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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 14, 2012
Hagerstown-based ThompsonGas said Friday it has acquired three propane marketing companies in two southern states, making it the 16th-largest retail propane company in the United States. The ThompsonGas subsidiary, ThompsonGas-Smokies LLC, purchased Drivers Energy of Dawson, Ga., the Quality/Ideal Gas group in Griffin, Ga., and Tarheel Oil and Propane in North Wilkesboro, N.C., a company news release said. “We are continuing to greatly expand our presence in the Southeast and the whole East Coast of the United States,” President J. Randall Thompson said in the release.
OPINION
November 12, 2012
The thing that fascinates me most about American politics is that just when it seems as if we've seen it all, and the political landscape is in danger of becoming dull and monotonous, someone raises the bar. And indeed, shortly after the election, a handful of corporate executives stepped up to the plate to announce that, due to the Obama win, they would be forced - forced - to lay off workers or cut back hours. How great is that? We've all seen sore losers who want to take their ball and go home.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | February 20, 2009
CASCADE -- Two firms recently have located to Fort Ritchie at Cascade. Aspen Grove Inc., an independent company that provides property management solutions for bank-owned real estate, is leasing 855 square feet in Building 607 of the former U.S. Army base. The company will employ three people, according to a press release from the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission. The second company is DJR Associates Inc., a Department of Navy and Missile Defense Agency engineering services firm.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | April 30, 2003
HAGERSTOWN, MD. - Representatives of South Hagerstown Fire Co., Antietam Fire Co. and Independent Junior Fire Co. each gave the mayor of Hagerstown a $100,000 check Tuesday to help pay for the purchase of three new pumper trucks. The checks were handed over at the start of the Hagerstown City Council work session so the city could publicly recognize and acknowledge donations from the companies, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said. Last week, the council approved buying the trucks for the companies at a cost of $811,086.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | April 22, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Fire and rescue companies that operate two stations should get double the county funding of companies with only one station, Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association President Glenn Fishack told the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday. The county has two companies with substations, which currently get only about one and a half times the funding of the other companies, Fishack said. Those stations are the First Hose Co. of Boonsboro Inc., which has a substation in Rohrersville, and Community Rescue Service Inc., which has a substation in Maugansville.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 24, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT erinc@herald-mail.com Beginning Sunday, Williamsport's fire and rescue companies will be housed in the same building for the first time in about 40 years. The step is the first toward a future merger of the companies, officials said Monday. Williamsport Volunteer Rescue Services and Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. will remain separate companies, but both organizations will operate out of the fire station at 2 Brandy Drive in Williamsport. Winfield Brown, president of the ambulance company, said his station's relocation will cut costs for the company and enable volunteers to run calls for both stations.
NEWS
By TIM ROWLAND | November 24, 2008
Every couple of years, for the past three decades, a brushfire of sorts has broken out in one of Washington County's fire houses, and for every couple of brushfires the County Commissioners have vowed to get a handle on the independent, decentralized emergency services system that creates these brushfires in the first place. They never do, of course, but it usually leaves them with a nice new study to place on a shelf, so at least the consulting industry economy gets a boost. It would all be rather amusing, were life and property not on the line.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 15, 2011
Hundreds of people passed out resumes and picked up applications Friday at Kaplan University's Spring Job Fair, while employers like   Kool Smiles were there looking to both hire and help people. "We offer dental services to children and adults, and we accept Medicaid," B.J. Ostrum of Kool Smiles said. Its Hagerstown office has openings for three dental assistants, but the company was also there to make people aware of the service they offer, Ostrum said. "I like to go to job fairs because a lot of people at fairs are in need of assistance," said Kimberly Buchanan of the Washington County Community Action Council.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 28, 2012
Dot Foods, Inc. - the leading food redistributor in the nation - is hosting a job fair Saturday at its Williamsport, Md., warehouse to help fill more than 50 full- and part-time positions, a company official said. Williamsport General Manager Brian Duffield said the company is seeking candidates to fill about 30 full-time material-handler jobs and 25 positions that require a Class A commercial driver's license. “We also have very flexible part-time positions available in our warehouse,” Duffield said, noting that the part-time jobs would be perfect for area students or people looking for weekend or nighttime work.
