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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

Live 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. More

Gay marriage key distinction in attorney general debate

Attorney General Mark Herring's refusal to defend Virginia's ban on gay marriage was his signature act during his four-year term. Now it's the key point of contention in his re-election campaign against Republican challenger John Adams.

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.
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Heritage senior Courtney Kirkpatrick prepares to serve the ball in the Oct. 17 game against Woodgrove High School. Behind her, the student section wears Sources of Strength T-shirts in support of the game’s fundraiser for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Times-Mirror/Veronike Collazo

Serving Up Strength: Heritage volleyball plays game for mental health awareness

High schools across the county have become known for fundraising volleyball games like Dig Pink for breast cancer awareness. This year, Heritage High School in Leesburg decided to do something new in response to the teen depression and suicide epidemic gripping the country.

Former MS-13 gang member receives 18-month sentence after July escape

Marlon Danilo Rivas-Mendez, a former MS-13 gang member, was sentenced in federal court Friday to 18 months in prison for assaulting and impeding a transportation officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
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Candidates sharply disagree on guns in governor’s race

Republican Ed Gillespie has an A rating from the National Rifle Association. He pledged to "oppose any and all attempts to weaken the Second Amendment." Democrat Ralph Northam said he favors stricter controls on gun ownership.
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Loudoun League of Women Voters says it can’t get GOP candidates to partake in public forums

“Maybe we are seen as too unimportant.”
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Loudoun sheriff’s office investigating fatal crash in Sterling

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash that occurred shortly before 6 a.m. this morning in Sterling.
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Deadline day: Loudoun, Fairfax to submit joint bid for Amazon’s second headquarters

It’s deadline day for cities and counties across the country to submit their applications in hopes of landing online retail giant Amazon’s much-hyped second headquarters, known as HQ2.
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Virginia’s only Fractured Prune doughnut shop opens in Leesburg

After months of waiting for its arrival, fans of Ocean City, Maryland's beloved Fractured Prune doughnuts can now enjoy the made-to-order doughnuts a little closer to home.
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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.
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Victim identified in fatal Route 9 crash

An Oct. 13 crash on Route 9 near Purcellville Road in western Loudoun left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Northam and Gillespie appear at inaugural Times-Mirror candidate forum

Gang violence, Virginia's economy and President Donald Trump were among the topics covered by the two major-party candidates for Virginia governor who took part in a forum hosted by the Loudoun Times-Mirror on Saturday.

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.

MORE: Fairfax grand jury indicts Martinez-Torres on capital murder, rape charges

A Fairfax County grand jury has indicted Dawin Martinez-Torres, 22, on capital murder and rape charges related to the killing of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, according to media reports.
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Kappa Farms to invest $865K, create 21 jobs in Sterling

Kappa Farms plans to invest $865,000 and create 21 jobs at a new, year-round aquaponics operation in Sterling.

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