Boy Injured in Parade

A 7-year-old boy was struck and run over by a float during the Leesburg Halloween Parade on Monday, the Leesburg Police Department said.

The boy was flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was in stable condition Tuesday after being treated for a broken hip and internal injuries.

The accident happened about 6:40 p.m. on South King Street near Fairfax Street. The boy, who was with the float and taking part in the parade, was standing on the ground while the float was briefly stopped. As it began to move, a wheel on the vehicle struck his leg, knocking him to the ground in the path of the wheel.

The float was immediately stopped, and several people rushed to help the boy. The accident was being investigated by the Leesburg police.

Ashburn Teen Missing

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a missing Ashburn teenager.

Mallory Jayne Lewis, 14, left her home Friday of her own accord. She is 5 foot 3 and has brown hair and blue eyes. She is said to have a distinctive mark over each eye. She has strong ties to Ashburn, Leesburg and the West Church Road area of Sterling Park and may be staying with friends in one of those areas.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0475 or 703-777-1021.

Inova Flu Clinics Canceled

Facing another winter of flu-vaccine shortages, Inova Health System has announced that it will dispense shots only to people in high-risk categories.

Such categories include children ages 6 to 23 months, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with underlying chronic illnesses.

All flu clinics at libraries and churches for the remainder of the flu season have been canceled, and workplace clinics also may be affected. Updates on Inova's plans throughout the flu season will be available at 877-895-5284 or

Fire Damages Building

A fire Sunday morning in a two-story commercial building under construction in Leesburg caused an estimated $350,000 in damage.

Crews from Lucketts, Ashburn, Hamilton, Purcellville and Sterling joined town firefighters in fighting the blaze at 40 Catoctin Cir. NE. The fire was ruled accidental, although a cause had not been determined.

Leesburg Installs Signs

Leesburg has installed the first phase of its new "wayfinding system" of street signs.

The signs provide directions to community- and visitor-related facilities and attractions as well as to public parking. Subsequent phases will include historic district gateway signs, special event signs and signs highlighting W&OD trail street crossings.

Purcellville Town Meeting

Purcellville Town Council members Robert W. Lazaro Jr., Tom Priscilla, Gregory Wagner and Christopher J. "C.J." Walker will host an open-agenda Town Hall meeting Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The meeting at Town Hall, 130 East Main St., will begin with a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Tourism Strategy Drafted

The Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association is developing a tourism destination strategy for the county.

A draft of the document has been completed, and a public comment session will be held Wednesday to consider revisions and improvements.

The draft of the strategy -- designed to identify ways to increase Loudoun tourism over the next five years -- is available at the Loudoun County visitors center and at

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Leesburg at Historic Carradoc Hall, 1500 E. Market St.

To register for the meeting, contact Brian Jenkins at 703-771-2170, Ext. 21, or by Monday.

Small-Business Awards

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for its 2005 Small Business Awards.

The 29 nominees are from Waterford, Purcellville, Ashburn, Lovettsville, Bluemont, Sterling and Leesburg. In the small-business of the year category, the finalists are BeckITSystems Inc. of Sterling, Everything and the Dog of Leesburg, Executive Gift Planners of Purcellville and Roadstar Internet Inc. of Leesburg.

The winners will be announced Monday night at Lansdowne Resort.

Urban Forestry Conference

An urban forestry conference will be held next Thursday at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling.

Citizen members of tree boards, tree commission officials, elected officials, urban foresters and arborists, landscape architects, builders, developers and planners will lead discussions. They also will help identify and explore issues and solutions that will fit into Virginia's laws, according to a news release.

Registration is required. The cost is $75; space is limited. For more information, visit

Rezoning Meeting Set

An open house will be held Nov. 16 to discuss the rezoning of about 102 acres in Ashburn known as the Stonegate property from business to residential use.

The open house is being hosted by the county planning department on behalf of the Planning Commission. Maps and materials will be available highlighting the proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan and the corresponding rezoning. Planning staff will take questions.

The Stonegate property is on Smith Switch Road (Route 607), north of Cameron Chase and Farmwell Road (Route 640), east of Ashburn Village, south of the W&OD trail, northwest of Ashburn Business Park and west of Beaumeade Corporate Park.

The open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Farmwell Station Middle School, 44281 Gloucester Pkwy., Ashburn.

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