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August 29, 2013
Next week is expected to be an important one in ongoing stormwater system work in the Borough of Waynesboro. Crews working on a system bypass along South Potomac Street are expected to install new pipe near the Cemetery Avenue outfall. They are currently lowering a 24-inch sanitary sewer line at Ninth Street, according to Kevin Grubbs, director of borough engineering. The multimillion-dollar project, which involves several sections of the municipality, is creating changes in traffic patterns.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Washington Township, Pa., crews on Monday received authorization to clean up debris outside the designated boundaries of a junkyard on Pa. 316 South. The township supervisors voted Monday to fine junkyard owner Bruce Neibert $500 a day for violating the agreement under which refuse must be kept behind his treeline. They said township crews will clean up the area. The supervisors criticized him after looking at pictures that show items along his driveway. They already denied Neibert's 2013 permit application based on the same reasons.
NEWS
July 8, 2012
Emergency crews from Washington County and Jefferson County, W.Va. were dispatched to a water rescue on the Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry Sunday night, dispatchers from both counties said. The call went out at 9:04 p.m., a Jefferson County Emergency Services dispatcher said, but she had no other information as of about 9:50 p.m. A woman at the Friendship Fire Co. in Harpers Ferry acknowledged that units had gone out to on the call, but also had no additional information.
NEWS
September 12, 2011
Patchwork on multiple streets around the Hagerstown will begin Tuesday at 7 a.m., according to a press release from the City of Hagerstown. Work crews from Craig Paving, Inc. will begin working on Wesel Boulevard, South Burhans Boulevard, Maryland Avenue, and Salem Avenue. The work will require excavation and removal of the current pavement and adding new pavement to the road. Lanes will close at various times at each location while the work is going on. Emergency vehicles will be able to pass through the work zones, but motorists should expect delays in an area where a lane might be closed.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2012
The Maryland State Highway Administration has work crews prepared for the weekend in case of any inclement weather, but nothing has been mobilized in or near Washington County yet, according to SHA Spokesman Charlie Gischlar. "There is a chance of snow flurries on Sunday, but that is still two to three days out," he said. "The temperature is supposed to decrease dramatically this weekend. " According to the National Weather Service's website, http://forecast.weather.gov , the high in Hagerstown on Friday was expected to be near 54 degrees with winds between 18 and 22 miles per hour and gusts as high as 33 mph. A low of 32 degrees is expected Friday night.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2012
Construction has begun at the site of a new Sonic drive-in restaurant on Dual Highway near Edgewood Drive in Hagerstown. Crews broke ground March 16 at 1710 Dual Highway, with plans of opening by mid-May, a Sonic franchise official said Monday. Nick Stamnos, director of operations, said a job fair is planned for April 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a conference room at the Hampton Inn, 1716 Dual Highway, just behind the construction site. The company seeks to hire 80 or more entry-level positions, including cooks, skating carhops, drive-through workers and switchboard operators, Stamnos said.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | August 18, 2006
HALFWAY - A suspicious package containing an unidentified brown liquid forced crews to don hazmats suits in a parking lot outside Lenox Distribution Center late Thursday. According to Ed Ernst, deputy chief of Volunteer Fire Department of Halfway, the crews were notified of the situation at about 8:30 p.m. Ernst said "it's a brown liquid that we don't have a clue what it is. " The container included writing in either Chinese or Japanese, Ernst said. It was about six inches long and four inches high, he said.
NEWS
December 22, 2012
Several local emergency crews responded Saturday to a house fire at 11183 Big Pool Road. In an email, Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company Chief Michael L. Reid wrote that the two-story home was a complete loss. He wrote that the fire started in a clothes dryer. Five people in Steven Wood's family lived there, Reid wrote. The fire company posted a photo of the destroyed house on its Facebook page and asked if the community could help the two men, two women and 3-year-old boy who lived there.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | September 7, 2013
Television crews were at the Georgia Boy Cafe at Park Circle in Hagerstown Friday afternoon setting up for the upcoming filming of the Food Network Reality Show, “Restaurant: Impossible.” Workers were going in and out of tents set up in the parking lot, a filming light could be seen inside, and a waste-management company, Republic Services, arrived to deliver a large trash container. Larry Jones of Martinsburg, W.Va., who works for Republic Services, helped to deliver the trash container - and then started taking pictures.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | December 22, 2003
SMITHSBURG - Firefighters fought a chimney and attic fire in a home near the Frederick County, Md., line for 75 minutes Sunday morning before containing it. A Washington County 911 center spokesman said crews were dispatched at 9:30 a.m. to 9542 Crystal Falls Drive for the fire. David Shoop, of the Mt. Aetna Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire started in the chimney of the home and extended into the walls. Shoop said no one was injured in the blaze, and the owners of the home, whom he did not identify, were not displaced.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | September 7, 2013
Television crews were at the Georgia Boy Cafe at Park Circle in Hagerstown Friday afternoon setting up for the upcoming filming of the Food Network Reality Show, “Restaurant: Impossible.” Workers were going in and out of tents set up in the parking lot, a filming light could be seen inside, and a waste-management company, Republic Services, arrived to deliver a large trash container. Larry Jones of Martinsburg, W.Va., who works for Republic Services, helped to deliver the trash container - and then started taking pictures.
