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Small-Town Purcellville fighting for its life; Special Election Nov. 2

View from the Ridge Just when you thought the fight to retain Purcellville’s small-town character couldn’t get more urgent, it does. In a special election on Nov. 2 voters will decide whether to protect Mayor Kwasi Fraser’s agenda of lower…

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ZOC parks some cars

By Charles Houston I’m on the Zoning Ordinance Committee, which is helping craft a new zoning ordinance for the county. The old ordinance is 23 years old and 1,004 pages. Frankly, I think it’s fine, but that’s my retrograde opinion,…

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Homestay Home Occupation permits now available

Homestay Home Occupation Permits are now available to Town of Leesburg residents who wish to make their homes short-term rental properties. In October 2020, the Leesburg Town Council adopted its homestay rental ordinance. The Code of Virginia § 15.2-983 defines…

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“A Brilliant Idea”

By Charles Houston Byne Rood was catching up on emails late in the day when her husband Robert returned from work with his usual “Hey, babe.”  “Hey yourself,” she returned his greeting and then added. “What’s that smirk on your…

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