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  • JK Moving Opens New Facility in Sterling

    JK Moving Opens New Facility in Sterling

    From left to right: Chamber of Commerce Membership Director Grafton deButts, American Moving and Storage Association CEO Scott Michael, Supervisor Suzanne Volpe, JK Moving Services CEO Chuck Kuhn, Department of Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer, Sheriff Mike Chapman, Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz One of Nation’s Largest Independent Movers Expands Operations in Loudoun Chuck

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  • Supervisors, School Board Excited by Budget Projections

    Supervisors, School Board Excited by Budget Projections

    An unexpected revenue increase projection has Loudoun County government officials optimistic as they begin the process of the 2018 Fiscal Year Budget. Earlier this month, the Commissioner of the Revenue revised initial projections that the county would see as much as a 1 percent decline in revaluation of its portfolio year over year. Instead, the

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  • Ashburn Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

    Ashburn Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

    Roger Wheaten Webb, 53, of Ashburn, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography on Jan. 18 in federal court. According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, between February and March 2015, the FBI identified an Internet Protocol (IP) address in Fairfax accessing child pornography. Based on that investigation, law enforcement officers

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  • Man Caught With a Gun at Dulles Airport

    Man Caught With a Gun at Dulles Airport

    A man was caught with a gun on Jan. 15 at Washington Dulles International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officers caught him trying to carry a handgun past a security checkpoint. The .45 caliber handgun was not loaded, however the carry-on bag also contained a magazine with five bullets along with five additional bullets that

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  • Legislation Criminalizing Genital Mutilation Passes Senate Committee

    Legislation Criminalizing Genital Mutilation Passes Senate Committee

    More than 25,000 Girls and Women in Virginia May be At Risk State legislation to make female genital mutilation (FGM) of a minor a felony took a big step forward this week in the Virginia General Assembly. FGM is the ritual removal of part or all of the female genitalia, according to Equality Now.  It is typically performed in Africa, Asia

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  • Chesterbrook Academy Commemorates Aldie Expansion

    Chesterbrook Academy Commemorates Aldie Expansion

    Chesterbrook Academy principals and administrators celebrated the opening of the new Aldie facility with a ribbon cutting on Jan. 17. Congresswoman Barbara Comstock joined other community and law enforcement officials in celebrating the opening of the new school. “We’re making sure we’re getting the best education possible. It’s great when you see a facility like

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  • Gillespie Urges Tax Cuts and More Help for Small Business

    Gillespie Urges Tax Cuts and More Help for Small Business

    As the race for Virginia’s next governor heats up, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie is pressing his support for small business and opposition to taxes and regulation. Speaking at a roundtable with a group of Loudoun business and political leaders on Jan. 17, Gillespie said despite Virginia’s $1.2 billion budget deficit, tax cuts are still the best solution. The

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  • Loudoun Celebrates Martin Luther King’s Life and Legacy

    Loudoun Celebrates Martin Luther King’s Life and Legacy

    For the 25th year, Loudoun County residents marched in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 16. King was the nation’s leading civil rights leader of his time, and was assassinated in 1968. To commemorate King’s life and legacy, and the national holiday, about 200 people assembled at the old county courthouse in Leesburg for an invocation by Rabbi Amy Sappowith and

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  • World Class Ice Sculptors Compete at Leesburg Winter Ice Festival

    World Class Ice Sculptors Compete at Leesburg Winter Ice Festival

    The Village of Leesburg hosted the fourth annual Winter Ice Festival Jan. 14, featuring eight world-class ice carvers as part of the Annual Mega Block Ice Carving Competition. Baltimore-based Ice Lab Ice Sculptures designed the event’s signature piece for the fourth year in a row. The competition began at 9 a.m. and went until 5 p.m., when the

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  • To the Editor: INMED Helps At-Risk, Homeless

    To the Editor: INMED Helps At-Risk, Homeless

    Thank you for the excellent article on homelessness in Loudoun County by Veronike Collazo in your January 12 issue. It is truly an under-served population here in the richest county of the nation, and we can do better. I wanted to also make you aware that INMED Partnerships for Children has been serving homeless and low-income children and

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  • Trump on Trade: Something Completely Different?

    Trump on Trade: Something Completely Different?

