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Keynote speaker Jared Green, associate pastor at Grace Covenant Church and a former NFL player, speaks to the panel of “Beat the Odds” award recipients on Thursday at the old county courthouse. Seated fourth from the left is Kenneth Kratz, the top awardee of $10,000 and a laptop. Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Relentless: Six Loudoun students ‘Beat the Odds’

In its 12th year, the “Beat the Odds” program rewards youth who've overcome major life obstacles and thrived. Forty-nine students have been awarded more than $130,000 through the program, which is sponsored by the Loudoun Bar Association, since 2005.

Former PTA president charged with felony embezzlement

Russell Sharifi, former president of the Creighton’s Corner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was charged last week after an investigation determined he embezzled $13,000 from the organization.

Board of Supervisors advances controversial crumb rubber turf testing

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is seeking permission from the Loudoun County School Board to collect samples of the controversial crumb rubber infill (CRI) at synthetic turf fields and to obtain services to test the material at three different locations.

Suicide awareness advocate speaks at Riverside High School

Holly Chamberlain, a parent who lost her 14-year-old son to suicide, spoke to students, parents, teachers and community members at Riverside High School May 23 about what it’s like to lose a child with out any warning signs.

Two indicted for fraudulently obtaining $67K in student loans from NOVA, other colleges

Two Louisiana residents were indicted May 19 by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing the identities of four people to fraudulently obtain about $67,000 in federal student loans from Northern Virginia Community College and other schools.

Rock Ridge High School physics teacher Myron Hanke after accepting his Educator of the Year award on May 17. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Rock Ridge High School physics teacher is 2016 Educator of the Year

“One of Mr. Hanke’s students came into my office with a notebook for his class that read, ‘Mr. Hanke’s Very Exceptional Physics Class’ on the cover,” said Kevin Terry, Rock Ridge’s school counseling director. “That shows you what the students think of him.”

‘We are really seeing how close they are:’ Letters reveal bond between FDR and past Oatlands owner

“We are really seeing how close they were,” Lori Kimball said. “[Mrs. Eustis] mentions several things that demonstrate that they are not just acquaintances. There are lots of examples, like the fact that she sat right behind the press at the third inauguration.”

Loudoun County schools re-evaluating policy on transgender bathroom use

After receiving a joint directive from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education on May 13, Loudoun County Public Schools is reevaluating its policy on transgender student bathroom and locker room use.

Loudoun County schools’ theatre programs garnered 38 Cappies nominations.

Loudoun schools’ theatre departments earn 38 Cappies nominations

Loudoun County's theatre programs on May 17 made their marks with 38 Cappies nominations, including nods for best actor, actress, musical, play, hair and makeup and props, among many others.

Times-Mirror/David Manning.

Second lady Jill Biden applauds NOVA grads for innovation during commencement address

During Northern Virginia Community College’s commencement address on May 14, second lady Jill Biden said she’s enjoyed her role in the White House, but where she really felt at home for the past eight years was in the classroom.

Sophomore Marissa Sumathipala of Broad Run High School (left) and senior Wyatt Pontius of the Academy of Science and Potomac Falls High School both won grand prizes at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week. Photo Courtesy/Loudoun County Public Schools

Two Loudoun students win grand prizes at international science fair

Two Loudoun County Public Schools students won grand prizes and best in category awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held May 8 through 13 in Phoenix.

Relay For Life returns to Heritage High School

Each year, Relay For Life of Loudoun County draws out about 50 teams that compete in various games and activities throughout the night, while always having at least one teammate still walking the track. This year, the event is expected to raise about $250,000 for cancer research, education and patient services.

The Old Stone Church circa 1785. Photo Courtesy Leesburg United Methodist Church.

With roots in a Leesburg property, Methodism flourishes for 250 years

This week Loudoun Methodists are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the day a piece of property in Leesburg became the first Methodist-owned land in the Western Hemisphere.

Local youth bands get to show off their musical talent to their peers each year at YouthFest. Photo Courtesy/Loudoun YouthFest

Bronze Radio Return and Slow Magic to play Loudoun YouthFest

Each year thousands of people come to YouthFest to see young local bands show off their talent. This year's winners of YouthFest’s Battle of the Bands will perform as opening acts for headliners Bronze Radio Return and Slow Magic.

Plans for the venerable church include a living history museum. Courtesy Photo

Long-abandoned church in Lincoln weaves together Quaker, African-American history

In the sleepy western Loudoun village of Lincoln, a long-abandoned fieldstone church has woven together the history of both the local African-Americans and Quaker community.
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