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News | By JOSHUA BOWMAN | October 4, 2007
LEITERSBURG - For the past 29 years, the Leitersburg Haunted House has thrilled and terrified visitors. The event has grown from a basement production on a shoestring budget to a six-act show and maze that sells more than 1,000 tickets per night. But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. This month, the Leitersburg Haunted House will cap its 30th consecutive year by closing its doors for good. Kelly Eakle, one of the haunted house's organizers, said the decision to close was a hard one. "We've been more successful than we ever dreamed we would be. But 30 years is a long time to run something like this.
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by TIM KOELBLE | October 21, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Fort Hill threw the house at Martinsburg and the No. 1 Bulldogs showed their mettle on the way to a 26-14 victory, knocking the Sentinels from the ranks of the unbeaten on Friday night. In taking over first place in the Cumberland Valley Athletic League, Martinsburg (7-1, 2-0) combined a bend-but-not-break defense with big individual plays to take down the Sentinels (6-1, 3-1). Fort Hill ran 65 plays and had 370 total yards compared to 46 plays and 276 yards for the Bulldogs.
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December 12, 2011
Poinsettias were introduced into the United States almost 200 years ago by Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. They were given the common name poinsettia in his honor.   Over time, poinsettias have become the best-selling flowering potted plants in the U.S.  They are tidy attractive plants with clusters of several colored leaves, or bracts. Bracts are typically red, pink or cream and are often mistaken as part of the flower. However, actual poinsettia flowers are small and yellowish green; they are located within the bract clusters.
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By MARLO BARNHART | March 25, 1999
Matthew Ross Himelright was sentenced Tuesday morning to serve 25 years in prison for an armed carjacking last spring that began in Hagerstown and ended in the mountains of North Carolina. "This could have been a murder," said Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone, who heard from the victim, Philip James Bean, and Bean's mother. Himelright's Feb. 25 trial was halted when he entered an Alford plea to armed carjacking, a crime that carries a maximum 30-year sentence.
NEWS
June 2, 2010
DEC. 29, 1939-MAY 27, 2010 CUMBERLAND, Md. - Nancy Lee Klosterman, 70, formerly of LaVale, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, May 27, 2010, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born Dec. 29, 1939, in Eckhart, Md., she was the daughter of the late Leroy and Patricia (McCormick) Michaels. Nancy also was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Kenneth E. Klosterman Sr., and her sister, Alice Turner. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1958 and attended Catherman's Business School.
NEWS
March 24, 2013
What are the regulations in Maryland for obtaining historic tags for your car or truck? Once you get the historic registration, are there restrictions for how you are allowed to use the vehicle? The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration website at www.mva.maryland.gov provides the following information about historic registration: To qualify for historic registration, your vehicle must not have been substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from its original design; must be a passenger vehicle, motorcycle or truck (with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less)
NEWS
October 29, 2012
Editor's note: As part of its ongoing coverage for next Tuesday's general election, The Herald-Mail asked the five candidates seeking three open Jefferson County magistrate positions the following questions: Question 1: What is your legal experience and/or other qualifications for the position? Question 2: Why are you the right choice for magistrate in your county? Question 3: What are the key qualities and components of a good magistrate? Candidates were limited to 50 words for the responses to questions two and three.
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By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | October 30, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Only a handful of people were in the Berkeley County Circuit Courtroom at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, when the buzzer sounded indicating jurors had reached a verdict in the trial of Michael Newell for the murder of his 7-year-old niece, Jessica Newell. By the time the verdict - guilty of felony murder without recommendation of mercy - was read just before 10 a.m., the courtroom was close to full, with more than a dozen police officers posted around the spectator area.
NEWS
November 13, 2012
Families wishing to apply to receive gifts for their children this holiday season can register with Chambersburg's Marine Toys for Tots Foundation from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Registration will be held at the Marine Corps League at 450 Grant St., according to a news release. Several events have been planned to help generate support for the mission. An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be held at the Marine Corps League from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. Special activities are also scheduled at M&S Harley-Davidson, 160 Falling Spring Rd, and Your Barber Shop, 512 Lincoln Way East.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | May 12, 2013
It began with piece of junk mail. Because you were busy, you tossed it on a table, and moved on to other, more important things in your life. But the next day, a magazine and a store catalog landed there, plus several birthday cards from friends and a week's worth of newspapers. Every time you passed by, you considered sorting through the items and discarding what you didn't need. Instead, you continued adding to the pile, telling yourself you'd get around to straightening things up as soon as you had some free time.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 2, 2012
A Boonsboro man convicted in March of sexually abusing a preteen girl several years ago was sentenced recently in Washington County Circuit Court to 15 years in state prison. A jury had convicted Gerald Wayne Hubbard, 69, formerly of 20726 Park Hall Road, of sex abuse of a minor and second- and third-degree sex offenses. On Friday, Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Hubbard to 35 years in prison, suspending 20 years. Beachley ordered that Hubbard register as a sex offender and that he be placed on five years' probation following his release, court records said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 12, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A drinking fountain given to the City of Martinsburg in 1902 to improve the town square will be repaired after a vehicle crashed into it last month along West Stephen Street, City Manager Mark Baldwin said this week. "We're getting quotes to fix it," Baldwin said. The Nov. 13 accident at the intersection of West Stephen Street and Virginia and Faulkner avenues dismantled the polished dark granite ball from the monument's crown and the square blocks of engraved granite beneath it. The base of the fountain was moved but remains upright.
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By JOSEPH BERGER | November 13, 2007
A visit to Statton Furniture Manufacturing Company's historic factory at 504 E. First St. in Hagerstown's South End provides a rare opportunity to observe skilled craftsmen using traditional hand tools and modern woodworking machinery to create the finest reproductions and adaptations of Early American masterpieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. As you walk across the well-worn wooden floors, you might see in production a large conference table and set of chairs, tall cabinets and bookshelves for an executive suite, and many elegant accent and occasional pieces for the bedroom, dining room, and home office.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | April 10, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com The wife of a man who died in 2001 after fencing materials fell on him has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the planing mill where the man was fatally injured. Max A. Fogle, who was 51, had gone to the Hicksville Planing Mill at 14464 Hicksville Road near Clear Spring early on July 3, 2001, to pick up several wooden fence sections, according to police accounts at the time. As Fogle, who lived in Hagerstown, was loading the fence sections into a truck, eight pieces that had been leaning against a wall fell on him, police said.
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