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By CLYDE FORD | March 4, 1998
Ranson hires two new leaders RANSON, W.Va. - The Ranson Town Council hired a city administrator and a city manager at Tuesday night's council meeting. With the move, two men will run the town, one serving as an experienced mentor to the other, said Ranson Mayor David Hamill. Ed Thorne, a former Ranson city administrator, was rehired as city manager. He last worked for Ranson in 1984 after working for about 12 years as the town's manager. "The city manager will be a seasoned individual with myriad experience to get Ranson back on its feet," Hamill said.
NEWS
May 24, 2013
Incumbent Charles Town Councilman Don Clendening won re-election Thursday night by one vote, according to unofficial results. The outcome of the Ward Three race could change once any provisional ballots are counted, according to city officials. Clendening received 192 votes, while Jonathan Wertman garnered 191 votes. In the only other contest Thursday, incumbent Rich Bringewatt easily fended off a challenge from Geary Johns by a vote of 219-143. Incumbent Mayor Peggy Smith, who was unchallenged, received 262 votes.
NEWS
December 21, 1997
Martinsburg police chief steps down By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Despite a letter of resignation asking there be no "bickering" over his departure, the mayor and some city council members are exchanging barbs over the resignation of Martinsburg Police Chief Wayne Cleveland. Cleveland sent letters to Mayor Earnest Sparks and the council members Sunday announcing his resignation from the 40-officer department to become police chief in Hopewell, Va. His resignation will become effective Jan. 23. "I am respectfully requesting that there not be any public discord as a result of my departure.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | October 14, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com The Boonsboro Town Council has hired a former government official of Brunswick, Md., and Taneytown, Md., to serve as the town's next manager, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said. John L. Kendall, 63, of Frederick, Md., will start as town manager on Oct. 23 with a $42,000 annual salary. He has no plans to move to the area. On Tuesday, the council selected Kendall to replace retiring Town Manager Jake Jones. Kauffman waited until Thursday to reveal the identity of the next town manager because he wanted to talk to the other four final candidates for the position first.
NEWS
March 5, 2001
W. Virginia's decision: Just what's essential? The State of West Virginia's budget woes are no secret to anyone who reads a newspaper. Falling revenue estimates, a budget balanced last year with tobacco-settement money and a proposal for statewide legalization of video-poker machines are all symptoms of a state government starved for cash. Now it appears the revenue famine is spreading to the state's cities and may force citizens to rethink what municipal services are truly necessary.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 12, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The repair of deteriorated concrete retaining walls and other safety concerns at the North Queen Street railroad overpass apparently has been delayed because of questions about who is responsible for its maintenance. Whether those duties fall to the railroad or the city is uncertain. "We really need to come to some resolution on these things," Mayor George Karos said Tuesday during a Martinsburg City Council meeting. Large fractures were visible Wednesday in the retaining walls north and south of the railroad bridge that was built in the early 1900s to allow Queen Street traffic to pass beneath trains operated by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 5, 2012
Two years ago, Kevin Knowles made an unsuccessful bid to gain one of the at-large seats on the Martinsburg City Council. This year, Knowles, 53, of 127 W. South St. is trying again, this time for the Ward 2 seat held by incumbent Councilman Richard Yauger. Yauger, 79, of 300 Silver Lane is a 20-year-council veteran. He retired as a project analyst in the applied physics lab at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He said he is more than qualified to seek another term because his history on the council has given him an understanding of how the city's money is spent.
NEWS
October 19, 2005
Week of Oct. 16, 1955 As in previous years, the Hagerstown Junior Chamber of Commerce again urges the children of Hagerstown to observe Halloween by participating in a single night of fun and food. This year, Friday night, Oct. 28, has been designated as the night when most folks will have their cookie jars overflowing and the cider barrel the fullest. The Hagerstown Police Department has two pairs of brothers on the force, a set of cousins and a father and son team.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 28, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Incumbent Mayor Peggy Smith wants to keep her job for another four years and if voters support her, she promises she will continue to "work on projects that benefit the city and all of its citizens. " She wants to accomplish that, she said, by continuing to lead city government as a viable business and increasing revenue while staying within the budget. Smith is running hard on her four-year record as Charles Town's top elected official. She points to such accomplishments as the hiring of a new police chief, city manager and part-time tourism director.
OPINION
By LLOYD "PETE" WATERS | August 8, 2010
Recently, as a result of my karma, I found myself on a plane headed to California for a week's visit. It was an unexpected trip, and I often look for some residual reason for ending up somewhere that I had no real intentions of going in the first place. This was one of those trips. While growing up with the rest of the baby boomers, I can remember some very good music back in the '60s. One of these vintage songs in 1965 was "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas. It made you want to sing along - you know, "all the leaves are brown.
