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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2012
Eight Republican running for Maryland's 6th District seat in Congress touted their records, qualifications and positions Monday at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce forum. Incumbent Roscoe G. Bartlett told the crowd at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center in Hagerstown that his opponents' campaigns will highlight “a lot of good things that I voted against and a lot of bad things that I voted for” - plucked from “huge bills” with a mix of good and bad. Overall, though, he said, he has kept his promise to oppose increases in taxes and regulations and to support smaller government.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 10, 2011
Taking advantage of its AA bond rating, Washington County secured a roughly 3.50 percent interest rate Tuesday for the sale of 2011 public improvement bonds. The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the sale of $14.17 million in Maryland Public Improvement Bonds to Janney Montgomery Scott Inc., which offered the lowest interest rate of nine bidders. The bonds are to be used for county projects in fiscal 2011.   Commissioners President Terry Baker voted against the bond issue because it included funds for a road through the Mount Aetna Farms property, a controversial project Baker has been asking the commissioners to put on hold.
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by LAURA ERNDE | July 20, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com Michael Anthony McBurse became known to clerks at the Timberland Store at Prime Outlets in Hagerstown as a "bulk buyer. " McBurse, 41, of Gwynn Oak, Md., would routinely purchase up to 26 pairs of shoes at a time. Then Maryland State Police got a call from Adwoa B. Agyeman of Brooklyn, N.Y., after one of the purchases showed up on her credit card. According to Washington County Circuit Court records, McBurse pleaded guilty to theft and using a counterfeit credit card.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | August 20, 2011
History coughs up plenty of precedent for modern bad behavior. Politics is dirty today, but not as dirty as it was through much of the 19th century. Business is diabolically heartless today - often at the expense of the average person - but no more diabolical than the Robber Barrons of the Guilded Age. Anyone who believes the voyeurism on the 21st century is appalling should read up on Stanford White. O.J. Simpson only wishes he could get that much publicity. So anyone witnessing America's apparent freefall on multiple fronts can take heart that it could, and has been, worse.
OPINION
October 3, 2012
Brightman and Williams for school board To the editor: As we get closer to election day, I am asked more and more about the current school board candidates. While the school-board election may not be as newsworthy as the president or the mayor, the very people who you choose to serve on a school board will help shape the very lives of our children. Let me tell you why voting for Donna Brightman and Melissa Williams will help shape our children's lives in the most positive, productive ways.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | October 9, 2002
pepperb@herald-mail.com Hagerstown-based utility holding company Allegheny Energy Inc. said Tuesday it was in default on some of its loans after it failed to post additional collateral following a credit downgrade. Allegheny also said that because of continued weakness in the wholesale energy market, fiscal 2002 and 2003 earnings will be lower than expected. Moody's Investor Service last week downgraded the company's credit rating to "junk" status. At the time, Allegheny said that Moody's action wouldn't trigger any defaults or prepayment obligations under its debt agreements.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | October 14, 2002
If ever there were a time to get together and pull for the home team, this is it. Allegheny Energy, the Tri-State area's lone home-based entry in the Fortune 500, has absorbed several body blows this fall. It's become ensnared in contractual litigation with a Wall Street financier, seen its credit rating erode and its stock plummet, announced the suspension or reduction of dividends and even defaulted on loans. "It's sad news," a local businessman said. "Not just financially sad, but emotionally sad for the community.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | January 22, 2011
The impending merger of Allegheny Energy and FirstEnergy could lead to more charitable donations for the local community as well as modest rate credits or reductions for Allegheny's customers and more backup for repairs after major outages, officials with the two utility companies said. On Tuesday, the Maryland Public Service Commission approved the merger with 20 conditions, most of which were consistent with a previous settlement agreement. That started the clock on the 30-day period the merging companies have to respond to the commission's order and left one more regulatory hurdle to clear — approval by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | March 14, 1998
Bankruptcies on rise in Washington County The number of people and businesses in Washington County filing for bankruptcy tripled from 1995 to 1997, mirroring a nationwide trend that is straining courts and reshaping the way people manage their debts. In 1995, there were 407 bankruptcies originating from Washington County, according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Maryland District. By last year, that number had jumped to 1,220. Statewide, officials say they have not seen quite as dramatic a rise, but court officials said filings are rising.
NEWS
November 22, 2011
Following are comments from some members of the congressional delegation from the Tri-State area about the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, known as the supercommittee, to reach a deficit reduction plan: U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. “I am enormously disappointed that the Supercommittee has failed to come out with a comprehensive plan that can provide a framework that will help our nation's economy recover from this pro-longed recession.
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