Washington county briefs

January 10, 2007|by TARA REILLY

Grant accepted to fight gang activity

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a $109,318 grant to help combat gang activity in the county.

The grant will pay for an officer with the Hagerstown Police Department to be assigned to a gang task force for a year and help develop strategies to prevent gang activity, according to information provided by the county.

Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said the City of Hagerstown also would be asked to approve the grant.

Cervical Health Month designated

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday named this month Cervical Health Month.

Commissioners President John F. Barr presented the proclamation to Washington County Health Department staff members on behalf of the commissioners.

The proclamation encourages women to be screened for cervical cancer.

"Women continue to develop cervical cancer in the United States at a rate of 12,000 to 14,000 new cases each year," the proclamation states.

Approximately 210 women in Maryland will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer in 2007, with about 75 dying from the disease, the proclamation states. Cervical cancer is nearly 100 percent curable if detected early, according to the proclamation.


Four reappointed to ag board

Four people were reappointed to the Agricultural Reconciliation Board Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

Donald Harding, Terry Karn, Marcia Watters and Jeff Semler were reappointed to second terms.

The purpose of the board is to "arbitrate and mediate" disputes involving agricultural operations on farmland and whether the operations are consistent with "Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices," according to information provided by the county.

Commissioner to serve second term

A Washington County Planning Commission member was reappointed Tuesday by the County Commissioners.

Terry Reiber will serve a second term. Planning commission terms are five years.

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