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BREAKINGNEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2011
Direct Air is ending its service out of Hagerstown Regional Airport on Aug. 21, but might come back next year, the company announced Tuesday. Direct Air started flying twice a week from Hagerstown to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lakeland, Fla., on June 23. Direct Air's imminent departure will leave Cape Air as the only local carrier. Cape Air flies between Hagerstown and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Ed Warneck, a managing partner for Direct Air, said the airline decided that Hagerstown could be a good "seasonal market" and hopes to resume service next spring.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | March 21, 2012
Washington County has landed a new commercial air service to fly from Hagerstown Regional Airport, county officials  announced Wednesday in a news release. The name of the new service is to be revealed at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Hagerstown Regional Airport terminal, the release said. “Washington County has been committed to securing destination-oriented air service carriers and has been successful in landing a partnership to offer this service to area residents,” the release said.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2011
Frustrated with Direct Air's abrupt decision to stop flights out of Hagerstown Regional Airport, at least one Washington County commissioner was critical of the way the company handled its decision. John F. Barr said earlier this month that the commissioners were "shell shocked" when they learned of the company's decision late on the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 9, in a closed session at the end of their weekly meeting. The airline said flights between Hagerstown and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lakeland, Fla., would end after Aug. 21, less than two months after they began.
NEWS
July 13, 2011
Emergency center gets board oversight The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to create a governing board for the county's Emergency Communications Center. The governing board will be composed of the leaders of the Hagerstown Police Department, Maryland State Police Hagerstown barrack, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Hagerstown Fire Department, Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and the Washington County director of emergency services.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 3, 2011
Hagerstown Regional Airport plans to expand its passenger-holding space and add an automated baggage-conveyer system to ease growing pains from a new commercial air service, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said Tuesday. The Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to allow the airport to use $200,000 in county funds and $200,000 in federal grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission for the terminal modifications. That funding had been allocated for site work to prepare the northwest quadrant of the airport for future development, but with the introduction of 150-passenger flights to Myrtle Beach and Florida from Direct Air, airport officials decided the terminal modifications were more pressing, Ridenour said.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2011
Despite the loss of Hagerstown Regional Airport's sixth carrier in 10 years, Washington County and airport officials said they remain committed to offering commercial passenger service at the airport. "That's the purpose of the airport," said Terry Baker, president of the Board of County Commissioners. "Our airport will thrive regardless of the level of commercial passenger service that we have, but we really need to have that passenger service," Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham said.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2012
Lured by incentives from Washington County, Allegiant Air is taking another go at providing air service from Hagerstown to Orlando, starting May 25, county and airline officials announced Thursday. The company, which flew the same route in 2008 through 2010, will again offer twice-weekly flights, generally on Mondays and Fridays, from Hagerstown Regional Airport toOrlando-Sanford International Airport, Allegiant Manager of Airports Eric Fletcher said. Tickets are already on sale, with an introductory rate of $59.99 each way for tickets purchased by April 12. The service will fill the gap left last August when Direct Air ended its service from the county-owned airport to Myrtle Beach and Lakeland, Fla. Currently, the airport's only commercial service is its commuter flights to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
OPINION
July 4, 2011
“I was just wondering if anyone could tell me why the water fountain in the center of the City Park lake is no longer operating. It was so attractive and enjoyable for park visitors. I certainly hope that it’s not because of budget cuts.” — Hagerstown “Regarding the individual who called into Mail Call about trying to contact these county commissioners: I, too, have experienced the problem with no returned calls. ... Never had the courtesy of a returned call. I will remember this at election time.
OPINION
September 3, 2011
Suggestions welcomed for airport profitability To the editor: I thank Tim Bussard in his Aug. 27 letter for introducing a touch of reality into the Hagerstown airport enigma. As a former Hagerstown resident, I have flown in and out of what was my hometown airport for more than 35 years, when Allegheny, Piedmont and US Air flew daily services to the D.C.-Baltimore and Pittsburgh airports. In those days, needy services they were. But times have changed.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
There was some good news mixed with some uncertainties when Hagerstown Regional Airport Director Phil Ridenour briefed the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. On the good side, Allegiant Air, which operates twice weekly flights to Orlando from the airport, had nearly 4,800 passengers between Jan. 4 and Feb. 25, Ridenour said. Its planes were at 93 percent of capacity on departures, or 154 passengers per flight, he said. Departures averaged about 88 percent of capacity last year, he said.
