2 Arrested Over Marijuana

Loudoun County deputies went to a Taylorstown home only to serve a warrant. But they ended up arresting two men and confiscating what they said was seven pounds of marijuana.

Deputies found drug paraphernalia at the home on Cool Hollow Lane, according to a Sheriff's Office spokesman, and conducted a search that yielded a suitcase full of marijuana. Later, members of the narcotics unit found 25 marijuana plants drying in an adjacent barn.

Ronald Lee Coates, 46, and Charles Luthur Coates, 50, were charged with possession with the intent to distribute. Charles Coates also was charged with simple assault, the charge that had brought the deputies to the home in the first place.

The men were released on $5,000 bail each.

Holiday Charity Donations

The Community Holiday Coalition, which already has received calls for assistance from more than 800 families, is asking Loudoun County residents to provide Thanksgiving food baskets, personal and household baskets, and winter coats for those in need.

Last year, the coalition helped nearly 1,300 families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, providing toys, clothing and food. The food baskets the agency collects are made up of such items as stuffing, yams, vegetables, potatoes and pumpkin pie filling and crust mix. Grocery store gift certificates cover turkey and other perishable items.

Karen Velez, coordinator of the holiday coalition, said plastic bags for food donations will be distributed this weekend by Boy Scouts going door-to-door. The Scouts will collect the bags Saturday morning.

The coalition will also collect gently used, clean winter coats during the Thanksgiving distribution. Coats are needed in all sizes from infant through adult, but coats are especially needed for children and teenagers. New gloves, hats and mittens will be distributed in December.

Volunteers are needed to receive, sort and distribute items. Call 703-737-8367 to sign up to help with both the Thanksgiving and Christmas stores, at 45335 Vintage Park Plaza, Sterling.

For more information, including a list of donation sites and other items that are needed, call 703-771-5718 or visit www.loudoun.gov/dss/holiday.

Governor's School Session

Applications are being accepted for the 2006 summer Governor's School -- the state's month-long residential program for gifted 10th- and 11th-grade students.

Students live on a college or university campus for up to five weeks each summer. They participate in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances and in seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists and other professionals.

The application requires recommendations from two adults, and the complete application is due in early January.

For more information, call the Loudoun or Fauquier county school systems or visit www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Govschools/SRGS.

-- Compiled by ARIANNE ARYANPUR