3 Sickened by Sewer Gases

Three construction workers were hospitalized Thursday morning after being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide and methane in a sewer in the Stone Ridge development near Aldie, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

Two of the men were flown to area hospitals after they were exposed to the gases for more than five minutes and lost consciousness.

Fellow workers noticed that one of the men, who had gone down a manhole into the sewer on Mineral Springs Circle, was acting strangely around 9:30 a.m. A second man, who went into the sewer to check on his co-worker, also succumbed to the fumes.

One man was flown by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center, the other to Fairfax Hospital. A third man, who went down attached to a rope and pulled the other two out, was taken to Fair Oaks Hospital in an ambulance.

The Sheriff's Office said the gases built up because the manhole was not vented.

Drive Raises $37,412

Residents of Falcons Landing, the retired military officers community in Sterling, collected $37,412 in the community's annual fundraising drive for the Sterling fire and rescue services.

Culpeper Man Hits Jackpot

The $2.6 million winning ticket in the July 6 Lotto South was purchased at the 7-Eleven on Broadview Avenue in Warrenton. William Smoot of Culpeper bought the ticket on his way to work, letting the computer randomly select the six numbers.

Smoot, a grocery meat manager, took a lump sum payment of nearly $1.5 million and does not plan to quit his job, the Virginia Lottery said in a news release.

The store receives $25,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Purcellville Photo Call

The Town of Purcellville is seeking photos for its second annual town calendar and information guide.

The town plans to select a professional or amateur photo for each month of the calendar, as well as photos taken in and around the town for collages on the front and back covers.

Photos can be submitted to the Town Office at 130 E. Main St., Purcellville, Va. 20132 until Sept. 12. For information, call 540-338-7421.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

Falcons Landing residents gave $18,706 to the Sterling rescue squad. From left are squad treasurer Richard MacCready, Supervisor D.M. "Mick" Staton Jr., squad chief Byron Andrews, Falcons Landing's Buck Buckingham, Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York and Supervisor Bruce E. Tulloch.