LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Two Teens Last Seen in Purcellville

February 26, 2015 News, Public Safety, Uncategorized Comments Off on LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Two Teens Last Seen in Purcellville
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate two missing teenagers who were last seen in the Purcellville area.

Christopher T. Rhames, 15, and Stephan N. Seaver, 16, were last seen in the 700 block of Main Street on February 24th. The two left together on their own accord. The two have no ties to the immediate area and both are in need of medication for health issues. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Library to Celebrate 25th Birthday

February 24, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville Library to Celebrate 25th Birthday
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The Lovettsville Library will mark its 25th anniversary on Saturday, February 28, with a celebration for the whole family.

At 10:30 a.m, meet opossum, snakes, turtles, and a bunny as the Wildlife Ambassadors present “Wildlife in Winter.” Share birthday cake at 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 2:00 p.m., enjoy the creative arts of Balloonacy with Tom Lilly. … Continue Reading

Commissioner of the Revenue to Hold Real Estate Tax Relief Seminars in March

February 24, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Commissioner of the Revenue to Hold Real Estate Tax Relief Seminars in March
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Loudoun’s Commissioner of the Revenue, Robert S. Wertz Jr, has scheduled free information sessions during March to familiarize residents with the eligibility criteria for the county’s generous real estate tax relief program.

Loudoun County homeowners age 65 or older or with disabilities that are below established income and wealth limits may benefit from a reduction in the amount of property taxes they pay. Qualified applicants for real estate relief must have a gross combined income less than $72,000, and net worth less than $440,000. Up to $10,000 in income of a spouse or relative residing in the home is excluded from the income calculation. Additionally, net worth does not include the value of the home and land up to 10 acres. Program participants saved more than $8 million in real estate taxes in tax year 2014. … Continue Reading

NAACP Endorses Legislation Enabling Education Savings Accounts for Special Needs Students in Virginia

February 24, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on NAACP Endorses Legislation Enabling Education Savings Accounts for Special Needs Students in Virginia
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Rodney Thomas, legislative representative of the NAACP Virginia State Conference announced support for House Bill 2238, a bill to make Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts available for special needs children in Virginia.

In the organization’s official statement, Thomas applauded the bill’s capacity to help meet the educational needs of at-risk children. “In this day of limited funding for education and special needs individuals, this bill offers an opportunity to those parents and their children suffering from dramatic illnesses and disabilities.”
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Loudoun Launches New Online System for Board of Supervisors Documents

February 24, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Launches New Online System for Board of Supervisors Documents
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Loudoun County has expanded and improved its system for displaying Board of Supervisors documents online.

Loudoun is now using the Laserfiche document management and records retention system for documents related to the Board of Supervisors. The new system, which is text searchable, is designed to provide easier access to the public for current Board meeting packets as well as provide more resources to those doing historical research.

In addition to current meeting agendas and packets for the Board of Supervisors and its Standing Committees, the county has added thousands of pages of Board documents dating back to the 1870s to the county website. The new document archive includes scanned images of the Board of Supervisors Minute Books from 1870 to the present, Copy Teste Books from 1954 to the present, and Action Report Books from 1991 to the present. … Continue Reading

The Kennedys Back on Stage at the Old Stone School

February 20, 2015 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Kennedys Back on Stage at the Old Stone School
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On Friday, March 6, The Kennedys will perform on stage at the Old Stone School in the historic Town of Hillsboro, Virginia. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for dinner and drinks, and their concert will start at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $25 (dinner and drinks sold separately). This will be the second time they’ve performed at the Old Stone School. Proceeds benefit the historic Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro. … Continue Reading

LCSO & Virginia State Police Announce Results of Joint Aggressive Driving Reduction Efforts

February 20, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO & Virginia State Police Announce Results of Joint Aggressive Driving Reduction Efforts
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Motorists on Route 15 and Route 50 Reminded It’s Not a Race- Create Space

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police teamed up February 8 in a campaign to curb aggressive and impaired driving in the area of Route 15 and Route 50 in Loudoun County.

During the weeklong traffic safety enforcement effort, deputies and troopers cited 134 drivers for speeding and another 15 drivers for reckless driving along the two highway corridors. According to the Virginia State Police, the average speed of violators ticketed by a trooper was 70 mph (all in posted 55 mph zones). In addition, one summons for a child restraint violation and one summons for a seatbelt violation were issued. Fourteen equipment violations were also cited. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Celebrates Black History Month; Clerk of the Circuit Court, Libraries Host Special Programs

February 20, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun County Celebrates Black History Month; Clerk of the Circuit Court, Libraries Host Special Programs
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Loudoun County is celebrating Black History Month with an official resolution proclaiming February as Black History Month adopted by the Board of Supervisors and special programs hosted by the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Loudoun County Public Library. The events include:

