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  • Fill-the-Boot Drive for Muscular Dystrophy Starts Aug. 30

    Fill-the-Boot Drive for Muscular Dystrophy Starts Aug. 30

    As the end of summer approaches firefighters across the nation will once again be busy filling their boots to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and “Jerry’s Kids”. Members of the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association Local 3756 are determined to help, Laura Rinehart, Loudoun Fire and Rescue Public Information

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  • Leesburg Police Investigate Attempted Assault on W&OD Trail

    Leesburg Police Investigate Attempted Assault on W&OD Trail

    A woman jogging along the Washington and Old Dominion Bike Trail at approximately 6:30 a.m. today reported being approached by an unknown man displaying what appeared to be a box cutter, Jeff Dubé, Leesburg Police Public Information Officer said. The victim, a off duty Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was able to run away unharmed and the

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  • LCSO Investigates Attempted Sexual Assault: Suspects At Large

    LCSO Investigates Attempted Sexual Assault: Suspects At Large

    The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported attempted sexual assault on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail just east of Sterling Boulevard. The victim reported that she was walking on the trail around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 when she was approached by two unknown men. The suspects approached her from a wooded area

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  • Gillespie, Fiorina Host Conversation on Economic Growth

    Gillespie, Fiorina Host Conversation on Economic Growth

    Alongside former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, Virginia republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie hosted a conversation Aug. 23 on issues in Virginia including economic growth, innovation and education.  The hour-long talk stressed the importance of lower federal government intrusion and lessened government regulation. “Governments can’t create jobs. They can create an environment

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  • Mike Pence to Make Campaign Stop Aug. 27 in Purcellville

    Mike Pence to Make Campaign Stop Aug. 27 in Purcellville

    Indiana governor and 2016 Republican party vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence will make a campaign stop Aug. 27 at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville. The appearance, confirmed by Loudoun County GOP chair Will Estrada, will be the second in the county by a member of the party’s 2016 national election ticket. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump

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  • Lerner in Loudoun

    Lerner in Loudoun

    Lerner Enterprises has come a long way since its founding in the 1950s. While it may be best known in Loudoun County for developing the Dulles Town Center, Lerner has also been responsible for Vintage Park, Dulles Highpoint, Nokes Plaza, developments at Beaumeade, as well as residential and office buildings around the Dulles, Sterling and

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  • Loudoun Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Recognized as IAFC Safety Officer of the Year

    Loudoun Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Recognized as IAFC Safety Officer of the Year

    James Williams, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief, was recognized as Safety Officer of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) at its annual conference Aug. 17 in San Antonio, Texas. Williams was recognized for his accomplishments as the department’s designated Health and Safety Officer. “Deputy Chief Williams has worked tirelessly to develop

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  • 10th Congressional District Ad Season Begins with Bennett’s “Table”

    10th Congressional District Ad Season Begins with Bennett’s “Table”

    The LuAnn Bennett for Congress campaign released the first video ad in the 2016 Virginia 10th Congressional district race with a 30-second spot highlighting the Democratic candidate’s personal history and background as a small business owner. Entitled “Table”, the ad is the first of what is expected many in one of the Commonwealth’s most competitive congressional races. “In

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  • LCSO Announces 38th Citizens’ Police Academy

    LCSO Announces 38th Citizens’ Police Academy

    September 8 will mark the commencement of Loudoun’s 38th Citizen’s Police Academy, where citizens get the chance to learn about all aspects of law enforcement from Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. Topics include patrol procedures, criminal and drug investigation, court/jail procedures, community policing, specialized units and simulation training. Participants who complete the class also have the opportunity of going on a

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  • Harley-Davidson, Loudoun First Responders Foundation Host Appreciation Event

    Harley-Davidson, Loudoun First Responders Foundation Host Appreciation Event

    For Harley-Davidson’s EJ Wrzesinski, it was only fitting to give back to a group of people who had given so much to him – and the rest of the community. Wrzesinski, along with Harley-Davidson of Frederick, Md. and the Loudoun First Responders Foundation teamed up to host an appreciation event for Loudoun County law enforcement,

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  • 9/11 Riders Saluted in Leesburg

    9/11 Riders Saluted in Leesburg

    More than one thousand motorcyclists from across the nation passed through Leesburg today on their way to the Pentagon as part of the annual America’s 9/11 Ride. America’s 9/11 Foundation has sponsored the police-escorted ride since 2002 to commemorate the heroes, volunteers and victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and since. The motorcade

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  • State Democrats, GOP Chair Differ on Comments Linking Trump, Comstock

    State Democrats, GOP Chair Differ on Comments Linking Trump, Comstock

    Virginia Democrats and Loudoun County Republican Committee Chair Will Estrada differed Aug. 19 on the intents of comments Estrada made in an interview with BBC America. In the video piece released Aug. 19 and titled “How Trump Might Hurt Congressional Republicans,” Estrada says “(Comstock) is doing what a lot of voters are doing: they support

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  • Sterling Teen Missing: LCSO Asks for Help

    Sterling Teen Missing: LCSO Asks for Help

    The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) asked Thursday afternoon for the public’s help to locate a missing teenager from Sterling, VA. Zyonna Womack, 17, was last seen leaving her residence in the 22900 block of Fleet Terrace on the evening of August 16.  Womack is described as a black female, 5’ 6” tall, and weighing 150 pounds. She

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  • Lightning Strike Causes Fire in Bluemont Home

    Lightning Strike Causes Fire in Bluemont Home

    Lightning struck a two-story, single family Bluemont home Tuesday afternoon, causing a fire at the residence. Two residents and a dog were home at the time and were able to safely evacuate the residence. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue units from Round Hill, Philomont, Purcellville, Hamilton, Mount Weather and Clarke County responded to the reported

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  • America’s 9/11 Foundation Final Motorcycle Ride to Travel Through Leesburg Friday

    America’s 9/11 Foundation Final Motorcycle Ride to Travel Through Leesburg Friday

    Every year since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, America’s 9/11 Foundation has ridden to the sites where victims, heroes and volunteers lost their lives, to commemorate their memory. Friday will mark the final commemorative motorcycle ride of the foundation through Leesburg. The annual ride begins in Somerset, Pennsylvania, comes through Loudoun County, and continues to the Pentagon before ending at

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  • Loudoun County Doubles Investments in FY 2016

    Loudoun County Doubles Investments in FY 2016

    In fiscal year 2016, which just ended on June 30, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development (DED) recruited or retained a record 71 businesses. Those businesses altogether invested more than $2.3 billion in the county — more than any investments earned by any other county in Virginia, and double the amount earned by Loudoun in fiscal

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Op Eds

  • 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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