    By John H. Hilton The carrot and stick approach works well in parenting, but does it translate when it comes to the trading policies of the world’s superpower? From what has been observable of President-elect Trump’s stance on international trade and the U.S. economy, one can deduce that he believes it does translate.  The President-elect

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  • Fire and Rescue Offers Smoke Alarm Installations After Sterling Park Fire

    Fire and Rescue Offers Smoke Alarm Installations After Sterling Park Fire

    Loudoun County Fire and Rescue crews will be canvassing a Sterling Park community to offer smoke alarm installations and deliver fire safety messages to residents after two adults escaped from a house fire where there were no working smoke alarms. At 12:23 a.m. Jan. 14, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call for a

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  • Loudoun Crime Down in 2016

    Loudoun Crime Down in 2016

    Local Law Enforcement Leaders Address Crime Commission to Review Progress, Challenges. Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister and Leesburg Police Chief Gregory Brown spoke at the sixth annual State of Law Enforcement forum hosted by the Loudoun Crime Commission on Jan. 13 at Belmont Country Club. All three said their communities were safe

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  • Gillespie Touts Comstock Endorsement, New Polling

    Gillespie Touts Comstock Endorsement, New Polling

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie has picked up several more key endorsements, including Virginia’s 10th District congresswoman Barbara Comstock and 6th District congressman Bob Goodlatte on Jan. 12. “I’m honored to support my long-time friend Ed Gillespie to be our next Governor, Comstock said in a statement released from the Gillespie campaign. “Ed has worked for decades with

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  • Superintendent Presents Proposed $1.1 Billion Budget

    Superintendent Presents Proposed $1.1 Billion Budget

    Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Eric Williams presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget to the School Board on Jan. 12. The proposed budget represents an increase of $93.6 million (9.1 percent) from the current budget, raising annual spending from $1.03 billion to $1.124 billion. “Our Vision 20/20 strategic plan reflects our aspirations. It

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  • The Many Faces of Homelessness

    The Many Faces of Homelessness

    Donna Fortier sits at the front desk of the Mobile Hope office with volunteers. Loudoun County and non-profits strive to meet growing, differentiated needs of those without a fixed night time address. The students in Kelli Surbella’s biology class at Potomac Falls High School had a take home assignment. Take a picture of a tree outside your home

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Editor's Choice

  • We Think: So Early, So Wrong
    We Think: So Early, So Wrong

    January 10, 2017. The 2017 Leesburg Town Council, under newly-elected Mayor Kelly Burk, is off to an inauspicious start. We’ve heard grumblings about poor communication and divisiveness before the new Council even got started, and the way it selected Hugh Forsythe to fill a vacancy will surely add fuel to the fire. The Tribune addressed this in an article published today.

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  • Loudoun School Board Should Say YES to New LGBTQ Policies
    Loudoun School Board Should Say YES to New LGBTQ Policies

    On Dec. 21, the ACLU of Virginia filed a letter in support of the Loudoun County School Board adopting policies that would protect LGBTQ employees and students from discrimination and harassment. The letter, penned by ACLU legal fellow Gail M. Deady, is excerpted below. The full document, including legal citations, can be found here.  A counterpoint by Del.

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  • Loudoun School Board Should Say NO to New LGBTQ Policies
    Loudoun School Board Should Say NO to New LGBTQ Policies

    On Jan. 10, the Loudoun County School Board will again take up the issue of adopting policies that would protect LGBTQ employees and students from discrimination and harassment.  On Dec. 21, the ACLU of Virginia filed a letter in support of these policies. Below is a counterpoint opposing such policies and answering the ACLU by Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd), a member

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  • We Think: The Emperor May Have No Clothes
    We Think: The Emperor May Have No Clothes

    January 3, 2017. It may be unpopular to say it, but we will.  We need to build more homes in Loudoun County, and a new report suggests we may need a lot more. Last year the Board of Supervisors began a highly-publicized, multi-stakeholder review of its General Plan, the guidance document for future growth. This is the first comprehensive review since

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  • We Think: Our First Year
    We Think: Our First Year

    January 1, 2017. In our first editorial last June, we introduced The Tribune and described what we are striving to do and to how we want to deliver the news. We said “a lot of things happen in Loudoun County every day and we won’t try to cover all of them. Instead, our editorial approach will be to focus on breaking

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  • Update on Iraqi Families Persecuted by ISIS
    Update on Iraqi Families Persecuted by ISIS

    It has been my honor to work on behalf of the Iraqi families injured and displaced by the persecution of ISIS in Northern Iraqi.  As well, it has been a pleasure to share with my friends in Loudoun County and throughout the nation the challenges they’ve faced and the progress being made to help them. My

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  • We Think: Cheap Shot from a Competitor
    We Think: Cheap Shot from a Competitor

    November 23, 2016. The Loudoun Times-Mirror (LTM) has been around for a long time, and we respect its longstanding service to Loudoun County. But that does not entitle its reporters to make things up and take a cheap shot when it comes to another source of news in Loudoun County, specifically the Loudoun Tribune. This week’s LTM print

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  • We Think: Morning in America Again?
    We Think: Morning in America Again?

    November 10, 2016. Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday night shocked much of the nation and the world. Not just that he won the presidency, but that he did so by winning states that polling consistently said would not go his way. Trump’s muscular, anti-establishment appeal translated to votes, whereas Hillary Clinton failed to produce the turnout

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