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October 17, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

911 digital data program completed



A digital program to map 911 calls in Western Maryland has been finished, according to a presentation by GIS Manager Bud Gudmundson and Washington County Emergency Services Director John Latimer.

The program, which is in use now, allows dispatchers and responders to view aerial photos, topographic maps and other data for 911 calls received either by land line or cellular phones.

The project began in 2004 and encompasses Washington, Garrett and Allegany counties.

The Maryland Emergency Numbers System Board paid for the project's $2.7 million cost through telephone fees.

The photos divide Washington County into 1,700 different 200-acre squares that include roads, houses, fences, paved and wooded areas.




Fee hike approved for summer league



High school athletes who participate in Washington County's summer basketball league likely will pay more next year.

Washington County Recreation Director Jamie Dick asked the county commissioners Tuesday to approve a fee increase for the league to offset higher referee costs. The Washington County Basketball Officials Association has raised its fees from $45 to $50 per game.

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Dick asked the commissioners to approve a sliding scale for leagues that would vary based on how many teams a high school enters in the league.

Washington County schools registering one or two teams would pay $475 per team; three or four teams would cost $450; and five or more teams would cost $400 per team.

Out-of-county teams would pay $600.

Dick said 770 high school athletes participate in the league.

The commissioners voted to approve the increase.




Money approved for JFK security



The County Commissioners approved $2,500 Tuesday for security at the 45th annual JFK 50-mile ultramarathon Nov. 17.

The money will come from the hotel/motel tax fund and will go to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has matched the $2,500 for security at the event.

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