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September 2, 2012
Scheduled meetings this week of the Washington County Board of Education and Hagerstown's Mayor and Council (the County Commissioners are not scheduled to meet this week): WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS • No meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4 WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Board Conference Room 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, Sept. 4, 11 a . m. Agenda • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Closed session Board Auditorium 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012
Contemporary American Theater Festival will offer a glimpse into the lifecycle of a play at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Shepherds-town Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown. The reading might be another play by a playwright at the festival or it might be a play under consideration for a future season. Free admission. Call 304-876-3704.
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OPINION
June 22, 2013
The form of local government known as charter home rule is one that is habitually thumped at the polls every so often, so why might we expect this latest initiative to be any different? Mainly because some leaders who have opposed it in the past now seem more open to the idea. Home rule allows counties to have a greater say over local law without having to first seek approval in Annapolis from the entire Maryland General Assembly. This legal housekeeping is often somewhat trivial in nature, but takes up copious amounts of our lawmakers' time, when they could be working on issues of greater import.
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NEWS
April 1, 2013
Scheduled meetings this week of the Washington County Commissioners, Washington County Board of Education, and Hagerstown Mayor and Council: WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Washington County Board of Education headquarters 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, April 2, 8 a.m. Joint meeting with the Board of Education • Pupil generation rates • Second Quarter budget adjustments to board of education's FY2013...
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 30, 2012
The Judicial Nominating Commission for Washington County has selected four attorneys whose names will be forwarded to Gov. Martin O'Malley for consideration to fill a vacancy on District Court. Mary Anne Day, Terry Allen Myers, Roland David Pembroke and Margaret Lynn Williams were selected from the dozen applicants to fill the vacancy created when District Judge Dana Moylan Wright was elevated to the Circuit Court bench this past summer. Wright was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III. The commission met Thursday to vote on which names would be forwarded to the governor for his selection and confirmation by the state Senate.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 30, 2012
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has removed the Eastern Panhandle as a possible location for operating a proposed halfway house, according to the government's business opportunity website for contractors. The government narrowed possible locations for the proposed “Residential Re-Entry Center” in northern West Virginia to Barbour, Doddridge, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Taylor or Upshur counties, according to an amendment to its request for proposals posted online Aug. 15 at www.fbo.gov/ . An April 30 pre-solicitation notice for the Bureau of Prisons indicates the government initially requested proposals to provide a residential re-entry center within any of 25 northern West Virginia counties listed in the online announcement.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012
Contemporary American Theater Festival will offer a glimpse into the lifecycle of a play at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Shepherds-town Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown. The reading might be another play by a playwright at the festival or it might be a play under consideration for a future season. Free admission. Call 304-876-3704.
NEWS
June 12, 2012
Funkstown officials informally agreed Monday night to explore the idea of opening a dog park at Funkstown Community Park. Town Councilman Luke Barnette said he was approached about the possibility of a dog park by people who were walking their pets there. Barnette said he knew finding funding could be a long process, but he would like to move forward slowly with the issue. The town council did not take a vote, but agreed informally to have Barnette explore the viability of such a park.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 13, 2011
A measure to exempt churches that have tax-exempt status from paying certain county permit fees still is being considered by the Berkeley County Council, which voted 3-2 Thursday to defeat a motion opposing the proposal. Councilmen Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci and William L. “Bill” Stubblefield voted to amend the county's fee-waiver policy to exclude all churches from being eligible for an exemption from paying certain county planning and engineering fees. Council members Douglas E. Copenhaver Jr., James “Jim” Whitacre and Elaine Mauck voted against the amendment, which had been recommended by county legal counsel Norwood Bentley III to address legal concerns over the separation of church and state.
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