an animal in a car when the outside temperature is above 70 degrees and the temperature inside a vehicle is above 80 degrees, it can also be deadly.

Studies show that even when the high temperature is a relatively cool 72 degrees, a car’s internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees within 60 minutes. Keeping the windows slightly open hardly slows the rise at all. Pets are vulnerable to heat stroke at temperatures over 110 degrees. … Continue Reading

Medicaid Expansion Doesn’t Make Financial Sense

May 19, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Medicaid Expansion Doesn’t Make Financial Sense

I am a fifteen year-old from Round Hill. I have heard quite a few people discussing the controversial issue of Medicaid expansion recently, and one thing that I do not understand is why most people do not know that much about the subject. On one side, you have the group of people who favor Medicaid’s expansion, thinking that it will be for the benefit of everyone in Virginia if all can enjoy affordable care. On the other side of the argument, there are the people who think that Medicaid expansion doesn’t make any financial sense, believing that the Medicaid budget will be paid through ridiculously high taxes once the government withdraws support of the plan. … Continue Reading

Virginia Still Doesn’t Have a Budget

May 19, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Virginia Still Doesn’t Have a Budget

With less than six weeks to the new fiscal year, Virginia still doesn’t have a budget. Why? Governor McAuliffe is holding it hostage unless the legislature signs onto the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. He is willing to carry out his fiscal scorched earth campaign upon the citizens of the Commonwealth if he can’t get his no-limit credit card to the Obama and Hillary progressive fantasyland.

The Governor is using the state budget as leverage, threatening to take Virginia over the fiscal cliff on June 30 if he doesn’t get his way. This has become more than an adolescent temper tantrum, he is holding hostage essential services including funding for schools, teachers, roads, law enforcement, local governments, colleges and universities. … Continue Reading

Medicaid Russian Roulette

May 19, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Medicaid Russian Roulette

This budget game of Russian Roulette that Gov. Terry McAuliffe is playing with the General Assembly over the Medicaid expansion issue is now causing real financial panic by our local governments.

Because of this Medicaid impasse, more than $10 Billion in expected state aid that makes up three-fourths of local budget revenue is being held hostage by our political leaders in Richmond. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigating Extensive Vandalism at Franklin Park in Purcellville

May 17, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Extensive Vandalism at Franklin Park in Purcellville

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating extensive vandalism that occurred at Franklin Park in Purcellville May 16.

Unknown subjects accessed work trucks at the park, and damaged the park grounds and structures. At this time damage is estimated at $25,000. The park is temporarily closed at this time as members of the LCSO investigate the scene.

The vandalism was discovered shortly after 7:00 a.m. Franklin Park is located at 17501 Franklin Park Drive in Purcellville. … Continue Reading

A Record High Raised for Local Charities

May 16, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on A Record High Raised for Local Charities

Drive for charity surpasses $2 million in total donations

The Dulles Greenway’s 9th annual Drive For Charity has reached a record high for donations with more than $2,000,000 raised after the $294,500 collected as part of the 2014 campaign. Monies raised will be donated to 5 local charities and the Greenway scholarship program. … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s 2014 Business Award Winners Announced

May 15, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg’s 2014 Business Award Winners Announced

The Town of Leesburg has announced the winners and honorable mentions for the 13th Annual Business Appreciation Awards.

Nearly 250 people were in attendance at 13th annual Leesburg Business Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, at the Tally Ho Theatre in downtown Leesburg. At the reception, the Leesburg Town Council and Leesburg Economic Development Commission honored outstanding businesses and business owners in eleven award categories.

“We have come a long way since the first business awards ceremony in the basement of Town Hall back in October 2001,” said Marantha Edwards, the Town’s Economic Development Director. “The range and diversity of businesses, both nominated and honored, is a good indicator of how well balanced Leesburg’s business community is. Every year, I am amazed at the accomplishments of our businesses.” … Continue Reading

Reconstructing Economics: Why Nations Fail, Part One

May 13, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Reconstructing Economics: Why Nations Fail, Part One

“People are reluctant to believe physical systems and human systems are of the same kind. Although social systems are more complex than physical systems, they belong to the same class of high-order, nonlinear, feedback systems as do physical systems.” Jay Forrester

Economist Steve Keen writes in Debunking Economics that his discipline is broken and needs help from other sciences. Interestingly, he does this by demonstrating inconsistencies and bad assumptions within economics. Jay Forrester proposed a “systems economics” approach and indeed his collaborators produced perhaps the most accurate long term economics forecast to date with the publication of Limits to Growth in 1972. Using systems biology as a model for reconstructing economics and borrowing from these past efforts I propose integrating into economics the hard sciences: physics and chemistry, the soft sciences: biology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and the softer sciences: anthropology, history and the more rational schools of economics. … Continue Reading

Medicaid Russian Roulette

May 13, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Medicaid Russian Roulette

This budget game of Russian Roulette that Gov. Terry McAuliffe is playing with the General Assembly over the Medicaid expansion issue is now causing real financial panic by our local governments.

Because of this Medicaid impasse, more than $10 Billion in expected state aid that makes up three-fourths of local budget revenue is being held hostage by our political leaders in Richmond. … Continue Reading

Immensely Grateful

May 13, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Immensely Grateful

I am immensely grateful to my family, friends, and supporters who so generously contributed their time and effort to my campaign. It was inspiring and enjoyable to meet so many residents of Purcellville during the campaign, which further affirmed that my message was their message. You took the time to share with me your ideas, your concerns, your aspirations, and I appreciate your willingness to share what matters most to you.

Going forward, we need to take a coordinated look at our community and work together in the best interests of our citizens. We must to be pro-active and not re-active. We need to continue to fight against development that does not truly benefit our community or truly contribute positively to our local economy. We must work in partnership with our county and state legislatures to obtain our fair share of county and state tax dollars. As a town we need to be better communicators and we need to be more transparent with your tax dollars and strive for a sound financial foundation, which will help grow our local economy and provide the funds to meet the needs of our residents. … 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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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
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”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 …

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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


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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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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