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AFP Local News Blog – Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

– News: Citizens group leading fight against reassessments releases petition locations, Monday, 11:58 a.m.
– News: Celebrate Black History Month on The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Wednesday, 9:20 a.m.
– News: Scholarships for children of fallen service members, Wednesday, 9:20 a.m.



News: Citizens group leading fight against reassessments releases petition locations, Monday, 11:58 a.m.
After the successful meeting of Augusta Citizens Against Unfair Assessments that saw 600 county residents turn out for a townhall informational meeting on Feb. 3, 2009, there continues to be incredible interest from voters about what they consider to be unfair real estate assessments. Phone calls and emails continue to come in to those involved in organizing citizens to have a voice.

Many residents want to know where to find petitions, and new locations are continually being added. Below is the updated list of petition locations and the date they will be turned in to the Board of Supervisors.

Petitions asking the Board of Supervisors to roll back real estate assessments to 2004 levels are available throughout the community, online, or by contacting us. We would like them returned by March 9, if possible. Francis Chester’s address is on the petition. They may also be dropped off at his office in Churchville. 

1) Online Petition: Here is the location of the online petition.

2) E-mail Petition: Contact us if you want an emailed petition.

3) Hard copy locations throughout community:
Please note: The petition in the Churchville Library has been removed by the county.

Tractor Supply (Staunton)
Zelma’s (Staunton)
Jiffy Mart (Grubert Ave in Staunton)
Memorial Baptist Church (Staunton)
Obaugh Pontiac-Buick-GMC (Staunton)
Eavers Tire (Fishersville)
7-11 Store (Fishersville – Rt. 250 at Woodrow Wilson Rehab)
Obaugh Chevrolet-Buick (Waynesboro)
Bookkeeping Management (Waynesboro)
Ace Gift Store – Acedemy of CE, Inc (Waynesboro)
Mark Martin’s Auto World (Rt. 250 west of Waynesboro)
Middlebrook General Store (Middlebrook)
Jake’s Convenience Store (Rt. 250 west of Staunton)
Riverside Grocery (Churchville)
T-Bone Tooter (Churchville)
Eavers Tire (Stuarts Draft)
Eavers Amaco (Stuarts Draft)
Greenville Trading Post (Greenville)
BB&T (Greenville)
Chancellor Stone (Vesuvius)
Gertie’s Store (Vesuvius)
Midway Machine & Parts (Steeles Tavern)
Augusta Co-Op (Fairfield)
Junction (Buffalo Gap)
Deerfield Convenience Store (Deerfield)
West Augusta Convenience Store (W. Augusta)
New Hope Grocery (Rt. 608 & 621 in New Hope)


News: Celebrate Black History Month on The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Wednesday, 9:20 a.m.

With the Inauguration of Barack Obama, the course of African-American history has come full circle, and for millions, seeing firsthand the hallowed past that black Americans have travelled over hundreds of years is just a short drive away.

For the cost of a tank of gas, Americans along the Eastern Seaboard can explore the region known as Where America Happened and discover what many consider to be sacred ground for African Americans who sacrificed everything and laid the ground work for a more recent historical event – the election of President Barack Obama as leader of the free world.

Celebrate Black History Month and the election of the 44th President with a visit to the The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. It’s located just an hour outside of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond; two hours from Pittsburg and Philadelphia, and three from New York.

The 175-mile Journey corridor runs from Gettysburg, Pa., southwest to Charlottesville. It offers all Americans a chance to walk in the steps of some our nation’s most important historical leaders – some known worldwide, while others remain unknown even to this day. Yet all were courageous and brave people willing to fight for the future of generations to come.

African American history is more than a story of an ethnic group. It’s a window on America itself. The stories told along this corridor are those of individuals, who singularly, then collectively, shaped our nations’ heritage and ideals. From the enslaved who contributed their knowledge, skills, and creative genius to help shape our land and culture, to the inspiration of W.E.B. Du Bois, who helped form the Niagara Movement, named for the “mighty current” of change it affected. The Niagara Movement is considered to be the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. Its first meeting on American soil was held in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., on the campus of Storer College, overerlooking the site of John Brown’s raid, which remains a part of the legacy of our nation’s struggle with slavery.

All along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area there are memorials, exhibits, museums and original sites. Some are destinations all their own, while others make fascinating stops while touring this National Heritage Area. All however are special and to be remembered not just this month, but every day. There are dozens of examples and here are just a few:

– Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County

– Mulberry Row at Monticello in Charlottesville

– The Gilmore Cabin at Montpelier in Montpelier

– The Jennie Dean Memorial at Manassas Industrial School in Manassas

– Leesburg African American Heritage Trail in Leesburg

– Harpers Ferry National Park in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

– Lincoln Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa.

– Yellow Hill Community in Gettysburg, Pa.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground’s Web site,, offers easy, online (and free) access to maps, guides, and key background information on dozens of African American historical sites. Search by interest: African American sites.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership invites every American to come, stay and explore our rich American heritage as it is dedicated to raising national and local awareness of the unparalleled history in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, which generally follows the Old Carolina Road (Rt. 15/20/231) from Gettysburg, through Maryland, to Monticello in Albemarle County.


News: Scholarships for children of fallen service members, Wednesday, 9:20 a.m.

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund today announced the application period for the 2009-2010 academic year has opened. The Fund has now awarded $2.5 million to the children of U.S. service members who have been killed or permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident. Students who may qualify are encouraged to apply early.

“The Freedom Alliance Scholarship provides college tuition to the sons and daughters of American military heroes who have been killed or permanently disabled defending our country,” stated Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon. “We are committed to reaching out to as many qualified applicants as possible in order to honor those families who have made great sacrifices for our nation. It is our hope that Freedom Alliance will be able to show these brave individuals, whose parents have sacrificed so much, that a grateful nation is committed to advancing their educational goals.”

To be eligible, an applicant must be the dependent son or daughter of a U.S. soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Guardsman who has been killed or permanently disabled (100% VA disability rating) as a result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). They must also be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as a full time undergraduate student and under the age of 26.

To learn more about the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund and/or to apply please visit or call 800.475.6620. The application deadline is July 31, 2009.

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