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October 29, 2011
The Snow Emergency Plan for Frederick County was put into effect at 11 a.m., Maryland State Police said. While the Snow Emergency Plan is in effect, Maryland law requires that motorists use vehicles equipped with snow tires, as designated by the manufacturer, or equipped with chains. In addition, no parking is allowed on any highway designated as a snow emergency route. The following highways have been designated snow emergency routes in Frederick County: U.S. 15 U.S. 15 (Business)
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2012
The early hours of Tuesday morning could be a worrisome time for area fruit growers and backyard gardeners because of a freeze warning that was in effect overnight according to the National Weather Service and a local agricultural official. The warning was lifted at 9 a.m. Overnight temperatures fell below the freezing mark in Washington County, as well as in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania and in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia, the weather service said.
NEWS
July 8, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Washington Township has issued a ban on all open burning, effective at 3 p.m. Friday, according to a news release from the township's Board of Supervisors issued Thursday morning.
NEWS
October 28, 2011
The snow emergency plan will be in effect in the Borough of Waynesboro beginning at 6 p.m. Vehicles parked along Main Street between Clayton and Fairview avenues and along South Potomac Street between West Main and Second streets must be removed by 8 p.m. Vehicles not removed will be subject to citation and may be removed by a towing service. The cost of removal of the vehicle will be the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle, in accordance with the state's vehicle code.
BREAKINGNEWS
October 29, 2011
The Snow Emergency Plan for Washington County was placed into effect at 12:30 p.m. Saturday because of hazardous driving conditions caused by snow- or ice-covered roads and will be lifted at 6:30 p.m., Maryland State Police said. When the plan is in effect, all vehicles traveling on designated state Snow Emergency Routes must be equipped with chains, snow tires, or all season radial tires. Vehicles parked on Snow Emergency Routes are subject to being impounded. The snow emergency plan for Frederick County was put into effect at 11 a.m. "Please do not call the State Police or any other police agency for road or weather conditions," police wrote in a press release.
NEWS
June 5, 2009
A flood watch is in effect for Western Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia until 5:15 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service announced late Friday morning. Click here for details. o For updated weather forecasts, road conditions and school closures or delays, go to The Herald-Mail Accuweather
NEWS
August 26, 2011
The boil-water alert issued for residents of Yourtee Road and Weverton in Washington County remains in effect, Brunswick City Administrator Rick Weldon announced Friday morning. Earlier Friday, the city erroneously announced that full water service from Yourtee Springs to all residents was being restored. Weldon blamed the error  on "confusion in communication between the testing laboratory and our city water treatment staff over which tests were completed. " A tanker truck with fresh drinking water is available between of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Himes Country Store, 1325 Weverton Road, for any user of the Brunswick water system, he said.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
The water is now flowing from Yourtee Springs, but the Maryland Department of the Environment boil water alert remains in effect for residents of Yourtee Road and Weverton Road in Washington County, Brunswick City Administrator Rick Weldon said in a news release Thursday. The water is acceptable to use without boiling for any purpose other than drinking or cooking, Weldon said.   "All other users of the City of Brunswick water system in Knoxville, New Addition, Rosemont and Brunswick are not under any form of use restriction," he said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
The city took its first step Tuesday night to acquire the beleaguered former Municipal Electric Light Plant, when the Hagerstown City Council voted unanimously to draft an “eminent domain” ordinance to take the property. Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire made a motion to introduce an ordinance authorizing legal counsel and city staff to begin eminent domain proceedings. It was seconded by Councilman Donald F. Munson. The five-member council then passed the motion unanimously but made no further comments.
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NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 23, 2013
Nearly six months after federal “sequestration” went into effect, some local businesses, nonprofit organizations and national parks are feeling the effects of the mandatory federal budget cuts, according to U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. Cardin said Friday that the effects of sequestration are not always immediate, but have affected economic progress in the nation and Western Maryland. “We've heard from businesses located out there dependent on federal contracts,” he said.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 25, 2013
The gasoline tax in Maryland will increase by about 4 cents a gallon on Monday, part of a series of increase in the tax in the years to come to fund transportation projects in the state. This is the first increase in the state gasoline tax since 1992. The measure, which cleared the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year, will raise the state gas tax by 12.1 cents a gallon by July 2015. Another increase in the state gas tax of 8.1 cents a gallon is possible in 2016, if federal Internet sales tax legislation does not pass, according to the Associated Press.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
The Chambersburg Area School Board rescinded its offer to appoint a former assistant superintendent into another leadership position at the same salary and benefits. By a 6-3 vote Wednesday night, the school board voted to amend a move on March 13 that in effect removed Cathy Dusman from her job as assistant superintendent and made her director of early childhood education. Voting for the change were Phillip Miracle, Stanley Helman, Kim Amsley-Camp, Fred Rice, Joe Tosten and Norman Blowers.
NEWS
June 12, 2013
The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors are expected to soon decide whether they want to lower the municipality's traffic impact fees, as  recommended by a committee tasked with reviewing the fee structure. If the supervisors decide at their Monday meeting to lower the fees, the amended rate would be advertised and put in effect for land development projects submitted after July 6. The committee, mostly comprised of real estate professionals, recommended the rate be lowered from $3,147 for each “traffic unit” to $2,485 per unit.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 19, 2013
Wilson College's Class of 2013 is poised to make a great impact on the natural world because the next 10 years will be key in protecting the planet, the class' graduation speaker said Sunday. Sylvia A. Earle said that just last week, the Earth passed a milestone in which carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere passed the 400 parts-per-trillion mark. She also said half the coral reefs are gone, as she witnessed during a dive at the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia this month.
OPINION
April 2, 2013
The City of Hagerstown might just have stumbled across a way to keep its employees happy without soaking the taxpayers who pay public-employee salaries. Last week the city agreed to a one-time bonus for its full-time employees of $1,000, with $200 going to part-timers. That will cost the city close to $500,000 now, but, compared with a traditional pay raise, will actually save money over time. As the council says, city employees have been good soldiers through hard times. They haven't had a raise in three years and have had no cost-of-living adjustment in four.
NEWS
March 19, 2013
Morgan County Public Schools are operating on two-hour delay Tuesday, the school system announced at 5 a.m. Code D for school employees is in effect, the announcement said.
BREAKINGNEWS
March 18, 2013
Maryland State Police announced that the snow emergency plans that went into effect at 5:30 p.m. Monday for Washington and Frederick counties were lifted by 8:30 p.m. When a snow emergency plan is in effect, all vehicles traveling on designated state snow emergency routes must be equipped with chains, snow tires or all-season radial tires. Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes are subject to being impounded.
NEWS
March 10, 2013
Leiters Mill Road at the bridge over Antietam Creek is to be closed effective Monday, according to the Washington County Division of Public Works Engineering and Construction.   The bridge will be closed to thru traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a project scheduled to be completed by the end of the week. A detour will be posted.
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