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Hillsboro’s Elegant Solution To Traffic

December 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hillsboro’s Elegant Solution To Traffic
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Hillsboro’s Mayor Roger Vance is nothing if not incredibly enthusiastic about his town’s future. How can you not be excited about the possibilities for a town that, among other things, is the birthplace of Susan Koerner Wright, mother of airplane inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright?

An epicenter for the Loudoun Valley’s agricultural economy in the 1800s, Hillsboro declined in the years leading up to the Civil War. Over the course of the 20th Century it then settled into itself – surviving as a quaint and dusty, little known place.

The town’s huge multi-story mills – agricultural machines churning out woolens, grain and cider – were gone. Gone too, were the long lines of wagons ferrying goods to places near and far. Its two department stores were shuttered and its professionals and tradesmen – including several doctors, blacksmiths and tanners – had moved on. Hillsboro was also largely passed by via the railroad routes springing up around Bluemont, Purcellville and other destinations. … Continue Reading

Christmas In Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival December 12 and 13

December 2, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas In Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival December 12 and 13
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Nearly 40 artisans and vendors will participate in the Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival on December 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on December 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Old Stone School Community Center in Hillsboro. The Christmas tree lighting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on December 12. Fresh trees and wreaths, as well as decorations, lights, food and drink will be available for sale. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike.

On December 12 from noon to 4:00 p.m., the Catoctin School of Music will sing carols on stage in the historic building. After the festivities have wrapped up on Sunday, December 13, visitors will be invited to come back to the Old Stone School at 6:00 p.m. for the Big Bad Drama Club’s production of “A Little Bit of Christmas.” The admission is a new toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Enjoy Holiday Shopping and Festivities at the Historic Old Stone School

November 20, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Enjoy Holiday Shopping and Festivities at the Historic Old Stone School
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Get in the holiday spirit at the historic Old Stone School Community Center in Hillsboro on December 12 and 13 at the Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival. There will be nearly 40 artisans and vendors inside and out for holiday shopping, fresh trees and wreaths for sale, decorations, lights, caroling, food, and drink. The Christmas tree lighting will be held the evening of December 12 and all are invited. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Old Stone School (the non-profit organization formerly called the Hillsboro Community Association) which is dedicated to maintaining and managing the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro , and sponsored by thegirlbetweenthehills.com. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro. … Continue Reading

Winner of 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Contest Announced

October 7, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Winner of 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Contest Announced
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The Hillsboro Community Association and the Town of Hillsboro have announced the winner of the 2015 Hillsboro Heritage Day Poster Contest, Kelley Wills. Ms Wills has a B.A. in Studio Art and is working as a graphic designer in Northern Virginia.

This year’s Hillsboro Heritage Day has a Colonial theme and is part of the Fall Farm Tour. Come enjoy these festivities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at the Old Stone School :

  • Listen to live music
  • Shop from local farmers and artisans
  • Watch demonstrations
  • See performances
  • Learn about Hillsboro and Loudoun in Colonial times
  • Get delicious food
  • Enjoy local beer and wine
  • Go on a walking tour of Hillsboro
  • Hear from alumni about attending class at the Old Stone School

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Yet Another Accident in the Town of Hillsboro

September 2, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Yet Another Accident in the Town of Hillsboro
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On Friday August 28 around 5:00 p.m. there was yet another wreck in Hillsboro – right by the driveway where Hillsboro resident John Siman had just been standing.

“An employee from Dominion Power asked me if he could park in my neighbor’s driveway to repair a power pole which had been hit by a texting driver back in July,” said Siman. He continued, “Shortly after he had begun work, a man driving west on Route 9 dozed off at the wheel after he had entered Hillsboro and rammed into the back of the big Dominion Power truck. The car did almost a full 180 degree spin, hit the Dominion Power employee who at that moment was standing by the mailbox. The impact of the car hitting the employee, bounced him off the hood.”

“It’s a miracle he wasn’t killed,” said Siman. He had some abrasions on his forearm from scraping across a windshield wiper as he fell of the hood. He was taken away by ambulance. The driver of the car was completely uninjured.

LCSO Investigating Armed Robbery at Hill Tom Market

January 12, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Armed Robbery at Hill Tom Market
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed robbery at the Hill Tom Market in Hillsboro.

On January 10, an unknown suspect entered the store around 2:00 p.m. and brandished a firearm. The suspect demanded cash and fled westbound on Charles Town Pike (Route 9).

The suspect was described as a White male, 6’0” -6’2”, 25 to 30-years-old, with a thin build and was wearing camouflage clothing and a mask.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective C. Cunningham of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, they are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

Shop Local for Gifts at the Biggest Holiday Craft Fair Held at the Old Stone School

