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  • Three Armed Robberies Over Weekend

    Three Armed Robberies Over Weekend

    Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to three armed robberies April 15 — two of which happened in hotels. First, around 2:15 a.m., LCSO responded to the Comfort Inn Hotel in Sterling for a report of a robbery. The victim said that they opened the hotel room door and a male suspect forcefully entered the room

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  • Gallery: Easter Bunny Comes to INOVA

    Gallery: Easter Bunny Comes to INOVA

    Children at INOVA Loudoun Hospital were treated to an early Easter with a very special guest. The Easter Bunny, along with Inova staff and members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, visited the hospital’s pediatric emergency room and birthing in On April 13. Children received prizes, stuffed rabbits and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The rabbits

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  • New Sterling Library Opens its Doors

    New Sterling Library Opens its Doors

    Loudoun County’s library system is getting a new breath of life. After years of planning, the new Sterling Library at 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard opened to the public on April 15. “It takes a village to build a library,” Library Director Chang Liu said. In 2014, Loudoun voters approved a referendum to relocate, renovate, expand and

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  • Girl with a History: Connie Rice Talks Gender Identity

    Girl with a History: Connie Rice Talks Gender Identity

    When Loudoun County resident Connie Rice, 57, was in elementary school, she knew something was wrong. Although assigned male at birth, and known to her family as a boy, Rice enjoyed wearing and sleeping in women’s clothes. Rice attempted to come out to her family when she was 12 and started dressing in girl’s clothing full time.

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  • Ashburn Barns Defaced with Swastikas, Racial Slurs

    Ashburn Barns Defaced with Swastikas, Racial Slurs

    The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case of vandalism involving racial slurs and vulgar images on barns in Ashburn. A county resident was walking their dog April 12 in the area of Withorne Way and Reservoir Road in Ashburn when they saw the graffiti and called LCSO. The graffiti included several swastikas, racial slurs, vulgar language

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  • Driver Killed in Rte. 15 Crash

    Driver Killed in Rte. 15 Crash

    A single vehicle crash on Route 15 in Loudoun County left the driver dead on April 12. A Ford Explorer was traveling north on Route 15 beyond Route 50 when the driver lost control and overcorrected, which caused it to overturn at 10:26 p.m., said Connie Geller, Public Relations Director for the Virginia State Police. The adult male driver was partially ejected

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  • Expansive New Park Coming to Brambleton

    Acclaimed skate park designer Wally Holladay talks with Loudoun residents April 12 about ideas for the new facility. Brambleton, home to one of the fastest growing communities in one of the nation’s fastest growing counties, is inching closer to a world class park. Set to open in 2019 across from Madison’s Trust Elementary School, the Hal and Berni

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  • Gillespie Raises $1.8 Million in First Quarter

    Gillespie Raises $1.8 Million in First Quarter

    In the latest indicator of his campaign’s strength, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie announced he raised more than $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2017. The strong fundraising start comes after Gillespie raised significantly more than his two remaining Republican challengers for the party’s nomination did in the second half of last year. The

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  • Loudoun Animal Shelter to Offer Low-Cost Rabies Vaccine

    Loudoun Animal Shelter to Offer Low-Cost Rabies Vaccine

    Loudoun County Animal Services is offering a low-cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic to help pet owners meet state-required cat and dog vaccination requirements. The clinic will be open for cats and dogs, noon to 3 p.m. April 23 at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike in Waterford. All cats and dogs over the age

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  • New Poll Shows Perriello Leading Northam, Gillespie

    New Poll Shows Perriello Leading Northam, Gillespie

    Several hundred gathered in Fairfax to see Perriello speak with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. In a new high water mark for his upstart gubernatorial campaign, Democrat Tom Perriello has topped the all potential opponents in the latest major poll. According to a recently released Quinnipiac University Poll, Perriello wins 25 percent of the vote in

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  • Army Veteran Latest to Take on Comstock

    Army Veteran Latest to Take on Comstock

    Democratic Congressional candidate Dan Helmer speaks to voters at Dry Mill Winery in Leesburg With the first few months of the Trump Administration keenly in mind, Fairfax resident Dan Helmer announced April 11 he will join a growing list of Democrats looking to to oppose Rep. Barbara Comstock in 2018. Comstock is serving her second

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  • Family of Five Rescued From Goose Creek Reservoir Dam

    Family of Five Rescued From Goose Creek Reservoir Dam

    Five people were saved by the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department after units rescued them from their disabled boat atop of Goose Creek Reservoir Dam on April 10. Rescuers connected a tow rope to the fishing boat and pulled the family safely to shore. Once on land, Emergency Medical Technicians evacuated the family. No

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  • Comstock Reports $500,000 in Contributions

    Comstock Reports $500,000 in Contributions

    For what is expected to be one of the most contested House of Representatives races in the nation, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th) announced more than $500,000 in contributions in the first quarter of 2017. The success of this first-quarter effort bolsters Comstock’s campaign war chest for what is expected to be an expensive contest while

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  • Loudoun Remembers WWI with Centennial Celebration

    Loudoun Remembers WWI with Centennial Celebration

    Loudoun Launches World War I Commemoration with “Over There: The Great War in Loudoun’s Memory.” One hundred years ago, World War I was a war like no other and changed the world. Letters from Loudoun County soldiers to family back home offer a personal look at the war, and were on display along with other historic documents April

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  • Virginia Democrats Call on Gillespie to Renounce Sen. Black’s Endorsement

    Virginia Democrats Call on Gillespie to Renounce Sen. Black’s Endorsement

    In light of the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria, the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) called today for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie to renounce his support from state Sen. Dick Black (R-13). “This week’s unspeakable chemical weapons attack is the latest in a long series of horrors perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad on innocent

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  • Northam Offers Progressive Appeal to Democrats

    Northam Offers Progressive Appeal to Democrats

    Speaking to local Democrats in Leesburg April 9, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam reiterated his liberal credentials in his battle to secure the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Reaffirming his support for an assault weapon ban as well as women’s reproductive rights, Northam also said he is the candidate best suited to stimulate the Commonwealth’s economy, protect health

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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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