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May 3, 2011
Authorities are investigating an attempted arson Monday at a home in the 11200 block of Gehr Road in Big Pool, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said Tuesday. The incident occurred at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, when someone allegedly burglarized a home at 11212 Gehr Road and put a flammable liquid in the kitchen in an attempt to ignite the vapors with the stove, according to a fire marshal¿s office press release. No one was injured, the release said.
NEWS
July 24, 2012
Maryland State Police were investigating an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a convenience store in Big Pool. The robbery at the Big Pool AC&T at 11079 Big Pool Road, off Exit 12 of Interstate 70, was reported at 12:34 a.m., state police said in a news release. A man wearing a yellow T-shirt and gray sweat pants, and who hid his face with a blue shirt or piece of cloth, entered the store, pointed a hunting rifle at the clerk and demanded money, according to the release. The robber took approximately $300, then fled the store on foot.
LIFESTYLE
April 22, 2011
Boxer dog found in Big Pool area Found - Boxer dog Where - Big Pool When - Thursday evening, April 21 Description - The black, adult dog is well-behaved, but was undernourished when it appeared at a home in Big Pool. It was not wearing a collar. Phone number - 301-491-5092.
NEWS
August 23, 2011
An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 near the near the Big Pool/Indian Springs exit (Exit 12) affected traffic for nearly an hour Tuesday morning. Police responded to the accident at 6:52 a.m., a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said.. The scene was cleared by 7:45 a.m.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
On July 1, Grant Spong became the new pastor of the Potomac Charge of the United Methodist Church, which includes Mount Carmel, St. Paul and Parkhead churches, all in Big Pool, Md. Most recently, Spong was pastor in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Spong has been a pastor in Germany and Australia. He is married to Jenny Gehr. They have four sons.  Spong has a master's degree in Quaker theology and is studying for a master's in divinity. He teaches from the Bible. In his spare time, he writes books and plays guitar.
NEWS
May 23, 2011
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has filed additional charges against a man in connection with a burglary earlier this month at a home in Big Pool. Temal David Stevenson, 30, address unknown, is charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, felony theft, possession of a controlled dangerous substance-marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and five counts of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
NEWS
June 22, 2011
Police responded to two accidents between 11:30 a.m. and noon Wednesday on Interstate 70 in Washington County, a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said. Nobody was injured and traffic was not affected in either accident, according to authorities. The first accident was reported at 11:34 a.m., according to the supervisor. A vehicle hit a deer on eastbound I-70 eastbound at Hancock. Maryland State Police handled the incident, and the scene was cleared at 1:07 p.m. Two tractor-trailers collided on westbound I-70 near the Md. 56 exit (Exit 12)
NEWS
by ADAM BEHSUDI | July 11, 2005
BIG POOL Editor's note: This is the fourth story in a summer series examining the histories of local communities in Washington County. Next week: Cascade. adamb@herald-mail.com Helen "Dolly" Weaver remembers the day in 1923 when the C&O Canal closed. Her father, a boat driver, had his mules hooked up, ready to take his barge to Cumberland, Md. Their neighbor, one of the few who had a telephone at the time, told him the bad news just as he was about to depart.
NEWS
October 24, 2011
Birthdays Tuesday, Oct. 25 - Terry Harbaugh, Smithsburg, turns 51; Kelli Mills, Big Pool, turns 43; Logen Wilt, Greenbriar Road, Boonsboro, turns 15
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NEWS
September 9, 2013
Candidate deadlines, election announced The deadline to declare candidacy in the upcoming Clear Spring town elections is Monday, Oct. 7, town officials said Monday night. To be eligible, candidates must reside in Clear Spring for at least two years prior to running for office, be at least 21 years old, be a qualified voter and maintain residence throughout his or her term, Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said. The seats of Hose and council members Carol and Theodore Hovermale will be up for grabs in the Monday, Nov. 4 election.
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NEWS
September 3, 2013
Gray-striped cat lost in Big Pool area Lost - Gray-striped cat Where - The cat is missing from its home on National Pike in the Big Pool area When - The cat has been missing for about a week Description - The female cat is described as a gray-striped tiger cat. The 1 1/2-year-old cat has short hair. It has been spayed. It was not wearing a collar. It answers to the name Rosie. Phone number - If you have seen this cat, call 301-842-3738.
