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  • Natural Gas Odor Sparks County Concern

    Natural Gas Odor Sparks County Concern

    It’s not uncommon for natural gas lines to be vented as part of regular maintenance, and when that happens the odorant added to the gas often gives rise to concerns that there may be a widespread gas leak.  Ironically, the odorant, which is added for safety reasons because natural gas is odorless, became the reason for numerous calls to Loudoun’s 911

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  • Leesburg Unveils Bike Mural

    Leesburg Unveils Bike Mural

    A small crowd gathered at the Leesburg Town Hall Parking Garage in front of a vibrant mural now adorning the wall of the bike rack. The mural will hopefully be the first of many, Leesburg Mayor David Butler said at the dedication event during the Leesburg Fine Arts Festival Sept. 24. As the town continues

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  • To the Editor: Comstock’s bipartisanship will help homeowners

    To the Editor: Comstock’s bipartisanship will help homeowners

    For the past 43 years, my husband and I have lived and raised our family in Loudoun County.  We started in a townhouse in Sugarland Run, moved to a single family house there, and eventually found ourselves in CountrySide.  All these homes were in homeowners association communities.  Over the years, our taxes and homeowners dues

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  • Ask Dr. Mike: Kids and Organized Activities

    Ask Dr. Mike: Kids and Organized Activities

    Dear Dr. Mike, We recently signed our 4-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a horrible disaster. From the first lesson, she was frustrated, she couldn’t pick up the instructions, and it was

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  • The Case for Trump

    The Case for Trump

    I agree with very little that Trump says, the policies he proposes, or his style as a whole. Despite that, I will unhesitatingly vote Trump at the ballot box in November and, if given the opportunity, in the Electoral College in December. Many Americans understandably have both intellectual and visceral hesitations about a Trump Presidency,

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  • Your Health: Dr. Goodfriend on Hepatitis A

    Your Health: Dr. Goodfriend on Hepatitis A

    Last month, the Virginia Department of Health identified an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to imported frozen strawberries used by Tropical Smoothie Cafes with over 60 cases associated with this outbreak so far in Virginia. This has resulted in a number of people being hospitalized and many more concerned that they may get sick, infect

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  • Sheriff’s Office Steps Up Recruitment, Retention

    Sheriff’s Office Steps Up Recruitment, Retention

    “I can’t recall a time when there has been more attention paid to the training and professionalism of law enforcement personnel,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman in a conversation this week about his efforts over the past five years. “It’s attention that we welcome here at LCSO [the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office] because there’s so much at stake

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  • Supervisors Approve Controversial Kirkpatrick West Special Exceptions

    Supervisors Approve Controversial Kirkpatrick West Special Exceptions

    Citing the inevitable development of the county’s transition zone, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted 5-3 to approve Harris Teeter’s special exception permits for the Kirkpatrick West Commercial Center. Supervisors allowed for 10 gas pumps and commercial development space, but denied additional proposed drive throughs. “We have to take the long view, but sometime

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  • SkatePark to Host Late Night Skate Before Closing

    SkatePark to Host Late Night Skate Before Closing

    The Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate event before closing for the construction of a new skate park. Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, county residents can celebrate the end of an era, Leesburg Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett said in a

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  • Absentee Voting Begins Sept. 23

    Absentee Voting Begins Sept. 23

    Absentee balloting for the Nov. 8 general election will begin Friday, Sept. 23, in Loudoun County. From Sept. 23 through Oct. 21, in-person absentee voting will take place at the Loudoun’s Office of Elections, 750 Miller Drive, S.E., Suite C in Leesburg, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning Oct. 24, 2016,

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  • To the Editor: Disability Employment Issues Deserve Attention

    To the Editor: Disability Employment Issues Deserve Attention

    By Linda Bailey. National Disability Employment Awareness Month, held each October, is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Held annually, the effort is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies

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  • To the Editor: Barbara Comstock’s strong record on national defense

    To the Editor: Barbara Comstock’s strong record on national defense

    By Geary Higgins. On Sept. 11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy.  Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there at ceremonies in Lovettsville, Purcellville and Leesburg.   It reminded me that Barbara has been working on issues regarding the terrorist threats we face

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  • AOL Principal Presents Logo Proposals, Construction Updates

    AOL Principal Presents Logo Proposals, Construction Updates

    As the physical building for Academies of Loudoun continues to develop, school administrators are looking for the best way to represent the new school. AOL principal Tinell Priddy revealed five potential logos for the county’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics school at a School Board committee meeting Sept. 20. The new academy will merge

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  • Virginia Agri-Women to Hold Annual Meeting

    Virginia Agri-Women to Hold Annual Meeting

    On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Virginia Agri-Women, an affiliate of the American Agri-Women, will host its first annual meeting at Stable Craft Brewing at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables in Waynesboro, Virginia. The day will kick off with a business meeting, followed by lunch with the keynote speaker, University of Virginia professor Rae Blumberg. The

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  • Dulles Plane Pull Breaks Fundraising Record

    Dulles Plane Pull Breaks Fundraising Record

    The 24th annual Dulles Plane Pull raised more than $325,000, breaking the event’s previous all-time fundraising record by $25,000. The event, which drew approximately 10,000 people to Dulles Airport on Sept. 17, raised money for Virginia’s Special Olympics organization. Funds help more than 27,000 athletes in the Commonwealth with disabilities by providing for uniforms, facilities

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  • Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies Help Save Another Life

    Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies Help Save Another Life

    For the eighth time in the past year, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies administering Naloxone have helped save someone’s life. On Sept. 19, deputies found an unconscious, non-breathing woman on a Lovettsville sidewalk near the intersection of E Broad Way and S Loudoun St. Deputies determined she had symptoms of a suspected heroin overdose. After deputies

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  • Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Hosts Employment Resource Fair

    Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Hosts Employment Resource Fair

    The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center will host an Employment Resource Fair Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road N.W. in Leesburg. The event will showcase county workforce development organizations that offer programs and services to support employment goals. The Society of Human Resource Professionals

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  • Charges Dismissed Against Loudoun Deputy

    Charges Dismissed Against Loudoun Deputy

    Two criminal summonses obtained by a citizen against a Loudoun Sheriff’s Office Deputy were dismissed last week in Loudoun County General District Court. On Aug. 24, a citizen appeared before a Loudoun County Magistrate and obtained the summonses for simple assault and disorderly conduct against Deputy Eric Miller related to an alleged domestic assault outside the

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