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By DAVE McMILLION | December 26, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. ? A 64-year-old Charles Town woman was in critical condition Wednesday night at Inova Fairfax (Va.) Hospital after the car she was driving Christmas Day went over a 20-foot embankment along W.Va. 9 west of Charles Town and landed on its top, police said. It was unclear how long Letitia Ellerbeck had been in the wrecked Saturn SCI, said Cpl. Dustin Tabler of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. A passer-by saw lights from a vehicle, looked over the embankment and saw the vehicle on its top, Tabler said.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | December 23, 2007
One year, he made everyone get up at 3 a.m. on Christmas Day. Austin Black, who was 6 or 7 at the time, couldn't wait to open his gifts. He woke up everyone in the house and brought them to the tree. "I was excited," said Austin, now 11, of Hagerstown. For many people, merry memories of Christmas begin in childhood. Austin and other kids in the Tri-State are forming their Christmas memories right now. Sometimes, it's a special gift that stands out. Sometimes, it's spending time with family and friends.
NEWS
April 8, 2007
From staff reports Easter Sunday was colder than Christmas Day, according to a Hagerstown weather observer. Sunday's temperature hit a high of 38.6 degrees just after 3:30 p.m., and the low was 25.6 degrees, according to i4weather.net, which is maintained by Greg Keefer. Fruit grower Donald Harding said Sunday was the coldest in a recent string of return-to-winter days. So far, his peach trees, which already are in bloom, seem to be weathering the artic blast. "I don't see a lot of damage at this point, but it just can't keep going," said Harding, who owns Harding's Orchards in Smithsburg.
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by DON AINES | February 8, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Juan Fernando Arana-Ramos, who was convicted of a Christmas Day 2005 stabbing in Chambersburg, was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to eight to 20 years in state prison. Arana-Ramos, 22, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty Nov. 9, 2006, to stabbing Jacobo Blanco of Chambersburg in the throat. "Some acts are so heinous they deserve serious sanctions," Assistant District Attorney John Lisko told Judge Richard Walsh, asking for a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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by JOHN LEAGUE | December 24, 2006
Holidays are an interesting time for those of us in the news business. Back when I was a reporter, that was particularly true around Christmastime. The Herald-Mail remains one of the few newspapers that doesn't publish an edition on Christmas Day, our only nonpublishing day of the year. (Since the news doesn't stop, there are folks at The Herald-Mail who believe we should publish a paper 365 days a year, but that's another column for another time.) This year, Christmas falls on a Monday.
NEWS
December 23, 2006
Pikeside United Methodist Church, 25 Paynes Ford Road, Martinsburg, W.Va., the Rev. Thomas Young will be speaking at the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service on Why God Allows Suffering and War (After All, It's Christmas). Antietam Church of God, 4005 Harpers Ferry Road, Sharpsburg, Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. Calvary United Methodist Church, 220 W. Burke St., Martinsburg, W.Va., the family Christmas Eve service is at 5:30 p.m. featuring the chancel drama, Get Ready for the Big Event.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | December 21, 2006
If ever there was a day for movie theater owners to sleep in, it might be Christmas Day. "I know I'm not going to be making much business," said Bucks Baum, owner of California-based Exhibitor Relations Company Inc., which tracks ticket sales data. Baum also owns theaters in California. "But by the afternoon, it's like an alarm goes off, and people are like, 'I'm tired of being around my family; let's go to the movies,'" Baum said. Historically, Christmas Day hasn't been considered high time to see a blockbuster release.
NEWS
December 20, 2006
There will be no trash collection in the City of Hagerstown on Monday, Dec. 25 and the landfill will be closed, according to a city release. Therefore, all trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day. Garbage may be placed at the curb after 4 p.m. For information, call the engineering department at 301-739-8577, ext. 126.
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ERIN JULIUS | December 20, 2006
HAGERSTOWN A white Christmas remains only a dream for those in the Hagerstown area this year. Snow isn't expected until after party-goers have rung in the new year. Winter officially arrives today at 7:22 p.m., but temperatures will remain warmer than usual through the Christmas holiday, said Ray Martin, a meteorologist for AccuWeather. "It's a sure bet we will not have a white Christmas in Hagerstown this year," Martin said. A high of 48 degrees and a low of 36 degrees is expected on Christmas Day in Hagerstown.
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