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September 9, 2012
The second day of a Tough Mudder event at Crumland Farms was canceled Sunday after police said there was significant traffic disruption and unsafe conditions for motorists and pedestrians the day before. Saturday was the first day of the event, which attracted several thousand participants and spectators to the Frederick area, according to the Frederick Police Department. The Frederick Police Department and the Maryland State Police worked to control traffic, but the volume of traffic created significant traffic disruption, resulting in participants choosing to park outside the designated parking areas established by event officials, police said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
The disruption of Internet service for thousands of Frontier Communications customers in the Eastern Panhandle was apparently caused by copper thieves, according to a company spokesman. “They thought it was copper and found that it wasn't,” Frontier spokesman Dan Page said, minutes after service began to be restored Wednesday afternoon to about 20,000 customers in Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and Hampshire counties. The fiber optic cable cut occurred about 16 miles from Martinsburg in a remote area, Page said.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 18, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A hardware failure in a piece of equipment the size of a refrigerator on Thursday night at Verizon Communications' central office facility in Martinsburg disrupted service to about 24,000 landlines for about two hours, a company spokesman said. From 7:12 to 9:21 p.m., Verizon customers in the Martinsburg area with 260, 262, 263, 264 and 267 exchanges could not contact customers who had a different exchange because the network's switch had failed, Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski said.
NEWS
By BRUCE HAMILTON | August 31, 1999
South Hagerstown High School opened without disruption Monday, despite the ongoing construction, which is part of a $15-million renovation. No major problems marred the first day of school for Washington County's approximately 19,800 students, according to school officials. "Overall, things went great," said Director of Secondary Education Boyd Michael II. "Everything I'm hearing went smoothly. " Sixteen school systems in Maryland resumed classes Monday, according to the Maryland State Department of Education.
NEWS
December 31, 2003
As a youngster Lawrence Martin attended Halfway School, the present-day site of the Halfway Volunteer Fire Company. His daughter Vickie Layton recalls a story her father shared with her about his days at Halfway School. "A boy who, sent to the cloakroom as punishment, found some dried milkweed pods that had been brought in for a science project. Eventually, fuzzy white seeds were blown into the classroom, causing even more disruption!" The school was built in 1920 and closed in 1955.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 9, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gas service to about 3,000 customers in the Martinsburg area was disrupted Tuesday morning and it was not immediately clear when repairs would be completed, a Mountaineer Gas Co. official said. "We're not really giving out any time right now," said the company official, who described the problem as a malfunction in the regulator feed. Martinsburg Fire Department Capt. David Brining said he was told service could be restored by late Thursday or early Friday.
NEWS
August 11, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - About 2,000 natural gas customers in Martinsburg still were without service as of Thursday at 4 p.m., according to the operations manager for Mountaineer Gas Co. "At this point, most of the businesses are back on," said Thomas Westfall, who noted about 1,000 customers have had their service restored after a malfunction Tuesday morning disrupted it. Westfall anticipated the Charleston, W.Va, company would have service completely...
NEWS
December 23, 1998
A software glitch Monday morning briefly interrupted 911 service in Washington County beginning around 8 a.m. "We didn't know there was a problem until a woman called on our seven-digit number and said she had gotten a busy signal when she dialed 911," said Ron Karn, chief of Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications. Karn said 911 calls are normally routed through Cumberland and when there is trouble, they are automatically rerouted through Keyser, W.Va. That automatic reroute didn't happen Monday, Karn said.
NEWS
December 27, 2005
Poor excuse for a plan To the editor: "Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. " How true, especially after reading the article in The Herald-Mail dated Sunday, Nov. 27. Stoyan Russell, who is the county's emergency planner, has a job funded through a Maryland Emergency Agency Homeland Security Grant, yet this state agency does not even oversee the plans that he writes for Washington County. I am sure that if his reports were reviewed by this agency, changes would be made.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | May 12, 1999
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Now that everyone has been told what Y2K is, the focus Wednesday night turned to preparing for it. Y2K experts and several agencies, including the Red Cross and Jefferson County Office of Emergency Services, came together at Jefferson High School to explain how local residents can cope with power outages and other service disruptions that could be caused by Y2K. About 75 people attended. Y2K is a potential flaw in the timing functions in computers.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
The disruption of Internet service for thousands of Frontier Communications customers in the Eastern Panhandle was apparently caused by copper thieves, according to a company spokesman. “They thought it was copper and found that it wasn't,” Frontier spokesman Dan Page said, minutes after service began to be restored Wednesday afternoon to about 20,000 customers in Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and Hampshire counties. The fiber optic cable cut occurred about 16 miles from Martinsburg in a remote area, Page said.
