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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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  • Home Sale Prices Still Rising

    Home Sale Prices Still Rising

    The latest sales data for real estate in Loudoun County shows steady growth in homes prices, despite a slight dip in closed sales, according the Dulles Area Association of Realtors (DAAR). “Houses are selling very quickly,” said Eric Pearson, of Pearson Smith Realty. In April, for the eighth month in a row, median sale prices

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  • Prevention Key to Avoiding Dangers of Zika Virus

    Prevention Key to Avoiding Dangers of Zika Virus

    By Dr. David Goodfriend The Zika virus has been known for at least 60 years and has periodically caused outbreaks of disease.  Last year it came to the Americas for the first time, spreading quickly in Brazil and to neighboring countries and, in January 2016, the Virginia Department of Health confirmed a case of Zika in

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  • Retreat Planned for Loudoun Board Strategic Planning

    Retreat Planned for Loudoun Board Strategic Planning

    Later this month, Loudoun supervisors will gather for a retreat at George Washington University in Ashburn to discuss their vision and for the county and how best to move their collective agenda forward. The June 24 retreat will focus on items identified by Christine Becker, a retreat facilitator who interviewed each member of the Board

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  • Silver Line Planning Workshop Set for June 29

    Silver Line Planning Workshop Set for June 29

    With the anticipated opening of Metro’s Silver Line Phase 2 only about four years away, county elected officials and planners have begun revamping the land use plans around Loudoun’s planned Metro stations to provide guidance for future land use decisions. The public is invited to a presentation and workshop on June 29, from 6:30 p.m.

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  • Candidate Deadlines Pass for Leesburg, Hillsboro Elections 

    Candidate Deadlines Pass for Leesburg, Hillsboro Elections 

    National elections have garnered much of the attention this year as presidential candidates vie for support. Every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives will be on ballots Nov. 8, but residents in Leesburg and Hillsboro have some things closer to home to ponder. The deadline for candidates to file bids for expiring seats on

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  • Yudd Named Deputy County Administrator

    Yudd Named Deputy County Administrator

    Charles Yudd has been named Deputy County Administrator, effective July 1, by Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet. The position provides direct management and support for the assistant county administrators, who oversee most of the county’s external service agencies, and who serve as liaisons with Constitutional Officers and the courts. Yudd will continue to oversee the

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  • Party or Perish – Loudoun in Economic Crossroads

    Party or Perish – Loudoun in Economic Crossroads

    By Tony Howard President, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Loudoun County finds itself at an economic crossroads. For the past generation or so, our community has enjoyed a robust economy and what many of us consider to be a world class quality of life. But Loudoun’s future prosperity will not be secured by employing strategies

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  • New Delhi, New Loudoun: Indian Community Adds Welcome Diversity

    New Delhi, New Loudoun: Indian Community Adds Welcome Diversity

    For years, Loudoun has been one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S., but what’s not so well-known is who is moving here. One demographic in particular is leading Loudoun’s growth and has its eyes set on the local IT industry, and on public education and infrastructure. The U.S. Census Bureau found that in

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  • Part 1, Heroin Wars: The war on heroin is a national priority – what it means for Loudoun

    Part 1, Heroin Wars: The war on heroin is a national priority – what it means for Loudoun

    Nick Yacoub recalls in great detail the moment that changed his life – 10 p.m., a Wednesday, the eve of Thanksgiving 2007. A set of flashing lights leading to a second arrest in as many years, and ultimately jail time in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center (ADC). “Being arrested saved my life,” said Yacoub,

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  • 2016 Signatures of Loudoun Winners Announced

    2016 Signatures of Loudoun Winners Announced

    The Loudoun County Design Cabinet and the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development honored the winners of the 12th annual “Signatures of Loudoun” awards in a presentation to the Board of Supervisors on June 7. The Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Awards encourage and recognize high quality design projects throughout the county, soliciting public nominations

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  • Ground Broken for New Tech Academy

    Ground Broken for New Tech Academy

    Loudoun County is sponsoring a ground-breaking for the Academies of Loudoun at 1 p.m. Friday, June 17. The Loudoun County School Board approved plans for the facility in Feb. 2014. Once complete, the academies will provide a center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. The facility will

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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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