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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 supervisors moving forward with new comprehensive plan

Supervisors on Thursday endorsed the process for developing a new countywide plan by approving a comprehensive plan charter, something county officials say outlines the process for creating the document.

Children participate in last year’s The Gathering. Photo Courtesy/Peter Thorton

Boulder Crest Retreat co-founders to offer match to grants for Native American program

Boulder Crest Retreat this week announced that they would provide $7,500 as a match to any state or local grant provided to a new artist residency/pre-K-12 school program called Art in Nature.

County public information officer Glen Barbour, left, and Loudoun County Public Schools public information officer Wayde Byard both manage million-dollar budgets and a staff of eight.

Meet the messengers: Loudoun County spends at least $3M to manage its message

Loudoun County will spend north of $3 million in the next fiscal year on people who craft, curate and communicate the county's message to the public.

The housing market is hot in Loudoun

“It’s amazing,” said PJ Riner of Weichert Realtors in Ashburn. “If it’s priced correctly, if it’s marketed well and it shows well, it’s going to go very quickly, within a matter of days.”

Loudoun chairwoman wants to re-evaluate county’s ‘Sister City’ partnerships

Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D) is calling for the county to re-evaluate its “sister city” relationships, questioning whether her colleagues and county staffers even understand what the true purpose is.

The Loudoun Valley High School STEM club stands proudly with one of their emergency alert modules on the W&OD Trail across the street from the school in Purcellville.
Times-Mirror/Hannah Dellinger

UPDATE: Loudoun Valley students win national STEM competition

Loudoun Valley High School’s first STEM club recently created an inexpensive solar-powered emergency alert system that uses radio frequencies. Their project is one of 15 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

Loudoun School Board works to bridge the budget gap

Superintendent of Schools Eric Williams proposed a list of recommended budget cuts, possible reductions and cuts staff does not recommended making.

Andrew Crush of Spring House Farm is one of 12 area farmers featured on trading cards. Crush’s daughter, Amelia, beside her brother, Wyatt, shows off her dad’s card. Times-Mirror/Ed Felker

Loudoun farmers featured on trading cards

Kids across the county are collecting and swapping a unique kind of trading cards this season. Baseball-style cards featuring some of Loudoun’s star farmers instead of major leaguers are being distributed to all 55 of the county’s elementary schools.

Madison Mattison received the Meritorious Civilian Award on Thursday at the 31st annual Valor Awards, hosted by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. Standing by her side on stage is, from right to left, her mother Denise Mattison and Loudoun County Deputy Casey Smith. Times-Mirror/David Manning

More than 130 honored at annual Loudoun Valor Awards in Leesburg

Even with children, a fight or flight instinct kicks in when faced with the most grueling of circumstances. On Jan. 15, 2015, Madison Mattison, an eighth-grade Ashburn student, decided to fight.

Wine critic Jon Bonné says the world has taken note of Virginia wine

Two Loudoun County wineries, Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville and Middleburg's Boxwood Winery, earned admiring shout-outs during Jon Bonné's address.

Facebook/Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Equine Expo underscores horse industry’s $180 million reach in Loudoun

The Loudoun County Equine Alliance (LCEA) hosted an Equine Expo last Thursday at Otium Cellars in Purcellville to showcase an industry that generates $180 million in economic activity for the county.

Boulder Crest honored for its work with vets

Boulder Crest Retreat, a rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations and services to veterans, was recently awarded top honors for its innovation in mental health care.

A Leesburg elementary student holds his younger sister while his family listens to a bilingual informational meeting on Central Loudoun rezoning hosted by Educate Don’t Segregate.
Times-Mirror/Hannah Dellinger

Loudoun School Board members refute accusations of segregation

At Monday night’s work session, the first since the group Educate Don’t Segregate-LCPS popped up on social media and garnered attention from national news outlets, board members who support Plan 12 went on the defensive.

Loudoun supervisors signal higher taxes, $17M funding gap for local schools

Loudoun County's Board of Supervisors has indicated it will support a minor tax hike for the upcoming fiscal year, but not one large enough to satisfy Loudoun's public school proponents.
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