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March 3, 2011
Firefighters were called to a house fire at about 1 p.m. today in the 29300 block of National Pike (U.S. 40) in Allegany County, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said. Further details were not immediately available.
October 30, 2005
WILLIAMSPORT - Automated Office Equipment Inc., a full service office equipment company, has acquired Standard Office Equipment Inc. in LaVale, Md. Standard Office Equipment has served businesses in Allegany County and the surrounding areas for more than 25 years. "We are pleased to add the Standard customers, employees and markets to our existing business," Chris Bennett, sales manager and co-owner of Automated Office Equipment (AOE), said in a prepared release. "This acquisition is consistent with our goals for meeting growth objectives.
by JACK HILL III | December 9, 2002
HALFWAY - The Allegany County Junior Football League all-stars won the first Super Bowl against Washington County's all-stars, taking an early lead and held off a comeback attempt to pull out a 16-8 victory. Washington County Junior Football League vice-president Don Davis didn't mind the result much. It was the game itself that thrilled him. "It took me three-and-a-half years to organize this game," Davis said. "We are trying to build up this junior football league. This junior football league can help keep these young kids out of trouble.
December 25, 2009
Hazardous driving conditions prompted authorities to place a snow emergency plan into effect Friday for Allegany County, a press release from the Maryland State Police said. When an emergency plan is in effect, all vehicles operating on designated Snow Emergency Routes are required to have chains, snow tires or all-season radial tires, police said. Any vehicle parked on a Snow Emergency Route when an emergency plan is in effect is subject to being towed. The plan went into effect at 10 a.m.
By ERIN JULIUS | November 4, 2008
Maryland State Police were awaiting information to determine whether a Monday morning vehicle accident caused the death of a 71-year-old Allegany County, Md., man or if he experienced a medical problem before the dump truck he was driving overturned on an interstate ramp. Alvin Dale Clise, 71, of Midland, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported at 8:35 a.m., troopers said. The dump truck was hauling coal eastbound on Interstate 70 and was going onto the ramp to southbound Interstate 81 when Clise lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, troopers said.
by E.T. MOORE | June 30, 2004
RAWLINGS, Md. (AP) - American Woodmark Corp., the nation's third-largest maker of kitchen cabinets, said Tuesday it will build a manufacturing plant in Allegany County, creating 500 jobs over the next five years. It's the biggest job-creation project in decades in Allegany County, a pocket of high unemployment stemming from the loss of thousands of manufacturing and coal-mining jobs since the 1960s. "It's been so long, it's almost unreal," County Commissioner Robert M. Hutcheson said.
By JULIE E. GREENE | November 29, 2009
o Obituary BOONSBORO -- A Boonsboro man on a hunting trip in Allegany County, Md., was found dead at Green Ridge State Forest on Saturday morning, a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokesman said Sunday. Robert "Scotty" Scott Miner, 72, of Mapleville near Boonsboro, went to the same spot to hunt for 30 years, said his grandson, Ryan Miner of Hagerstown. Scotty Miner was a member since childhood of Green Ridge Sportsmen Club, of which his father was a founding member.
September 30, 2008
The National Park Service is seeking information regarding vandalism, theft, and a fire that occurred on Sept. 19 at Locks 74 and 75 within the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park located off PPG Road near Cumberland, Md. Vandals broke into the historic lockhouse, caused extensive damage to the building, stole artifacts, and set a portable toilet located in the parking lot on fire, the Park Service said in an e-mailed release....
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | April 5, 2012
A bill aimed at settling a Western Maryland school-attendance dispute has died with an odd legacy. Even with 22 of the 23 members of the House Ways and Means Committee co-sponsoring the bill, it failed to advance from the committee, a preliminary step toward success. The bill was one of two Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. pursued this year to let public school students from the Little Orleans area of Allegany County continue going to school in Hancock in Washington County. But, with only a few days left in the Maryland General Assembly's 2012 session before in adjourns Monday, that bill and a later one like it are likely to wither because of inaction.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | April 16, 2011
A couple of moms from Allegany County, Md., cried last week as they told the Washington County Board of Education how grateful they were their children were able to attend Washington County Public Schools and hoped the arrangement would continue. School officials in Allegany County are considering ending an agreement that allows children from the Little Orleans area, in eastern Allegany County, to attend Hancock Middle-Senior High School, in neighboring western Washington County, rather than go to school in the more distant Cumberland, Md. At least one of the 50 students attends Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown.
