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Thursday, August 6, 2009

GOVERNMENT

Plan Would Save Golf Course, Serve Veterans

Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring) has proposed keeping the Sligo Creek Golf Course open by setting up a partnership with the Maryland Veterans Affairs Department to provide special access to military veterans and therapeutic golf for wounded service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ervin would pattern the operation on the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Washington state, which gives preference to military hospital inpatients, veterans and active-duty military personnel. The American Lake course is operated and maintained by an all-volunteer force and supported with revenue from annual passes, daily greens fees and a nonprofit fundraising organization.

Under Ervin's proposal, the Sligo course would remain open to the public.

The Montgomery County Revenue Authority, which operates the Sligo Creek course, plans to close it Oct. 1. The agency says it is too expensive to maintain. But County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said last week that he would ask the County Council to appropriate money to keep it open for at least a year.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

PUBLIC SAFETY

Homicide Victim Is Found in Park

A man found dead in the parking lot of an Oxon Hill park Monday was the victim of a homicide, Prince George's County police said.

A motorist in the parking lot of Southlawn Neighborhood Park, in the 600 block of Carson Avenue, discovered the body of Richard Langhorne Wilson III, 31, of Woodbridge, authorities said Tuesday.

Wilson had suffered trauma to the upper body, and the medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide, police said.


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