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Governor McDonnell Announces Virginia Sets New Tourism Record

September 8, 2013 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces Virginia Sets New Tourism Record
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During an afternoon event at Brown’s Island, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that visitors to Virginia generated $21.2 billion in revenue from tourism in 2012, a four percent increase over 2011 and a new record high for the Commonwealth. The governor also announced that tourism in Virginia supported 210,000 jobs over the year, an increase of one percent in employment, and provided more than $1.36 billion in state and local taxes. During the McDonnell administration, tourism revenues have continued to increase each year, with a total revenue increase of 12.3 percent since 2010.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell remarked, “Virginia’s tourism industry continues to generate more revenue and create more good jobs. The remarkable growth in this sector of our economy was responsible for $21.2 billion in revenue last year, a new state record. Tourists from around the country and the world are being drawn to Virginia to walk in the footsteps of Lincoln, participate and learn from our ongoing Civil War Sesquicentennial events, visit our increasingly globally recognized vineyards and enjoy all that this great state has to offer from Atlantic Ocean beaches to Appalachian mountains. From the moment we began our gubernatorial campaign in 2009 we’ve been focused on doing more to promote all of Virginia’s great sites, history and beauty because we know that tourism plays a key role in our economic development in the Commonwealth. In short: tourism equals jobs. We’ve worked with leaders from both parties to invest wisely in this growth industry and make it an integral part of our overall economic development strategies and policy. That investment is clearly paying off. I congratulate all the Virginians involved in our tourism industry for their great work to set this new state record. I look forward to another record breaking year ahead.” … Continue Reading

Sheriff Mike Chapman Appointed to Task Force of School and Campus Safety

January 16, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff Mike Chapman Appointed to Task Force of School and Campus Safety
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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman was appointed to a newly created Task Force of School and Campus Safety by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Sheriff Chapman is one of five newly appointed law enforcement executives from around the Commonwealth, as well as educators, public safety experts, local
leaders, mental health practitioners, legislators, parents, and students. According to the Office of Governor Bob McDonnell, the group will review school safety, including established policies and procedures, crisis and emergency management plans, threat assessment protocols, and will share best practices and identify resource challenges. This task force will also provide legislative and budget proposals to the governor to address any critical gaps or needs associated with safety and security in our schools and on our campuses. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Proclaims 2013 “The Year of the Teacher”

January 6, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Proclaims 2013 “The Year of the Teacher”
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Governor: “Everyone knows a teacher who’s stayed after school to support students; who’s buying their own supplies; who’s grading homework until 10, 11, or 12 at night then getting up early to put together the next day’s lesson plan. This is amazing dedication. We must do more to recognize and appreciate these professionals.”

Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed 2013 The Year of the Teacher in Virginia. The Year of the Teacher is part of Governor McDonnell’s ALL STUDENTS initiative. The Year will feature programs and special recognition of teachers in Virginia. Information will be updated regularly at www.ALLSTUDENTS.Virginia.Gov. … Continue Reading

Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Re-Election of President Barack Obama

November 8, 2012 Elections, News Comments Off on Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Re-Election of President Barack Obama
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Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement regarding the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

“Tonight, I want to congratulate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on winning re-election.

This has been a spirited and tough campaign. The differences between the sides have been clear, widely discussed and vigorously debated. I strongly supported my friends Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I believe they would have provided exceptional leadership for this nation. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication to the principles of our party, and their commitment to helping improve the lives of the people of this great nation. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are honest, decent and selfless. They had big ideas that would achieve good results for all people. I wish them the very best moving forward, and I know they will stay deeply involved in the public life of this nation. We need their positive, optimistic visions as we address the pressing issues facing our country. … Continue Reading

Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Election of Tim Kaine to the United States Senate

November 8, 2012 Elections, News Comments Off on Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Election of Tim Kaine to the United States Senate
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Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement regarding Tim Kaine’s election to the United States Senate.

“I want to congratulate Tim Kaine on his election to the United States Senate. Tim and I are from different parties, but we’ve always worked well together. I consider him a friend. While we may disagree on specific issues, we both agree that our foremost responsibility as elected officials, who have been honored with the public trust, is to find areas of common ground and identify solutions to the challenges facing this Commonwealth and this country. That is what we will now do moving forward. When Tim was Governor, I served as Attorney General. We worked together well. And I know we will continue to work together well over the next year, for the good of Virginia and America. … Continue Reading

Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

October 27, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

In advance of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Bob McDonnell issued a limited mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas along the Virginia coast and Chesapeake Bay. The order grants local government officials authority to determine locations for evacuation and start times, based on local conditions. Any specific evacuation orders will be issued by local governments.

