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  • $20M for Battlefield Interchange in NVTA Funding Package

    $20M for Battlefield Interchange in NVTA Funding Package

    Leesburg came one step closer to seeing construction begin on the Route 7/Battlefield Parkway Interchange after the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority included the $20 million project in its FY2017 construction program. A previous $13 million allocation paid for preliminary engineering, leaving the project about $25 million short of full funding, according to the Virginia Department

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  • Next Leesburg HUBZone Meeting July 28

    Next Leesburg HUBZone Meeting July 28

    The Town of Leesburg’s Economic Development Office announced it will hold the next quarterly HUBZone Business Meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, at the Mason Enterprise Center in downtown Leesburg. The meeting is open to all small businesses and there is no cost. The guest speaker for this quarter’s meeting will be Mark

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  • Dispatches from Cleveland: Monday’s Rules Battle

    Dispatches from Cleveland: Monday’s Rules Battle

    By Ken Reid. Mr. Reid is reporting from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where he is participating as an alternate delegate representing Virginia. He is a former member of the Leesburg Town Council and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. The Tribune is inviting similar coverage from a participant at the Democratic National Convention that will

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  • Deputy Charged with Domestic Assault

    Deputy Charged with Domestic Assault

    A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputy faces a misdemeanor domestic assault charge and has been placed on paid administrative leave following an incident over the weekend. Officers with the Leesburg Police Department charged Josiah Kennedy, 29, July 15. Kennedy has been with the LCSO for 8 years. A magistrate released Kennedy on a summons.

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  • Jill Vogel wants to be Virginia’s next Lt. Governor

    Jill Vogel wants to be Virginia’s next Lt. Governor

    In every presidential election cycle the conversation in Virginia inevitably turns to the next election for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. That’s because Virginia and New Jersey are the only states to hold statewide elections in the year immediately following a presidential vote. Their elections are seen as barometers of the public’s mood after

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  • Driving the Rust Belt to Cleveland

    Driving the Rust Belt to Cleveland

    By Ken Reid. On my drive from Leesburg to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, I decided to stop in Youngstown, OH – perhaps the nation’s most salient example of the decline of our U.S. industrial base, which has become a central issue in this year’s presidential campaign.  This community was once the home of

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  • After 35 Years of Service, Davis Turns In Badge

    Sgt. Mark A. Davis, who spent 35 years serving Loudoun in law enforcement, including the past 12 with the Leesburg Police Department, retired July 1. In 1980, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LSCO) hired Davis as a corrections officer. During 23 years with the LSCO, Davis worked in every area except dispatch and was a

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  • Body of Missing Lovettsville Man Found

    UPDATE: The body of a Lovettsville man missing since July 15 has been found, according to a July 17 Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office report. No foul play is suspected. Original story: Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and the Virginia State Police are searching for Ian Revere, 26, of Lovettsville, and

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Republican Intolerance in the Age of Trump
    Republican Intolerance in the Age of Trump

    I would like to address the Loudoun County Republican Committee’s pathetic attempt to suppress free speech and non-violent dissent in their recent press release attacking Loudoun County Board Chair Phyllis Randall’s attendance at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. Randall has nothing to apologize for in her attendance at a peaceful protest,

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