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    Jonathan Staples on the farm where he hopes to grow hops in Lucketts. - Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Hops, not houses: How a Lucketts transplant hopes to bring Loudoun back to its agrarian roots
    Tue., Nov. 25 | 09:00 AM - It was on regular trips down Route 15, through a bucolic bit of countryside in northern Loudoun where Jonathan Staples fell in love with the Town of Lucketts.
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    A rendering of the proposed Brambleton Town Center. -Courtesy/Brambleton

    Rezoning requests would mean major changes for Brambleton
    Tue., Nov. 25 | 07:00 AM - The Brambleton Town Center Association has filed multiple rezoning applications, which if passed could change the face of the large Ashburn neighborhood.
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    State jobless rate falls to 5.3 percent in October
    Mon., Nov. 24 | 09:48 AM - The national unemployment rate fell to a six-year low of 5.8 percent.
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    Gov. Terry McAuliffe makes the announcement at Black Hops Farm that Virginia has awarded a $40,000 grant, matched by Loudoun County, to support the construction and operations of the mid-Atlantic’s largest commercial hops processing facility in Lucketts. - Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Gov. McAuliffe announces first commercial hops facility in mid-Atlantic in Loudoun
    Fri., Nov. 21 | 12:10 PM - The facility will be the largest in Virginia.
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    Loudoun Interfaith Relief hands out food and other help to the county’s families all year. But the holiday months are an especially hectic time for Loudoun’s largest food pantry. Stock photo

    No small potatoes: Loudoun Interfaith rebounds in time for the turkey
    Fri., Nov. 21 | 12:01 PM - Last minute donations closed the gap in a food shortage just in time for Loudoun Interfaith Relief's Thanksgiving dinner distribution.
    Loudoun Department of Economic Development looking to stretch its legs
    Thu., Nov. 20 | 07:34 PM - Loudoun's Department of Economic Development has outgrown its current facilities in the Government Center at 1 Harrison St. in downtown Leesburg. So the board in July directed members of county staff to look into potential options to alleviate space concerns.
    “Factory Man” to speak at Belfort
    Thu., Nov. 20 | 07:14 PM - Belfort Furniture is sponsoring a talk and discussion with John D. Basset III, the subject of the New York Times best-seller “Factory Man, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Belfort.

    In 2015 the Wine Tourism Conference will be held at the Lansdowne Resort. - Courtesy/Wine Tourism Conference

    Wine Tourism Conference heading to Lansdowne
    Thu., Nov. 20 | 01:39 PM - For the first time on the East Coast, the Wine Tourism Conference is coming to Lansdowne Resort on Nov. 18-20, 2015.
    Governor touts multi-million dollar film incentive program
    Wed., Nov. 19 | 09:48 PM - The governor's office issued a news release Tuesday saying the economic impact of the film industry in Virginia was $382 million in 2013.
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    Defense experts talk cybersecurity at NVTC panel
    Wed., Nov. 19 | 12:02 PM - Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Command, the Hon. Michael Chertoff, a former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI headlined the NVTC “Titans Breakfast” series panel.
    Sterling roofing and siding company seeks nominations for charity donation
    Wed., Nov. 19 | 11:00 AM - Continuing its more than a decade-long tradition, DryHome Roofing and Siding, a Sterling-based roofing company, is accepting nominations for its Free Roof for the Holidays program for a deserving Northern Virginia-based individual, family or nonprofit in need of a free roof.
    Housing inventory and sales grow, but ‘still not a buyer’s market’
    Tue., Nov. 18 | 06:00 PM - In Loudoun the move from less than three months of housing inventory to more than five months, paired with more closed sales has balanced the market for homebuyers.

    A NASA balloon launch from Antarctica. - Courtesy/NASA

    NASA awards potential $186 million balloon operations contract to Orbital Sciences
    Tue., Nov. 18 | 05:26 PM - In an encouraging sign for Orbital Sciences, NASA has inked a deal with the Dulles-based firm, which could be worth more than $186 million, to operate and monitor balloon facilities in Texas, New Mexico, Maryland and Virginia from Feb. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016.
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    Gov. Terry Mcauliffe has asked ABC stores to hike prices on liquor in an attempt to close the $2.4 billion budget shortfall the state will be facing soon. - Times-Mirror File/Jonathan Taylor

    Cost of booze rising in Virginia starting Dec. 8
    Tue., Nov. 18 | 04:57 PM - Virginians will pay at least 24 cents more on average for a bottle of booze starting Dec. 8 as a result of action taken Monday by the three-member board that oversees the state liquor monopoly.
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    The World Police and Fire Games will likely get much less than the $250,000 it was originally hoping to secure for a Loudoun sponsorship of the games.- Courtesy/World Police and Fire Games

    Loudoun Economic Development Committee mulls sponsorship of World Police and Fire Games
    Tue., Nov. 18 | 01:33 PM - A motion moving that the Economic Development Committee recommend the Board of Supervisors direct staff to negotiate a sponsorship deal with the World Police and Fire Games for $35,000 passed 3-0 last night.
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    The Loudoun Tech Center houses the three buildings St. John Properties bought last week in a deal for $11.65 million. - Courtesy/St. John Properties

