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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and one of its investigators were recognized for their efforts to help eliminate auto theft. Loudoun Sheriff Steve Simpson and Sgt. Eddie Ankers received certificates of appreciation for the agencies efforts to combat auto theft. The recognition came from the Virginia State Police who run the Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Awareness Program. The agency received second place in this region of the state during an award ceremony held at the Virginia Sheriff’s Conference in Norfolk Sept. 11.

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Nicholas R. Nelson graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the 33-day curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.

The cadet is a student at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg.

He is the son of Walfred A. and Melanie M. Nelson of Smokehouse Court, Ashburn. Nelson is a 2004 graduate of Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn.

George W. Lemm of Aldie has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 124th Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, November 12 in Louisville, Ky.

Lemm, a member of the American Angus Association, is one of 381 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members to serve as an alternate state representative to the annual meeting. Representing 46 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, the state delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.

Mark Duffell of Aldie has been elected as a delegate to the 124th Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, Nov. 12 in Louisville, Ky.

Duffell, a member of the American Angus Association, is one of 407 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members in their state to serve as a representative at the annual meeting. Representing 46 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, the delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.

Scott A. Meyers, a fourth-grade teacher at Rolling Ridge Elementary School, has been nominated for the fifth time for inclusion in the annual Who's Who Among America's Teachers for 2007. Less than 1 percent of all nominated teachers are published three or more times. Meyers was also included in the 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005-06 editions. All of the 114,000 teachers included in the book were nominated by former students, who themselves are currently listed one of three Who's Who students editions.

Dr. Jennifer G. Barrett has joined Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center as an assistant professor of equine surgery. In this tenure track appointment, Barrett will be utilizing the center's newly constructed molecular research lab and directing investigations into tendon and ligament healing and repair. She will also serve as a practicing surgeon at the hospital and as an instructor for the center's veterinary and graduate students.

The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office participated in several events in recent weeks to help raise proceeds for charitable organizations. Among them was the 6th Annual Rock-N-Ride to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and the 15th Annual Day Plane Pull to benefit Special Olympics. In August a onetime Sheriff’s Office cruiser saw its last two nights of action at the Prince William and Clarke County Fair demolition derbies.

Michael G. Dunn has entered basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year. The training prepares men and women to meet the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets.

He is the son of James and Maureen Dunn of Norman Place, Leesburg. His the brother James Dunn, resides in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dunn is a 2007 graduate of Bishop O'Connell High School, Arlington.

Christina R. Burke has entered basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year. The training prepares men and women to meet the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets.

She is the daughter of Doreen and Darryl Burke of Carrington Drive, South Riding.