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By DAVE McMILLION | October 31, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Opinions differed Thursday over how much of a security threat was posed to county residents when Social Security numbers were included in a new Internet-based county records search program that was launched last week. Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan, whose office oversees records like property deeds, judgments and tax liens, said she wanted to put the records online to help people do record searches more efficiently. But the new online program, which started Oct. 24, was taken down Wednesday after Maghan realized people's Social Security numbers were in some of the records.
NEWS
February 3, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A company that sold computer software to Berkeley County thinks it has discovered the culprit behind bugs plaguing the system - fancy screen savers. Keith Fischer, manager of the Image Systems Division of United Systems and Software Inc., told the Berkeley County Commission Thursday that improperly installed software can foul up computers. He said he thinks programs such as popular screen savers may be the cause of malfunctions in the Berkeley County Clerk's office and the Circuit Court Clerk's office.
NEWS
March 21, 2001
Chief says Y2K killed cops' crime-tracking computer By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com For more than a year the Hagerstown Police Department has been working without computer software that helps police track crime trends, but Chief Arthur Smith said he is hopeful a plan to get the department back online will be finalized soon. "One of the things that's missing is if someone asks for crime statistics for their neighborhood we couldn't go back a year because it would take forever," Smith said.
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By DAN DEARTH | December 12, 2007
Discussion on hiring new officers put off The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday delayed discussing the hiring of two police officers until an undetermined date. Police Chief Arthur Smith said after the council's meeting that the department needs the officers to fill two vacated positions. He said he was optimistic the council would fill the positions. Each officer would cost the city about $61,603 per year in salary and benefits, according to city records. City wants to replace old computer software The City of Hagerstown is shopping for a software package to bring the city's computer system into the 21st century.
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b DAVE McMILLION | August 11, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There was another tense exchange between Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan and county officials Thursday, this time over Maghan's request for $108,000 for new software to protect county records. Maghan told the Jefferson County Commissioners that Morgan County officials were able to save government records from a fire that damaged the county's courthouse early Tuesday. But she expressed concern about the safety of records in the Jefferson County Courthouse if there is a fire.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | October 9, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Rising real estate taxes have raised the ire of many local property owners, and the two candidates running for Jefferson County assessor are acknowledging the issue in their campaigns. The county assessor's office controls how the value of homes and other property are assessed for preparation of tax bills. Democrat Angela L. "Angie" Banks, 44, and Republican Gary Dungan, 64, are vying for the four-year-term job in the Nov. 4 general election. Ginger Bordier has been the county's tax assessor for 30 years, but decided earlier this year she would step down.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | October 31, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man who was charged with using spy software to monitor his estranged wife's computer was released from jail on suspended sentences Monday during a Washington County Circuit Court hearing. James Stephen Ostmann Sr., 40, of 990 Monroe Ave., entered Alford pleas to harassment, making a false statement to a police officer, two counts of violation of a protection order and three counts of computer misuse in connection with charged acts against his estranged wife from Aug. 1, 2005, to April 1, 2006.
NEWS
October 25, 1999
Holy megabytes, Batman, the long arm of Bill Gates is reaching into Morgan County, W.Va., where he claims there's a retailer selling pirated copies of Microsoft's Windows 95. He doesn't say why. I mean Windows 95, The Operating System of the Damned, isn't exactly what jumps to mind when you're thinking of desirable items to counterfeit. Be honest; this is like a pirate ship pulling aside a Spanish galleon loaded with gold and demanding all its rats. What else does this retailer sell, counterfeit Chevy Chevettes?
NEWS
April 20, 1999
The doubt of the benefit To the editor: A correction is needed for an Associated Press error! The Herald-Mail on page A10, carried the following statement in an AP article on Social Security earnings penalties: "...once they reach age 70, when the penalty no longer applies - their monthly benefits are adjusted upward to compensate for the losses. " Not so, according to SSA pubs and staffers. (1) Yes, when you reach 70 - the earnings penalty is finally eliminated.
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By BRUCE HAMILTON | March 20, 2000
Quick as eighth notes, Rob Hovermale's fingertips flit across an electronic keyboard. His hands hover but he looks straight ahead, as if unaware of playing the pattern. Notes appear on a computer screen in front of the musician, lining up on a staff as the score scrolls by. cont. from front page He stops, clicks the mouse, leaves the ivories untouched. Again the tune trickles. "With all the technological advances, it's so easy," Hovermale says. For the band director of E. Russell Hicks Middle School, music is basic as breath and almost as necessary.
