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    Uptick seen in Loudoun housing market
    Wed., Dec. 17 | 04:07 PM - The housing market is showing signs of a return, with year-over-year gains in both closed sales and new contracts, according to a report.
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    Aaron Monsey of Sterling claimed his $1 million lottery prize on Dec. 15 – less than one week before it was set to expire. Photo Courtesy/Virginia Lottery

    Sterling man claims $1 million Powerball prize one week before it expires
    Mon., Dec. 15 | 05:31 PM - Aaron Monsey was in no hurry to claim his $1 million winning lottery ticket.

    A map of the planned phasing of the Residences at Salamander Resort. - Courtesy/Salamander

    Coming soon: Estate Homes at Salamander Resort in Middleburg
    Fri., Dec. 12 | 07:23 PM - Beginning in 2015 Salamander Resort will begin selling 49 residences on site in Middleburg, according to Matt Owen, the corporate director of public relations. The homes will roll in phases of 10 to 12 homes, and are expected to be delivered sometime in 2016.

    The Wallops Island facility, shown here before it was destroyed by a rocket explosion Oct. 28, is planned to be repaired by fall 2015. - Courtesy/NASA

    Federal funding to pay for Wallops Island repair, launches to resume in Florida
    Fri., Dec. 12 | 04:59 PM - U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced Dec. 11 that the $20 million needed to repair a rocket launch site in Wallops Island will be added to House and Senate federal spending legislation discussions for 2015.
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    According to a report from the George Mason Center for Regional Analysis much of the tax revenue growth in Loudoun County has been driven by new residential construction, which can be quite costly for the county. - Courtesy/Loudoun County Budget Office

    Loudoun’s balancing act of growth: Find additional sources of tax revenue
    Thu., Dec. 11 | 12:45 PM - A recent report from the George Mason Center for Regional Analysis shows an increase in real property tax assessments in Loudoun County have been predominantly driven by residential development.
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    Nicolas Hardware, as part of its 100-year celebration, participated in the annual Purcellville Christmas parade. Times-Mirror/Karen Graham

    Nichols Hardware in Purcellville marks a century of service to the community
    Mon., Dec. 15 | 04:43 PM - Not many stores can say they have been in business for 100 years.
    Route 50 lane closure expected Saturday in Dulles South area
    Fri., Dec. 12 | 05:00 PM - A lane of Route 50 west from Stonecroft Boulevard to Pleasant Valley in Fairfax will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow contractors to complete work and open a third lane of traffic to motorists.
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    COPT announces 120,000-square-foot build-to-suit project in Ashburn
    Thu., Dec. 11 | 05:45 PM - Corporate Office Properties Trust has announced it has executed a long-term lease with a Fortune 500 company to deliver a 120,000 square foot build-to-suit commercial building.
    Belly Love Brewing Co. to open in Purcellville Dec. 13
    Tue., Dec. 9 | 01:26 PM - The owners of Belly Love Brewing Co. have been busy building out their new space, located next to Vocelli’s Pizza, since they signed the lease six months ago.
    Va. Chamber working to strengthen competitiveness
    Tue., Dec. 9 | 10:00 AM - The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is partnering with state agencies and others to strengthen the state's economic competitiveness.
    Virginia hosting business plan competition
    Mon., Dec. 8 | 12:12 PM - Virginia is hosting a competition to create a business plan in areas of agriculture, bio-life sciences, cybersecurity, energy and social entrepreneurism.

    Regal Cinemas is having events all this week as part of their grand opening, which culminates with a feature presentation of Exodus: Gods and Kings Dec. 11. - Courtesy/Regal

    Regal opens cinemas at Dulles Town Center
    Mon., Dec. 8 | 12:00 PM - On Dec. 11, the Regal Dulles Town Center 10 cinemas will have its grand opening centered around a feature presentation of the film “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”
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    Kelli Lockhart of Harper’s Ferry with Brian Eichman of Greencastle, Pa. model their selections for this year’s ugly Christmas sweater parties. Times-Mirror/Karen Graham

    I’m dreaming of an ugly Christmas sweater
    Fri., Dec. 5 | 05:58 PM - A recent and growing trend finds people on a quest for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater, and it has become a booming business for Re-Love It in Purcellville.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a man for a pump-and-dump scheme using an Ashburn-based penny stock company. - Courtesy/SEC

    Montana man uses Ashburn company to defraud his way to nearly $800,000
    Fri., Dec. 5 | 04:34 PM - Matthew Todd Carley defrauded his way to nearly $800,000 using an Ashburn-headquartered "airport-security" firm starting in 2009.
    Va. alcohol board delays, alters price increases
    Fri., Dec. 5 | 03:59 PM - A move to raise prices for liquor in Virginia is being delayed due to an outdated provision in state law that addresses price markups.
    Loudoun supervisors approve $24.5 million deal for offices, warehouse
    Fri., Dec. 5 | 03:15 PM - The near-unanimous approval came following an hour-long, closed-door executive session.
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    A baking bonanza at Layered Cake Patisserie in Leesburg
    Fri., Dec. 5 | 12:56 PM - Owners and bakers Anthony and Barbara Chavez are likely familiar faces to Leesburg locals because the couple has sold their goodies at the Leesburg farmer's market for several years – and with great success.