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NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
There was some good news mixed with some uncertainties when Hagerstown Regional Airport Director Phil Ridenour briefed the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. On the good side, Allegiant Air, which operates twice weekly flights to Orlando from the airport, had nearly 4,800 passengers between Jan. 4 and Feb. 25, Ridenour said. Its planes were at 93 percent of capacity on departures, or 154 passengers per flight, he said. Departures averaged about 88 percent of capacity last year, he said.
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NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2012
Lured by incentives from Washington County, Allegiant Air is taking another go at providing air service from Hagerstown to Orlando, starting May 25, county and airline officials announced Thursday. The company, which flew the same route in 2008 through 2010, will again offer twice-weekly flights, generally on Mondays and Fridays, from Hagerstown Regional Airport toOrlando-Sanford International Airport, Allegiant Manager of Airports Eric Fletcher said. Tickets are already on sale, with an introductory rate of $59.99 each way for tickets purchased by April 12. The service will fill the gap left last August when Direct Air ended its service from the county-owned airport to Myrtle Beach and Lakeland, Fla. Currently, the airport's only commercial service is its commuter flights to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | March 21, 2012
Washington County has landed a new commercial air service to fly from Hagerstown Regional Airport, county officials  announced Wednesday in a news release. The name of the new service is to be revealed at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Hagerstown Regional Airport terminal, the release said. “Washington County has been committed to securing destination-oriented air service carriers and has been successful in landing a partnership to offer this service to area residents,” the release said.
NEWS
January 2, 2012
As 2011 drew to a close, The Herald-Mail took a look back at some of the stories we wrote about during the year. These are the final stories, which provide a glimpse of the story, and what happened next.   Fort Ritchie awaits impact report The story: Agent Orange was among the herbicides tested at the former Fort Ritchie Army base in 1963, according to U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs documents that surfaced in February.
OPINION
September 3, 2011
Suggestions welcomed for airport profitability To the editor: I thank Tim Bussard in his Aug. 27 letter for introducing a touch of reality into the Hagerstown airport enigma. As a former Hagerstown resident, I have flown in and out of what was my hometown airport for more than 35 years, when Allegheny, Piedmont and US Air flew daily services to the D.C.-Baltimore and Pittsburgh airports. In those days, needy services they were. But times have changed.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2011
Despite the loss of Hagerstown Regional Airport's sixth carrier in 10 years, Washington County and airport officials said they remain committed to offering commercial passenger service at the airport. "That's the purpose of the airport," said Terry Baker, president of the Board of County Commissioners. "Our airport will thrive regardless of the level of commercial passenger service that we have, but we really need to have that passenger service," Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham said.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2011
Frustrated with Direct Air's abrupt decision to stop flights out of Hagerstown Regional Airport, at least one Washington County commissioner was critical of the way the company handled its decision. John F. Barr said earlier this month that the commissioners were "shell shocked" when they learned of the company's decision late on the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 9, in a closed session at the end of their weekly meeting. The airline said flights between Hagerstown and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lakeland, Fla., would end after Aug. 21, less than two months after they began.
BREAKINGNEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2011
Direct Air is ending its service out of Hagerstown Regional Airport on Aug. 21, but might come back next year, the company announced Tuesday. Direct Air started flying twice a week from Hagerstown to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lakeland, Fla., on June 23. Direct Air's imminent departure will leave Cape Air as the only local carrier. Cape Air flies between Hagerstown and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Ed Warneck, a managing partner for Direct Air, said the airline decided that Hagerstown could be a good "seasonal market" and hopes to resume service next spring.
NEWS
July 13, 2011
Emergency center gets board oversight The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to create a governing board for the county's Emergency Communications Center. The governing board will be composed of the leaders of the Hagerstown Police Department, Maryland State Police Hagerstown barrack, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Hagerstown Fire Department, Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and the Washington County director of emergency services.
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