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BREAKINGNEWS
July 8, 2013
Berkeley and Jefferson County emergency dispatch center officials said they are currently unable to hear 911 callers who are using Sprint cell phone service. The caller, however, is able to hear the dispatcher, who can call the individual back, if necessary, officials said. Sprint is aware of the issue and is working on solving the problem, officials said.   Any person who has Sprint mobile service that needs emergency services should use a landline to call 911.  This problem affects only Sprint customers.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | February 4, 2013
Snoring is often the butt of jokes between couples. The wife complains that her husband's snoring keeps her awake. He's sick of the elbow to the ribs to wake him up. But the truth is that sometimes snoring can be a sign for something that isn't a laughing matter - sleep apnea. "Sleep apnea is a very common condition and undiagnosed primarily because there is a lack of awareness in the medical community and also in the lay community," said Dr. Naresh Punjabi, professor of medicine and epidemiology for Johns Hopkins' Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
NEWS
September 9, 2012
The second day of a Tough Mudder event at Crumland Farms was canceled Sunday after police said there was significant traffic disruption and unsafe conditions for motorists and pedestrians the day before. Saturday was the first day of the event, which attracted several thousand participants and spectators to the Frederick area, according to the Frederick Police Department. The Frederick Police Department and the Maryland State Police worked to control traffic, but the volume of traffic created significant traffic disruption, resulting in participants choosing to park outside the designated parking areas established by event officials, police said.
LIFESTYLE
August 16, 2012
Brook Lane and Washington County Schools are sponsoring the seminar, "Working with Children and Adolescents with Disruptive Behavior Disorders," Monday, Aug. 20, at Smithsburg High School Auditorium, 66 N. Main St., Smithsburg. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. The seminar is from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The seminar is for educators, mental health professionals and parents who work with children or adolescents who have disruptive behavior disorders. The seminar will discuss mild, moderate and severe disorder and conduct disorder and offer some interventions to better manage disruptive behaviors in and outside the classroom.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2012
More than 303,000 cyber security-related complaints were recorded by the   U.S. Department of Justicein 2010, more than 17 times the number a decade earlier, posing a growing threat to the nation's economic and military security. On Thursday more than 100 business people, government officials and students gathered at Hagerstown Community College for the 2012 Cyber Security Regional Conference co-hosted by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to discuss what can be done to prevent and defend against cyber attacks.
NEWS
February 9, 2011
People commuting to the Baltimore area by car or to Washington, D.C., by train might have run into travel difficulties Wednesday morning. Interstate 70 was closed in both directions for more than an hour following a three-vehicle accident east of Md. 97 in Howard County, the Maryland Department of Transportation reported. The accident was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m., according to MDOT. By 9:45 a.m., all but one eastbound shoulder of I-70 had reopened. MARC rail service from Frederick, Md., to Washington was canceled Wednesday morning because a disabled freight train was blocking the tracks, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | December 10, 2010
Some residents in the Boonsboro and Keedysville areas were unable to make phone calls Friday evening outside of their 432 exchange code, including 911 calls, due to damage to a telephone line, Washington County Emergency Services Director Kevin L. Lewis said. Verizon restored service to customers by late in the evening, a company spokeswoman said. The outage affected both land lines and cell phones in the 432 exchange area, or the area in which phone numbers begin 301-432-, Lewis said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 30, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- About 10 homes in Martinsburg were evacuated Monday and CSX rail traffic was disrupted for about three hours after a propane truck struck the railroad bridge over East Burke Street, Martinsburg Fire Department Capt. Jerry L. Gray said. A relief valve on top of the 3,500-gallon tank of the United Propane truck was clipped by the steel beams of the bridge, which has a clearance of 10 feet, 2 inches, Gray said. Reported at 1:48 p.m., the gas leak prompted police and fire officials to evacuate homes in the 200 and 300 block of East Burke Street and part of Water Street, Gray said.
NEWS
August 6, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amtrak service along the East Coast is being disrupted and Virginia Railway Express is canceling Fredericksburg line trains after a coal train derailed south of Washington. Amtrak says service will continue to be disrupted Friday because the railroad is shut down south of Quantico, Va., with all tracks blocked. VRE is canceling all trains on the line after Thursday's derailment. The disruption affects Amtrak trains running between Washington and Newport News, Va., and from New York to Miami, Charlotte, N.C., and Savannah, Ga. Auto train service between Lorton, Va. and Sanford, Fla. is also affected.
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