    One Loudoun will see a new continuing care facility, a new daycare facility and the termination of restrictions on residential construction after multiple rezoning applications were approved by the Board of Supervisors at its Dec. 3 meeting.

    Board abolishes residential construction restrictions at One Loudoun
    Thu., Dec. 4 | 03:21 PM - A bundle of rezonings were passed at the Dec. 3 Board of Supervisors meeting which will get rid of phasing, add continuing care and day care facilities and reduce the number of required parking spaces at One Loudoun.
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    ‘Ashburn,’ ‘Broad Run’ top Loudoun County Metro station naming survey
    Thu., Dec. 4 | 01:02 AM - Loudoun County's Supervisors on Wednesday signed off on name recommendations for the two forthcoming Metro stations in Ashburn to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
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    “Makers” eyeing a move to Leesburg: Nonprofit to spark creative interests in Loudoun
    Wed., Dec. 3 | 06:04 PM - Makersmiths, a community-led nonprofit led by Patrick Scannell, has plans to stake its flag in Leesburg next month with a 4,000-square-foot facility.
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    Bryant Stone standing outside the vault at Commonwealth Vault and Safe Deposit Company in Ashburn. - Courtesy/ Commonwealth Vault and Safe Deposit Company

    Local entrepreneur banks on private vault service
    Tue., Dec. 2 | 03:00 PM - Bryant Stone, a former banker with US Bank and BB&T, plans to open Commonwealth Vault and Safe Deposit Co., one of the metro area's first private vault services in Ashburn.
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    Sterling family and youth opportunity center opening
    Tue., Dec. 2 | 12:58 PM - INMED Partnerships for Children, an international humanitarian organization that calls Loudoun its home, is opening a new Family and Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling.
    Wine and hors d’oeuvres pairing at Greenhill Winery
    Mon., Dec. 1 | 03:00 PM - On Dec. 6, Chef Cathal Armstrong will be on hand at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards to meet guests and sign copies of his new cookbook, “My Irish Table.” Armstrong is the chef at Restaurant Eve in Alexandria.
    Networking event in Ashburn with Integrus CEO
    Sun., Nov. 30 | 03:00 PM - The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a networking event for young professionals from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 at The Zone in Ashburn.

    Cindy Kemper, owner of Heaven and Elle, brushes on beauty with a client. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Looking good in Loudoun
    Sat., Nov. 29 | 02:00 PM - As a flourishing and fast-growing county, Loudoun is an attractive prospect for specialized businesses offering cosmetic procedures.
    Va. crime panel considers cigarette licensing
    Fri., Nov. 28 | 01:28 PM - Virginia officials are considering tightening regulation of tobacco retailers as a new approach to combating illegal cigarette trafficking.
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    Picking out a scotch pine at the Ticonderoga Farms in South Riding Nov. 26, 2013, Ruben and Candice Burgos of Gainesville and their sons, Evan and Eliam (not shown), intend to begin a family tradition of cutting their own Christmas tree for the holidays.Times-Mirror Photo/Tin Nguyen

    ‘O Christmas Tree:’ Where to buy locally grown trees in Loudoun
    Fri., Nov. 28 | 09:00 AM - Area residents will soon be searching for this year’s Christmas tree to start the holiday season, and The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development has just issued the “Christmas in the Loudoun Valleys: 2014 Guide to Trees, Greens and Holiday Floral Products.”
    Dulles Motorcars hosts Toys for Tots and holiday festivities
    Thu., Nov. 27 | 02:00 PM - Dulles Motorcars Leesburg is sponsoring a holiday event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the dealership, 107-109 Catoctin Circle, Leesburg.
    Black Friday discounts offered at Va. ABC stores
    Thu., Nov. 27 | 11:00 AM - Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control stores will again offer discounts on Black Friday this year.
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    Santa comes to Village at Leesburg Nov. 28
    Thu., Nov. 27 | 10:00 AM - Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage at 3 p.m. Nov. 28 to visit with the children and kick off the biggest holiday season ever at Village at Leesburg.
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