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By DAN DEARTH | August 5, 2009
Adviser spoke at Marine's funeral WARFORDSBURG, Pa. -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been granted an injunction against a Warfordsburg, Pa., financial adviser who is accused of bilking investors -- including a memorial fund for a local Marine killed in Iraq -- out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The injunction request was filed July 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg against Robert G. Bard, an investment adviser, and his firm, Warfordsburg-based Vision Specialist Group LLC. U.S. District Judge William W. Caldwell on Wednesday signed an order extending the injunction until Aug. 13, when another hearing is to be held.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 24, 2009
A court schedule has been set up for the case of Robert G. Bard, a Warfordsburg, Pa., financial adviser accused of bilking investors. An order signed this month by U.S. District Judge William W. Caldwell in Harrisburg, Pa., put the case on the January 2011 trial list, according to a court docket. Amended pleadings are due by March 1, 2010. Other deadlines throughout 2010 also have been set. Previously, an order by Caldwell continued a freeze on assets of Bard and his firm, Vision Specialist Group LLC. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused Bard of squandering clients' money in risky investments and creating false statements to mask the true value of clients' accounts.
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By SCOTT BUTKI | June 2, 1999
The Washington County government may be able to improve its bond rating in the next year or two, according to the county's financial adviser. Moody's Investor Service in late May recertified the county's current bond rating of A1. As part of that process, the county's financial adviser, Paul Heid, said there were indications that the county may be able to improve its rating next year to AA3, County Budget and Finance Director Debra Bastian...
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 6, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - Around noon Wednesday, Andrew Serafini got the call many in Washington County had been anticipating: Gov. Martin O'Malley telling him he'll be the state's next delegate. Serafini, a Republican, will be sworn in Friday at 2 p.m. at the State House. A financial adviser who lives north of Hagerstown, Serafini will take over the Subdistrict 2A seat that Robert A. McKee held until he resigned last month. The Washington County Republican Central Committee picked Serafini from a field of 19 applicants and forwarded his name to O'Malley's office Monday.
NEWS
August 7, 2009
Girl, 15, struck by car on Md. 632 Western Heights residents complain about rowdy youths Pa. financial adviser accused of bilking investors Maugansville woman charged in husband's stabbing C&O park officials share ideas for projects
LIFESTYLE
September 28, 2012
Katie Schwartz, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Hagers-town, is hosting a free college savings presentation, "College - Getting There from Here," at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Williamsport Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport. Refreshments will be served. The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Jill Wilkinson at 301-733-2498.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 5, 2009
Pa. financial adviser accused of bilking investors WARFORDSBURG, Pa. -- A Warfordsburg, Pa., woman said the financial adviser accused of pilfering almost $500,000 of her family's savings spoke at her son's funeral three years ago after he was killed in Iraq. Nancy Szwydek said she and her husband, Mike, trusted Robert G. Bard, a financial adviser and owner of Vision Specialist Group LLC in Warfordsburg, to invest their money. "We had no reason to doubt him," Nancy Szwydek said of Bard, who is related to the Szwydeks through marriage.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2012
Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Scott Palmer and Peggy Hays, with Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA, were recognized as agents of the month for October in the Greencastle office. The award is given based on the number of listings taken, sales, made and closed sales, as well as attendance at Realtor functions and continuing-education classes completed. Palmer has been selling real estate for 26 years and is an associate broker. He lives in Greencastle with his wife, Dawn, and daughter.
NEWS
September 23, 2002
Bank of Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Bank of Charles Town has announced the establishment of BCT Investments, an investment services division. Bank Vice President Joe Smith of Martinsburg, W.Va., has been promoted to BCT Investments Division manager. Christopher S. Amores has been hired as Investment Financial Consultant for BCT Investments. Amores has practiced as a financial adviser since 1994. TCA TrustCorp America TCA TrustCorp America has opened an office at 111 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 13, 2009
A federal judge on Tuesday approved an injunction against a Warfordsburg, Pa., financial adviser accused of bilking investors. The order by U.S. District Judge William W. Caldwell continues a freeze on the assets of Robert G. Bard, the adviser, and his firm, Vision Specialist Group LLC. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused Bard of squandering clients' money in risky investments and creating false statements to mask the...