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NEWS
May 24, 2013
Incumbent Charles Town Councilman Don Clendening won re-election Thursday night by one vote, according to unofficial results. The outcome of the Ward Three race could change once any provisional ballots are counted, according to city officials. Clendening received 192 votes, while Jonathan Wertman garnered 191 votes. In the only other contest Thursday, incumbent Rich Bringewatt easily fended off a challenge from Geary Johns by a vote of 219-143. Incumbent Mayor Peggy Smith, who was unchallenged, received 262 votes.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 5, 2012
Two years ago, Kevin Knowles made an unsuccessful bid to gain one of the at-large seats on the Martinsburg City Council. This year, Knowles, 53, of 127 W. South St. is trying again, this time for the Ward 2 seat held by incumbent Councilman Richard Yauger. Yauger, 79, of 300 Silver Lane is a 20-year-council veteran. He retired as a project analyst in the applied physics lab at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He said he is more than qualified to seek another term because his history on the council has given him an understanding of how the city's money is spent.
NEWS
September 26, 2010
Periodically, newspapers, including this one, publish a list of all the employees who work in local government along with the salaries they earn. As someone who is out and about a good bit, I've fielded a lot of questions about this practice, very few of which have been congratulatory in nature. Why do you do that? What do you hope to prove? You're just trying to embarrass people. And my favorite: You're just trying to sell newspapers. (We get this a lot, apparently people don't stop to think how that sounds to us when they say it. It's like pointing an accusing finger at an automobile salesman and saying, "you're just trying to sell cars.
OPINION
By LLOYD "PETE" WATERS | August 8, 2010
Recently, as a result of my karma, I found myself on a plane headed to California for a week's visit. It was an unexpected trip, and I often look for some residual reason for ending up somewhere that I had no real intentions of going in the first place. This was one of those trips. While growing up with the rest of the baby boomers, I can remember some very good music back in the '60s. One of these vintage songs in 1965 was "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas. It made you want to sing along - you know, "all the leaves are brown.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 28, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Incumbent Mayor Peggy Smith wants to keep her job for another four years and if voters support her, she promises she will continue to "work on projects that benefit the city and all of its citizens. " She wants to accomplish that, she said, by continuing to lead city government as a viable business and increasing revenue while staying within the budget. Smith is running hard on her four-year record as Charles Town's top elected official. She points to such accomplishments as the hiring of a new police chief, city manager and part-time tourism director.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 12, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The repair of deteriorated concrete retaining walls and other safety concerns at the North Queen Street railroad overpass apparently has been delayed because of questions about who is responsible for its maintenance. Whether those duties fall to the railroad or the city is uncertain. "We really need to come to some resolution on these things," Mayor George Karos said Tuesday during a Martinsburg City Council meeting. Large fractures were visible Wednesday in the retaining walls north and south of the railroad bridge that was built in the early 1900s to allow Queen Street traffic to pass beneath trains operated by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
NEWS
October 19, 2005
Week of Oct. 16, 1955 As in previous years, the Hagerstown Junior Chamber of Commerce again urges the children of Hagerstown to observe Halloween by participating in a single night of fun and food. This year, Friday night, Oct. 28, has been designated as the night when most folks will have their cookie jars overflowing and the cider barrel the fullest. The Hagerstown Police Department has two pairs of brothers on the force, a set of cousins and a father and son team.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | October 14, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com The Boonsboro Town Council has hired a former government official of Brunswick, Md., and Taneytown, Md., to serve as the town's next manager, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said. John L. Kendall, 63, of Frederick, Md., will start as town manager on Oct. 23 with a $42,000 annual salary. He has no plans to move to the area. On Tuesday, the council selected Kendall to replace retiring Town Manager Jake Jones. Kauffman waited until Thursday to reveal the identity of the next town manager because he wanted to talk to the other four final candidates for the position first.
NEWS
March 5, 2001
W. Virginia's decision: Just what's essential? The State of West Virginia's budget woes are no secret to anyone who reads a newspaper. Falling revenue estimates, a budget balanced last year with tobacco-settement money and a proposal for statewide legalization of video-poker machines are all symptoms of a state government starved for cash. Now it appears the revenue famine is spreading to the state's cities and may force citizens to rethink what municipal services are truly necessary.
NEWS
By CLYDE FORD | March 4, 1998
Ranson hires two new leaders RANSON, W.Va. - The Ranson Town Council hired a city administrator and a city manager at Tuesday night's council meeting. With the move, two men will run the town, one serving as an experienced mentor to the other, said Ranson Mayor David Hamill. Ed Thorne, a former Ranson city administrator, was rehired as city manager. He last worked for Ranson in 1984 after working for about 12 years as the town's manager. "The city manager will be a seasoned individual with myriad experience to get Ranson back on its feet," Hamill said.
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