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Keynote speaker Jared Green, associate pastor at Grace Covenant Church and a former NFL player, speaks to the panel of “Beat the Odds” award recipients on Thursday at the old county courthouse. Seated fourth from the left is Kenneth Kratz, the top awardee of $10,000 and a laptop. Times-Mirror/Bill Clare

Relentless: Six Loudoun students ‘Beat the Odds’

In its 12th year, the “Beat the Odds” program rewards youth who've overcome major life obstacles and thrived. Forty-nine students have been awarded more than $130,000 through the program, which is sponsored by the Loudoun Bar Association, since 2005.

Braulio M. Castillo

Medical examiner testifies in Ashburn murder trial

As the trial against an Ashburn man accused of killing his estranged wife and staging it to look like a suicide entered its fifth day in Loudoun Circuit Court, a medical examiner testified Thursday that Michelle Castillo's injuries were not self-inflicted.

Former PTA president charged with felony embezzlement

Russell Sharifi, former president of the Creighton’s Corner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was charged last week after an investigation determined he embezzled $13,000 from the organization.

Braulio Castillo.

Lead detective testifies in Ashburn murder case

Braulio Castillo, the Ashburn man accused of killing his estranged wife in March 2014, had a fresh scrape under a black eye the same day his wife's body was discovered in her Belmont Station Road home, a Loudoun detective testified today.

Goat herder Deb Bramby in the Belmont neighborhood. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Ashburn community chooses goats over lawn mowers

The Belmont Community Association in Ashburn has contracted a herd of goats from Eco-Goat, an Annapolis-based company, to spend the week removing invasive plants from one of its “tree save” areas.

Suicide awareness advocate speaks at Riverside High School

Holly Chamberlain, a parent who lost her 14-year-old son to suicide, spoke to students, parents, teachers and community members at Riverside High School May 23 about what it’s like to lose a child with out any warning signs.

Two indicted for fraudulently obtaining $67K in student loans from NOVA, other colleges

Two Louisiana residents were indicted May 19 by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing the identities of four people to fraudulently obtain about $67,000 in federal student loans from Northern Virginia Community College and other schools.

Ashburn man arrested for grand larceny, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile

Zachary H. Fosset, 20, of Ashburn, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, grand larceny, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, underage possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana. The other suspect is a juvenile and his case is pending.

Sterling man assaults Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy

Deputies initially responded to a report of a “disorderly subject” who was intoxicated and had a knife.

Braulio M. Castillo

Defense arguments begin for Ashburn man accused of killing wife

The defense team for Braulio M. Castillo, the Ashburn man accused of killing his estranged wife in 2014 and staging it to look like a suicide, says there's no evidence linking their client to her murder.

Leesburg, Purcellville drive rise in prices

Median sales prices in Loudoun County are on the rise and have climbed for the eighth consecutive month in April, according to the April 2016 Loudoun County Market Trends Report released by the Dulles Area Association of Realtors (DAAR) on May 18.

Rock Ridge High School physics teacher Myron Hanke after accepting his Educator of the Year award on May 17. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Rock Ridge High School physics teacher is 2016 Educator of the Year

“One of Mr. Hanke’s students came into my office with a notebook for his class that read, ‘Mr. Hanke’s Very Exceptional Physics Class’ on the cover,” said Kevin Terry, Rock Ridge’s school counseling director. “That shows you what the students think of him.”

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UPDATE: Ashburn man still seeking answers in eminent domain case

Despite the bulldozers and heavy drilling machines ripping through five acres of his property, Ashburn resident Mehdi Pahlavani says silence is hurting him more than noise.

Deputies investigate drug-related incident in Ashburn

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating a potentially drug-related threat where a man was confronted Wednesday by two individuals brandishing firearms.

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.
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