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May 18, 2017

Throwback Thursday: FHS students focus on race

FHS teacher DeJuann Parker (second from right) talks with students about their concerns May 6 in the school cafeteria.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of May 15, 1992

Black students’ protest forces county to address race relations

People may have differing opinions about the protest last week by 80 black students at Fauquier High School, but at least they’re starting to talk about racial discrimination — a problem some say has caused tension here for more than three decades.

“A lot of people said hey weren’t aware. At least now they know what’s going on,” said senior Kenya Carter, an organizer of the May 6 demonstration in which students refused to go to class until administrators heard their list of grievances. The protest was triggered by a racial slur — “KKK All The Way” — pointed on school property.

“It certainly woke up a lot of people,” said Vivian McQueen, another senior.

Racial problems were discussed at Monday’s school board meeting and were the recent topic of a local NAACP meeting. FHS’s newspaper, The Falconer Alliance, will publish a special section on race relations next week.

Citizens oppose cutting parks budget

The message was clear, if not impassioned: Many county residents would pay more taxes to get better services, especially parks and recreation.

At Tuesday night’s public hearing on the proposed 1992-93 county budget, please to protect children’s future drew applause, and the sheriff’s office and county employees had a strong presence as they requested support for raises.

About 200 people attended the public hearing at Warrenton Junior High School. Of 45 speakers, 18 supported parks and recreation funding.

County Administrator Bob Lee’s proposed $70.9-million budget includes $558,000 for parks and recreation, a decrease of 31 percent from this year.

Sludge moratorium on board’s agenda

The board of supervisors Tuesday will consider a moratorium on spreading treated sewerage sludge as fertilizer in Fauquier County.

Supervisor Wilbur Burton (Cedar Run District) put the item on the agenda after one of his constituents complained.

Ed Gulick, Burton’s former campaign manager, found sludge in Cedar Run. Gulick traced the material up the stream, where sludge had been spread on someone’s property. Heavy rains had washed the material downstream.

“Nobody is monitoring the spread of sludge,” Burton said. “I think we should have a moratorium until we can get somebody to monitor it.”

Five percent here speak little English

Nearly 5 percent of Fauquier’s residents speak a language other than English at home.

And, of those 2,175 people, half claim they can’t speak English very well at all, according to the 1990 Census.

In Fauquier, 628 people speak Spanish, while 307 residents speak an Asian or Pacific Island language.

Orioles promote FHS grad to Frederick Keys

The Baltimore Orioles have promoted Steve Godin, a 1987 Fauquier High School graduate, to play for the Frederick Keys, a Class A Carolina League team, this summer.

In his third professional season, Godin played last year in Salem. The 23-year-old played three years on scholarship at East Carolina University.
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