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August 23, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town SMITHSBURG - About 120 people attended a rally Friday night for former Smithsburg Police Chief Tommy Bowers who was fired Aug. 13 by Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and the town council. "I'll tell you one thing. We're going to get that man back," said Jake Keller, 51, of Smithsburg, who has protested outside of town hall since the firing. Sherry Owen, who organized Friday night's rally at an auction house on Maple Avenue, said a candlelight march will be held tonight with protesters meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the baseball fields by the fire department and walking to Bowers' house.
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NEWS
April 22, 1998
Washington County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers on Tuesday proposed creating a Washington County Commission on Minority Affairs. Bowers said such a commission would look at minority issues from a countywide perspective, and could address everything from hiring practices to crime. Bowers made the suggestion as Carolyn Brooks gave the Washington County Commissioners an update on the state-funded Hot Spot program that she coordinates. The county has initiated several programs to address needs in the Jonathan Street community.
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by BOB MAGINNIS | June 13, 2004
The controversial bypass of Robinwood Drive was voted down by county government in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, but that isn't why former Washington County Commissioner Ron Bowers objects to it. In an interview this week, Bowers told me that the proposed $7 million project is shortsighted because it's "a solution for today and not for tomorrow. " Instead, he said, the county needs a comprehensive road network plan that would deal with the expected traffic needs in that area for years to come.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | June 11, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com Former Washington County Commissioner Ronald Lee Bowers on Tuesday admitted he is an alcoholic and pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, but he can maintain a clean driving record if he complies with the terms of his probation. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Bowers, 59, of 13933 Distant View Drive to 30 months probation. For the first nine months, Bowers will be monitored through a Department of Parole and Probation drunken driving program.
NEWS
May 31, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer Washington County Commissioner James R. Wade accused fellow Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers Friday of trying to cover up his role in creating financial problems for the county by calling for an audit of the Water and Sewer Department. "Ron created this crisis and is doing his best to cover up his involvement by claiming he doesn't know or 'nobody told me,'" Wade said. Wade said the heat was on Bowers because of the water and sewer problems and said Bowers was looking for a way out by playing dumb.
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by MARLO BARNHART | January 21, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com Two weeks after a wreck forced former Washington County Commissioner Ron Bowers to face up to a problem with alcohol, he said he has begun outpatient treatment and is working with a Health Department counselor. "I have addressed the issue that I have a problem with alcohol," Bowers said Monday from his Maugansville home. Bowers was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol Jan. 6 after the sport utility vehicle he was driving crashed into a mailbox on Maugansville Road and plunged down a 10- to 15-foot embankment into a stream off Village Mill Drive, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.
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By STEVEN T. DENNIS | March 17, 1998
Bowers to run for sixth term Washington County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers will file for re-election to an unprecedented sixth consecutive four-year term in that office this morning. Bowers said Monday he wants to continue being a "people's commissioner" and "solving problems with common sense. " Bowers, 54, a receiving clerk at Mack Trucks, said providing jobs with higher wages is his top priority. The county has worked for years to help the unemployed, and now, with unemployment at record lows, must help the underemployed, he said.
NEWS
May 30, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS| Staff Writer Washington County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers called for an independent audit of the county's Water and Sewer Department Tuesday and said the commissioners need a long-range plan for reducing $3.53 million in subsidies from the general fund. Bowers also asked staff members for an accounting of debt at the Water and Sewer Department. He said he keeps hearing different numbers quoted to him and doesn't want a "moving target. " County Administrator Rodney Shoop said the debt was in the "mid-fifties" - meaning millions of dollars - and said staff members could detail the debt for the commissioners at a future meeting.
NEWS
January 14, 1998
Bowers challenges Davis on hiring policies By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer Washington County's personnel director was criticized by one County Commissioner and defended by another during a heated discussion about affirmative action policies Tuesday. Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis told the commissioners that the county needs to update the short-term goals in its affirmative action plans, which haven't been updated since April 12, 1994. County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers criticized Davis for not keeping the plans up to date.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | March 5, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com Former Washington County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers has requested that a jury hear charges he was driving under the influence of alcohol on Jan. 6, when police said they found him walking away from a state vehicle that was in a creek. Bowers, 59, of 13933 Distant View Drive in Maugansville, faces one count each of driving or attempting to drive while under the influence, driving or attempting to drive while under the influence per se, driving or attempting to drive while impaired by alcohol and failing to stop after an unattended property accident in connection with the incident.
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