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  • EIT Celebrates New Leesburg HQ

    EIT Celebrates New Leesburg HQ

    When Joe T. May opened Electronic Instrumentation and Technology (EIT) in 1977, there was much still to learn. On opening day he tried to start an account receivables file and when his wife, Bobby, told him he couldn’t, he asked why. She told him she didn’t know how to open the filing cabinet. May told

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  • None Injured in Gold’s Gym Explosion, Fire

    None Injured in Gold’s Gym Explosion, Fire

    Employees of Gold’s Gym in Sterling knew something was wrong when the lights inside the building started flickering on the afternoon of March 21. They evacuated everyone in the building just before there was an explosion and ensuing fire. The fire was contained by the automatic sprinkler system and no one was injured thanks to gym employees’ quick actions. Still, the

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  • Unique Local Whisky Unveiled by Coton and Rye, Catoctin Creek

    Unique Local Whisky Unveiled by Coton and Rye, Catoctin Creek

    For the first time in nearly a century, Loudoun County residents won’t have to cross the county line for a one-of-a-kind, locally grown spirit. In a partnership between local farmers, distillers and restaurateurs, Coton and Rye unveiled its Private Barrel Whiskey on March 24. The whiskey uses rye grown at Leesburg’s Morven Park and is produced by

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  • Comstock Announces “Trumpcare” Opposition; Bill Pulled Before Vote

    Comstock Announces “Trumpcare” Opposition; Bill Pulled Before Vote

    A crowd waits outside Rep. Barbara Comstock’s Sterling field office ahead of the March 24 scheduled vote on the GOP healthcare bill. Photo: Jan Hyland. Hours before the March 24 scheduled vote on the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th) became the last member of Virginia’s congressional delegation to publicly come

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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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  • Second Cow in Two Weeks Hit By Car

    Second Cow in Two Weeks Hit By Car

    For the second time in two weeks, a cow in the road has been hit by a car in western Loudoun County. A driver was traveling north on Evening Star Drive in Round Hill on March 22 when he struck a cow standing in the road.  The driver was not injured, but the cow had 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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  • Recent Cold Weather Not Yet a Threat to Loudoun Crops

    Recent Cold Weather Not Yet a Threat to Loudoun Crops

    Cold weather could spell doom for crops in Loudoun, but according to farmers, there’s no reason to panic just yet. Although the unseasonably warm weather of late February could accelerate certain crops, its still early enough that the cold weather won’t seriously harm fruits growing in the county, Tyler Wegmeyer, a strawberry farmer in Loudoun,

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  • Inova Offering Latest “Ask the Expert” Seminar

    As part of its free “Ask the Expert” lecture series, Inova Loudoun Hospital will host Colorectal Disease: Symptoms, Screenings, and Treatment Options on Wednesday, March 22 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Board Certified Colorectal Surgeon Dr. Lynda Dougherty and Board Certified Gastroenterologist Dr. Satinder Gill will speak during an informative lecture and Q&A session on colorectal

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  • Sheriff’s Office Captain Graduates FBI Program

    Sheriff’s Office Captain Graduates FBI Program

    Captain Chris Hines, a 23-year veteran of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, was one of 230 to graduate from the 267th session of the FBI National Academy Program March 17 at Quantico. This session included men and women from 48 states and the District of Columbia, 25 international countries — including three military organizations —

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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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