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  • LCPS Cautions Parents About “13 Reasons Why”

    LCPS Cautions Parents About “13 Reasons Why”

    Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” has brought renewed national attention to combating teen suicide. However, mental health professionals, educators and some viewers have criticized the show, saying the show could do more harm than good. As a result, Loudoun County Public Schools released a statement April 26 cautioning parents about letting their children watch the show, especially given

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  • Open Burning Ban Takes Effect May 1

    Open Burning Ban Takes Effect May 1

    The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding citizens that open burning is prohibited in the county between May 1 and Sept. 30. These regulations prohibit open air fires or open burning with some exceptions. Campfires, no larger than three feet in diameter by two feet in height and used for cooking purposes, are exempt from

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  • Redskins Draft Stone Bridge Alum Jonathan Allen

    Redskins Draft Stone Bridge Alum Jonathan Allen

    The Washington Redskins made Stone Bridge High School graduate Jonathan Allen their first pick in the 2017 NFL draft, taking the former All-American defensive lineman who became a star playing five miles from their team headquarters. “It’s a blessing. It’s only something you read about in books – it doesn’t even seem real,” Allen said in

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  • $25 Million Home Now Available in Loudoun

    $25 Million Home Now Available in Loudoun

    Photo via Property Shark Tamworth Farm, a historic home in Aldie, is now on the market for $25 million. It’s the second-most expensive piece of real estate available in Virginia, according to a report from real estate web site Property Shark. Described as “a history buff’s dream home”, the 511-acre Tamworth Farm is located in

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  • Local Law Enforcement Partners with DEA for Nationwide Prescription Take-Back Day

    Local Law Enforcement Partners with DEA for Nationwide Prescription Take-Back Day

    In an effort to continue to combat drug abuse and theft, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), Middleburg Police Department and Purcellville Police Department are once again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a “Take-Back” initiative. Residents can discard potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Inova Mobile Health Services Announces May Schedule

    Inova Mobile Health Services Announces May Schedule

    Inova Loudoun Hospital is going directly to citizens to promote healthy living, no matter where they live. The hospital’s Mobile Health Services will bring health screenings and other preventive and wellness efforts to more than a dozen locations in the coming weeks via a new bus decked out in top-of-the-line medical equipment. Along with top health equipment, each

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  • Road Rage Incident Leads to Weapons Charges, Arrest

    Road Rage Incident Leads to Weapons Charges, Arrest

    A Sterling man was arrested and charged with brandishing a firearm following a road rage incident in Ashburn April 25. Daniel Cashan-Fallah, 23, was involved in a traffic incident near the intersection of Loudoun County Parkway and Route 7. During a heated exchange, the victim said Cashan-Fallah displayed a firearm while they were stopped at

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  • Annual Step Up Your Health Challenge Registration Opens

    Annual Step Up Your Health Challenge Registration Opens

    Loudoun Youth Inc.’s Eighth Annual Step Up Your Health Challenge is now only a couple weeks away. The group has opened registration for runners interested in participating in a 5K or 1 mile Fun Run at AOL’s Ashburn Campus. There’s a special deal for those running on the behalf of Loudoun County Schools. Schools can

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  • “Sad Day for Purcellville”: Town Manager Announces Retirement

    “Sad Day for Purcellville”: Town Manager Announces Retirement

    Long-time Purcellville Town Manager Robert Lohr announced his retirement effective July 1 during an emotionally charged Town Council meeting April 25. “I can assure you that this has been a difficult decision, but one I’m blessed to have a loving wife and children that encourage me to take this leap of faith to the next

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  • Meet Loudoun’s Teacher and Principal of the Year

    Meet Loudoun’s Teacher and Principal of the Year

    John Champe principal John Gabriel (left) and Stone Bridge teacher Kathleen Thompson won the 2017 Principal and Teacher of the Year Awards. Photo/LCPS. Each year, Loudoun County Public Schools recognizes a teacher and principal who go above and beyond their job duties to change students’ lives. This year’s winners are Stone Bridge High School’s Kathleen Thompson

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  • Dulles Customs Finds Heroin Hidden in Lollipops

