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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | November 18, 2012
A company seeking a zoning change in Williamsport has been leasing two buildings from Washington County for nearly seven years. The lease agreement, which took effect Jan. 1, 2006, covers the county's Conococheague Industrial Pretreatment Facility at 16232 Elliott Parkway, outside Williamsport, and Nicodemus Treatment Facility at 15801 Lockwood Road in Williamsport. Under the agreement, Spirit Services pays the county $345,600 a year to use the pretreatment facility. The company has an option to buy the pretreatment property between the 21st and 22nd anniversaries of the start of the lease.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 24, 2012
A Washington County Circuit judge this week granted a preliminary injunction to Wells House against the City of Hagerstown and the police department regarding a search of the drug treatment facility in an assault case. “The net of protection cast over an entity such as Wells House is quite broad,” Judge John H. McDowell said during Tuesday's hearing. Federal and state laws provide for the confidentiality of patient information in such facilities, he said. “My interpretation is that the judge's order simply refers to the records and tangible property taken with the search warrant,” City Attorney Bill Nairn said Wednesday.
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October 24, 2012
An Inwood, W.Va., beverage company that was recognized last month at the 28th Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore for creation of low-calorie tea is holding an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tours of the facility operated by Tropical Breeze Beverages at 4325 Gerrardstown Road will be available, as will the creators of the company's award winning Dr. B's Premium Microbrewed Tea, according to a news release. Producers of the expo announced on Sept. 24 that the family-owned company in southern Berkeley County was awarded Best New Food for its Coconut Tea. Founded by dentist Ken Banks in 2010, the company says on its website that it develops and manufactures ready-to-drink all-natural teas that have no sugar added and are naturally caffeine free.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 5, 2012
Berkeley County's bid to land a distribution facility planned by a pharmaceutical distribution company recently fell short, but officials expect the $36.9 million investment in neighboring Frederick County, Va., will be felt across the county line. McKesson Corp. plans to a open a medical and surgical supply distribution facility that Berkeley County Development Authority executive director Stephen Christian said is within walking distance of the Berkeley-Frederick county line. The facility, which is expected to create 205 jobs, will be the company's third operation in Frederick County, Va., according to published reports.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 2, 2012
Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley said Tuesday the university's new Center for Graduate and Professional Studies to be built in Martinsburg will open next August for the 2013-14 academic year. University officials are looking at several sites with an announcement regarding their choice due in a few weeks. Shipley told a gathering of 22 stakeholders at the first of three scheduled informational breakfast meetings Tuesday at the Holiday Inn that the new center will have eight classrooms, faculty and student lounges, study rooms, offices and IT systems and support space.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 1, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge has ordered that items seized by Hagerstown police during a search of Wells House be returned to the drug-treatment facility pending a hearing on a preliminary injunction. Judge John H. McDowell on Friday ordered that “all books, documents, records, photographs, equipment, machinery, recording devices, and any other items and materials, including those that were turned over to the Clerk of Court and ordered to be sealed, shall immediately be returned to Wells House, Inc.” Wells House, a residential and outpatient treatment facility for substance abusers, was searched by police Aug. 30 in connection with an investigation of an alleged assault.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 1, 2012
A longtime Waynesboro manufacturer of cutting tools will be moving to a larger building later this year to accommodate future expansion. Wayne Tool Co., which was founded in 1917, was acquired by Louisiana-based Magnum Carbide early in the summer. Recently, the business owners secured a lease agreement for the old EZ Dumper building on Ninth Street. “We're looking for long-term growth,” company President Mark Wilcox said of the larger building. The investment will be substantial, he said.
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By BILL KOHLER | billk@herald-mail.com | September 27, 2012
A Franklin County steel manufacturing facility plans to expand and add nearly 100 jobs, state and local officials said Thursday. Olympic Steel Inc. will expand its steel processing facility at 1599 and 1530 Nitterhouse Drive, creating 90 new manufacturing jobs and investing $11 million for the purchase of new equipment and training of new employees, the company and Gov. Tom Corbett announced in a news release. Corbett said the company was considering expanding at two similar plants in Ohio but selected the Chambersburg plant to better serve the company's East Coast customers.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | September 26, 2012
The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is planning to build a new facility at Hagerstown Regional Airport. On Wednesday, Gary Hoyle, PIA's director of campus operations, said there will be a 99-year lease, the sign of a long-term commitment to this area. Washington County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said during a county commissioners meeting Tuesday that the school is spending $2 million on the new building. The institute will lease about 93,000 square feet of land at the airport for about $25,000 a year, Murray said.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 19, 2012
More than 100 people turned out Wednesday night to get a closer look at the challenges the city of Hagerstown must tackle if they were to renovate or rebuild Municipal Stadium and bring the 82-year-old ballpark back up to professional baseball standards. Those in attendance - a mix of supporters as well as opponents of the city's proposed downtown multiuse sports and events center that would be the new home of the Hagerstown Suns - were given a brief overview of the problems at the current stadium before touring the park.
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