Street Named for Former Principal
Part of Ninth Street in Purcellville has been renamed Ken Culbert Lane in honor of the former Loudoun Valley High School principal, who died last year.
W&OD Freight Records Donated
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority has donated a microfilm of Washington & Old Dominion Railway freight records for Nov. 29, 1916, to May 2, 1917, to the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg.
The records were found by the Purcellville Preservation Association when the Purcellville train station was renovated into a visitors information center and a wayside information and rest stop on the regional park authority's W&OD trail.
"The records provide a snapshot of farm and industrial products shipped out of the Purcellville station and freight shipped in to local citizens and businesses," said Paul McCray, manager of the trail. "Local history enthusiasts, individuals researching the railroad and those with an interest in the agriculture of Loudoun will find the records fascinating."
Sporting Library Chairman Named
Former Federal Reserve vice chairman Manuel H. Johnson has been elected chairman of the board of the National Sporting Library in Middleburg. Johnson replaces George L. Ohrstrom, who becomes chairman emeritus. Jacqueline B. Mars was elected vice chairman of the board and Edward P. Evans chairman of the board's executive committee.
$1,000 Given to Leesburg Police
The Leesburg Police Department received $500 from both the Leesburg Wal-Mart and the Reston Bicycle Club to purchase equipment and supplies.
The Reston Bicycle Club's donation was to thank the department for its help with the club's annual charity drive. This is the second year that Wal-Mart has made a donation to the department.
Bank Donates Van to Bluemont
Community Bank of Northern Virginia has donated its used van to the Bluemont Concert Series to use for its community programs.
The bank "really came to our rescue," said Peter Dunning, Bluemont president and founder. "We put 320,000 miles on our old van in five years. That's 13 times around the world at the equator. I wasn't comfortable we could get another year out of our old van."
Bluemont uses its vehicles to support its programs in schools and nursing homes and its summer concert series in more than 70 communities across Virginia.
Bluemont is also seeking donations of a fuel-efficient vehicle for meetings and school programs, professional interns for development and volunteer administration, a digital camera, digital video recorder, professional quality scanner, color copier, professional quality digital audio tape recorder and laptop computers. For more information, call 703- 777-6306.
The Leesburg Police Department and the Secret Service are investigating a string of counterfeiting incidents Monday and Tuesday that may have involved $1,500 worth of $20 bills printed on a personal computer.
The first complaint was received from Shoppers Food Warehouse on Edwards Ferry Road, said police spokesman Lt. Jeff Dube. Bills with identical serial numbers were passed in other Leesburg businesses, including Liberty Mart on Harrison Street, Subway on Catoctin Circle, Shooters Cafe on East Market Street, T.G.I. Fridays on Fort Evans Road and Target on Edwards Ferry Road.
The incidents appear to be linked to counterfeiting incidents in Berkeley County, W.Va., Dube said. A suspect had been identified, he said.
Man Sentenced in Drug Case
A former D.C. police officer was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Oct. 29 to 130 months in prison on drug charges that stemmed from an investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Alexandria Police Department.
Shawn Verbeke, 30, of Cleveland was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute ecstasy and methamphetamine and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Police said that Verbeke was a member of a drug trafficking organization that distributed ecstasy and methamphetamine mainly in Washington and Northern Virginia, including Loudoun.
Law enforcement authorities said that most of the drugs were distributed at nightclubs in the District but that Verbeke distributed ecstasy and methamphetamine at an apartment in Ashburn and in other locations in Northern Virginia.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD