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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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  • Purcellville Celebrates Law Enfrocement Career of Rick Costello

    Purcellville Celebrates Law Enfrocement Career of Rick Costello

    Purcellville Police Department Cpl. Rick Costello began his law enforcement career when many other police officers were thinking about ending theirs. After 15 years combined with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the PPD, it’s Costello’s turn to enjoy retirement, leaving behind an indelible impression in two carrier fields — as well as the citizens he

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  • UPDATE: None Injured in Leesburg Plane Crash

    UPDATE: None Injured in Leesburg Plane Crash

    Update 12:43 April 22:  Joseph Bryant, 53, of Goldendale, Wash., was identified as the pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed in Leesburg April 22. Bryant had taken off Saturday morning from the Leesburg Executive Airport for Georgia, according to a release from the Virginia State Police. About an hour into the flight, the weather

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  • Loudoun Adding Fuel to Virginia’s $2.2 Billion Agri-Tourism Industry

    Loudoun Adding Fuel to Virginia’s $2.2 Billion Agri-Tourism Industry

    A new study shows that northern Virginia generates the most agri-tourism revenue of any region in the state, and that Loudoun County farm businesses make up 51 percent of venues researched for the report. The study, conducted by Virginia Tech in consultation with the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Virginia Cooperative Extension, shows that northern Virginia

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  • Sterling Teacher Arrested for DUI, Alcohol on School Property

    Sterling Teacher Arrested for DUI, Alcohol on School Property

    A Loudoun County teacher was arrested April 21 on suspicion of driving under the influence and having an open container of alcohol inside the school. Around 8:40 a.m., a Sterling Middle School staff member told a Loudoun Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) School Resource Officer that a teacher might be drunk. Deputies determined the teacher, Megan A. Debo, 29, had driven to

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam

    EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam

    Political pundits assumed Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam would cruise to the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia this year, but all that has changed in the past few months. Announcing his run to succeed term-limited Gov. Terry McAuliffe in 2016 and quickly receiving endorsements from nearly every major party leader in Virginia, Northam was positioned to carry

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  • Loudoun Walks for Suicide Awareness, Prevention

    Loudoun Walks for Suicide Awareness, Prevention

    Thousands of Woodgrove High School students and members of the community gathered April 19 to share a message of hope for those dealing with mental illness and suicidal ideation. You are not alone, and it will get better. For the second year in a row, the school’s We Are All Human Committee, inspired and co-founded

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  • EMDR: An Answer to Complex Trauma

    EMDR: An Answer to Complex Trauma

    In its latest effort to raise awareness and understanding of mental illness, Leesburg Community Church hosted a workshop on trauma, its effects and treatment April 19. Although trauma affects many, it can present itself in different and complex ways, Dr. Ed Lucas of the Wellness Connection said to workshop attendees. Emotional symptoms are the most common way trauma manifests.

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  • Loudoun’s Heroes Honored at Valor Awards

    Loudoun’s Heroes Honored at Valor Awards

    Deputies First Class Dawn Taylor, Victor LoPreto and Milton Castelle were honored with the prestigious Stu Plitman First Responder Community Service Award. A unit of firefighters drove six miles through a blizzard to take a dying man to the hospital last year. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Deputy Colin Whittington administered life-saving CPR twice in six

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  • School Board Discusses Cuts to Reconcile New Budget

    School Board Discusses Cuts to Reconcile New Budget

    The Loudoun County School Board met for one last budget work session April 20 to address $5.5 million in final cuts to its FY2018 budget. Superintendent Eric Williams presented the board with a list of recommended cuts along with a list of possible but not recommended cuts. He proposed that the board make the base motion

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  • 100WomenStrong Announces Grant Winners

    100WomenStrong Announces Grant Winners

    Robin Kinkead knows better than anyone that the Dulles South Food Pantry can’t help others without some help itself. Kinkead’s group was one of 20 to formally receive contributions from 100WomenStrong at an April 19 ceremony in Leesburg. In total, the non-profit distributed $193,700 to the 20 groups, which had to create an extensive use and

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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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  • We Think: Decide on Assad

    April 23, 2017. It is not every day that Loudoun County politicians weigh in on international affairs, much less on geo-political considerations like the civil war in Syria. That war has splintered Syria, and there’s no end or predictable outcome in sight. U.S. foreign policy in the Obama Administration was lacking in both unified purpose and projection. Even the Trump Administration’s retaliatory

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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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  • 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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