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Blast from the Past 8/4

August 04, 1999

Week of Aug. 1, 1949




The Mayor and Council of Sharpsburg are putting a stop once and for all to teenagers who like to drive up and down the town's main street in the wee small hours with the cut-outs of their cars and motorcycles wide open. Town officials have declared themselves fed up with the youngsters who apparently never sleep and seem to be always supplied with money for gasoline.




Hagerstown insurance agents reported today they are swamped with applications for a new low-cost policy insuring families against expenses incurred in connection with polio. The insurance offer follows reports that polio cases are up sharply and nearing all-time records.




A recent tabulation of registered voters in the county show no one listed as a Communist. Today there are 17 Socialists of record, five Prohibitionists, and one Unionist.

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Week of Aug. 1, 1974




The McCrory's Store at 52 W. Washington St. was destroyed by fire of unknown origin last night. City officials today estimated the value of the building at $295,000. The store also contained a $350,000 inventory.




Rock music concerts in Hagerstown City Park will still be allowed but must be kept within a two-hour limit, Hagerstown officials decided Thursday. A fracas in which 25 people were arrested at a concert last Saturday led city officials to consider banning future concerts.




The oldest continuous county fair in Maryland, the 120th edition of the Great Hagerstown Fair, opens today for a week's stand at Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

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