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by TARA REILLY | October 7, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth said he favors merging fire and ambulance companies throughout the county because the moves would save money and allow the companies to operate more efficiently. Kroboth said last week none of the companies would shut down unless supported by others. Rather, companies located near each other would move into the same building and continue to operate as separate companies, he said. Some fire and ambulance companies are currently located down the street from each other, he said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners will tour nursing homes operated by Transitions Healthcare LLC and Mid-Atlantic Health Care Acquisitions LLC as they decide whether to accept one of the firm's proposals to buy Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. On Tuesday, the three commissioners chose the two companies as finalists from 10 proposals submitted to buy the county-owned skilled nursing center on Franklin Farm Lane. Officials said the sale price is expected to be between $10 million and $11.6 million.
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NEWS
August 26, 2013
PetSmart presented a check for $10,000 to Star Community on Monday as part of a new initiative that empowers the company's district managers and distribution centers to award up to $5,000 to nonprofit groups that enrich peoples' lives through pets, according to a Star Community news release. The $10,000 donation came from the local PetSmart distribution center on Hunters Green Parkway, as well as from 23 PetSmart stores and 100 associates in Western and northern Maryland, said Charlie Keller, operations manager for the local distribution center.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com HM Media | August 21, 2013
The employment outlook across the nation might be dismal, but the president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. said there are new jobs on the horizon. L. Michael Ross said a Brazilian-based company is bringing a facility to Chambersburg in the next year. “It's a year out, but TORCOMP will build a 21,000-square-foot facility in the Cumberland Valley Business Park,” Ross said. TORCOMP expects to hire 80 people for manufacturing jobs within three years, he said.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 18, 2013
A West Virginia company has been given the initial go-ahead to begin planning a waste-to-energy operation that would be built at Washington County's Forty West Landfill west of Hagerstown. The company, America First Inc., is headed by President Kevin Whited, who went before the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 6. The board voted 4-0 to give the planning process of the public-private partnership a green light. Commissioners President Terry L. Baker abstained from the vote, saying he did not have enough information to take a position one way or the other.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
City officials on Tuesday revealed preliminary designs for a downtown small-business incubator site on West Washington Street - a project that has been in the planning stages for years. Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent said the plan is to build out the roughly 2,800-square-foot middle section of 60 W. Washington St. by January 2014 using the remaining $173,000 from the $174,579 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant the city was awarded in September 2012. Sargent said $100,000 of the grant remains for equipment and furnishing, and $73,000 remains for construction.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
As stadium site selection and financing remain question marks for the city to retain the Hagerstown Suns, a new privately-driven proposal to bring professional baseball to Fredericksburg, Va., is in the works that has “enormous potential,” according to Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn. The Suns have partnered with Diamond Nation, a New Jersey-based company, that plans to privately finance and build a “destination” complex that will include a 5,000-seat minor league baseball stadium, as well as amateur baseball and softball facilities on roughly 45 acres in that city's Celebrate Virginia South development, according to Quinn, a letter to Fredericksburg businesses and media reports.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
The Washington County Commission on Aging Inc. is warning senior citizens and caretakers to be wary of telephone calls or voicemails from a company offering a “free” personal alarm system. A company using a variety of different names claims to be offering a free medical-alert system, the commission said in a news release. The telemarketer tells the listener that the system will be provided to him or her, because a family member or a friend believes they should have it, and that the system and shipping have already been covered.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2013
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, a probable 2014 gubernatorial candidate, was talking manufacturing jobs instead of litigation Friday in a meeting with labor and management at the United Auto Workers Local 171 union hall in Hagerstown. Gansler made the visit as part of his “Building Our Best Maryland” tour to promote a seven-point program to encourage manufacturing in the state during a roundtable discussion. “One thing you hear all the time is how many companies have left” the state, Gansler told a gathering of about 50 people, including executives from manufacturing companies Volvo, Cinetic Landis and Berwick Offray.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
Norfolk Southern celebrated its new, $97 million rail-truck project Tuesday with a dedication ceremony and a new name for the facility. Norfolk Southern officials cut the ribbon on the new Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility at 612 Antrim Commons Drive in Greencastle during the ceremony. “This terminal really is one of the landmark economic development projects that has taken place in Franklin County in my (27-year) tenure,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 10, 2013
Only three Washington County residents testified at a public hearing Monday night on a request by Columbia Gas of Maryland to raise residential and commercial customers' total natural gas bills by more than 16 percent. The utility company's proposed rate hikes are intended to boost revenues by $5.3 million, so the company can recover the cost of upgrading underground gas distribution facilities. Hagerstown resident Edward Kendall, who estimated he had been a Columbia Gas customer for more than 40 years, said at the hearing held at Hagerstown Community College that he was opposed to the rate hike.
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