Former Fauquier Sheriff

Begins Job in Stafford

The former Fauquier County sheriff, Joseph P. Higgs, began his job as superintendent of the Rappahannock Regional Jail on Thursday, a jail official said.

Officials announced in June that Higgs, who was defeated in last year's election by Charlie Ray Fox Jr., would take over at the jail in Stafford County. The facility houses inmates from Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George counties, as well as from the City of Fredericksburg. The 264,000-square-foot jail has an average daily inmate count of more than 800.

Higgs, who served as Fauquier's sheriff for 12 years, replaces Larry Hamilton, who resigned May 31.

Sheriff's Office Giving Out

Free Gun-Safety Kits

Free gun-safety kits will be distributed to Loudoun County residents on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office administration building, 21641 Ridgetop Cir., Sterling, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Sheriff's Office will also be handing out the safety kits at events over the summer.

Each kit includes a cable-style gunlock donated by Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program, in an effort to prevent gun accidents in homes. The lock fits most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns.

County Offers Tips

On Summer Recycling

The Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management is encouraging residents to continue recycling during such summer activities as camping, hiking, sporting events and picnics.

The agency offers these tips:

* Put a plastic bag next to a trash can to collect recyclables at a picnic, party or campsite.

* Use a backpack on hiking trips to carry out recyclables.

* Use a cooler as a recycling bin at sporting events or bring a plastic bag for recyclables.

Leadership Loudoun Taking

Applications for Class

Leadership Loudoun, a nonprofit organization that teaches leadership skills, is accepting applications for its Class of 2005 until Aug. 1. Applications can be obtained from the Loudoun County public information office or online at www.leadershiploudoun.org.

The class year, which begins in October and continues through the spring of 2005, includes forums, networking events, individual leadership development and hands-on community change projects.

More than 300 people have completed the Leadership Loudoun program since it began in 1991, including leaders from Loudoun's business community, public officials and representatives of local nonprofit organizations.

For more information, call 703-771-5511.

League of Women Voters

Elects New Officers

The League of Women Voters of Loudoun County elected new officers at its annual meeting June 26. They are Sharon LaMagra, second vice president; Kristen Kalina, secretary; and Joan Hand, treasurer. Marina Amat, Eleanore C. Towe and Sheryl Wolfe were elected to the board of directors.

Betsy Mayr, who was elected president last year, is serving a two-year term.

-- Compiled by JASON UKMAN, LESLIE SHEPHERD and SANDY MAUCK