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Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Strategic Planning Retreat Is Canceled

June 23, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Strategic Planning Retreat Is Canceled
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has decided to postpone its Strategic Planning Retreat; therefore, the retreat that was scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2016, has been canceled. The retreat is expected to be rescheduled in the coming months. Once a new date is set, it will be posted on the Loudoun County Government Master Calendar.

More information about the Board of Supervisors is online at www.loudoun.gov/bos.

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Paving Paradise To Put in Parking Lots?

June 1, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Paving Paradise To Put in Parking Lots?
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Two issues that will affect the very character of Loudoun County, will be discussed and voted on at the June 15 Board of Supervisors Public Hearing.
In the Rural and Transition Areas of the county, when subdivisions and Rural Hamlets have been built, a certain amount of land has, by zoning regulation, been set aside as “Common Open Space.” Uses in the past have been limited to those which would keep this in agricultural or passive recreation uses, i.e. barns, trails, picnic areas or community gardens. A new zoning amendment, (ZOAM 2015-0006), is proposing 36 new uses in these open spaces, ostensibly to increase their economic viability. While many of these uses would not adversely affect the character of the area, many others allow for large scale development of breweries, wineries and recreation facilities etc., some with parking areas for up to 400 cars. Surely a closer look and much more citizen input is needed before permitting these sweeping changes! … Continue Reading

Supervisor Shawn Williams Resigns Board of Supervisors

September 6, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Supervisor Shawn Williams Resigns Board of Supervisors
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Broad Run District Supervisor Shawn M. Williams has resigned his position on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors effective immediately. Mr. Williams submitted his resignation to Chairman Scott York this afternoon. The resignation follows the arrest of Mr. Williams by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on simple assault and unlawful entry charges early Sunday morning.

Chairman York and other members of the Board will work as quickly as possible to identify a process for naming a replacement. Under Virginia Code Section 24.2-228, the remaining members of the Board of Supervisors may appoint a replacement board member within 45 days of the vacancy. While an appointed board member typically serves until a special election can be held, in this case, under Virginia Code Section 24.2-226, no special election will be held because the general election occurs within 60 days of the end of the term to be filled. Therefore, if the Board makes an appointment to fill the remainder of Mr. Williams’ term in 2015, no special election is required and the appointed board member may serve until the person elected as the Broad Run District Supervisor in the general election takes office on January 1, 2016.

Loudoun County Board of Supervisor Charged in Assault Case

September 6, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Board of Supervisor Charged in Assault Case
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Loudoun County Board of Supervisor Shawn M. Williams, 44, was charged this morning with simple assault and unlawful entry, both misdemeanors.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 21800 block of Wingate Court in Ashburn, around 1:00 a.m. for a report of a male subject who pushed his way into a neighbor’s home and pushed the victim during a dispute.

Williams was taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and will be released later today.

BOS Approves $167,000 For Northern Collector Road Study

June 3, 2015 Development, News 3 comments
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Another Give Away To “Deep-Pocketed” Developers, Says One

In March, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved funding for a study of the NCR. The road –envisioned as a four-lane highway – appears on Loudoun’s Countywide Transportation Plan. However, smart growth advocates point out that collector roads are often purely conceptual in nature, put on transportation documents in the event they are needed in the future. Loudoun’s official transportation plan map, in fact, is designed to chart county transportation needs through the year 2030. Said Wright Farm resident Ray Baker, whose residential neighborhood would be directly impacted by the road “ … for every deep-pocketed voice which demands zoning changes, there are dozens of regular folks like myself who moved to Purcellville specifically to be away from the noise and congestion of other areas … the last thing this area needs is a four-lane Northern Collector Road running through our peaceful development.” … Continue Reading

Green Runs For Supervisor Seat

April 1, 2015 Elections, News Comments Off on Green Runs For Supervisor Seat
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Craig Green, a nine-year veteran of the Hamilton Town Council has launched a Democratic campaign for the Loudoun Board of Supervisors Catoctin District seat currently held by Republican Geary Higgins. Green, a Hamilton resident since 1978, is an e-commerce consultant, and holds an MBA degree.

Green said his platform is centered on improving our world-class school system while focusing growth efforts on jobs and furthering our unique economy.

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Public Asked To Name Two New Parks and Adult Day Center

March 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Public Asked To Name Two New Parks and Adult Day Center
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has directed the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services to initiate the public participation process for naming two new county park sites and the county’s adult day center in western Loudoun.

The C.D. Smith park site, a developer proffer in the Dulles district, is located in the community of Stone Ridge, off of Northstar Boulevard, adjacent to John Champe High School. The original public solicitation to name this site was issued in October 2014, but naming was deferred by the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Board at its December 6, 2014 meeting. The 14.5-acre property will feature a permeable trail, meadow, playground, pavilion, pond and parking. … Continue Reading

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

Chairman York: “It’s Time To Move On”

January 8, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on Chairman York: “It’s Time To Move On”
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Autumn Hill/Mayfair Gets Go Ahead

Saying that it was time to move on, Chairman Scott York (R-At-Large) led the Board of Supervisors in an approval of a boundary line adjustment with the Town of Purcellville. The January 2 vote in conjunction with the town council’s vote on December 10 seemingly ensures the development of at least 257 homes on the Autumn Hill / Mayfair property.

