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Loudoun County news in brief

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Loudoun information director to step down after 21 years

Jim Barnes, director of public information for Loudoun County, announced this week that he will leave his position at the end of next month.

Barnes joined the Loudoun government in 1989 as the county's first public information officer. Loudoun has received more than 40 national awards for its public information efforts, including recognition for its publications, writing, photography, community outreach programs and special events, Loudoun officials said in a statement.

During his 21 years with the county, Barnes was also the host of the public affairs TV series "Inside Loudoun County," which he created in 1992, and was content manager for the county's award-winning Web site, the statement said.

Windows are smashed on 27 vehicles in Sterling

Vandals smashed the windows of 27 cars in Sterling on Sunday, in some cases stealing credit cards and Global Positioning System devices, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

Windows were smashed in the early morning on 16 vehicles on East Beech Road, North Filmore Avenue, North Kennedy Road, North Concord Court and North Cameron Street, sheriff's officials said. No thefts were reported in those cases.

The same day, residents in the 45900 block of Old Ox Road reported that the windows of 11 cars has been damaged. In three cases, the vehicles had been entered and items stolen, including GPS devices, authorities said.

"We're looking into the possibility that the incidents may be related," Loudoun sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said.

'Give blood, play hockey' to raise funds for Inova

Tickets are on sale for "Give Blood, Play Hockey," an event scheduled for Sept. 11 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington County to benefit Inova Blood Donor Services.

The Virginia Coaching Cardinals will take on the NCR Eagles in the second annual Charity Hockey Classic. The Cardinals are coaches from youth hockey clubs, including the Ashburn Xtreme, Reston Raiders, Virginia Wild, NoVA Ice Dogs, Prince William Panthers and Washington Little Caps. The NCR Eagles are a military team consisting of players from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines.

The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. and include a silent auction, appearances by celebrities, including Washington Capitals players, and a "Mites on Ice" youth hockey exhibition.

For tickets or information on sponsorships, e-mail Adam Bartholomew at or go to

-- Compiled by Caitlin Gibson and Christy Goodman

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