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  • School Board Chair Irked by Supervisors’ Fund Transfer

    School Board Chair Irked by Supervisors’ Fund Transfer

    A change in the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors’ proposed FY 2018 budget has left the School Board’s Self-Insurance Fund reduced — and some school officials displeased. Along with a sizable tax cut, Supervisors are planning to transfer $1.15 billion — nearly 8.5 percent more than current funding — to the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) in their new budget.  As

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  • Loudoun Jury Convicts Ellis of Felony Homicide, Child Abuse, Neglect

    Loudoun Jury Convicts Ellis of Felony Homicide, Child Abuse, Neglect

    A seven day trial ended March 23 with a Loudoun County jury finding Diamante Travon Ellis, 24, guilty of felony homicide, child abuse and neglect in the 2014 death of his nine-month-old daughter. Ellis and his grandfather took his daughter to INOVA Loudoun Hospital’s Cornwall Campus on October 2, 2014, where she was unresponsive and airlifted to

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  • McAuliffe Announces Independent Metro Review

    McAuliffe Announces Independent Metro Review

    To help Virginia address Metro’s ongoing litany of safety, maintenance and cost issues, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has commissioned a formal, independent review of the entire system. Former U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood, whom the governor’s office described as a “transportation expert that can bring an objective look at this situation without the bias of

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  • UPDATE: Driver Killed in Early Morning Leesburg Crash

    UPDATE: Driver Killed in Early Morning Leesburg Crash

    A head-on collision in the early hours of March 22 left one dead, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The lone passenger in the struck car, 28-year-old Michael Larrick, was killed in the collision on Route 15 near Raspberry Falls Golf Course north of Leesburg. A one-passenger vehicle driving southbound crossed the center lane of the

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  • LCSO Investigating Two Sexual Assaults in Cascades

    LCSO Investigating Two Sexual Assaults in Cascades

    The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two incidents where an unknown male groped two women in the Lowes Island/Cascades area of Sterling on March 22. The first victim contacted LCSO saying an unknown male approached her, groped her, then fled the area, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.  She said the incident occurred

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  • Loudoun Taxpayers to Get a Break

    Loudoun Taxpayers to Get a Break

    Board Will Cut Taxes, Increase Funding in New Budget. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is closing in on a fiscal year 2018 budget that will offer residents one of the largest year-over-year tax cuts in recent history while funding the vast majority of new budget proposals. At its fifth and final budget session March 20, the board voted

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  • UPDATE: School Board Fires Brewer, Offers Annual Probationary Contract with Conditions

    UPDATE: School Board Fires Brewer, Offers Annual Probationary Contract with Conditions

    After a months-long investigation, the Loudoun County School Board unanimously voted to terminate Dominion High School Principal John Brewer’s continuous contract following a closed meeting March 20. In a split vote, the board subsequently offered to re-hire Brewer on a year-to-year basis for the next three years with conditions. Eric Hornberger (Ashburn), Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) and Jill

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  • Gillespie Gets Boost from McDonnell, Hampton Roads Delegates

    Gillespie Gets Boost from McDonnell, Hampton Roads Delegates

    In the latest string of endorsements from Virginia Republican leaders, gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie announced support from former Gov. Bob McDonnell and several Hampton Roads area General Assembly members. The front runner in early polls, the former GOP chairman and U.S. Senate candidate is touting these endorsements as the latest signs of his campaign’s vitality around the

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Editor's Choice

  • We Think: School Board Schizophrenia
    We Think: School Board Schizophrenia

    March 22, 2017. This week the Loudoun County School Board showed leadership — almost. The unanimous vote to terminate the continuous employment of Dominion High School principal John Brewer was decisive and, we believe, correct. It signaled the board’s belief that leadership starts at the top, and that principals are accountable for what goes wrong in their schools. And

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  • We Think: County Board Stewardship
    We Think: County Board Stewardship

    March 22, 2017. Loudoun County’s annual budgeting process has never been without controversy, but this year’s has been the most exceptional in memory for things done right. It helps when the local economy is sound and tax revenue is up, but that doesn’t diminish what we believe was the crafting of a fiscally responsible FY 2018 budget that advances the quality

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  • Rate of Spending and Residential Growth is Hard to Defend

    The following letter was sent to members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on March 6. First, I want to thank Supervisor [Ralph] Buona for his leadership in not raising the salary for the Board two years ago.  The vote was largely symbolic since the increase wouldn’t have even dusted the surface of the budget,

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  • Time to Reset County Policy on Local Fixed Route Buses
    Time to Reset County Policy on Local Fixed Route Buses

    By Hon. Ken Reid. Loudoun County government is by and large lean and mean and provides very good value for the taxpayers. But one expenditure in the proposed FY 2018 County budget that defies Loudoun’s fiscally conservative tradition, due to its incredibly poor return on investment, is the $3-$4 million for local fixed route buses.

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  • Globalists in Retreat
    Globalists in Retreat

    By John H. Hilton. He said it.  He actually said the words!  President Trump, in his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), said the words I and so many other Americans have been waiting a generation to hear.  In a nutshell, Trump stated emphatically that his presidency has one mission- to serve the

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  • We Think: Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head
    We Think: Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head

    February 22, 2017. Our nation is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of overt, hateful, anti-Jewish acts. They’re called examples of anti-Semitism, but that term continues to elude the public’s embrace of a single definition and often gets comingled with discussions of anti-Zionism and Israel that distract from the underlying point. We’re calling the acts anti-Jewish here

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  • We Think: Loudoun Students Protest
    We Think: Loudoun Students Protest

    February 14, 2017. Last Friday, a few hundred Loudoun County high school students used the last period of the day – for some a study hall period – to register their opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration order and perhaps other things. In an effort known to and managed by LCPS school officials, they walked out and,

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  • You Think: Troubling Concerns After the Sentencing
    You Think: Troubling Concerns After the Sentencing

    Loudoun County NAACP President Phillip Thompson was among those who spoke out forcefully after a historic African American school in Ashburn was vandalized on the night of Sept. 30. He raised concerns about the intentions of the vandals, how public officials responded, and the need to better protect African American historical sites generally. Last month, five Loudoun County teenagers pled guilty to one count

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