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Suzanne Jimenez, Loudoun County Public Schools’ director of special education, addresses parents at a forum on the school system’s policy for restraining and secluding students Feb. 22. Times-Mirror/Veronike Collazo

Loudoun County Public Schools opens dialogue on restraint, seclusion; parents remain concerned

Loudoun County Public Schools on Thursday hosted a forum on its restraint and seclusion tactics for students with special needs in an attempt to educate parents and assuage concerns. Despite the two informational sessions, parents still expressed anger, confusion and concern.

Winery dogs at Cardamon Family Vineyard in Purcellville. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

Virginia legislature passes bill allowing dogs inside wineries, breweries

Legislation proposed by Del. John Bell (D-87th) of Loudoun that allows dogs at wineries has passed both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly.

Bond denied for man indicted in 2015 Leesburg Outlets hammer attack

A motion to release the man charged in the 2015 hammer attack at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets on bond was denied in Loudoun County Circuit Court Friday morning.

Sgt. Samantha Harwood, center, poses with LCSO command staff. Harwod is the first woman with the LCSO to earn safety bomb technician certification. Courtesy Photo

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office celebrates first woman bomb technician

A member of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office joined a select few after receiving her certification as a United States Public Safety Bomb Technician from the Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Times-Mirror/Alexander Erkiletian

Second annual Black History Expo celebrates partnerships, progress

Loudoun celebrated Black History Month Saturday with an expo that honored the past, embraced the present and hopes to inspire the future.

Virginia House embraces Medicaid expansion in budget

Efforts to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income adults in Virginia continue to gain momentum, as Republican House leaders on Sunday publicly embraced a form of expansion that includes work requirements and copays.

‘What man has made for evil, God will use for good:’ Loudoun community holds vigil

Armed with electric candles and glow sticks, the Loudoun interfaith community marched Friday night to spread the light of love and unity in the face of hate.

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The Isolation Room: Loudoun County parents alarmed at treatment of students with special needs

A photo obtained by the Times-Mirror underscores the severe and seemingly painful tactics used in some schools, parents say.

Loudoun County administrator lays out $2.3B spending plan

Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet on Wednesday began the annual budget preparation process by presenting a proposed plan for fiscal 2019 that would leave a $10.8 million gap in school funding while providing additional funding for employee compensation and maintaining levels of service.

Veterans, elected officials celebrate opening of Leesburg Vet Center

In November 2017, Loudoun County signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide office space in the county-owned facility beginning this year.

Loudoun schools, county anticipating $11M funding gap

“So a lot of discussion and a lot of effort will take place over a relatively tiny percent of the budget, which is good,” Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) said.

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Ignorant hillbillies? Loudoun County officials respond

Loudoun County Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) appeared on the Fox News program “Fox and Friends” Thursday morning to respond to text messages sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok to his mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page, that called Loudoun residents “ignorant hillbillys.”

Del. LaRock sponsors bill to allow guns in places of worship

After a committee endorsed the proposal on a party-line vote, the House of Delegates is considering legislation to allow people to bring guns and knives into a place of worship in Virginia.

J.J. and LeAnne McNamara of Purcellville, organizers of the Orange Ribbon Campaign against hate.Times-Mirror/Alexander Todd Erkiletian

‘Silence is consent:’ Loudoun community bands together for campaign against racism

When LeAnne McNamara and her family woke up the Sunday of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, they were horrified to learn a nearby neighborhood had been peppered with Ku Klux Klan propaganda.

Mala Manwani, left, and her son Rishi Manwani, right, were found dead in their Aldie residence Jan. 31. Courtesy Photo

Loudoun sheriff’s office soliciting tips, information related to Aldie homicides

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is continuing to solicit any information related to what authorities are classifying as a double homicide of a mother and her son in Aldie.
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