August 26, 2013
Gabrielle Cory of Leonardtown, Md., in St. Mary's County, was named Miss Maryland Agriculture during opening-night festivities at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. Sponsored by the Maryland Farm Bureau and Maryland State Fair, the two-day competition culminated with an on-stage contest Friday.   Twenty-two county farm bureaus were represented during the annual event. Janai Heise represented Washington County and Beth Reed represented Frederick County, Md. Taking the top agriculture spokesperson title, Cory, 16, lives on a 20-acre farmstead dedicated to forest conservation and also has sheep, cattle and poultry housed on her grandmother's farm.
BY KAUSTUV BASU | | August 16, 2013
Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr.'s push for charter home-rule government stalled last month when the Washington County Board of Commissioners took no action on his request to appoint a board to draft a charter that would then be voted on by county residents next year. Myers, a Republican who represents part of Washington and Allegany counties, said he has no interest in organizing a petition drive to collect signatures from voters to put the issue on the ballot. Instead, Myers said earlier this month that he intends to keep the issue alive by endorsing candidates for county commissioner seats in the 2014 elections who would back a move to charter home rule.
July 28, 2013
Hancock man announces candidacy for House of Delegates Ray Givens, a Hancock Republican who is running for the House of Delegates in the 2014 elections from Subdistrict 1C - an area comprising portions of Washington and Allegany counties - formally announced his candidacy July 20 at events in Williamsport and Cumberland, Md. Givens said he stands for smaller government, less taxes and more job opportunities. “We are going to come out of the gates slow and progressively increase our effort,” Givens said about his campaign.
July 23, 2013
Commissioners hear call for rural representation Officials with the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition on Tuesday updated the Washington County Board of Commissioners on the group's annual activities. Chairman Michael McKay, president of the Allegany County commissioners, said the coalition represents 10 jurisdictions, including Washington County, and nearly one million people. The goal of the group is not to compete against other municipal organizations, but to bring an increased rural representation and awareness to state lawmakers in Annapolis, McKay said.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | June 19, 2013
Del. LeRoy Myers said that having a charter home-rule form of government would enable Washington County to take care of business day to day instead of relying on a 90-day annual session of the Maryland General Assembly. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, kicked off a discussion on the subject with a breakfast meeting Wednesday attended by the Washington County Board of Commissioners, members of the county legislative delegation, experts and interested residents. The county's current commissioner form of government requires it to depend on the Maryland General Assembly for certain types of legislation that under charter home rule could be handled at the local level.
April 30, 2013
Willie Ray Wolfe, 54, of Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, April 29, 2013, at his home. Born Oct. 29, 1958, in Allegany County, Md., he was the son of the late James Thomas and Lucy Belle Lewis Wolfe. He is survived by his fiancée, Linda Maphis; one son; three sisters; two brothers; his extended family, Loretta Webber, David and Tina Maphis, Brenda Wingfield, Carolyn Maphis and Don Yingling; several nieces and nephews; a great-niece, Emma; and a great-nephew, Kaden. He was preceded in death by one brother.  Graveside services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Keedysville, Md. The Rev. Robert E. Shatzer will officiate.  There will be no viewing.
By DON AINES | | April 29, 2013
A Hagerstown man will be sentenced this summer following his guilty plea in Washington County Circuit Court on Monday to charges of assaulting and exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl. Devon Naeem Davis, 22, of 317 S. Potomac St., pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and indecent exposure in exchange for the dismissal of other charges, including sex abuse of a minor and second- and third-degree sex offenses. The two charges to which David pleaded guilty carry a maximum combined sentence of 13 years, but the state is seeking a time-served sentence, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson told Judge Dana Moylan Wright.
April 18, 2013
A Hagerstown man was resentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II. Robert John Summerville III, 31, was resentenced to 10 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, according to the release. Summerville entered a guilty plea on March 22, 2012, to one count of possession of a firearm on Nov. 7, 2010, in Jefferson County after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, according to the release.
March 5, 2013
More than 100 students participated from area middle schools in the annual MathCounts Competition on Feb. 23 at E. Russell Hicks Middle School in Hagerstown. The students were from Washington and Allegany county middle schools. This year, two teams and 16 individuals advanced to the state competition, which will be Saturday, March 16, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Every year, the local competition is sponsored by donations from the Hagerstown Chapter of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers.
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