Those in eastern Virginia who live in low-lying areas (areas that typically flood) should be ready to evacuate if told to do so by local officials. Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for instructions and additional information. The best source for information is local media and local government websites. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Loudoun County

August 26, 2012 Business, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Loudoun County
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Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that iGATE, the first integrated technology and operations company providing Business Outcomes-based solutions, will invest $1.0156 million to establish a new facility in Loudoun County. The company will perform a wide range of technology consulting services for government agencies and businesses, and will offer design-build-operate-maintain services for Federal Government projects. The project will create 250 new jobs over the next two to three years.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “iGATE’s new operation in Loudoun County will expand the company’s U.S. presence in the Washington D.C. metropolitan market. The Commonwealth was picked over other states considered due to our pro-business environment and proximity to an ample resource of skilled technical workers. We are thrilled to welcome another impressive technology company to Loudoun County and Virginia.” … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Appoints Two Circuit Court Judges

August 11, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Appoints Two Circuit Court Judges
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Governor Bob McDonnell announced two judicial appointments to fill vacant circuit court positions that were not filled during the 2012 General Assembly session. Kimberley Slayton White, will fill the 10th Judicial Circuit, and Jack S. “Chip” Hurley, Jr. will serve in the 29th Judicial Circuit. According to Article VI, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, these individuals will “serve until thirty days after the commencement of the next session of the General Assembly.” Continued service on the Circuit Court will require election by the General Assembly. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Signs Legislation to Crack Down on Drunk Driving

August 11, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Signs Legislation to Crack Down on Drunk Driving
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Legislation Requires Ignition Interlocks for all Individuals Convicted of a First-Time DUI

Joined by firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and numerous transportation safety groups, Governor Bob McDonnell today signed House Bill 279 (Iaquinto) and its companion Senate Bill 378 (McEachin) to require all individuals convicted of driving under the influence, including first-time offenders, to operate only vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device when driving on a restricted license. Ignition interlock devices will be installed and monitored at the expense of the offender. Prior to this legislation, Virginia law required ignition interlock devices when the offender’s blood alcohol level was 0.15 or greater or after a second or subsequent DUI offense. The legislation went into effect July 1. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Announces $11.4 Billion in Transportation Improvements

June 22, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces $11.4 Billion in Transportation Improvements
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Commonwealth Transportation Board approves Six-Year Improvement Program

Governor Bob McDonnell announced that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved $11.4 billion in allocations for transportation improvement projects over the next six years beginning July 1. The Six-Year Improvement Program distributes funding for highway, road and bridge projects as well as rail, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation improvements across the state. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Announces State’s First Tourism Development Financing Project

June 22, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces State’s First Tourism Development Financing Project
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New hotel development in Fredericksburg is first in Virginia under new program

Governor Bob McDonnell announced the approval of the first Virginia Tourism Development Financing project, a new program recommended by the Governor’s Commission on Economic Development and Job Creation and approved by the General Assembly in 2011. The program provides gap financing for tourism development projects which are identified as critical to local economic development and are done in partnership with developers, localities, financial institutions, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Resources Authority. The City of Fredericksburg will be the first locality in the state to access the program to create a five-story, 96-room hotel and mixed-use development. The project is expected to generate more than $3 million in tax revenues over 10 years according to local estimates. … Continue Reading

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell To Deliver the Address at University of Richmond’s 182nd Commencement

April 14, 2012 Around Virginia Comments Off on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell To Deliver the Address at University of Richmond’s 182nd Commencement
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a native of Fairfax County who went on to careers in the U.S. Army and the legal profession before entering politics, will give the main commencement address at the University of Richmond on May 6.

McDonnell was sworn in as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth on Jan. 16, 2010, after being elected with nearly 59 percent of the vote and receiving the most votes of any candidate for governor in Virginia history. … Continue Reading

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week Celebrated

April 11, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on National Public Safety Telecommunications Week Celebrated
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The week of April 8 thru Saturday April 14, has been recognized as Virginia Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week by Governor Robert F. McDonnell. Loudoun County joins public safety agencies across the state and country to honor the work of public safety communications professionals. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

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Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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