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A groomer works on clipping a dog’s nails in the back of The Doggie Wash at Purcellville Pets. The pet shop and dog grooming center is one of owner Lee and Irena Phillips’ local companies—the duo also runs Vibrant Pets. Video still/Matt Vecchio

Pet Whisperers:  Local couple grooms passion for pets into two businesses

Lee and Irena Phillips are on a mission to save pets everywhere—and they started this quest right at home in Loudoun County.
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Lucketts Fire Station Captain Todd Wenner pokes a burning hay bale to keep the fire from spreading. Times-Mirror photo/Beverly Denny

In Photos: Hay bales spontaneously combust

While snowfall has been the talk of the town, staff photographer Beverly Denny caught some shots of a fire just south of Tuscarora High School on Jan. 25.

Claude Moore Foundation donates $1 million to Loudoun-based charities

The trustees of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation announced Jan. 26 that it would donate $1,139,000 to Loudoun-based charities and organizations in 2011.

Leesburg Town Council still sitting on free parking in town garage

The Leesburg Town Council has yet to decide whether to make parking in the downtown Town Hall garage free on a more permanent basis.

EDITORIAL: The kudos edition: The debt, some dollars and a donation

In this week's editorial, we're tipping our caps to four public officials.

UPDATE: Bill would protect out-of-town customers from soaring price differentials

Two state legislators have introduced a bill that if approved by the General Assembly would require the Town of Leesburg to get county approval before increasing water and sewer rates for out-of-town residents that differs from the rates paid by in-town residents.
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Elysa Leonard feeds a porcupine puffer fish in one of the tanks at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md. Leonard is part of a volunteer dive team that feeds the animals. Video Still/Matt Vecchio

A Day in the Life: Aquarium diver

Bubbles swirl past the lens of my camera as a stingray rushes by. Elysa Leonard, clad in a wetsuit, diving gear, and a tank with 3,000 pounds of compressed air, extends her arm, offering a dead fish to the ray. The slender ray angles toward the meal, quickly snatches it, and darts away, trailing its long, barbed tail. Leonard smiles under her diving mask — this is her time.
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Anthony Lee Perry, Jr., pictured here in October 2009, received a recommended five-year jail sentence from a jury.

Jury: Man deserves prison sentence for 2009 knife attack

A jury found 23-year-old Anthony Lee Perry Jr. guilty of a 2009 stabbing Jan. 21 and recommended that he spend five years in prison, which is the maximum allowed under Virginia Law, for unlawful wounding charges.

County names new director of library services

The Loudoun County Public Library Board of Trustees on Jan. 19 announced the appointment of Chang Liu as the new director of library services.  She will assume her duties on Feb. 22.
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Bishop John Guernsey knocks on the door to the sanctuary to begin the dedication service at the Church of the Holy Spirit’s new home in Leesburg.
Photo Courtesy/ Church of the Holy Spirit.

Local Anglican church settles into new home

Father Clancy Nixon's church has finally reached the Promised Land.
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Carlos Arias Penate, of Sugarland Run, has failing kidneys and needs a transplant within the next few years in order to survive. Until recently, he worked nine to 10 hours a day at a laundromat to make ends meet. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny

Sterling man hopes for new kidney

Carlos Arias Penate has many reasons to live. But his chances are running out. 

Penate, of Sugarland Run, has kidney failure and undergoes dialysis three times a week. He has done this for the last four years, ever since his doctor told him that his kidneys had collapsed to the size of beans.

Updated: Where’s WAGE?

Potential listeners want to know: Where is WAGE Radio, the Loudoun-based AM station that went off the air in August 2009?

County to advertise tax rate of up to $1.33

Loudoun supervisors on Jan. 19 narrowly passed a vote to instruct County Administrator Tim Hemstreet to advertise a real property tax rate of no higher than $1.33 per $100 of assessed value.

County seeks Rural Economic Development Council

The Rural Economic Development Council is seeking three individuals for council openings for two-year terms.
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The Dead Hawks, made up of four 6th-graders from Loudoun, took third place in the middle school division of Bach 2 Rock’s Battle of the Bands on Jan. 8. Courtesy photo/Ruth Kapusta

Amped up: Middle schoolers rock the 9:30 Club

Young Loudouners have been rocking on the instruments recently. Four of them got to unleash their fury at the 9:30 club in Washington, D.C.

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