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Manners still matter: Local cotillions teach social graces in crass times

The process of learning how to interact with adults while using basic social graces are important life lessons, especially at the awkward teen years.

Ellyn Miller, left, stands with her husband, Mark, and son, Jake, at a Smashing Walnuts cancer research foundation check presentation. To their side is Dr. Jabad Nazarian, far right, and Dr. Eugene Hwang. Facebook/Smashing Walnuts

Smashing Walnuts cancer research foundation gives $55K grant

The Loudoun County-based Smashing Walnuts cancer research foundation was both the recipient and the giver of hefty checks at BlackFinn Pub in Ashburn earlier this month.

The Ashburn Colored School was vandalized with swastikas and “white power.” Times-Mirror/Crystal Owens

MORE: Five teenage suspects charged with vandalism of historic Ashburn schoolhouse

Five teenagers were served with juvenile petitions this week in connection with the vandalism of the historic Ashburn Colored School earlier this month, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office announced today.

Members of the Loudoun Valley High School Performing Arts Department will take patrons of the Wayside Farm maze through an eerily, fun experience on Oct. 21-22. Photo Courtesy/Wayside Farm

Loudoun Valley zombies to take over Wayside Farm’s Night Maze

New this year, students in the Loudoun Valley High School Performing Arts Department have partnered with Wayside Farm in Berryville to create two nights of spooky fun Oct. 21 and 22.

Upcoming attendance zone changes may affect Loudoun students at 23 different schools

Loudoun County Public Schools staff recommended the board address it now to ease overcrowding at Mercer Middle School next fall.

Kathleen Rawls and Leonie Koch, an exchange student from Westfallia Germany, look over teddy bears for the first annual shopping gala to raise donations for the Holiday Coalition in November 2011. Times-Mirror File Photo

Loudoun Holiday Coalition loses its facility, future uncertain

The Loudoun Holiday Coalition, a nonprofit that has served families in need since 2006, no longer has a permanent home due to a lack of funding. No longer having a warehouse to store donations this year means the organization will only be able to serve less than half of the families it usually does.

100WomenStrong opens grant process

Loudoun County-based 100WomenStrong, a group of philanthropists seeking to invest in organizations and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County residents, began accepting Letters of Intent from area nonprofits on Oct. 17 for 2017 grants.

Development proposal for Paul VI Catholic High School in Loudoun.

Paul VI Catholic High School’s relocation plans spark traffic concerns

After receiving a rezoning approval over a decade ago, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington has decided to move forward on its plans to relocate Paul VI Catholic High School from Fairfax to Loudoun County.

“Challenger Deep” is this year’s 1book1community novel.

Loudoun 1book1community “Challenger Deep” author to give talk Oct. 18

Neal Shusterman's award-winning book “Challenger Deep” is featured as this year's 1book1community novel sponsored by the Loudoun County Public Library.

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Addressing the rat race: Professionals, educators discuss stresses of being a Loudoun student

The burden to buy into Loudoun’s perfectionism is trickling down to students and having a negative impact on mental health, according to Heather Applegate.

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Here’s what happened when four Loudoun County students wore Clinton and Trump shirts to school

Park View High School sophomore Samuel Gardner was sitting in the bleachers at his Loudoun County school in late September. Next to him sat a fellow student wearing a hijab. Gardner had an eerie feeling. He felt like both the judge and the judgee.

A Leesburg Police Department officer searches the grounds of Tuscarora High School with a police dog. Photo by Robert Johnson

UPDATE: Tuscarora High School students evacuated after bomb threat

Students at Tuscarora High School have been evacuated from the school after a bomb threat was made, according to Loudoun County Public Schools officials.

Loudoun School Board argues priorities for surplus spending

County staff recently told the School Board there may be extra funding left over, but the total amount available is still unknown. LCPS staff put together a “wish list” of items the school system recommends requesting.

Loudoun School Board members debate hiring their own assistant staff

Members of the School Board last night debated the ethics and efficacy of hiring their own part-time assistants as a means to better communicate with their constituents.

Volunteers paint the front of the Ashburn Colored School on Oct. 9. Times-Mirror/Crystal Owens

Dan Snyder, Redskins Charitable Foundation donate $35K to Ashburn Colored School restoration

The donation comes following the vandalism of the historic structure earlier this month.
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