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Freedom alumnus teams up with alma mater to help students in Ghana

The last time many Americans paid attention to Ghana came when the coastal west African nation's men's soccer team eliminated their American counterparts from the 2010 World Cup with a 2-1 overtime victory. For Emmanuel Abebrese, what happens daily in the country hits a little closer to home. In fact, a lot closer: it's where he's from. It's also where he's seen abject poverty at the Apostolic Academy in Ashaiman, a school he's received more than $15,000 in grants to help develop. Abebrese returned to his alma mater in Woodbridge on Dec. 6 to help load dozens of refurbished computers donated by the school through the Virginia Star program into a van that would take them to a port in New York City, where they would later be shipped to Ghana.

Western end officials push for zero-based School Board budgeting

Local elected officials on the western end of the county are pushing for the School Board to adopt a zero-based budgeting strategy and it appears they may have the upper hand to get their way.

Supervisors looking at site management for playing fields

It's been over a year since Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland (R) held a town hall meeting about site management for athletic playing fields in western Prince William County. Yet there is still inconsistent usage policies stemming from school to school about who can access what fields and when they can do it.

Minnieland teachers charged with abuse

Two Minnieland Academy teachers have charged with abusing the children in their care. On November 7th, detectives from the Physical Abuse Unit began an investigation into child abuse allegations which were reported to have occurred at the Minnieland Academy at the Glen located at 4290 Prince William Pkwy in Woodbridge.

Germanna recognizes Kirk’s contributions

KIRK HONORED: Culpeper Regional Hospital CEO and President Lee Kirk (center) with Germanna Educational Foundation President Jane Wallace and GCC President David A. Sam at Friday night's GCCEF Annual Dinner.
Kirk's contributions recognized

Odds increase for pool at 12th high school

The chances that the 12th public high school in Prince William County will be the first to include a pool increased with the election of Loree Williams to the School Board. Now that pool proponents claim a suspected 5-3 majority of members on School Board, with the new Woodbridge District member in the majority, the pathways to defeating the pool proposal appear to be slim. While Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland (R) said during an interview that he likely will not be able to support the Board of County Supervisors approving a School Board budget that includes funding for the pool, one of the typical swing votes on the BOCS is lining up in the opposite camp.

Athlete of the Week: Aaliyah Cyrus

Fleet Feet: Assistant Cross Country coach Devin Cornwall times Cyrus and teammate Kellie Hyde, who is also heading to the state meet.
Aaliyah Cyrus named as Athlete of the Week

Eastern View wins over Cougars

With a failed 2-point conversion vs. Eastern View, Kettle Run loses another heartbreaker. Eastern View now at 9-1.

Battlefield Young Marines explore space

Using a professional weather balloon, a parachute, a GPS transmitter and 4 high definition cameras the Battlefield Young Marines launched a space capsule 20 miles into the earths atmosphere. The capsule passed through the Troposphere and into the Stratosphere, enduring winds in excess of 100 mph and temperatures as low as -60F.

Culpeper voters will decide who sits on three supervisor seats

JEFFERSON DISTRICT INCUMBENT: Many of his 28 years serving on the board of supervisors, Brad Rosenberger has been unopposed. He would like to continue his years of service and stands by his record of good stewardship of the county's resources. Photo by Adam Goings.
Stevensburg District supervisor William “Bill” Chase unopposed

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