News of interest to Loudoun that appeared in the daily Post May 23-29.
Two Killed in Route 15 Wreck
Two women were killed last Sunday when their cars collided on Route 15 about 10:25 a.m. nearly a half-mile south of Harmony Church Road south of Leesburg. Jessica Coon, 20, of Manassas was driving a Kia Sephia north on Route 15 when she swerved into the southbound lane and drove head-on into a Chevy Lumina driven by Jean Fargo, 78, of Lansdowne, said Virginia State Police Trooper Thomas Dunlap. Both died on impact, he said, and there were no passengers. Dunlap said that there were no hazards in the road and that it was unclear what caused the Kia to swerve across the road into the Chevy. Witnesses told police that traffic was moving about the speed limit, 55 mph, at the time of the crash.
Playgrounds a Top Priority
When new schools open in Loudoun County, parent organizations consider one of their first responsibilities to be installing the playground. A new elementary school comes with a plain set of metal hanging bars, a bare minimum that often becomes the impetus for the first PTA fundraising effort.
County Briefed on Ballpark
Business leaders and officials hoping to lure the Montreal Expos to Northern Virginia gave Loudoun County representatives a private briefing on plans for a Major League ballpark and a large lakeside development at a quarry near Dulles International Airport. Top officials from the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority, prospective team owners and members of a development group dubbed Diamond Lake Development outlined a proposal that calls for 5 million square feet of commercial space and thousands of condominiums and apartments on about 400 acres near a proposed Metro stop, said Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York (I), who added that some details were still not determined.
High Court to Hear Wine Case
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by a Middleburg winery that could determine whether consumers can buy wine directly from an out-of-state supplier.
Girl's Death Mourned
The death of 5-year-old Eleanor Rose Hytla, who was killed last week when she was playing hide-and-seek with her sister and she picked a hiding spot in the path of her mother's tractor, has prompted an outpouring of sadness and support from her rural Fauquier County community. Dozens of friends, and even strangers, have driven down the three-mile dirt road leading to the Hytlas' Wheatfield farm to deliver cards, condolences and food, the family said. Some neighbors are planning to start a scholarship fund, and a local market and firefighters are going to plant a rose garden for Eleanor.