OBITUARIES
August 23, 2013
Crystal Lorraine Moats, 78, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Williamsport Retirement Village. Born Sunday, Nov. 4, 1934, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late William Randolph Maupin and the late Goldie N. Mills. She was a member of Harvest Baptist Church, and retired from the Williamsport Tannery in 1995. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Drury of Hancock, Md., Sandra Barnhart of Fayetteville, Pa., Kathy Jean Wilt of Hagerstown, Cheryl Juanita Miller of Williamsport, Md., and Linda Livering of Hagerstown; sons, Kenneth Hardy and Harvey Smith Jr., both of Hagerstown; one sister; four brothers; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
OBITUARIES
August 20, 2013
The Rev. Larry Edward Yost Sr., 67, of Hagerstown went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Born July 3, 1946, in Big Spring, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Raymond Yost and Rosie Viola Mills Yost.   Larry was the loving husband of Sandra (Sandy) A. Lynch Yost for 46 wonderful years. Larry was a 1964 graduate of Clear Spring High School. He was assistant pastor at Trinity Christian Church in Clear Spring for 25 years and attended Virginia Avenue Church of God in Hagerstown.
OBITUARIES
August 20, 2013
Robert W. “Bob” Clopper, 77, of Blue Mountain Estates in Smithsburg, Md., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born July 24, 1936, in Leitersburg, he was the son of the late Ernest L. “Mike” Clopper and Naomi Ellen (Warrenfeltz) Clopper. He attended Leitersburg-area schools and Mount Aetna Seventh-day Adventist School. He was employed for six years by the Hagerstown Shoe Factory, 26 years by Double-Day Book Binding Co. in Smithsburg and 10 years by the Washington County Board of Education before retiring in 1998.
OBITUARIES
August 13, 2013
Arthur Leonard Lucas, 86, of Hancock, Md., died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. Born April 10, 1927, in Warfordsburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Richard Lee and Margaret Elizabeth Hill Lucas, and the husband of Idella Vernedia Trail Lucas, who died Aug. 21, 2008. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. He retired in 1989 as a superintendent for Maryland State Park Service at Fort Frederick. He is survived by one son, Arthur Norty Lucas of Big Pool, Md.; six grandsons, Marty Adams, Randy Adams, Darren Lucas, Devin Lucas, Dereck Wollaston and Shane Wollaston; and two great-grandsons, Joshua and Trenton Lucas.
OBITUARIES
August 3, 2013
Alice Elizabeth Anderson Hofe, 86, of Big Pool, Md., passed peacefully at her home Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, surrounded by her family and caretaker. Born May 13, 1927, in Williamsport, Md., she was the daughter of the late Samuel I. Anderson and Grace Mae Warrenfeltz Anderson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde L. Hofe, in 2001. Alice was a lifetime member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsport, and served with Mary Martha Circle and the Altar Guild. She was a homemaker.
NEWS
August 2, 2013
Boonsboro Family Worship , Boonsboro, vacation Bible school on the theme “Kingdrom Rock Where Your kids Stand Strong for God.” Class is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, to Friday, Aug. 16. Call 301-988-0894. Grace Brethren Church , Waynesboro, Pa., vacation Bible school on the theme “Kingdom Chronicles - Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth.” For ages 3 to grade six. Class begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday, Aug. 9. To register, go to www.waynesborochurch.org or call 717-762-5826.
OBITUARIES
August 2, 2013
Richard Lee McPherson, 53, of 14428 Mercersburg Road in Clear Spring passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at his home. Born Feb. 2, 1960, in Washington County, he was the son of Darlene Reigel McPherson of Clear Spring and the late Richard Lee McPherson Sr., who died in 2009. Richard attended New Life Christian Ministries in Hagerstown and Clear Spring High School. He was the owner of RLM & Son Carpentry in Clear Spring. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on computers and taking photos of his grandchildren.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2013
Some regular users of the Western Maryland Rail Trail at Big Pool were surprised last week to see a sign asking users to pay a service charge of a dollar per person to use the popular trail. The sign, which went up July 8, had been taken down by Wednesday afternoon. Earlier that day, Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina acknowledged that the department had made a misstep in putting it up. But Del. LeRoy Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, said questions remain as to how the state Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, which oversees the Maryland Park Service, was able to begin charging a fee to use the trail without public hearings and informing area communities.
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