    Dulles Customs Finds Heroin Hidden in Lollipops

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Dulles International Airport seized over one pound or heroin concealed inside lollipops on April 14. The man, who requested entry as a courier on business, arrived on a flight from El Salvador, according to a release from CBP. As a courier, he was referred for a routine secondary examination

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  • Sheriff’s Office Investigates Xanax in Sterling Middle and High Schools

    Sheriff’s Office Investigates Xanax in Sterling Middle and High Schools

    The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports April 21 of students in Loudoun middle and high schools drinking a solution of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax dissolved in water. The first involved seven River Bend Middle School students sharing drinks in a classroom on Friday morning, according to a release from the LCSO. The drinks reportedly

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  • School Board Reconciles Budget, Keeps Teacher Stipends

    School Board Reconciles Budget, Keeps Teacher Stipends

    During one of the quickest meetings this year, the Loudoun County School Board reconciled the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. School board members had to close a $5.5 million gap. After holding two brief work sessions, each around an hour in length, the board passed the new budget after a four minute discussion. “That is an amazing

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  • Finding Forever Homes: FOHA’s Story

    Finding Forever Homes: FOHA’s Story

    Nearly 50 years ago, Anne Lewis took a stray dog to a local shelter, hoping it would find a loving home. When Lewis went back to check on the dog, to her horror, she found it had been euthanized. “That got her mission rolling,” said Tracey Griffith, Friends of Homeless Animals’ Program Manager, the group

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  • Five Minutes with Delegate Candidate Mavis Taintor

    Five Minutes with Delegate Candidate Mavis Taintor

    Among the growing list of first-time Democratic candidates entering the region’s political races, Mavis Taintor is taking on one of the most difficult paths for Democrats. Running for the House of Delegates in the 33rd District, the investment banker and Waterford resident is facing a challenge in the Democratic primary against farmer and small business owner

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  • Rain Doesn’t Dampen Loudoun’s Weekend Fun

    Rain Doesn’t Dampen Loudoun’s Weekend Fun

    Ominous skies and persistent rain couldn’t keep Loudoun from celebrating a spring weekend. Thousands from in and around Loudoun partook in one of many outdoor festivities offered throughout the county April 22. Across Loudoun, citizens could enjoy bird watching, beer tasting, plant shopping and dozens of other activities that carried on despite the weather. Flower

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  • Ask Dr. Mike: “13 Reasons Why” Could Harm Vulnerable Teens
    Ask Dr. Mike: “13 Reasons Why” Could Harm Vulnerable Teens

    Lights, Camera…Suicide! Enter stage right, “13 Reasons Why” a new Netflix television series about a teenage girl (Hannah Baker) who commits suicide and then leaves behind seven double sided audio tapes for her friends and classmates to listen to. Each tape depicts the harmful events (e.g., sexual assault and rape) that occurred for Hannah that

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  • Dick Black on Syria: Reality Check or Suspension of Disbelief
    Dick Black on Syria: Reality Check or Suspension of Disbelief

    Virginia state Sen. Richard L. “Dick” Black (R-13) has been both praised and vilified for his well-publicized support for Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Black elaborated on those views in an interview with the Tribune earlier this year covering his life experiences and influences. On April 9, Black offered the following commentary after Assad’s war planes were widely reported to have used lethal sarin

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  • Supreme Court Rules the Bare Minimum is No Longer Enough for Special Needs Children
    Supreme Court Rules the Bare Minimum is No Longer Enough for Special Needs Children

    By John Whitbeck. All parents of school-age children face the difficult task of monitoring their progress through school.  This critical parenting responsibility is somewhat easier for many of us in northern Virginia due to the high quality of our schools.  But imagine if your child had a mental or physical disability that made learning more difficult.  Thousands

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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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  • 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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  • Republican Intolerance in the Age of Trump
    Republican Intolerance in the Age of Trump

    I would like to address the Loudoun County Republican Committee’s pathetic attempt to suppress free speech and non-violent dissent in their recent press release attacking Loudoun County Board Chair Phyllis Randall’s attendance at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. Randall has nothing to apologize for in her attendance at a peaceful protest,

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