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August 25, 1999

Week of Aug. 22, 1949




The campaign against leaky garbage cans by City Sanitary Inspector L.P. Shenk will be delayed for a week or so until the city can get its own fences mended, so to speak, it was announced today following complaints that the city's garbage trucks are leaking garbage on the streets.




Hagerstown residents set a new record yesterday for having X-rays taken of their chests. With X-ray equipment stationed in Public Square, 776 persons received the free safeguard against tuberculosis. The X-ray equipment will make stops in Maugansville, Williamsport, Funkstown, Sharpsburg and Hancock this week.




Washington County residents paid an estimated average of $11.73 each in state sales tax during the 12 months that ended June 30. This county was fourth in the state, excluding Baltimore City, in sales tax payments during the fiscal year.

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Week of Aug. 22, 1974




A recent special state study commission concluded that Washington County's system of voter registration is a model of efficiency and order in comparison to other counties in the state.

Voters here register for all elections by taking a simple oath and signing a form.




Hancock's new Planning Commission met for the first time Wednesday night to hear what planning and zoning are all about.

"We are way behind and we just have to get started," said William Golden, a new town planner. Hancock was the last of the county's towns to appoint a planning group.




A request made by the Community Action Council for local gardeners to bring in their surplus produce has yielded 40 quarts of green beans, two bushels of potatoes and a large quantity of beets so far. Anyone who has produce to donate or anyone who needs produce is asked to call CAC.

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