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News | By DAN DEARTH and dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | October 23, 2012
The rest stop off Interstate 70 near Myersville, Md., has been renovated since two of this century's most notorious serial killers were captured there 10 years ago Wednesday. Retired Maryland State Trooper 1st Class D. Wayne Smith said the parking area is bigger and larger buildings have been constructed to replace the former welcome center. Despite the changes, Smith said he remembers where the Chevrolet Caprice with New Jersey tags was parked. The car was used by Beltway snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, whose shooting spree terrorized the Washington, D.C., area for 21 days in 2002.
LIFESTYLE
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | tiffanya@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2010
Chalky, gritty, funny-shaped candies of old are Susan Benjamin's windows into history. And history never tasted so sweet. "Put this in your mouth and close your eyes," said Benjamin, an author, former journalist and, more recently, a candy researcher. "Now imagine you're very cold and you're fighting in the Civil War. You're in a ditch somewhere. This is what you may have been eating when you felt bad or needed some energy. That's the real flavor. " "How often do you get that?"
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | October 7, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com Be real. That's the best advice for winning a school election. It worked for Adam Hockensmith, who won his run for president of the Student Government Association at South Hagerstown High School this year. Adam narrowly beat fellow senior Trang Phan for the position - and he did it by being sincere, upbeat, funny and confident, he says. "I just tried to be myself, to be positive, and not to have a fake niceness about me," says Adam, 16, of Hagerstown.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 9, 2011
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. " - George Santayana History never actually repeats itself, as each incident is unique, but events like the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks set the table for decisions and actions that can be examined a decade later to learn what did and did not work. "We learned that our traditional defense of 3,000-plus miles of ocean is no longer a barrier," Thomas G. Clemens, a professor of history at Hagerstown Community College, wrote in an email.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | August 24, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com Red, yellow, orange or pink? Heirloom or hybrid? Does the skin color or breeding of a tomato really indicate whether it's less acidic and does it matter? It's generally assumed that orange or yellow tomatoes are going to be lower in acid than red tomatoes, but that's not necessarily true, says Jon Traunfeld, regional specialist in fruits and vegetables with the Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center in Ellicott City, Md. Some yellow varieties are high-acid and some red are low, local experts say. For example, Jetstar, a red tomato, is low-acid, says Steve Bogash, regional horticulture educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension in Franklin County, Pa. Seed catalogs usually note whether a tomato cultivar or variety is low-acid, but people shopping locally for low-acid tomatoes might be pressed to find somebody at a produce stand who knows for a fact whether their tomato is low-acid, Bogash says.
NEWS
By DON AINES | July 13, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man was given a suspended sentence Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to stealing more than $30,000 from Wright-Gardner Insurance Inc. while working as an insurance salesman. Chad Michael Brashears, 27, of 18323 Roy Croft Drive, Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft scheme of more than $500 and received a five-year suspended sentence from Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Brashears also was ordered to spend three years on probation, with the first year supervised.
NEWS
BY Christine L. Moats | April 1, 2002
Q: What can I do to prepare for my first doctor's visit without one of my parents? A: To be prepared, do the following: Bring your medical records or have them transferred from your previous doctor's office. Bring your insurance card with you to your visit. Arrive early for your first visit as you will most likely have to fill out paperwork. If you haven't been feeling well, make a list of the symptoms you've been experiencing to share with your doctor. Write down any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with the doctor.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | April 10, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com The wife of a man who died in 2001 after fencing materials fell on him has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the planing mill where the man was fatally injured. Max A. Fogle, who was 51, had gone to the Hicksville Planing Mill at 14464 Hicksville Road near Clear Spring early on July 3, 2001, to pick up several wooden fence sections, according to police accounts at the time. As Fogle, who lived in Hagerstown, was loading the fence sections into a truck, eight pieces that had been leaning against a wall fell on him, police said.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | October 23, 2012
Washington County's newly revised animal control ordinance includes a leash law. The Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance on Tuesday, more than three months after holding a public hearing. The new ordinance also defines “excessive noise” by an animal. The leash law adds a new layer to the county's requirement that animals can't roam “at large.” The new version of the ordinance says “every Dog must, when off the property of its Owner, be restrained by a leash.” Even before the leash law, though, the county already required animals to be “under the immediate control, charge, or possession of the Owner or other responsible person capable of physically restraining the animal.” Before passing the new version, the county commissioners discussed finer points of the law and whether it could be improved further.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
Poinsettias were introduced into the United States almost 200 years ago by Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. They were given the common name poinsettia in his honor.   Over time, poinsettias have become the best-selling flowering potted plants in the U.S.  They are tidy attractive plants with clusters of several colored leaves, or bracts. Bracts are typically red, pink or cream and are often mistaken as part of the flower. However, actual poinsettia flowers are small and yellowish green; they are located within the bract clusters.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | April 1, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com BOONSBORO - An anti-smoking public service announcement written by three local students was to begin airing on radio stations across Maryland on Wednesday but it had already convinced the parents of two of the students to quit smoking. The ad, titled "Going into Town," was written by Dana Mills, 15, Amanda Eisel, 16, and Jessica Grim, 15, all sophomores at Boonsboro High School. The ad script was a winner in a contest sponsored by Maryland - Smoking Stops Here and Maryland Teens Rejecting Abusive Smoking Habits, or TRASH.
NEWS
By TARA REILLY | September 4, 2005
Steve Whiteman, lead singer of KIX, recently talked about the band's history, why the group broke up and why there's no chance of the guys getting back together permanently. Herald-Mail reporter Tara Reilly interviewed him Aug. 26 at his home in Halfway. Whiteman joined KIX in 1978. The band dissolved in 1996. Original KIX members, besides Whiteman, were Ronnie Younkins (guitar), Jimmy Chalfant (drums), Brian Forsythe (guitar) and Donnie Purnell (bass). Whiteman, Younkins, Chalfant, Forsythe and Mark Schenker will play as KIX Sept.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2012
Feeling horrified and numb, a steady stream of friends of Williamsport High School seniors Brendon Edward Colliflower and Samantha Rae Kelly turned out at the spot along Rench Road on Sunday afternoon where the two sports standouts were killed in an accident the night before. Colliflower, a pitcher on this year's Williamsport High School baseball team, and Kelly, a tennis and volleyball athlete at the school, had been to the high school's prom at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Saturday night.
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