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 18, 2013
The Waynesboro Area School Board will be refinancing debt, but it expects the savings realized from the effort will be less than in the past. The district will refinance $8.6 million in principal in the coming months. The debt represents one of four bond issues done to obtain money for the $46 million expansion and renovation of Waynesboro Area Senior High School. The school board already refinanced the other three bond issues, experiencing significant savings due to lower interest rates in recent years.
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BUSINESS
December 9, 2012
Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Scott Palmer and Peggy Hays, with Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA, were recognized as agents of the month for October in the Greencastle office. The award is given based on the number of listings taken, sales, made and closed sales, as well as attendance at Realtor functions and continuing-education classes completed. Palmer has been selling real estate for 26 years and is an associate broker. He lives in Greencastle with his wife, Dawn, and daughter.
LIFESTYLE
September 28, 2012
Katie Schwartz, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Hagers-town, is hosting a free college savings presentation, "College - Getting There from Here," at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Williamsport Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport. Refreshments will be served. The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Jill Wilkinson at 301-733-2498.
OPINION
November 10, 2011
Redistricting unfair to Western Maryland To the editor: Oftentimes, radical left-wing groups surface, like the folks who want to do away with the Electoral College. The college keeps our president from being elected solely by big population centers.   But that is just what is going to happen to my native Allegany County after redistricting. Voters from downstate will elect their representative. The people of Allegany and Garrett counties - the real folks, not the government employee weekenders - their votes won't count.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2011
Name of business: Sentinel Capital Solutions     Owners: Cort Meinelschmidt and Chelsea Miller                       Address: 38 S. Potomac St., Suite 304, Hagerstown (above Bulls & Bears restaurant) Opening date: July 8, 2011 Products and services: Financial services including retirement income planning, wealth management, estate planning, educational planning, business continuation, trust services, portfolio management, advisory services, life insurance and long-term-care insurance.Through WFG Investments Inc., alternative investments, mutual funds, annuities, stocks, bonds, treasuries and structured CDs are offered.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 23, 2010
Hagerstown residents are "frustrated with the representation they have" in Annapolis, state delegate candidate Cort Meinelschmidt said. "No one's paying attention to them," he said. Meinelschmidt -- a Republican running against Del. John P. Donoghue -- said Maryland, under Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, has been driving away new business through excessive taxation. Meinelschmidt, a financial adviser at Centra Bank, said Maryland has one of the worst business climates in the country largely because of its taxes.
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By BOB POOR | November 25, 2009
Q: My husband and I are looking forward to early retirement at age 55. We have been told that there is a Web site dedicated to early retirement strategies authored by a successful early retiree. So far, we have not had any luck coming up with it. Any ideas? A: You might be referring to John Greaney, P.E., who offers a site called "The Retire Early Home Page - the online magazine for people who used to work for a living. " In his words, "Retire Early shows you how to look out for your interests and make sure nobody yanks the yoke right out of your retirement nest egg. " The site offers a variety of early retirement-related topics, starting with a Discussion Board Forum Index.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 24, 2009
A court schedule has been set up for the case of Robert G. Bard, a Warfordsburg, Pa., financial adviser accused of bilking investors. An order signed this month by U.S. District Judge William W. Caldwell in Harrisburg, Pa., put the case on the January 2011 trial list, according to a court docket. Amended pleadings are due by March 1, 2010. Other deadlines throughout 2010 also have been set. Previously, an order by Caldwell continued a freeze on assets of Bard and his firm, Vision Specialist Group LLC. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused Bard of squandering clients' money in risky investments and creating false statements to mask the true value of clients' accounts.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 13, 2009
A federal judge on Tuesday approved an injunction against a Warfordsburg, Pa., financial adviser accused of bilking investors. The order by U.S. District Judge William W. Caldwell continues a freeze on the assets of Robert G. Bard, the adviser, and his firm, Vision Specialist Group LLC. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused Bard of squandering clients' money in risky investments and creating false statements to mask the...
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