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February 19, 2001




Family History: Seminar helps blacks discover their heritage


Nancy Carroll




Gunston Hall, colonial plantation and home of George Mason, author of

the Virginia Declaration of Rights is celebrating Black History Month.

On Sunday Gunston Hall held an African-American geneology seminar to

help African-Americans trace their family history.

Karen Hughs, executive director and co-founder of the Afro-American Historical

Association of Fauquier County spoke to a large group of African-Americans

about how to trace their history and learn about the lives of their ancestors.

“I’m here to help African-Americans read birth and death certificates

and show them how to look for family records and document that history,”

Hughs said.[more]


shares fight for freedom


Bennie Scarton Jr.



    A horrifying story of a nine-month stay in a dictator’s

jail and a daring helicopter breakout kept those attending Saturday night’s

annual Prince William County Republican Committee’s Lincoln/Regan spellbound.

Kurt Muse, an American citizen who was arrested in Panama for vowing

to bring free speech, was able to to carry out his mission for a year before

finally being nabbed by the ruthless machete-waving dictator, Gen. Manuel


Muse was introduced at the session by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-10th District,

who said Muse’s message to the large gathering at the Virginia Portuguese

Community Center “was one of unbelievable courage and conviction for

one facing overwhelming odds and dangers.”[more]


Park Golf Course gets changes and new name


Chris Newman




Its rugged terrain proved to be a safe place for a Confederate army

winter encampment, and more recently, in 1994, was deemed perfect for a

challenging golf course.

Too challenging, apparently.

The Manassas Park Public Golf Course is getting a face-lift with some widened

fairways and the new name General’s Ridge at Manassas Park, after park officials

have seen its use drop from 30,000 rounds in 1998 to 19,000 rounds in 2000

and cash flow fall into the red.

“Virginia’s most challenging course – that’s how we’ve referred to

it,” said park authority spokeswoman Beth Robertson.[more]


Eagles edge Tigers for Bull Run

wrestling title


two of Clarke County’s wrestlers took individual district championships,

but it was enough to fend off Brentsville in a thrilling Bull Run District

tournament Saturday.

The Eagles edged the Tigers by two points, 192-190, and hoisted the district

title in their home gym. Strasburg (147) finished a distant third.

“Unbelievable,” said John Vansice, the first year head coach

at Clarke County, as he watched his team rejoice. “They just worked

hard all year.”[more]


girls take 16th at states

Seton’s girls swimming team finished 16th overall with 58 points at the

Virginia Independent Schools’ state meet, held at Hargrave Military Academy

over the weekend.

The Conquistador boys took 21st place overall with 28 points.

Katie Shipko had the highest finish on the team, taking third in the 200

free with a 1:58.13. The third-place finish gave Shipko All-State status.

She added a fifth in the 100 free with a time of 55.39.

A shoulder injury has been a problem for Shipko, but Terri Shipko – Seton’s

head coach and Katie’s mom – said all things considered, it was pretty good.


Osbourn track heads to states


indoor track coach Matt Wilburn admits that the results at the Northwest

Regional Meet were a surprise, but he’s not complaining.

The Eagles will have four individuals and a relay team heading to the

Group AAA Indoor Track Meet, which is scheduled for March 2 and 3 at George

Mason University. Overall, nine area athletes will be competing at states..




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