Congratulations to Judge Tom Horne and Journalist Margaret Morton, recipients of the 2016 Loudoun Laurels.

All of us are indebted to Judge Horne for not only his years of exemplary service on the Loudoun County Circuit Court bench, but his tireless efforts as a community citizen, preservationist and lacrosse-playing, coaching and program-founding role model in all the best senses of the word.

As for Margaret Morton, it is with special pride that we commend a distinguished journalist who has served the community with her pen at not one but TWO outstanding (and, at least once a month, competing) newspapers.  She stands for everything that is best in our profession:  integrity, objectivity, fairness, fearlessness, great style, sharp wit, hard work, and more.