December 9, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Shop Local for Gifts at the Biggest Holiday Craft Fair Held at the Old Stone School
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The annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Old Stone School is going to be bigger than ever this year! Nearly 50 crafters will fill both levels of the Old Stone School on Saturday, December 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shop local and find unique one-of-a-kind items great for holiday gifts and so much more! Plan to do your shopping at the Old Stone School before or after you go on the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour held the same day from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Here are just some of the artisans and many of the wonderful items you’ll find at the Holiday Craft Fair at the Old Stone School. Hand-turned and carved wooden utensils, bread boards, boxes, and bowls by Madiera; finely sewn holiday decor and dining finery by Melissa Papajohn, Sammie Wolfe, and Patsy Reed. A wonderful variety of pottery for nearly any style will be sold by Monkeytown Pottery and Chunk of Happiness. Blooming Hill and Loudoun Valley Herbs awaken the senses and help keep a beautiful and healthy home with their holiday and home décor inspired by Virginia-grown herbs and greenery in hand-crafted arrangements and natural ornaments. Warm up your wardrobe with alpaca and angora sweaters, ponchos, vests, scarves, gloves, hats, and earwarmers from Kismet Acres and Pat Lasus, as well as shoe liners for the coming snowy winter. … Continue Reading

Enjoy the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour

December 9, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Enjoy the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour
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Visit four historic homes in the Town of Hillsboro that will be beautifully decorated for the holidays with fresh greens. These homes will be open for paid ticket holders from noon to 6:00 p.m. during the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, December 13. Candlelight tours start at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $20 ($17 in advance and for Hillsboro Community Association members), $18 for seniors and students ($15 in advance), and 10 and under are free.

The Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour starts at the Old Stone School at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro, where you will get your tickets and booklet with information about the homes on tour and their location. From there, you will walk to the four homes on tour. Be sure to dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes. At each home, docents will give you a history of the home and the unique architecture and antiques in the rooms. For tickets, visit www.OldStoneSchool.org or call 540-668-6192. … Continue Reading

Enjoy an Evening of Dinner, Art, and Music

October 17, 2014 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Enjoy an Evening of Dinner, Art, and Music
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The third in a series of classical music concerts at the Old Stone School in the historic Town of Hillsboro will be held Sunday, November 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. for dinner, art show, and a silent auction. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and children 12 and under are free. This concert will feature classical music composed by Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi. Dinner will be prepared and sold by Karen Fuog and there will be wine from Hillsborough Vineyards. Food and drink are not included in the ticket price. The classical concert series benefits ongoing restoration efforts at the Old Stone School. … Continue Reading

Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

August 7, 2014 Events, Farm and garden, Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Authors Sign Books at Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School
Local author Bobbi Carducci signing a copy of one of her books during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

Reading enthusiasts had a wonderful time meeting local authors Bobbi Carducci and Marc Leepson during the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School on August 2. Additional activities for kids that focused on reading included storytelling lead by the Purcellville Library, a book sale from Around the Block Books, and a chance to talk with educational consultants with Usborne and Kane Miller children’s books.

Bobbi Carducci, Director of the Young Voice Foundation, had copies of two of her books on hand to sign. For young readers, she sold and signed copies of Storee Wryter get a Dog. She also had copies of her newly released book, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, available. Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian, and the author of eight books. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hailed Francis Scott Key, A Life, is the first biography of the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in more than 75 years. Copies of that book and Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General were both available at the market to purchase and have signed by the author.

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Shop for Your Table and for Your Home and Garden at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School May 18

May 6, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Shop for Your Table and for Your Home and Garden at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School May 18
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Start off spring at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on May 18 with two great events: the opening day of the Hillsboro Farmers Market and the first Hillsboro Art & Garden Show. Together, there will be 45 vendors featured with a wonderful variety of local food and goods from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro.

Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Old Stone School

Join us for the opening day of the Hillsboro Farmers Market on Saturday, May 18. The new market hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., though the hours will be extended to 4:00 p.m. on May 18. The market will be open Saturdays through September 28.

There are almost 20 vendors for this year’s market, with several who are returning from last season. The Hillsboro Farmers Market will have coffee, bread, wine, scones, pottery, soaps, produce, meats, eggs, plants, cut flowers, prepared foods, preserves, soups, syrup, prints, and more. … Continue Reading

Hundreds Came to Celebrate Independence Day on July 7 at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School

July 10, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hundreds Came to Celebrate Independence Day on July 7 at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School
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Despite the soaring temperatures, hundreds of people still came to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School for the Independence Day Celebration on July 7. This annual event is hosted by the Hillsboro Community Association, the non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and renovating the historic building.

To give folks who came to the celebration a respite from the heat, the Hillsboro Community Association set up a misting station outside and had water balloon races where losers were cooled off when their water balloons exploded and winners got prizes. There were also activities in the air conditioned Old Stone School including a Valiant Warrior Quilting event where people made squares to be included in quilts given to service men and women wounded while serving our country and a display of historic and antique weapons. Free, cold ice cream, donated by Dot Shetterly and the Hill Tom Market, was served in the auditorium while the Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers performed then invited people from the audience to join in. … Continue Reading

Come Saturday, July 7 to the Annual Independence Day Celebration at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School!

June 12, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Come Saturday, July 7 to the Annual Independence Day Celebration at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School!
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Saturday July 7, bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School for the Hillsboro Community Association’s annual Independence Day celebration! Festivities start at 6:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 per family will be accepted at the entrances to the grounds of the Old Stone School to help pay for the fireworks.

“We’re pleased to continue our annual Independence Day Celebration at the Old Stone School, and we’re adding even more festivities this year,” said Mark Ware, president of the Hillsboro Community Association, the non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and renovating Hillsboro’s Old Stone School, and which sponsors this celebration every year. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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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 …

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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 …

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Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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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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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

30 Apr 2016

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The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines …

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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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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