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NEWS
March 13, 2012
Students recognized as outstanding The Clear Spring Town Council recognized Clear Spring High School freshman Hannah Woods and sophomore Collin Schultz as “outstanding students” at a town council meeting Monday night. The students were nominated by their teachers for the award, which is issued quarterly, Mayor Paul D. Hose said. They received $50 savings bonds and letters of recognition, and will be eligible to win a $500 scholarship from the town in their senior year of high school, Hose said.
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BUSINESS
January 22, 2012
Since January 2009, the Better Business Bureau has received 52 complaints about companies offering extended warranty contract services - many concerning vehicle service contracts - from consumers residing in the Greater Maryland area.   “It wasn't that long ago that BBB received regular calls from motorists complaining about nonstop, recorded 'robocalls' to their land and cell lines, telling them their vehicle's warranty was about to expire,”...
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | January 13, 2012
Demolition work on the former Washington County Hospital was halted Friday afternoon after a neighbor complained that the wind was spreading thick dust from the demolition site, a Hagerstown official said. "We sent one of our code inspectors down after we started getting complaints, to tell them to shut down" for the day, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said. Crew members said they were wrapping up for the day when the inspector arrived, she said. The city plans to return to the site on Tuesday to ensure the work is being done in compliance with the demolition permit issued by the city, which states that adequate measures must be taken to control dust, Wolfe said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | November 1, 2011
A Waynesboro Area School Board candidate is defending herself against questions about whether she's eligible to run for the seat in her jurisdiction. Verbal complaints about Ashley M. Newcomer's residency have been lodged with the Franklin County (Pa.) Board of Elections, Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said Tuesday. Because ballots have been printed, the election board can't do much about the recent allegations, Byers said. "At this point, as far as the election board, we don't have any recourse," she said.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 4, 2011
Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot voted last week against a solar farm lease in Washington County, questioning why the state didn't seek a share of federal money the project could receive. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, the other two members of the state's all-Democrat Board of Public Works, voted in favor of the 20-year lease for Maryland Solar LLC. Franchot voted no. After the July 27 meeting, Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for O'Malley, wrote in an email that, under the terms of the federal energy project program, a state can't receive any of the money.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 24, 2011
The federal government is suing the owner of a Hagerstown cement plant for polluting the air, a legal step the company said is unnecessary and surprising. Attorney William Bumpers said St. Lawrence Cement tried to introduce a pollution-reducing measure at the Security Road plant, with the blessing of the Maryland Department of the Environment. When that project caused an unintended consequence of creating other pollution, the company worked to fix it, he said. However, the Justice Department, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, filed a civil action in April against Holcim (US)
NEWS
April 25, 2011
A Saturday morning noise complaint near Clear Spring led the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to charge 19 adults younger than 21 and a juvenile with possession of alcoholic beverages. The citations issued in the 12:15 a.m. incident at 12482 Harvey Road had not been delivered to District Court as of Monday afternoon, a court official said. Deputies went to the house after receiving the noise complaint and found a large number of people to the rear of the home, police said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | September 22, 2010
The owners of the Sunset Tavern west of Hagerstown went before Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday to discuss noise complaints that were made against the business over the last several months. Robert Shoemaker, a Washington County liquor board inspector, said music coming from the tavern was at an acceptable level during an inspection in June, but the noise got worse when he returned in August. David McSherry Jr., co-owner of the Sunset Tavern, said he planned to install noise panels and take other measures to mitigate the problem.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | September 22, 2010
The controversy surrounding a Sharpsburg restaurant was rekindled Wednesday when a town councilman filed a complaint against the establishment with Washington County liquor officials. Sharpsburg Councilman Mathew Barnhart told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, that the owner of GeGe's Place at 208 S. Church St. allowed alcohol to be used in an enclosed area outside the business last week without having a permit. Barnhart witnessed the event, he said, when he looked over the enclosure to investigate a strange odor.
NEWS
By DON AINES | September 1, 2010
Private criminal complaints filed against one another by a Maryland State Police sergeant and a former girlfriend have been dismissed in Washington County District Court. Sgt. Timothy J. McKenrick, 45, and Sarah E. Britton, 29, filed the complaints as the result of an Aug. 6 incident at McKenrick's home northwest of Hagerstown, according to the applications for statement of charges. Britton sought charges of first-and second-degree assault against McKenrick, who in turn sought charges of third- and fourth-degree burglary, trespassing and second-degree assault against Britton, court records show.
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