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By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | September 11, 2012
Everyone comes for Civil War battle re-enactments - the smoke, the noise, the advancing lines of men and horses. But who stays for dinner after the battle? As spectators dribbled out of the grounds after Saturday's  "Maryland, My Maryland" re-enactment of the Battle of South Mountain, Sharon Jackson poked the fire at the 27th Virginia Company C encampment. Jackson is from Pennsylvania, but she's with the 4th Texas Company B. But on Saturday, her unit was on campaign, so she was adopted as a cook by the 27th Virginia.
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By MARLO BARNHART | August 30, 2007
Name: Edith Sweigert Age: 85 Resides in: Hagerstown Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: Edith fingerprints civilians at the Washington County Sheriff's Department, 500 Western Maryland Parkway. Those being fingerprinted include people who need their fingerprints taken for jobs or to volunteer with certain agencies. What prompted you to begin volunteering?: "I saw an article in the newspaper about home safety through the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 23, 2010
It's on opposite ends of the earth that a Fayetteville mother and daughter find themselves undergoing major life changes in service to their country. Heather (Eberly) Kline is retiring as a lieutenant commander from the U.S. Navy Dec. 31 in her new home of Alexandria, Va. Her mother, Barbara Eberly, has been in Iraq since August working in safety and environmental clean-up as a civilian. "She had always wanted to join military service but watched my career from the sidelines," said Kline, who will turn 41 Sunday.
NEWS
December 7, 2005
It has been 64 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Even the GIs who lied about their ages to enlist during World War II are 80 or older now, which means the number of eyewitnesses to that sneak attack is diminishing year by year. But the memory of that day cannot be dimmed, because the attack abruptly brought the U.S. into World War II by crippling the Navy's battleship force and killing 2,403 American personnel in the process. According to the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C., the dead included 68 civilians and there were 1,178 military and civilians wounded.
NEWS
April 5, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The World Trade Center Traveling Memorial sponsored by the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey will stop in Chambersburg in June. The memorial honors all uniformed services personnel and civilians who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The exhibit includes a pictorial display and artifacts from the World Trade Center. There will also be a presentation that includes World Trade Center construction facts, the history of the center, information on the Sept.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | March 29, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com Sometimes people just need a little incentive to go to authorities with information that investigators could use to solve a crime and make an arrest. The Washington County Crime Solvers program provides just that in the form of monetary rewards of up to $1,000. Ruth Cunningham, president of the Crime Solvers board of directors, said the group is in the midst of its annual fund drive to raise money for potential tipsters. However, Cunningham said results have not been overly successful, and the funding pool is low. "Our organization depends totally on donations from the community and businesses," Cunningham said.
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By DON AINES | July 5, 1998
photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT enlarge FORT RITCHIE - Towing children by the hand or struggling under awkward burdens of lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, people made their way across Lakeside Drive on Saturday to find a good spot to have a barbecue and watch the night's scheduled fireworks. For decades, the Fourth of July has meant a day at Fort Ritchie for many area residents. Saturday was the last Independence Day celebration there, at least under the auspices of the U.S. Army.
NEWS
June 23, 2006
"Supposedly there is so much talk about gay and lesbians. I don't see it - why don't people just mind their business? It's just so rude to talk about other people when we don't do anything to you. They don't do anything to you at all. And yes, I am gay. " - Hagerstown "I just read where the two soldiers were found who were kidnapped, and they were killed in a barbaric way. My question is, the people that did this, are they going...
NEWS
June 3, 2005
Suffering was unimaginable To the editor: Your "Memories of V-E Day" were very moving, especially those of the veterans who fought their way across Europe to bring the Nazi regime to its knees, who were prisoners of the Germans and who brought renewed hope to a wounded continent. By the way the correct spelling for the city where the surrender was signed is not "Rheims," but "Reims. " Even the French do not change the names of New York City, Las Vegas or Walla Walla.
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BY JULIE E. GREENE | April 15, 2002
Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of occasional Sunday stories about eight local recruits in the Western Maryland Police Training Academy. Leading up to graduation in June, The Herald-Mail will introduce readers to the recruits and the tasks they face on the road to earning badges. julieg@herald-mail.com The first time Damian Broussard lost control of his roughly 4,000-pound training cruiser and fishtailed coming out of a corner, his heart skipped a beat. "I took my foot off the gas," said Broussard, 37, of Hagerstown.
