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Tax bills could increase 10 percent

Loudoun County residents could see their tax bills increase by an average of 10 percent, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet told supervisors Feb. 8.

Snow removal crews pack snow from the top of a parking garage into a truck.

Record snow breaking budgets

As snow removal crews scrape the roads, they've been scraping the bottom of state and town money pots as well.

Winter is snowiest ever recorded in area

To cap off a series of snowfall records set since December, the Feb. 9-10 storm helped this winter break the biggest record of all – the most snowfall ever recorded in one season in the Loudoun County area.

Let’s make a deal: Less privacy for fairer toll roads

Being a guardian of privacy in today’s world can be like shouting at the wind. We avoid handing over our e-mail addresses and date of birth, and we watch how much we post on Facebook. Alas, for a fistful of dollars or a few clicks online, our persona is an open book.

Snowstorm breaks record

The snowfall total of 32.4 inches at Washington Dulles International Airport Feb. 5-6 set a new record for the airport, according to the National Weather Service, and the storm's final tallies place it among the top few storms ever recorded in the area.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell headlined the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Raymond Thompson

McDonnell headlines luncheon

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell headlined the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting and addressed a crowd of nearly 500 county residents, government officials and business leaders.

Ribbon cutters: Palio Ristorante Italiano and Sport & Health fitness club

Palio Ristorante Italiano, an Italian restaurant in Leesburg, will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 2 W. Market St.

Jury says woman should serve 35 years for killing mother

A Loudoun County jury on Jan. 28 recommended a sentence of 35 years in prison for a Leesburg woman found guilty of killing her mother in July 2008.

Aircraft owners on alert after talk of tax hike

Once a month and on his own dime, Steve Craven will fly a sick patient as far as Cincinnati or Boston to receive the specialized treatment he or she needs.

Assessments down again this year

Real property tax assessments are down for Loudoun County by 3.29 percent overall, providing most homeowners with a tax cut, but leaving county leaders searching for additional income to fund a $191.6 million FY2011 budget deficit.

Jurors hear defendant’s confession

Ashburn man on trial, charged with killing girlfriend

Retired postal worker retraces route of memories

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Lovettsville Post Office opened its new facility, after making the old facility its home for nearly 50 years. In 1961, the last time the Lovettsville Post Office moved to a new facility, the employees there were excited about moving to a new “modern” facility that would have bathrooms. Ann Hardy, a recently retired Lovettsville post office employee, laughs at the comparison between then and now.

More talking. Less balking. Please.

True political discourse – we’re talking the real, two-way, give-and-take of ideas and opinions – has become undervalued and underrated.

Around the towns

Here's what's going on in the towns.

Photo Courtesy/Jim Poston

Audrey Windsor Bergner takes a ride on a Harley-Davidson Sept. 20, 2009, with friend Yurij Holowinsky, of Leesburg.

Middleburg a little dimmer without writer’s spark

Audrey Windsor Bergner, 81, a writer for Middleburg Life, died Jan. 23. She had complications from pneumonia. Bergner was well-known in Middleburg for her writing for Middleburg Life newspaper, her charity work and her energetic and cheerful nature.

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