Blast from the Past

January 12, 2000

Week of Jan. 9, 1950

Acting Police Chief Jesse B. Brown wants the parents of boys who received air rifles for Christmas to do something about the indiscriminate shooting of the guns around the community. He said complaints of BB guns are nothing new. Every year for a few weeks after Christmas the same problem arises.

Clear Spring's newly elected officials last night voted for a generous discount to taxpayers who pay up promptly. The town's tax rate will remain at 50 cents per hundred dollars of assessed valuation. Those who pay it this month will get a 25 percent discount.

Someone is horning in on the city garbage collector. City police have been asked to keep a check on garbage thieves, particularly in the West End section.


Councilman Jack Hellane said only the best garbage is taken, and the thieves, when lifting the lids to examine the garbage, do not bother to replace the lids if they decide the garbage is not satisfactory.

Week of Jan. 9, 1975

The five County Commissioners met face-to-face with the local media Tuesday night in the first of their planned monthly televised press conferences on Antietam Cable TV.

The beginning salary for teachers with bachelor's degrees in Washington County - $7,500 - is at the bottom of the barrel, and the beginning wage for teachers with master's degrees - $8,200 - is also in last place compared to the state's 23 other school districts.

It wasn't a distress call or an unpatriotic gesture - it was just a mistake that the American flag outside Emma K. Doub School was flying upside down this morning. A school secretary said officials had just noticed the error, made by a custodian, and were going to correct it.

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