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By DAVE McMILLION | October 31, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Opinions differed Thursday over how much of a security threat was posed to county residents when Social Security numbers were included in a new Internet-based county records search program that was launched last week. Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan, whose office oversees records like property deeds, judgments and tax liens, said she wanted to put the records online to help people do record searches more efficiently. But the new online program, which started Oct. 24, was taken down Wednesday after Maghan realized people's Social Security numbers were in some of the records.
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By DAVE McMILLION | October 9, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Rising real estate taxes have raised the ire of many local property owners, and the two candidates running for Jefferson County assessor are acknowledging the issue in their campaigns. The county assessor's office controls how the value of homes and other property are assessed for preparation of tax bills. Democrat Angela L. "Angie" Banks, 44, and Republican Gary Dungan, 64, are vying for the four-year-term job in the Nov. 4 general election. Ginger Bordier has been the county's tax assessor for 30 years, but decided earlier this year she would step down.
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By DAN DEARTH | December 12, 2007
Discussion on hiring new officers put off The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday delayed discussing the hiring of two police officers until an undetermined date. Police Chief Arthur Smith said after the council's meeting that the department needs the officers to fill two vacated positions. He said he was optimistic the council would fill the positions. Each officer would cost the city about $61,603 per year in salary and benefits, according to city records. City wants to replace old computer software The City of Hagerstown is shopping for a software package to bring the city's computer system into the 21st century.
NEWS
by LIZ THOMPSON | March 4, 2007
I started in this business just after typewriters went out the door in favor of computers. I missed - just barely - the atmosphere of a newsroom where smoke hung in the air, coffee got like tar in the pot and typewriter keys pounded on the paper. That might not sound very pleasant to you, but I've imagined what that was like and I'm really sorry I missed it. When I stepped into my first newsroom, just a little smoke hung in the air and one of the editors made fresh coffee regularly.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | October 31, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man who was charged with using spy software to monitor his estranged wife's computer was released from jail on suspended sentences Monday during a Washington County Circuit Court hearing. James Stephen Ostmann Sr., 40, of 990 Monroe Ave., entered Alford pleas to harassment, making a false statement to a police officer, two counts of violation of a protection order and three counts of computer misuse in connection with charged acts against his estranged wife from Aug. 1, 2005, to April 1, 2006.
NEWS
b DAVE McMILLION | August 11, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There was another tense exchange between Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan and county officials Thursday, this time over Maghan's request for $108,000 for new software to protect county records. Maghan told the Jefferson County Commissioners that Morgan County officials were able to save government records from a fire that damaged the county's courthouse early Tuesday. But she expressed concern about the safety of records in the Jefferson County Courthouse if there is a fire.
NEWS
March 21, 2001
Chief says Y2K killed cops' crime-tracking computer By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com For more than a year the Hagerstown Police Department has been working without computer software that helps police track crime trends, but Chief Arthur Smith said he is hopeful a plan to get the department back online will be finalized soon. "One of the things that's missing is if someone asks for crime statistics for their neighborhood we couldn't go back a year because it would take forever," Smith said.
NEWS
By BRUCE HAMILTON | March 20, 2000
Quick as eighth notes, Rob Hovermale's fingertips flit across an electronic keyboard. His hands hover but he looks straight ahead, as if unaware of playing the pattern. Notes appear on a computer screen in front of the musician, lining up on a staff as the score scrolls by. cont. from front page He stops, clicks the mouse, leaves the ivories untouched. Again the tune trickles. "With all the technological advances, it's so easy," Hovermale says. For the band director of E. Russell Hicks Middle School, music is basic as breath and almost as necessary.
NEWS
February 3, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A company that sold computer software to Berkeley County thinks it has discovered the culprit behind bugs plaguing the system - fancy screen savers. Keith Fischer, manager of the Image Systems Division of United Systems and Software Inc., told the Berkeley County Commission Thursday that improperly installed software can foul up computers. He said he thinks programs such as popular screen savers may be the cause of malfunctions in the Berkeley County Clerk's office and the Circuit Court Clerk's office.
NEWS
October 25, 1999
Holy megabytes, Batman, the long arm of Bill Gates is reaching into Morgan County, W.Va., where he claims there's a retailer selling pirated copies of Microsoft's Windows 95. He doesn't say why. I mean Windows 95, The Operating System of the Damned, isn't exactly what jumps to mind when you're thinking of desirable items to counterfeit. Be honest; this is like a pirate ship pulling aside a Spanish galleon loaded with gold and demanding all its rats. What else does this retailer sell, counterfeit Chevy Chevettes?
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