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August 16, 2013
A former Fort Detrick civilian police officer and Hagerstown resident who pleaded guilty last year to possession of child pornography was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to four years in prison. James Andrew Wagner, 43, of Jasmine Court entered the guilty plea to the federal charge of possession of child pornography on Dec. 18, 2012, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a criminal information charging him with the offense in November 2012, court records said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2013
Vietnam veteran Art Callaham told people attending Boonsboro's annual Memorial Day ceremony that, in many ways, he revels in the fact that people choose not only to remember military veterans on the holiday, but others who have served their country. In recent years, that has included “those brave New York City fire and police members who died by cowards' hands,” Callaham said, addressing the crowd from a podium near Town Hall on Main Street. Callaham said “their sacrifice of love for their fellow man was made in an undeclared war, yet that sacrifice was no less a sacrifice of love and duty to those same principles that men and women in uniform make for us today, and have made for us in the past.” Many people sat or stood along the sidewalks that bordered the holiday parade shortly after the ceremony.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2013
The open house planned as part of the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show in May will not be held due to Defense Department budget cuts and “fiscal uncertainty,” organizers said Tuesday. With the change, the air show on May 11 and 12 now will be staged on the civilian side of Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport and the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard will no longer host the event on their base at Shepherd Field, officials said in a news release.  “Unfortunately, the uncertainty in our national financial picture has forced us to consider the possibility of some rather dramatic cuts in our funding,” Col. Roger Nye, the Airlift Wing's commander said in the news release.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2013
A consolidation of two emergency services committees will include more members of the public than fire and ambulance professionals following a vote Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The board voted 3-1 that the makeup of a new Emergency Services Advisory Council should be three members of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and six members of the public. A county commissioner would also serve on the council, and the director of emergency services and president of the fire and rescue association would be ex-officio, or non-voting, members.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | September 11, 2012
Everyone comes for Civil War battle re-enactments - the smoke, the noise, the advancing lines of men and horses. But who stays for dinner after the battle? As spectators dribbled out of the grounds after Saturday's  "Maryland, My Maryland" re-enactment of the Battle of South Mountain, Sharon Jackson poked the fire at the 27th Virginia Company C encampment. Jackson is from Pennsylvania, but she's with the 4th Texas Company B. But on Saturday, her unit was on campaign, so she was adopted as a cook by the 27th Virginia.
NEWS
March 14, 2012
Beginning April 1, the Washington County Sheriff's Office will no longer offer fingerprinting for employment purposes due to changes in the fingerprint submission process, according to an agency news release. People who need fingerprinting for employment purposes can visit http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/publicservs/fingerprint.shtml for a list of businesses and locations offering civilian fingerprinting, the release said. Maryland State Police will temporarily stop providing fingerprinting services to residents who need them for jobs or background checks, according to the Associated Press.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 12, 2012
Police officers, firefighters, correctional officers and military service members are the typical award recipients at the BPO Elks Lodge 778's Law & Safety Day, but those people took time Sunday to honor two civilian women. Both women, who asked to remain anonymous, were involved in the Sept. 26, 2011, carjacking that ended at My Bank! First United Bank & Trust at 980 Foxcroft Ave. One was the victim who was pulled from the car by officers and the other was called a “guardian angel” for relaying substantial information to 911. Martinsburg City Police Chief Kevin Miller thanked the woman who shared information.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 2, 2011
The parking lot at the Improved Order of Red Men is filled with motorcycles and riders — many sharing a laugh and catching up on each other's lives. But former Army sergeant Jeff Matson finds a spot under a nearby pavilion where he can sit and watch. He's not sure what he's looking for. This isn't Iraq or Afghanistan, where Matson did several tours of duty. This is a social club in Williamsport, and many of the people around him are his friends. But it's become a habit — one he carried home with him from war. "I'm always on the lookout," he said.
BREAKINGNEWS
March 19, 2011
Libyan TV claims that airstrikes have hit civilian areas in the capital, Tripoli, but the report couldn't be independently confirmed. Saturday's report gave no more details. It comes after the international community launched its broadest military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat. French fighter jets fired the first shots at Moammar Gadhafi's troops on Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 23, 2010
It's on opposite ends of the earth that a Fayetteville mother and daughter find themselves undergoing major life changes in service to their country. Heather (Eberly) Kline is retiring as a lieutenant commander from the U.S. Navy Dec. 31 in her new home of Alexandria, Va. Her mother, Barbara Eberly, has been in Iraq since August working in safety and environmental clean-up as a civilian. "She had always wanted to join military service but watched my career from the sidelines," said Kline, who will turn 41 Sunday.
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