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Missing golf star’s Leesburg father found safe in Texas

- The missing father of golf star Billy Hurley was found safe last Friday in Texas after his son made an unexpected and emotional appeal to the public during a press conference in Gainesville. Hurley, speaking at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club last Tuesday just before the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, said his father, Willard Hurley Jr. was last seen at his Leesburg home more than a week ago.

Historic fun in the sun

- The Summer Concert Series is coming back to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. This year will mark the outdoor concert series' sixth year. The season is kicking off this year with a patriotic performance by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps joined by the U.S. Army Drill Team. The season will open on Aug. 6 with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

GHBL rocks SE region championship

- Three down, one to go. On Saturday, the Gainesville-Haymarket Baseball League 14-year-old all-stars followed up on their district and state titles by clinching a berth back to the Babe Ruth League World Series. Gainesville-Haymarket heads to Arkansas in two weeks as the winner of the Southeast Regional tournament championship in Jupiter, Fla., where they prevailed in the sixth and final game with a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Tennessee.

Silver anniversary

- The First Baptist Church Choir of The Plains led off the six-hour fesitval at noon. Passersby could partake in an author's corner, a health fair, the Lions Club van for hearing and vision screening, a mammogram unit which will be available for free mammogram screening, arts and crafts, original jewelry makers and designers, artists, dance tutorials and hair styling, among other activities.

LETTER:Teacher for Townsend

- In November of this year, we will be going to the polls to select our representatives to the House of Delegates. In the 31st District, the choice is between Scott Lingamfelter and Sara Townsend. If you feel our school system is incredibly well funded and your representatives in Richmond have consistently been investing in education to create a better future for your children you may wish to re-elect Scott Lingamfelter; however, if you are an educated voter, fully aware of the Delegate Lingamfelter’s voting record, you will cast your ballot for Sara Townsend.

LETTER:Townsend gets it

- I write to express my support for Sara Townsend’s campaign to represent the 31st District of the Virginia House of Delegates. I’ve been a Virginia resident for nearly ten years, have lived in both rural and urban communities and understand the different needs of our region. Sara understands these needs too, and will fight to improve the lives of her constituents as well as to improve the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

Bristow preschool opens its door

- The grand opening of the new Primrose School of Bristow was held on July 18 with a celebration that included school tours, face painting, a balloon artist, a scavenger hunt and an appearance from Percy the Rooster. The school’s chef also prepared snacks from the Primrose School's menu. Franchise owners Tom and Vikki Cheng officially opened the the school on July 6.

LETTER:Interfaith community addresses common issues

- Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) led by coordinator, Amy White, has been working in Prince William County with member churches to address issues common to segments of the community. The work of VOICE and volunteers from Holy Family Church, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Dar AlNoor Islamic Community, First Baptist Manassas Church, Sacred Heart, and St. Francis of Assissi was initially started because of the thousands of foreclosed homes in Eastern Prince William and Manassas.

Novant and UVA join forces; public input sought on new regional health system

- Novant Health recently announced plans to create a new regional health system by bringing the University of Virginia (UVA) in to the mix. The proposed system will include UVA Culpeper Hospital, Novant Health Haymarket Medical Center, Novant Health Prince William Medical Center and Novant Health Cancer Center.

EDITORIAL:Metro - get it done

- It's time for our local officials to stop kicking the can on Metro. Let's face it -- population is growing in Northern Virginia and it's spreading south. Traffic is increasing, density is increasing, pollution is increasing --- everything is increasing. We can't stop it but we can stop sticking our heads in the sand over it.

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Missing golf star’s Leesburg father found safe in Texas

Times Photo/Tara Slate Donaldson
Golf star Billy Hurley breaks down crying as he asks the media to put out word about his missing father, Leesburg resident Willard Hurley Jr.
The missing father of golf star Billy Hurley was found safe last Friday in Texas after his son made an unexpected and emotional appeal to the public during a press conference in Gainesville.

Hurley, speaking at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club last Tuesday just before the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, said his father, Willard Hurley Jr. was last seen at his Leesburg home more than a week ago.

“My dad took some clothes, he took some cash, he got in his truck and no one's seen him since,” he said.

That was nine days ago, he said.

Billy Hurley said his father has been married for 30 years, living in the same Leesburg home where Billy grew up. He works at Reston Bible Church and there was no reason to think he'd leave home.

“He's not mentally unstable. We have no idea why he left,” he said. “It's complete speculation to try to put a finger on that.”

Willard Hurley Jr. had been a police officer for 25 years and used to work security at the President's Cup tournament in Gainesville, his son said, crying as he spoke of his father.

Billy's mother filed a police report but Billy said the family was hoping that someone who knew where his father is will see the story and press him to return.

He was also hoping that his dad would watch the Golf Channel or check online to see his scores from the tournament and would get the message.

“Dad, we love you and we want you to come home,” he said.

Three days later, he got his wish.

A citizen recognized Willard Hurley from media releases and contacted the local police department.

Hurley told a Leesburg Police detective that he's physically fine and was simply traveling, according to Lt. Jeff Dube, spokesman for the Leesburg Police Department.

Hurley did not want to reveal the reasons behind his departure, Dube said.
More Local News

Missing golf star’s Leesburg father found safe in Texas

Historic fun in the sun

GHBL rocks SE region championship

Silver anniversary

LETTER:Teacher for Townsend

LETTER:Townsend gets it

Bristow preschool opens its door

LETTER:Interfaith community addresses common issues

Novant and UVA join forces; public input sought on new regional health system

EDITORIAL:Metro - get it done

LETTER:Safety first

LETTER:School start times need to change

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