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NEWS
August 29, 2013
Next week is expected to be an important one in ongoing stormwater system work in the Borough of Waynesboro. Crews working on a system bypass along South Potomac Street are expected to install new pipe near the Cemetery Avenue outfall. They are currently lowering a 24-inch sanitary sewer line at Ninth Street, according to Kevin Grubbs, director of borough engineering. The multimillion-dollar project, which involves several sections of the municipality, is creating changes in traffic patterns.
OBITUARIES
July 30, 2013
Betty Minor Crews, 84, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Betty was born in Norfolk, Va., and grew up in Bena, Va., graduating from Achilles High School in 1946. She attended Longwood College and, in 1951, graduated from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing. Betty was a nurse in Richmond for several years before moving to Baltimore in 1954, where she worked in nursing administration for 30 years at Union Memorial Hospital. In 1996, she moved to Hagerstown, Md., to be near her daughter and grandchildren.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
Rescue crews called off a search for a 25-year-old man who went missing while swimming in the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry Friday night after they scoured the area without success for hours, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police. DNR police Capt. Jerry Kirkwood said the man decided to swim across the river and began to struggle when he got into a current. He was reported missing about 3 p.m. A 23-year-old female companion was swimming with him at the time, and she was able to swim to safety.
NEWS
March 30, 2013
Fire crews from four counties in Maryland and Pennsylvania battled a house fire Saturday night in the 14600 block of Pennersville Road off MacFee Hill Road, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said. The call for the fire at 14627 Pennersville Road went out at 8:46 p.m., and units from fire departments from Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland as well as Franklin and Adams counties in Pennsylvania responded, the supervisor said. Pennsylvania fire units from Waynesboro and Blue Ridge Summit were called to the fire only minutes after the initial call, according to a Franklin County Emergency Services dispatcher.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 5, 2013
In preparation for a winter storm that was expected to move into the Tri-State area Tuesday evening, road crews were pre-treating the roads, plow trucks were positioned in key locations, and utility workers from three companies in Ohio were on the way to the area.  The Maryland State Highway Administration on Tuesday was pre-treating secondary roads in Washington County, including Maryland and U.S. numbered routes, with salt brine, according to...
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Washington Township, Pa., crews on Monday received authorization to clean up debris outside the designated boundaries of a junkyard on Pa. 316 South. The township supervisors voted Monday to fine junkyard owner Bruce Neibert $500 a day for violating the agreement under which refuse must be kept behind his treeline. They said township crews will clean up the area. The supervisors criticized him after looking at pictures that show items along his driveway. They already denied Neibert's 2013 permit application based on the same reasons.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 28, 2013
A wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and rain fell across Washington County on Monday morning, sending out road crews and prompting school systems to close or delay classes. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Washington County and surrounding counties. The temperature had moved just above freezing, at 32.4 degrees, by 10:42 a.m., according to the website of Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer at http://i4weather.net . By 10:42 a.m., .21 of an inch of precipitation, had fallen since the weather system moved in to the area, the website shows.
NEWS
December 22, 2012
Several local emergency crews responded Saturday to a house fire at 11183 Big Pool Road. In an email, Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company Chief Michael L. Reid wrote that the two-story home was a complete loss. He wrote that the fire started in a clothes dryer. Five people in Steven Wood's family lived there, Reid wrote. The fire company posted a photo of the destroyed house on its Facebook page and asked if the community could help the two men, two women and 3-year-old boy who lived there.
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