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“Mudbound” director and writer Dee Rees speaks with Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday Oct. 21 at the 2017 Middleburg Film Festival. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

Snapshots from the 2017 Middleburg Film Festival

Director Dee Rees was honored Saturday with the 2017 Visionary Award at the Middleburg Film Festival. Rees' “Mudbound” is among the most acclaimed films at this year's festival, and she spoke in an intimate Q&A this morning.

Artisan Trail members and supporters celebrate the launch at Stone Tower Winery Oct. 18. Facebook/Beth Hockenberry Erickson

Loudoun’s Artisan Trail celebrates launch at Stone Tower Winery

The Loudoun Artisan Trail celebrated its official launch Wednesday night at a reception at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg.

Courtesy Photo/HarveyBuilders.com

Loudoun supervisors to begin budget talks with tax rate cut

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted Thursday night to instruct County Administrator Tim Hemstreet to prepare the upcoming fiscal 2019 at the estimated equalized tax rate, $1.11 per $100 in assessed value, a drop from the current $1.125 tax rate.

Loudoun League of Women Voters says it can’t get GOP candidates to partake in public forums

“Maybe we are seen as too unimportant.”

The fifth annual Middleburg Film Festival arrives this weekend

Thursday kicks-off the fifth annual Middleburg Film Festival, with Oscar contender “Darkest Hour” screening at Salamander Resort, the host site of the event.

Apartments under construction in Loudoun County. Times-Mirror/Alexander Todd Erkiletian

Business leaders say affordable housing at a ‘crisis’ point in Loudoun County

Home builders, representatives from local education and preservation groups, and some of the county’s top business leaders came together Monday night to figure out solutions to fix one of the most pressing issues facing the county: A lack of affordable and workforce housing in Loudoun.

Middleburg’s Shiloh Baptist Church added to Virginia Landmarks Register

The church offered African-Americans a place of refuge and opportunities in education, personal growth and social engagement during the era of segregation in Virginia and through the struggle for civil rights during the last half of the 20th century.

Courtesy Photo/Blue Ridge Visuals and Loudoun Wineries Association

The 2017 Loudoun Wine Awards dinner was one to remember for Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills' 2016 Viognier was named the top local wine at the annual awards dinner, and the Purcellville winery's popular red wine Mosaic won best Bordeaux blend.

Watch our conversations with Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam

The sold-out event from Eddie Merlot's steakhouse in One Loudoun came just ahead of Northam's event with former Vice President Joe Biden and Gillespie's campaign appearance with Vice President Mike Pence.

Supervisors take steps to have Loudoun County take over traffic studies conducted by developers

In a bid to fix what county leaders described as the “broken” process of land-use applicants being responsible for conducting traffic studies for their own proposed developments, Loudoun supervisors have decided to look instead into having the county carry out the studies to make the process more credible.

Loudoun County may be facing a $100M budget shortfall

With a burgeoning schools budget, a growing population and the pressure to pay county employees higher wages, the county is projecting a budget shortfall of a hefty $100 million for 2019.

Loudoun School Board renews contract for Thomas Jefferson program

Though applications were due Sept. 29, the Loudoun School Board decided on Oct. 10 whether to end the county's involvement with the magnet school and ultimately voted to continue the relationship.

Ed Gillespie, Ralph Northam to appear at Times-Mirror forum

The Loudoun Times-Mirror will conduct civil conversations with the two major-party candidates for Virginia governor on Oct. 14.

Minchew, Democratic candidates field questions at LWV forum; LaRock a no-show

Gun control and health care were among the lead topics three candidates competing for House of Delegates seats tackled at a forum held by The League of Women Voters of Loudoun County on Tuesday.

Warner, Kaine to introduce bill to ban bump stocks in wake of Las Vegas shooting

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) to introduce a bill to close a loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be easily modified.
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