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Lightner files for Orphans' Court

July 09, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Bill Lightner, a Republican, filed Monday for a judgeship on the Washington County Orphans' Court.

"I figured I've given a lot to the community with my work with youngsters," said the 74-year-old former sports official and referee.

Lightner said that although he is a novice in politics he is eager to learn what the job entails.

"I have settled two estates for family members and I found it to be a very interesting process," Lightner said.

Lightner' said his grandfather, John F. Uhler, was a judge of the orphans' court.

A retired salesman, Lightner and his wife, Etta Belle, live at 1006 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. They have no children.

The job pays $6,000 a year.

Judges of the orphans' court meet two days a week to probate wills, settle disputes over estates and appoint administrators and guardians.

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Since three Republicans and three Democrats have filed for the three judgeships, the Sept. 15 primary will be uncontested.

All six candidates will vie for the three seats in the Nov. 3 election.

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