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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 10, 2013
The operator of a sewage treatment facility for a Falling Waters, W.Va., mobile home park has agreed to pay a $55,530 penalty for multiple water pollution violations, according to a proposed settlement announced Monday. The final settlement of an administrative consent order, which was  signed Thursday by Steven L. Rhoton of Williamsport, Md., is subject to comments received in a 30-day comment period that ends July 10, the state Department of Environmental Protection said in a public notice.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2013
The Waynesboro Area School Board took a step Tuesday toward adopting a naming rights policy for school facilities. The policy affects naming of facilities such as buildings and athletic fields in honor of people. It addresses financial contributions that lead to naming rights. The Waynesboro Area Business, Education and Community, or WABEC, Foundation has requested the naming policy be in place as it explores launching a capital campaign focused on athletic facilities, particularly the high school track and football field surface.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 9, 2013
The Hancock Town Council voted Wednesday to provide a $200,000 loan to the company planning to build electronic home plates there later this year. The council voted to loan the money to Spessard Manufacturing with a personal guarantee from owner Jerry Spessard. Spessard is the co-inventor of the Eagle Eye Electronic Home Plate, which can call balls and strikes, as well as record pitch speed and other data. He plans to build a 6,000-square-foot facility in the town-owned Stanley Complex property.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2013
Nearly 100 government contract workers at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Martinsburg facility recently lost their jobs as a result of across-the-board federal budget cuts. The 98 contractors laid off at the end of March were doing administrative work at the facility, according to an executive with Three Saints Bay LLC, the parent company of the prime contractor that was affected by the layoffs. The workers in the ATF's firearms program were laid off because the facility was forced to cut its budget by $82 million due to sequestration, a Department of Justice spokesperson said Thursday in an emailed statement.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
Standing in front of a newly modified Hawker Beechcraft surveillance plane, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski on Tuesday announced $43 million in federal funding recently approved by Congress devoted to outfitting two additional multirole enforcement aircraft to protect U.S. borders. Mikulski, an advocate for border patrol and protecting American jobs, told about 100 attendees inside the manufacturing facility of Sierra Nevada Corp. at Hagerstown Regional Airport that the money serves to preserve the “passport of the middle class,” helping to protect about 200 jobs in Maryland, including many of the company's 500-plus workforce locally.
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March 21, 2013
The recommendation of a volunteer committee that examined ways to temporary alleviate overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School next school year is expected to be presented to the Washington County Board of Education on April 2, said the committee's chairman, Bert Iseminger. The Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee met Tuesday night to review a recommendation they came up with at an earlier meeting and did not change the recommendation, Iseminger said. Any redistricting changes would go to a public hearing before the school board gives them final approval, school system spokesman Richard Wright said.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2013
Some Greencastle officials are concerned that a newly opened rail-truck facility could result in heavier truck traffic in the borough. At Tuesday's Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting, Grant Cothran, manager of intermodal development for Norfolk Southern, and Jesse Moose, industrial development manager for Norfolk Southern, spoke to local business and community leaders at Rhodes Grove Camp and Convention Center in Chambersburg,...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 13, 2013
The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority voted Wednesday to impose a tax of 50 cents per ton on municipal waste handled at a yet-to-be-built facility that will produce solid refuse fuel from some of the trash. The county board's decision comes after a Public Service Commission administrative law judge signed off on the proposed $19 million mechanical-biological solid waste facility proposed by Entsorga West Virginia LLC to be operated near Martinsburg. The tax, which is authorized by state law, would not be collected until Entsorga begins handling waste, which could occur next year, Solid Waste Authority Chairman Clint Hogbin said Wednesday.
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By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 11, 2013
Despite concerns about traffic associated with the project, Williamsport Town Council members Monday night gave final approval of a land classification change for a treatment facility on Lockwood Road where a private company is processing used oil and converting it to fuel. Under a lease agreement with the county, Spirit Services has the capability to obtain the Nicodemous Treatment Facility on Lockwood Road, which is inside town limits. Richard Grimm, the town's zoning administrator, has said the property is zoned suburban residential and Spirit Services has asked for an employment center zone.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2013
The open house planned as part of the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show in May will not be held due to Defense Department budget cuts and “fiscal uncertainty,” organizers said Tuesday. With the change, the air show on May 11 and 12 now will be staged on the civilian side of Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport and the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard will no longer host the event on their base at Shepherd Field, officials said in a news release.  “Unfortunately, the uncertainty in our national financial picture has forced us to consider the possibility of some rather dramatic cuts in our funding,” Col. Roger Nye, the Airlift Wing's commander said in the news release.
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