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By SCOTT BUTKI | June 21, 2000
The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday night unanimously rejected a proposal to put a 190-foot telephone communications tower in Rohrersville. About 75 people, including two state elected officials, attended a June 7 public hearing to express their opposition to the proposal by American Tower Corp. of Millersville, Md., to build a tower on Locust Grove Road near the Appalachian Trail. Opponents presented a petition with 400 signatures to the board. During deliberations Wednesday, Board of Zoning Appeals members said they agreed with an argument made by some of the opponents: American Tower did not prove it considered all other available sites.
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NEWS
August 2, 2000
Cell phone tower's rejection stands By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer American Tower Corp. of Millersville, Md., has decided not to appeal a rejection of its request to erect a 190-foot telephone communications tower in Rohrersville, a company attorney said Wednesday. "We weighted the costs and benefits and decided not to appeal," attorney Patrick Welsh said. "It wasn't cost effective. " American Tower received the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals' written decision rejecting the proposal in mid-July.
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by TARA REILLY | February 3, 2004
A 90-foot cellular telephone tower disguised to look like a flagpole will be erected near the Appalachian Trail east of Boonsboro. The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday approved the site plan for the tower, submitted by AT&T Wireless. One other commercial carrier may be located on the tower, according to information provided by the planning department. The tower, called a "stealth" tower because of its disguised design, will be on the Old South Mountain Inn property at 6132 Old National Pike.
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By CLYDE FORD | June 5, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County residents told the County Commission Thursday night they want changes made to the proposed ordinance on wireless communication towers. County officials said they need more time to review the suggestions and called for a work session Wednesday to discuss the proposed ordinance. Euphemia Kallas of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., said the ordinance should include a restriction to prevent tower construction on the Blue Ridge Mountain ridge line so the towers don't stick up above the mountains.
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By CLYDE FORD | June 11, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission took action Thursday to protect Blue Ridge Mountain from wireless communication towers. The commissioners voted 4-1 to bar the towers from sticking up above the tree canopy on the top of the mountain. The towers cannot be higher than the ridge line, although the less-intrusive antennas could go higher, said County Commissioner Dean Hockensmith. The commissioners voted to have staff work on three issues to amend the long-debated proposed ordinance to regulate the towers.
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by TARA REILLY | May 18, 2006
ROHRERSVILLE Residents plan to fight a 124-foot cell tower proposed for a Boonsboro Volunteer Fire Co. substation near Rohrersville. Hank Livelsberger, who lives in a development about a mile from the site on Md. 67, said the tower would be visible from her home, other residences and Civil War sites and parks. "It's like somebody putting an amusement part right next to you," Livelsberger said. "I don't think tourists come all the way to Washington County to see cell towers ... They come to see a Civil War atmosphere.
NEWS
April 8, 2010
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- A House committee has approved a measure that would require drivers to use handsfree devices to talk on cell phones while behind the wheel. The House Environmental Matters Committee voted Wednesday to approve a bill that already has been passed by the Senate. Drivers could only use their hands to turn a phone on and off. They wouldn't be allowed to hold a cell phone during the conversation. Drivers could be fined $40 for violations, under the bill. On the Net: Read Senate Bill 321: http://mlis.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 17, 2010
Some area AT&T cell phone users in recent days had problems with calls to and from landline phones, said Jennifer Clark of Fleishman-Hillard, a public relations firm, speaking on behalf of AT&T. Clark said in a telephone interview Tuesday that there apparently was a routing problem, but she wasn't able to elaborate. She said AT&T was working to figure out the cause. In an e-mail Tuesday, Clark wrote: "Technicians were dispatched immediately and service was restored about 1 p.m. today.
NEWS
September 21, 2010
Authorities believe an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown burned himself early Monday when he tried to light something in his cell, said Mark Vernarelli, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. "The inmate suffered a small welt and was treated on-site by MCTC medical personnel," Vernarelli said Monday in an e-mail. Vernarelli said the inmate possibly was trying to light a cigarette. The inmate suffered a second-degree burn to his left biceps, according to a press release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
NEWS
May 31, 2010
HALFWAY -- Three people were charged Sunday in the theft of more than $10,000 worth of cell phones from a Valley Mall kiosk, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Witnesses saw two people enter an ICC T-Mobile kiosk in the mall and steal phones from the display cases around 6:15 p.m. Sunday, police said. The suspects were seen leaving the kiosk with trash bags filled with new phones and then exiting the mall. One witness described the vehicle the suspects left in and its tag number, police said.
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