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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | January 12, 2011
A building that once housed a pharmacy in downtown Hagerstown might help the city boost economic development. The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday unanimously approved spending $220,000 to purchase the former CVS building at 60 W. Washington St. as a business incubator space for downtown. The city has proposed an adaptive reuse project for the property to help support business growth and redevelopment in the city center. Hagerstown will use a mix of downtown revitalization funds, capital improvement funds and a Maryland Community Legacy Grant to buy the building, according to city documents.
NEWS
November 16, 2008
Hagerstown Mayor Robert Bruchey, left, swears in Hagerstown Fire Police members, from left, Edward Pipken, William Taylor, Kami Cronk and Robert Cronk in the mayor's office on Nov. 4. They operate within the city limits unless called upon to work outside the city limits.
NEWS
August 12, 2005
A project that would build 432 apartments in Hagerstown's North End and new rules placing limits on housing in and around city limits are at the center of a $25 million lawsuit facing the City of Hagerstown. See Saturday's Herald-Mail for the full story.0
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | May 30, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a city annexation policy that will require property along the city's borders to be annexed before city water and sewer service will be extended to the area. Opponents of the policy, including Mayor William Breichner, have said the policy could hurt development. Breichner has said he favors annexation, but disagrees with using water and sewer service to bring it about. City Council members have said the policy is important for the city's long-term health because it will lead to more annexations that, along with redevelopment within the city, is a long-term solution to its financial problems.
NEWS
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | December 24, 1998
The cost to connect to Hagerstown's water system and charges for private fire lines, used to link sprinkler systems to city water lines, will both increase next year. During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Hagerstown City Council unanimously approved a law to raise both rates. In April water connection fees will increase about 13 percent, said Gene Walzl, the city's water department manager. Fire line charges are scheduled to increase about 36 percent during the next two years, with 18 percent increases scheduled for this February and February 2000, Walzl said.
NEWS
September 16, 2009
RANSON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint overnight Saturday. The following locations will be affected: o W.Va. 51 east, near the intersection with Leetown Road in Kearneysville, W.Va., in front of Harding's Service Center. Alternate routes will be Leetown Road, W.Va. 9 and North Child's Road. o W.Va. 9 east, within the city limits of Ranson, underneath the new W.Va. 9 bypass bridge approximately one-tenth of a mile west of Wiltshire Road.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | July 30, 2003
During Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting, Councilman Penny May Nigh said she believes two pit bull owners tried to intimidate her Saturday night. Nigh has been a vocal supporter of a proposal to require the registration of pit bulls in the city limits. On Saturday, two pit bull owners and their dogs stood across the street from her property, she said. If they tried to intimidate her, they failed, Nigh said during the portion of the meeting set aside for council members' comments.
NEWS
September 22, 2004
Washington County has run out of sewer capacity on the City of Hagerstown's system, according to an analysis in a report released last week. The numbers are calculated under a disputed method of determining how many new homes and businesses outside city limits can connect to the city's sewer system. The county was about to run out of capacity in May, but the city reluctantly provided the county with another 25,000 gallons of capacity - the amount of expected sewage flows from a source.
OPINION
November 6, 2012
City residents get taxed twice To the editor: I believe it is past time for our elected officials to look at the tax structure for owners of property in the city limits. I believe owners are being unfairly double-taxed by the county and the city. No way should we have to pay both branches of government taxes. If you own in the county you pay only to the county taxes, but if you own in the city you are paying both the county and the city - where is the fairness in this policy?
NEWS
by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | February 20, 2006
HAGERSTOWN daniels@herald-mail.com At least five candidates seeking to become Hagerstown's mayor could be disqualified before the City Council reviews their applications. A Washington County Board of Elections official said Thursday only nine of the 14 applicants to replace former Hagerstown Mayor Richard F. Trump live within the city limits and are eligible to vote in city elections. Trump, 60, a Republican, resigned Feb. 1, citing irreconcilable differences with the council, an all-Democratic, five-member body.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 27, 2013
Wearing chains on their wrists and ankles, four more alleged gang members charged in an indictment earlier this month with engaging in a gun battle in the Jonathan Street area in April appeared Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for a second day of bond review hearings. On Wednesday, similar hearings were also held for five men and two juveniles who were charged as adults in connection with the case. All of those charged were taken into custody this week after being indicted earlier this month, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Wednesday.
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NEWS
May 16, 2013
Hagerstown Police Department detectives would be allowed to drive their unmarked police vehicles home under a proposal Chief Mark Holtzman made during a Tuesday work session of the City Council. Each of the department's six detectives get called in while off duty an average of 21 times a year, Holtzman told the council. Allowing them to drive the unmarked vehicles home would mean they could respond to a crime scene without first having to switch their personal vehicles for a police car at headquarters, he said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2013
A Hagerstown man who admitted he was trying to “commit suicide by cop” during a May standoff with police was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve 17 years in prison. Neil Shawn LaPine, 50, formerly of 12962 Little Hayden Circle, sat silently as Judge Donald E. Beachley read the sentence. “I think it's a tragic situation ... but this is just unacceptable from society's standpoint,” Beachley said. LaPine had been found guilty by a jury in October on three counts each of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, two counts of discharging a firearm within city limits and one count of use of a handgun in a crime of violence.
OPINION
November 6, 2012
City residents get taxed twice To the editor: I believe it is past time for our elected officials to look at the tax structure for owners of property in the city limits. I believe owners are being unfairly double-taxed by the county and the city. No way should we have to pay both branches of government taxes. If you own in the county you pay only to the county taxes, but if you own in the city you are paying both the county and the city - where is the fairness in this policy?
NEWS
October 13, 2012
Name: William M. Breichner, Sr. Date of birth: Oct. 6, 1931 Address: 1117 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown Occupation: Retired (Water Utility Management) Party affiliation: Democratic Political experience: 4 years Mayor (2001-2005); 3 years City Administrator (appointed 1983) Q: A significant amount of public taxpayer money over a long period has been committed to help pay for the local share of debt service on the proposed multiuse sports and events center.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | January 12, 2011
A building that once housed a pharmacy in downtown Hagerstown might help the city boost economic development. The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday unanimously approved spending $220,000 to purchase the former CVS building at 60 W. Washington St. as a business incubator space for downtown. The city has proposed an adaptive reuse project for the property to help support business growth and redevelopment in the city center. Hagerstown will use a mix of downtown revitalization funds, capital improvement funds and a Maryland Community Legacy Grant to buy the building, according to city documents.
NEWS
December 20, 2010
In anticipation of the season's inclement weather, Hagerstown is again offering the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Snow Angels Program for eligible residents. The program is designed to assist homeowners in maintaining clear public walkways as required by the City Code. Under the program, the city arranges for the exchange of contact information, matching volunteers with individuals who need of help in keeping their sidewalks clear. The Snow Angels program is designed to aid city homeowners who have no resources available to them to keep sidewalks open after a snowfall.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 29, 2010
RANSON, W.VA. -- In 1890, seven Charles Town men formed a group to bring industry to the community. Its visionary leader, Roger Preston Chew, served as an artillery officer under Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart during the Civil War. The group founded the Charles Town Mining, Manufacturing & Improvement Co. as a base company, and bought an 850-acre tract north and west of Charles Town, most of it from James Matthew Ranson, according to a brief history of Ranson available in City Hall.
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