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Search for Hannah Graham Continues

West Potomac Alumna, UVA second year student, last seen on Sept. 13

Hannah Graham, University of Virginia sophomore and alumna of West Potomac High School, has been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Herndon Celebrates Lighting Of W&OD Trail

Herndon is first municipality to light a section of the W&OD trail.

Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel and the Herndon town council celebrated the completion of installation of lights along the W&OD trail with a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The ceremony was held on the W&OD Trail near the intersection with Lynn Street in downtown Herndon, near the caboose.

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Lake Anne Fellowship House Revitalization Halted

Fellowship Square Foundation Board claims county did not support plans.

After two years of stalled plans, Norvus Residences is indefinitely deferring the revitalization of Lake Anne Fellowship House. According to a letter sent from the Fellowship Square Foundation Board of Directors, it was because the proposal did not have county support.

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Longfellow Principal Wins State Award

Carole Kihm named Outstanding Middle School Principal by VASSP.

Carole Kihm, principal at Longfellow Middle School, remembers her love for educating children and pre-teens when she was in high school. Her lifelong love for education paid off when she was named Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals earlier this year.

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Great Falls Honors 9/11 Victims

Candles lit, names read during memorial ceremony.

Still 13 years later, it is a date no American can forget. The annual Great Falls 9/11 Memorial Ceremony was held on Thursday at the Freedom Memorial to remember the six village citizens who died when a plane hit the Pentagon more than a decade ago.

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Reston Master Plan Debated

Residents discuss neighborhoods and convenience centers.

Reston residents met with Fairfax County officials Saturday morning to discuss the future of their neighborhoods.

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Town Council Promotes Bike and Pedestrian Safety

100 cyclists and pedestrians killed on the roads in Virginia every year.

Herndon is promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety this month. The Town Council passed a proclamation recognizing Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month to make drivers aware of their less protected counterparts on the road.

Police Warn of Motorcycle Thefts on the West End

The Alexandria Police Department has noticed a rise in thefts of motorcycles in Alexandria, specifically at the west end of the City of Alexandria.

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Remembering America’s Fallen Heroes

Each year, the firefighters of West Centreville Station 38 honor the firefighters who died in the 9/11 tragedy in New York by placing flags outside their station.

Beautification Summer Youth Employment

The summer for ARHA (Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority) was more eventful than usual because of the increase of the number of youth workers assigned to the agency by the City of Alexandria Joblink program.

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Nearing Completion

Construction nearly done on 95 Express Lanes.

The construction on the 95 Express Lanes is 90 per cent complete and on schedule to open in early January 2015.

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In Solemn Remembrance

Local bugler plays ‘Taps’ in honor of the Sept. 11 victims.

Throughout Virginia and the U.S., people commemorated last Thursday’s 13th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Locally, Theodore Smith, an 83-year old volunteer with Bugles Across America, did it in his own, special way.

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New Analysis of Accotink Creek Underway

Department of Environmental Quality resumes project after EPA lawsuit.

When Meghan Walker paddles a canoe upstream from Lake Accotink looking for garbage, not much surprises her anymore. “The sky’s the limit for odd trash,” she said. “A big find last time was a wheel and tire -- still attached. That’s impressive.”

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Deer Archery Program Enters Sixth Season

Continued overabundance brings bow-hunters back to parks.

Even at 72, the animated Disney classic “Bambi” can still soften the hardest hearts when it comes to appreciating the innocence and natural beauty of deer. But the reality in Fairfax County is that an unnaturally high density of Bambis and mothers of Bambi is an ongoing threat to biodiversity and road safety.

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‘Bring Hannah Home’

There will be a prayer vigil for Hannah Elizabeth Graham, Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. at Aldersgate UMC, 1301 Collingwood Road. All in the community are invited to participate.

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