In the newsroom, Pepper Ballard has been named Sunday reporter. Ballard worked for The Herald-Mail as a summer newsroom intern in 2000, then was hired in 2002 as a part-time community reporter. She moved into a full-time capacity, as education reporter later that year, and most recently covered cops and courts.
She is a graduate of North Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown Community College and Hood College.
On the part-time front, John O'Brien has joined the Sports Department as a stringer. A graduate of Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School, he previously worked for Prettyman Broadcasting, Anchor Industries, The (Martinsburg) Journal and 1871 Media in Charleston, W.Va.
Kitty Ramsey has joined the Packaging & Distribution Department as an inserter.
Celebrating milestone anniversaries with the company in February are: Kate Coleman, part-time features reporter, 15 years; and Leon Brumback, a part-time member of the security staff, five years.
James King has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate in the Hagerstown office.
He is licensed in Maryland.
Travis Bloom has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate in the Hagerstown office.
Louise Galligan was recognized as the Top Sales Associate by Settled Volume and as the Top Sales Associate by Settled Units for December 2006.
Cynthia Moler was the Top Listing Sales Associate by Volume, the Top Listing Sales Associate by Units, the Top Selling Sales Associate by Volume and the Top Selling Sales Associate by Units for December.
William H. Gordon Associates Inc.
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Mark A. Dyck, CLA, has been named a principal of William H. Gordon Associates Inc., an engineering firm in the Washington metropolitan area.
Dyck, of Jefferson County, W.Va., is director of WHGA's Charles Town office. Dyck graduated from the University of Manitoba in Canada in 1991 with a B.E.S. degree in environmental studies, and has more than 15 years of experience in master planning, urban design, and landscape architecture.
Ed H. Lough, LUTCF, CLTC, of Northwestern Mutual in Hagerstown, has been certified in long-term care. The program is independent of the insurance industry and focuses on providing insurance professionals with the tools they need to meet their clients' long-term care needs.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Don Giffin was the top producer in Mlend's Chambersburg office in December.
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Michele Payton was the top producer at Mlend's Shepherdstown office in December.
Three area Edward Jones associates have accepted limited partnership offerings in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial-services firm.
Peter Walters, investment representative in Waynesboro, Pa., and investment representative Joan Bowers and branch office administrator Lisa Melcher, of the Hagerstown office, have accepted the offerings.
Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Paul Gunder and Darrell Morgan were recognized by the Waynesboro office of Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA for their preformances in December.
Gunder, a licensed sales professional since 1979, is licensed to sell and list in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Morgan is a member of Pen Mar Regional Association of Realtors, MRIS and the National Association of Realtors.
Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Betty Crumrine was recognized as the Agent of the Month for December in the Greencastle office of Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA.
Crumrine, of Greencastle, is licensed in Pennsylvania. She has been selling real estate for more than nine years.