Citizens opposed to the decision were extremely disappointed. Richard Corns, a resident of the Chestnut Hills development adjacent to the Autumn Hill property, highlighted that the board voted on the motion prior to the meeting’s public comment period. “After I spoke, someone informed me that the board had already voted to approve the annex and “It was time to move on. How can I move on when my home has no chance in recovering the lost value? Maybe Scott York can absorb a $700k loss on his home – I cannot.” … Continue Reading

Advisory Groups … What Needs Fixing?

June 4, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Advisory Groups … What Needs Fixing?
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By Malcolm F. Baldwin

Following public notice only three business days earlier, on May 15 the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors discussed and then referred to committees a proposal to eliminate or restructure 20 of its 51 advisory groups or refer the question to its committees to review. Word of the pending vote stimulated quick opposition and emergency meetings from affected advisory groups, and the entire process raised questions about the board’s policies concerning public notice and public input. … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

May 5, 2013 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors recognized recipients of the 2013 Volunteer Loudoun Outstanding Volunteer Awards during the Board’s general business meeting on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. These awards honor individuals, groups, organizations and businesses for their extraordinary volunteer efforts in the community.

The 2013 award recipients include:

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year – Gabriella Miller – Ten-year-old Gabriella Miller, diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, was determined to help other children suffering from cancer by enhancing her own letter-writing campaign to the Make a Wish Foundation. She raised over $250,000 for the Foundation, which inspired Macy’s to donate an additional $25,000. Her fundraising efforts resulted in 36 additional wishes being granted for children facing serious health issues. … Continue Reading

Unreasonable Fiscal Guidance

December 5, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Unreasonable Fiscal Guidance
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In October, the Board of Supervisors issued fiscal guidance to the School Board to prepare its FY 14 budget at a level that would be lower than the current FY 13 budget, despite the fact that over 2,500 new students will enter the system, two new elementary schools will open, and contributions to the Virginia Retirement System must increase significantly to repay temporary reductions taken by Governor McDonnell during the economic crisis of 2009. The guidance was issued without any discussions with the School Board or School Administration with regard to consequences. Supervisors claimed that the school system is rife with inefficiencies and a bloated administration that can absorb significant reductions without harming the actual education of the county’s children. Yet, not one Supervisor offered a definition of “efficiency” such that an objective evaluation of that claim can be accomplished. In my opinion, the Supervisors are wrong. … Continue Reading

BOS Should Vote Against Moving Assessor Function to COR

November 26, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on BOS Should Vote Against Moving Assessor Function to COR

The BoS should vote against moving the Assessor function to the Commissioner of Revenue (CoR) office. Eight points to consider:

  1. The prior County Assessor was selected via a nationwide executive search. He was highly qualified and effective. During his seven years of service, he brought assessments and related programs into compliance with the State and local mandates. The office was professionally managed and restructured under strong, independent, leadership. During the Government Reform Commission (GRC) interview, the CoR couldn’t recall his office budget. He said, “I knew you were going to ask that question,” and deferred to staff. Does the current CoR have the qualifications, management expertise, licenses, or certifications to function as the County Assessor? … Continue Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Company We Keep

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“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1] “I am increasingly convinced …

What Happens To My Stuff When I Die?

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Amy and Dan Smith Only in the rarest of circumstances will the state receive the property of a decedent. Joint tenancy. If you hold property jointly with another person “with survivorship,” it is presumed that the survivor is entitled to …

Integrated Scientific Discovery

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By Mary Rose Lunde Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex …

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, …

Dulles Air and Space Museum

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You ever have those dreams, that (back – probably when you were a kid) you could fly? Not in any kind of man-made craft, mind you – I mean possessing the ability to levitate and travel the skies at will. …

New Book Helps Balance Children’s Screen-Time and Play Time

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By Amanda Clark Michael Oberschneider, a clinical psychologist and founder/director of Ashburn Psychological Psychiatric Services, has just released a book titled Ollie Outside. This book addresses the very timely and important topic of screen- and media-time management for children. Ollie …

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

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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Calendar

September 2016
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August 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 2, 2016

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September 3, 2016

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Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Snaggy Mountain Boys

September 4, 2016

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September 5, 2016

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September 6, 2016

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September 7, 2016

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September 8, 2016

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September 9, 2016

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September 10, 2016

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A PLACE TO BE: A THOUSAND STEPS

September 11, 2016

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Silk Scarf Painting with Penny

ART IN THE PARK

September 12, 2016

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September 13, 2016

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September 14, 2016

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September 15, 2016

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September 16, 2016

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September 17, 2016

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September 18, 2016

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Artist Reception - Penny Hauffe

September 19, 2016

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September 20, 2016

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September 21, 2016

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BLUE SKY PUPPETS: BARKER OF SEVILLE

September 22, 2016

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September 23, 2016

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September 24, 2016

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING WORKSHOP

FOBR Annual Meeting

5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

September 25, 2016

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5th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Music With A Cause - Pas de Deux

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

September 26, 2016

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September 27, 2016

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September 28, 2016

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September 29, 2016

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September 30, 2016

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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Artwork Sought for W & OD Trail Exhibit

27 Sep 2016

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Regional artists and craftspeople are invited to enter their original artwork in the W & OD Trail Exhibit and Sale at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and historical nature of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a 50-mile linear park managed by NOVA Parks that begins in Loudoun County and ends in Alexandria. The …

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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

23 Sep 2016

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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction. Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark! Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, …

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Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

20 Sep 2016

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23.

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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

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 …

Dear Editor

Comstock Understands National Security

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On 9-11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2,977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy. Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there …

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

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 …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016

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Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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