Blast from the past

January 10, 2007

Week of Jan. 7, 1957

The Hagerstown Police Department made 2,722 arrests for traffic violations last year, resulting in the collection of $54,423 in fines. The biggest single violation was speeding, with 903 arrests on that charge. The next biggest violation was failure to halt for stop signs, with 360 motorists arrested on that charge. There were more accidents in the city last year than during the previous year, but only one person was killed in a traffic accident in 1956, compared to five in 1955.

A 10 cents-per-ton increase in local coal prices was reported by coal dealers. Cause of the increase: Higher freight rates. The dealers explained that the cost of shipping coal here has gone up ten cents per ton, so this increase is being added to the retail price here.

Ted Mack, America's number one discoverer of amateur talent, has been contacted by members of the North Hagerstown High School Band Parents Association, and has been asked to send one of his talent scouts to the Band Parents' amateur show, to be held Jan. 23 at the school auditorium. No reply has been received yet, according to Paul Ridenour, publicity chairman for the Band Parents.


Week of Jan. 7, 1982

Bitter temperatures forced the closing of 10 area schools yesterday, and at least five in Washington County will be closed today because of heating problems. North and South high schools, Maugansville and Salem Avenue elementary schools, and Kemp Horn Vocation Center will be closed today. Yesterday's temperature, which ranged from a low of 2 below zero to a high of 12 degrees, caused disruption in several factories and offices as water pipes ruptured. Among those reporting flooded offices and work areas were Fairchild Industries, Angstrohm Precision, and Brandt Cabinet Works in Hagerstown.

Area citizens responded in large numbers to a special Red Cross appeal for blood to replenish supplies depleted by the jetliner and subway crashes in Washington, D.C. Close to 200 people visited the bloodmobile stationed at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, including about 50 who had to be turned away because equipment wasn't available to process them fast enough, an official said. Betty Jane Smith, a local Red Cross official, said the need for the blood became critical Wednesday after a jetliner crashed in Washington, killing at least 78 people and injuring several others. Compounding the problem was the derailing of a subway train that killed three and injured two dozen others.

Mack Trucks will lay off 30 more employees at its Hagerstown plant, company officials announced yesterday. Mack spokesman Don Miller said the reductions were the result of a continued slump in sales. Mack, with about 3,000 workers, is Washington County's largest employer.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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