    St. John Properties buys three office buildings in Sterling
    Tue., Nov. 18 | 06:00 AM - St. John Properties, a Baltimore-based company recently bought a portfolio of three office/flex buildings in Sterling totaling about 125,000 square feet, with plans to add nearly 300,000 square feet of speculative office space in the future.
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    Thrive Senior Living files site plans for facility at One Loudoun
    Tue., Nov. 18 | 06:00 AM - One Loudoun hopes to add yet another amenity to its growing list as Thrive Senior Living has submitted site plans for a campus behind the Alamo Drafthouse in One Loudoun.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced the creation of an LGBT Tourism Task Force at a tourism summit in Reston Monday. Times-Mirror Photo/Trevor Baratko

    Gov. McAuliffe announces LGBT Tourism Task Force
    Mon., Nov. 17 | 03:27 PM - Intended to showcase Virginia as a gay-friendly state to visit, the task force is the second of its kind in the nation and the first in the South.
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    Loudoun Chamber hosts Affordable Care Act primer
    Mon., Nov. 17 | 11:24 AM - The speakers hit on key points of the Affordable Care Act and how it's affecting the state's hospitals and business community.
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    An imperial stout from local Androit Theory Brewing. Courtesy Photo

    Study: Loudoun craft beer drinkers are mostly male, highly educated
    Sat., Nov. 15 | 11:00 AM - A majority of the respondents were well-educated professionals in the IT, education, and healthcare fields, mostly male, and averaged 39.5 years old.
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    Loudoun SBDC Networking seminar set for Nov. 18
    Sat., Nov. 15 | 09:59 AM - The Loudoun SBDC will hold a seminar titled “The Power of Networking” from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18 at The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn.
    Pittsburgh Rick’s opens in Leesburg
    Sat., Nov. 15 | 08:34 AM - A new restaurant called Pittsburgh Rick’s is now open at 116 E. Market St. in Leesburg. Pittsburgh Rick’s is owned by Rick Allison, who used to own The Dock in Lansdowne, and has Pittsburgh-style sandwiches on its menu.

    Co-owners Kris Diemar and Jim Foss look to bring music and barbecue to the Village at Leesburg in May. Courtesy/Pitmaster Hospitality

    Smokehouse Live to bring music and barbecue to Village at Leesburg
    Fri., Nov. 14 | 02:11 PM - Smokehouse Live, a country-western themed barbecue restaurant and live event space, plans to open in May in the storefront once occupied by Hamilton Furniture, as well as unleased space on the corner of Village Market Boulevard and Tupper Way.
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    WMAA Nov. 12 approved a use and lease agreement which will allow for the diversion of up to $300 million from Reagan National Airport to Dulles International over the next 10 years. - Courtesy/MWAA

    MWAA makes moves to protect Dulles Airport, build at Reagan
    Thu., Nov. 13 | 01:24 PM - In a new lease and use agreement between the airlines operating at Dulles International and Reagan National airports, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, operators at both airports will be able to shift as much as $300 million from Reagan’s operating budget over to Dulles over the next 10 years.
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    ‘State of Healthcare Reform’ breakfast Nov. 14
    Thu., Nov. 13 | 10:15 AM - The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will host a “State of Healthcare Reform” breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Belmont Country Club, 43750 Tournament Parkway, Ashburn.

    Ken Falke, founder of Bouder Crest, a retreat for wounded veterans in Bluemont. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Healing holistically, Loudoun leads trend in wellness
    Thu., Nov. 13 | 08:00 AM - The marriage of conventional and holistic medicine in Loudoun County is opening new options for residents looking for healing.

    Susan McCormick accepts the award for Entrepreneur of the Year. - Courtesy/David Galen of Galen Photography

    Loudoun Chamber small business winners follow passions to success
    Wed., Nov. 12 | 01:34 PM - Shawn Mitchell and Susan McCormick have won the last two Entrepreneur of the Year awards from the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, the group's highest individual distinction.
    The Community Foundation awards $50,000 to county nonprofits
    Wed., Nov. 12 | 01:00 PM - The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia recently awarded $50,000 to five nonprofits through its Loudoun Impact Fund.
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    ‘Start Your Business’ set for Nov. 13
    Wed., Nov. 12 | 10:50 AM - The Loudoun Small Business Development Center will hold a “Start Your Business” seminar from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Mason Enterprise Center, 202 Church St. SE, Leesburg.

    Wal-Mart has filed site plans for a location near the Leesburg Executive Airport.

    Wal-Mart files site plans for a store in Leesburg
    Tue., Nov. 11 | 02:33 PM - Wal-Mart has filed site plans to put a store in Leesburg near the Executive Airport, though it is not clear whether Wal-Mart will attempt to phase out its other Leesburg store off of Edwards Ferry Road.
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