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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | October 30, 2012
A number of county roads were closed by flooding or downed wires or trees late Monday and early Tuesday. By Tuesday afternoon, county officials said all state routes had been reopened, although some county roads remained closed. Water from Antietam Creek spilled across a stretch of Burnside Bridge Road, closing it to traffic at Churchey Road Tuesday Morning. In Sharpsburg, Antietam Creek was at 9.5 feet Tuesday afternoon, according to the Weather Service. Flood stage there is 8 feet.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 30, 2012
As the sun came up over Franklin County on Tuesday, residents started assessing damage, clearing debris and pumping basements. Friends Zach Miller and Daniel Foster, both 15, decided to look on the bright side of the aftereffects of former Hurricane Sandy. The teens grabbed fishing poles and went in search of trout and bass. “We thought it'd be perfect fishing weather, but we thought wrong,” Zach said, saying they didn't catch anything. Cheryl Deal chose to look at flooding in her Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., yard and home with a positive attitude.
OBITUARIES
October 16, 2012
Bernard W. Hammaker, 95, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, retired, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Ravenwood Nursing Care Center, Hagerstown, Md. Born May 14, 1917 in Funkstown, Md., he was the son of the late William E. and Mary Ball Hammaker. Bern was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and Columbia  Business School in Maryland, and graduated from Baylor University in Texas in 1949. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941, and served proudly until receiving an honorable discharge in 1970. His army career began at Camp Lee, Va., and was followed by U.S. assignments at Barksdale Field, La., Camp Polk, La., Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Pickett, Va., Fort Sam Houston, Texas,  Fitzsimons Army Hospital, Colo., Fort Jay, N.Y., Fort McClellan, Ala., and Fort Myer, Va. His foreign assignments were in the Philippines, Iran, Germany, and Vietnam.
NEWS
October 11, 2012
The Antietam Creek yielded boatloads of trash to more than 75 volunteers during the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance's seventh annual Rubbish Roundup on Sept. 22. Volunteers in canoes and kayaks, along with streamside walkers, filled a dump truck with metal and stuffed 51 large trash bags with miscellaneous junk. The volunteers filled seven more bags with glass and plastic bottles, two bags with cast-off foam containers and one with aluminum cans. Highlights included 58 tires; seven traffic cones; four shopping carts; three, 20-pound propane tanks; and a 275-gallon fuel oil tank.
NEWS
September 20, 2012
The Washington County Division of Public Works' Engineering and Construction Department will host a community information meeting to discuss the rehabilitation of the Old Forge Road bridge over Antietam Creek. The meeting will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Old Forge Elementary School at 21615 Old Forge Road in Hagerstown. The purpose of the meeting is to present the need for the project, discuss the bridge rehabilitation process, explain the proposed road closure and temporary detour that will be required, and to answer questions, according to a county news release.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 16, 2012
After Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson spoke to a large crowd about the Battle of Antietam for about 45 minutes Sunday night, Ed Bearss approached the podium and jokingly thanked his longtime friend for his “preliminary remarks” about Antietam. Bearss' comment elicited loud laughter from the audience of approximately 500 who came to the tent outside Antietam National Battlefield's visitors center Sunday night to hear two of the most renowned Civil War historians.
LIFESTYLE
September 14, 2012
The Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance invites all who care about clean water to join the seventh annual Antietam Creek Rubbish Round-Up on Saturday, Sept. 22. The cleanup starts with registration at 9 a.m. at American Legion Post 211, 12 N. Westside Ave. in Funkstown. For more information, visit ACWA's Facebook page or go to www.acwamaryland.org .
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
Editor's note: It has been 150 years since the Civil War moved into Washington County and North and South met Sept. 17, 1862, on a battlefield along Antietam Creek. The following story is part of a package of stories that look back at the Battle of Antietam and the Civil War's impact on Washington County, Md., and the surrounding area. Seeking an opportunity to strike north of the Mason-Dixon line and seize provisions for his famished troops, Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia forded the Potomac River into Maryland on Sept.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
Editor's note: It has been 150 years since the Civil War moved into Washington County and North and South met Sept. 17, 1862, on a battlefield along Antietam Creek. The following story is part of a package of stories that look back at the Battle of Antietam and the Civil War's impact on Washington County, Md., and the surrounding area.   The merchants in downtown Hagerstown fled and farmers in Sharpsburg secured their operations as best they could. Some farmers went to stay with family members while others huddled in churches, caves and cellars.
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