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  • Former Loudoun Deputy Sentenced for Embezzlement

    Former Loudoun Deputy Sentenced for Embezzlement

    A federal judge on Friday sentenced Frank Pearson, 45, a former Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputy and narcotics officer from Winchester, VA, to three years in prison for embezzlement of LCSO funds. Evidence was presented that Pearson embezzled more than $229,000 from the agency’s asset forfeiture fund from 2010 to 2013, according to information

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  • Coalition Urges BOS to Vote “No” on AT&T Request

    Coalition Urges BOS to Vote “No” on AT&T Request

    The application by AT&T to build a 160,000 square foot facility on the ridge of Short Hill Mountain in northwestern Loudoun took another hit on June 20 when the Short Hill Committee of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition issued a memorandum urging the county’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) to overrule a previous approval by the Planning Commission when it meets June 23. AT&T

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  • Energy Management Saves Loudoun County Public Schools Big Bucks

    Energy Management Saves Loudoun County Public Schools Big Bucks

    Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has updated the performance of it energy savings program for County schools and related facilities. Loudoun implemented the program in 1993, which so far has led to $70 million in cost avoidance over the 23-year period. John Lord, energy education specialist for LCPS, says energy savings for the 2015-2016 school

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  • Interfaith Vigil Held for Orlando Shooting

    Interfaith Vigil Held for Orlando Shooting

    Three local religious organizations gathered Monday night at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling to honor the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting last weekend. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, All Dulles Area Muslim Society and the Interfaith Community of Loudoun County came together to offer prayers and a moment of silence for the victims. The

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  • Search for Man who Approached Young Girl in Lowes Island Area

    Search for Man who Approached Young Girl in Lowes Island Area

    The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a subject who approached a young girl on June 9 in the Lowes Island area of Sterling. The 8-year-old victim told the Sheriff’s Office she was walking to school in the area of Saulty Drive and Muddy Harbor Square around 7:25

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  • AT&T Withdraws Request to Build Facility on Short Hill 

    AT&T Withdraws Request to Build Facility on Short Hill 

    A contentious proposal to place an AT&T transmission utility substation along the ridgeline of Short Hill Mountain east of Neersville and north of Hillsboro appears to be over, for now at least, after the company withdrew its request Monday for a commission permit. AT&T submitted a commission permit application for the facility, which the Loudoun

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  • Route 50/Loudoun County Parkway Interchange Design to Get Review

    Route 50/Loudoun County Parkway Interchange Design to Get Review

    The design of the interchange planned at Route 50 and Loudoun County Parkway will undergo new analysis out of concern that previous models of the project made assumptions about the completion of nearby projects that could lag. Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) raised the issue earlier this month and won support from his colleagues. If nearby

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  • Safety Classes for Prospective Babysitters

    Safety Classes for Prospective Babysitters

    Loudoun residents ages 11 to 14 who are considering getting into the babysitting business might consider monthly Safe Sitter classes offered by INOVA Loudoun Hospital. For $70, the prospective entrepreneurs will participate in a curriculum created by a pediatrician that includes the following: Babysitting as a business Success on the job Childcare essentials Safety for

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  • Opinion: During Immigration Ban Chaos, Perriello Earned My Vote
    Opinion: During Immigration Ban Chaos, Perriello Earned My Vote

    On Jan 28, 2017, I was on the ground at Dulles Airport, joining dozens of my immigration lawyer colleagues in providing legal assistance to passengers caught in the chaos of Trump’s first travel ban. The scene was chaos, and despite having a federal court order signed by a US District Court Judge in hand, US

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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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  • We Think: The Swamp is Not Draining

    April 24, 2017. Last week’s announcement by state Sen. Jennifer Wexton that she will oppose Rep. Barbara Comstock for Virginia’s 10th congressional district seat has put an even brighter spotlight on the second term incumbent and the performance of Congress as a whole. The seat was moved from “Lean R” to “Toss Up” by the Cook Political Index, and may

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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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