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News | By DENNIS SHAW | September 5, 2007
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of profiles of area residents who share the stories of their lives and experiences. SMITHSBURG - Although she lived 52 of her 88 years in Cavetown and Smithsburg, Virginia Shaver Harshman feels she scarcely knows the place anymore. But from 1923 until 1998, she was a part of the area's history. The only child of J. Clyde Shaver and Luella M. Eyler Shaver, Harshman was born in 1919 in Thurmont, Md., where her father ran a canning factory.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 23, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Peggy Ann Bradnick stepped down from the school bus one spring day in 1966 and her life changed forever. William Diller Hollenbaugh, a former mental patient whom residents in Bradnick's hometown of Shade Gap, Pa., called Bicycle Pete, rushed the bus and abducted the 17-year-old. The incident led to an eight-day manhunt through the mountains of Pennsylvania that left Hollenbaugh and an FBI agent dead. A deputy sheriff was severely wounded. That abducted teenager, now 62-year-old Peggy Ann Bradnick Jackson, went to the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown on Friday to share her story with about 75 inmates.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2011
To Nick Adenhart, Municipal Stadium was like Disneyland. Adenhart pitched in many places during his brief Major League Baseball career, including Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Nothing beat Hagerstown's old ballpark. "This was one of his favorite places," said Janet Gigeous, Adenhart's mother. "He loved coming here for games. He had his favorite place to sit behind the radar guns to watch the pitchers. It helped him when he played here. " Now, Adenhart is a permanent fixture at one of the places he called home.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | June 12, 2007
An Inwood, W.Va., woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to stealing nearly $800,000 from a Hagerstown nonprofit organization where she worked, causing a Washington County Circuit judge to wonder aloud where the money went and why the woman had free rein over the company's finances. Kelley Boyd Macher, 45, of 79 Minnick Road in Inwood, pleaded guilty to one count of theft scheme over $500. Several other charges were dropped. Macher must pay at least some restitution to Potomac Case Management Services Inc., Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright said.
NEWS
By ANGELICA ROBERTS | June 30, 2008
Editor's note: The following story about the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army Base is one in an occasional series of stories about some of the treasures of Washington County's past. CASCADE - What was to become Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade started out as the Buena Vista Ice Co., became a National Guard camp and then was taken over by the U.S. Army to train soldiers in military intelligence and psychological warfare during World War II. It wound up its military years as a command center for Site R, a government installation known locally as the Underground Pentagon, built under Raven Rock Mountain in neighboring Pennsylvania.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | July 22, 2009
Carolyn Etzler's Wacky Cake received its first blue ribbon in the late 1960s when Etzler, then a teenager, entered it in the Frederick County, Md., 4-H cake contest. The Wacky Cake has won first place almost a dozen times since then, including taking the prizes for open-class cake champ and open-class grand champion of baked goods at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair last Friday. Kaitlyn Corbett's orange nut butter cake won grand champion of cakes for 4-H members. This was the third time Kaitlyn's cake won at Ag Expo.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | June 12, 2010
HALFWAY -- Time marches on, even when you're dealing with loss. The heartache slowly heals, the tears begin to dry and one day follows the next. But the memories often remain untouched. That was the case Saturday morning, as hundreds of people gathered at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park to honor Nick Adenhart. The Williamsport High School graduate made his family and community proud, pitching his way to the major leagues with a lightning arm. But his promising career with the Los Angeles Angels was cut short when he lost his life in a car accident.
SPORTS
July 15, 2011
9-10 State Tournament at Brunswick Little League Saturday, July 16 Game 1: South Caroline 8, Elkton 4 Game 2: South Maryland 12,. Capitol City 5 Game 3: Berlin 10, Sharpsburg 7 Game 4: Hughesville 22, Four County 0 Sunday, July 17 Game 5: Elkton 20, Capitol City 14 Game 6: Four County 12, Sharpsburg 9 Game 7: South Caroline 11, South Maryland 1 Game 8: Berlin 12, Hughesville 3 ...
LIFESTYLE
By PAT SCHOOLEY | Special to The Herald-Mail | December 9, 2011
This is the 190th in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County. See a slideshow of more historic and modern photos at www.herald-mail.com/lifestyle.     The old house stands on a bluff above Md. 56 about a mile from Big Spring, commanding the view. A large chimney rises above the gambrel roof at the rear of the original section of the building. The chimney is built of dressed stones laid in regular courses and divided into three sections by two set backs.
NEWS
By PEPPER BALLARD | November 30, 1999
Jeffrey Rowland's body was found on Nov. 15, 2002. Ali Aubae Robinson was found dead on Oct. 21, 2004. Winnie Gelvin died on Jan. 13, 2005. All three deaths have been ruled homicides, and all three cases remain unsolved. But they have not gone cold. At this point, there are no solid clues that could help investigators make an arrest in any of the cases, said Lt. Mark Knight of the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the agency investigating the deaths. Knight, supervisor of the department's criminal investigations division, said investigators still get tips on the homicides, but none substantial enough to lead to an arrest.
NEWS
BY LAURA ERNDE | May 23, 2002
laurae@herald-mail.com Police raided a Hagerstown area massage parlor Tuesday, charging two employees with prostitution. Deputy Chris Weaver of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said the two-month investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected. Police started surveillance at Deanna's Massage Therapy and Wellness Center, 13508 Pennsylvania Ave., after receiving complaints that alleged the business was a haven for prostitution, Weaver said. Police got a search warrant and conducted a search Tuesday afternoon, he said.
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