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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2013
Renovations to the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library are nearly complete, with library officials hoping to unveil the improved library during Old Home Week in August. Members of the library board completed a final walk through of the first phase of renovations on Thursday. In July 2010, the library embarked on a $1.2 million capital campaign that has raised about $900,000 that was needed to complete the three-phase project to upgrade the 50-year-old library. But during the final phases of construction, “there will be a little disruption,” library board member Kay Witmer said.
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SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | May 25, 2013
For the 17th time in the last 18 years, the Class 1A girls title went to a Washington County team at the Maryland State Outdoor Track & Field Championships. And for the third straight year, the champion was Boonsboro. The Warriors edged Western Tech 112-111 to capture another title Saturday at Morgan State University. “That was definitely the closest. My heart's still racing,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “It was tough. Western Tech has an outstanding team, and I knew it would be close.
NEWS
May 5, 2013
Months ago, a question was raised to city and county officials: What's to become of the former Massey auto building at the rear of the soon-to-be-reopened Washington County Free Library? The largest of three blighted yet “historic” structures on a 2.77-acre tract purchased by the county in 2010, the Massey building had plywood on its East Baltimore Street-facing windows and numerous broken windows around the other three sides. Several county commissioners, city council members and Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts expressed concern about doing something to improve the building's appearance if demolition was not an option.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2013
Officials hope to complete the first phase of the new public library building in Hedgesville, W.Va., by obtaining about $700,000 in financing through the Berkeley County Building Commission. Fundraising for the branch library continues, but the financing would expedite completion of the two-story building, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library director Pamela Coyle said last week. The library system has asked the building commission to help facilitate financing because they are prohibited by law from borrowing the additional money, Coyle said.
NEWS
April 25, 2013
The Maryland State Highway Administration advises motorists in Washington County to expect overnight lane closures starting Monday as SHA resurfaces eastbound I-70 between U.S. 40 (Dual Highway/National Pike) and Md. 66 (Mapleville Road) east of Hagerstown. Weather permitting, the project will be complete by June 30, the SHA said in a news release. The $1.2 million project includes milling, resurfacing and restriping the 2 1/2-mile section of highway, which serves an average of about 30,000 eastbound vehicles per day. The SHA said motorists should anticipate single-lane closures Monday through Thursday nights between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. as well as possible single-lane closures Sunday mornings between midnight and 11 a.m. SHA will use signs, cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone.
NEWS
April 21, 2013
The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce's Workforce Development Committee is examining local workforce needs by asking the business community to complete a business and industry workforce needs survey. The results of the survey will guide the chamber's efforts to facilitate the development of a more comprehensive picture of elements such as growth and development of businesses, education and training needs, and other areas where the chamber might be of assistance. It is the chamber's goal to inform the business community of the resources that are available and bridge any gaps that might exist.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 16, 2013
Delays in completing Berkeley County's public recreation center in Inwood, W.Va., have prompted officials to nix a plan to hold summer camps for children there this year. Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Executive Director Steve Catlett said Tuesday that uncertainty about when the W. Randy Smith Recreation Center will be completed factored into the decision to  postpone until 2014 the launch of the camps at the center. Catlett said officials decided to make the announcement the month before people registered for the Berkeley Summer Energy & Explorer Camps at the new $2.1 million facility.
SPORTS
April 4, 2013
A familiar cast of characters helped the Washington Nationals complete a lopsided, season-opening three-game sweep of the payroll-slashing, talent-trading Miami Marlins. Now should come more of a test: A visit to the reigning NL Central champion Cincinnati Reds starting Friday. In Washington's 6-1 victory over Miami in the finale Thursday - the combined series score was 11-1 - Jayson Werth tacked on a three-run homer, Ryan Zimmerman's three hits included a two-run double, Bryce Harper had two more hits, and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann went six innings.
NEWS
April 3, 2013
A draft of the follow-up study that looks at the economic feasibility of two additional sites for a new ballpark for the Hagerstown Suns has been sent to the city for review, a Ripken Design official said Wednesday afternoon. Dan Taylor, project manager with Ripken Design, said a copy of the report was delivered to Jill Estavillo, the city's economic development manager. Taylor said he expects the city to review the draft over the next “week or two” and then report back to the firm with any requested revisions or changes.
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