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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | June 19, 2012
Longtime plans for a 1,000-foot stretch of new road extending Fairfax Boulevard from 12th Street to the Fairfax Crossing housing development became a reality Tuesday when city officials learned they're getting $5 million to build it. The federal grant is being funneled through the office of U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R. W.Va., according to a news release. Capito, a well-funded 12-year House veteran, is being challenged for a seventh term in November by Howard Swint, a political unknown from Charleston, W.Va., who is running what he said is a grass-roots, social media-based campaign.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | May 28, 2012
Hagerstown Community College received a $1.25 million, five-year federal grant to start an Upward Bound college-prep program to help eligible Washington County Public Schools students who would be among the first generation of their families to go to college, a college official said. “I have personally seen other students go through other TRIO programs (and) graduate who would not have otherwise graduated,” said Anne Shepard, HCC's director of grants development. HCC has offered similar federal programs that were aimed at college students and, like Upward Bound, helped students through tutoring, and provided students with information about transferring to a four-year college, Shepard said.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | April 14, 2012
An initiative to restore and redevelop the 19th century Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's roundhouse and shops in Martinsburg has gained more steam in the last few weeks. A federal grant awarded in 2006 for improvements to the 13.6-acre industrial complex finally can be spent thanks to $35,000 allocations recently approved by Martinsburg City Council and Berkeley County Council. Both allocations will be used as matching money for the $585,684 federal Surface Transportation grant that the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd announced in 2006.
By HEATHER KEELS | | February 15, 2012
Budget advisers are recommending that Washington County make about $444 million worth of investments in capital projects such as schools, roads and bridges over the next decade. That's after the Capital Improvement Plan Committee cut about 40 percent from the more than $750 million worth of projects that have been requested by county departments and other agencies for the next 10 years, Budget and Finance Director Debra S. Murray told the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
By HEATHER KEELS | | June 8, 2011
Washington County's request for a $600,000 federal grant to help extend Yale Drive through Mount Aetna Farms has been formally approved, according to an announcement Wednesday from Maryland's U.S. senators. The grant - the first of two consecutive $600,000 grants the county is seeking from the Appalachian Regional Commission - will go toward funding a $9.3 million project to extend Yale Drive to a new entrance to Hagerstown Community College. "We're very excited that (the grant)
By HEATHER KEELS | | 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.
April 7, 2011
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., a no-nonsense lawmaker who only comes out from behind his scowl when he really means it, called retiring State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick “Maryland’s First Lady of Education” and credited her with leaving a “luminous legacy.” Grasmick, 72, has indeed been the face of education in Maryland for 20 years. She announced last week that she will leave office in June, ending a remarkable career in which she championed progressive reforms and maintained scholastic equilibrium in a state with incredibly diverse educational needs.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | March 6, 2011
Two Washington County volunteer fire companies will receive federal grant money this year to upgrade their breathing equipment. Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department and First Hose Co. in Boonsboro each received 95 percent matching grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, according to a news release from the offices of U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjam in L. Cardin, both Maryland Democrats. Boonsboro was awarded $57,000 toward a $60,000 project to purchase a mobile system for refilling the air-cylinder tanks that firefighters wear, said Jay Brandenburg, who wrote the fire company’s grant.
By TRISH RUDDER | June 17, 2010
BERKELEY SPRINGS -- U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will be a welcome guest in town Monday. Capito will present a $200,000 federal development grant check at 2 p.m. to the Morgan Arts Council for renovations to the Ice House. Bob Marggraf, chairman of the Ice House building committee, said the funds will be used to complete the infrastructure on the top two floors with mechanical, electrical and plumbing service. "It will allow us to expand to be the community arts resource center," Marggraf said Wednesday.
By HEATHER KEELS | May 19, 2010
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County officials have agreed to forfeit $400,000 in grant funding to Garrett County this year in hopes of getting a larger share of the same funding next year. The $400,000 in federal "TEA-21" funding was allocated to Washington County for an access road to the Mount Aetna Farms property, Commissioner James F. Kercheval said. That project is unlikely to be ready to use the funding before it expires, so county officials worked out the shift to keep the funding in Western Maryland, Kercheval said Tuesday.
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