Saturday February 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – Historic Court Records and African American Research: This will be a presentation for anyone involved in African American research or who is interested in learning more about using circuit court records or the resources available at the Library of Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia has 120 circuit courts and elected clerks of the circuit court who are tasked with the retention of valuable records, some dating back to the origins of their respective counties. This presentation will show how the Clerk’s office is working to preserve, index, and scan its collection. Cara Griggs, Archivist for the Library of Virginia, will offer information on the types of collections available at the library and how to search for records through its various resources. Spotlighted will be African American research in Virginia from the Colonial era to approximately 1870 through a description of available records and case studies. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 2-12-2015

February 20, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 2-12-2015
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02/12/2015 12:56 p.m. – Hirst Road/Hatcher Ave Narcotics Violation

While an officer was on a traffic stop, he detected a strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle which lead to a vehicle search and seizure of small amount of marijuana. David Tinta, 23 male from Purcellville was released on a summons for possession of marijuana.

02/12/2015 08:07 a.m. – N. 16th Street/ E. Main Street Property Damage Accident

Police were dispatched to a two vehicle property damage accident. Police investigated the accident, no injuries were reported and damages estimated at $2500. No charges were filed. … Continue Reading

VDOE Announces 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Competition

February 20, 2015 Around Virginia Comments Off on VDOE Announces 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Competition
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The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is seeking school divisions, nonprofits, local government agencies, faith-based organizations, colleges, universities and for-profit corporations to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The competitive grant program, authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, supports community-based programs that provide tutoring, enrichment and counseling during non-school hours, especially for low-income students and students who attend low-performing schools. … Continue Reading

The Climate Change Economy

February 16, 2015 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Climate Change Economy
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A few weeks ago [1] I showed that the costs of climate events such as storms, draughts and floods were growing at a seven percent per annum clip while US GDP was only growing at a 2.7 percent rate. I showed that if these rates continue the costs of climate events would exceed the growth in GDP by 2058. This estimate is optimistic and should be considered an upper bound because the costs only include the big events costing more than one billion dollars adjusted for inflation in 2014 dollars and do not include damage from all the lesser events. Further, much of GDP growth is in services which do not increase accumulated wealth in the same way as material wealth and most material wealth deteriorates with time and must periodically be replaced even without climate impacts. Food gets eaten or rots, cars rust, houses fall apart and sports stadiums get torn down and replaced. But there are two more important considerations. The rate of growth of the cost of climate events is unlikely to remain as low as seven percent. It will have to grow as the surface temperature increases. And, it is unlikely that US GDP will continue to grow at a 2.7 percent rate into the future. Since 2005 it has been growing at less than 1.4 percent annually. Referring to Figure 1 showing the growth of derivatives, I would suggest that neo-liberal economics and deregulation of finance which are well underway increase the risk of an economic collapse in the near future. … Continue Reading

Virginians Advised to be Prepared for Storm Conditions

February 16, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Virginians Advised to be Prepared for Storm Conditions
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With Virginia’s impending snow storm, it’s best to plan ahead now. Virginia State Police is advising all motorists to delay travel plans for tonight and/or Tuesday morning, as roads will be treacherous. With the forecasted freezing temperatures, any snow and ice accumulations are expected to stick around for a few days. So it is important to prepare your home, family, and vehicle in advance.

If you do have to travel, then keep these tips in mind:

Make sure you and your car are properly equipped:

  • Make sure your vehicle has ample antifreeze, the windshield is clean and you have plenty of windshield washer fluid.
  • Check to make sure the headlights are clean and in working order. In Virginia, state law requires you to use your headlights when operating your windshield wipers.
  • Verify that the tires have tread and are properly inflated.
  • Have your battery tested, to avoid being stranded in the cold with a car that won’t start.
  • Equip your car with a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, warm clothes, bottled water, snacks, and a blanket.
  • Remember to have sunglasses in the car, as the glare of the sun off of snow and ice can be more intense in the winter than it is in the summer.

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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 6, 2015

February 15, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 6, 2015
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02/06/2015 10:23 p.m. – 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute
The complainant reported that an ex-acquaintance has been harassing her by way of text messages and other forms of social media. The incident is under investigation.

02/07/2015 7:45 p.m. – 100 Blk. 21st St. Domestic Assault
Steven Roberts, a 47 year old male from Purcellville, was arrested for domestic assault. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

02/08/2015 2:06 a.m. – 100 Blk. Ast St. Juvenile Complaint
Police Officers on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle on school property after hours. Several juveniles were in the vehicle and out after curfew without the parents’ permission. The juveniles were turned over to their respective parents and no charges will be placed.

02/12/2015 12:56 a.m. – Hatcher @ Hirst Narcotics Violation
Police Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and the driver was found to be in possession of narcotics. The matter is under investigation and charges are pending.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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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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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