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June 21, 2013
A convicted sex offender wanted in Florida for violating the conditions of his release was arrested Tuesday in Martinsburg, W.Va., according to the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force. Robert Connolly, 63, who was living in an apartment on West Main Street in Martinsburg, was taken into custody early Tuesday by U.S. marshals and West Virginia State Police while he was operating his vehicle on College Street, a task force news release said. Authorities said Connolly was arrested without incident.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | January 12, 2006
HAGERSTOWN karenh@herald-mail.com Though her husband has not made a decision about his future plans, Maryland Theatre Executive Director Pat Wolford said Wednesday she plans to retire to Florida. After more than a decade behind the scenes, Wolford said she plans to take a seat in the audience and enjoy retirement, effective Feb. 3. Since traveling to Florida on vacation about a month ago, Wolford said she and her husband, Washington County Highway Department Director Ted Wolford, have purchased a home in Ocala, Fla., and moved their furniture.
OBITUARIES
February 13, 2013
Mae K. Cole Thompson, 92, of Pembroke Pines Century Village, Pembroke Pines, Fla., passed away Feb. 8, 2013, in a Hollywood, Fla., hospital. Born Sept. 14, 1920, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late James B. Cole and Lucretia Mullinex Cole. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Thompson. She is survived by one sister, Gloria Cole Mulholland, Cedar Grove, Tenn.; two stepchildren of Florida; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She owned two beauty salons in Hagerstown before she moved to Florida.
NEWS
by YVETTE MAY / Staff Photographer | June 21, 2007
Don Palmer of Florida is shown in his 1922 Ford Model T. Palmer was touring the Sharpsburg area Wednesday afternoon as part of the 2007 Eastern National Spring Tour of the Maryland T Memories. There are about 62 classic Ford Model T cars on tour in the area for the week.
OBITUARIES
July 31, 2012
D. Patrick Dalton, 70, of Orlando, Fla., died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Florida. A celebration of his life will be held privately. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va.
NEWS
October 15, 2009
-OCT. 6, 2009 WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - William Alexander Lantz died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, of natural causes, at his home in Winter Haven, Florida. He was 61 years of age, and is survived by his wife, Marily Helen Lantz; his sister Edwina Carlson of Vienna, Virginia; and his brothers, Lewis Edwin Lantz III of Wheaton, Maryland, and Samuel Owen Lantz of Westerville, Ohio. William (Bill) Lantz was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, and lived in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Ohio, and Crestview, Florida, before moving to Winter Haven.
OBITUARIES
July 25, 2011
Ronald Milton Koger III, 13, of Fort Myers, Fla., died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Florida. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate.
OBITUARIES
September 10, 2011
David I. Bitner, 62, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and a former state lawmaker, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at his home in Monticello, Fla., after his months-long battle with ALS. Mr. Bitner was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many. Born Dec. 11, 1948, in Hagerstown, Md., Bitner graduated from North Hagerstown High School. Dave is survived by his loving wife, Wendy, of Monticello; his daughter, Jennifer Blackburn of North Port, Fla.; sisters, Deborah Poff and Darlene Muse of Florida, and Dawn Lewis of Hagerstown; brother, Donald Bitner of Florida; and aunt, Dorothy Cramer of Hagerstown.
OBITUARIES
September 6, 2012
Robert "Bob" D. Moffitt, 60, of Leesburg, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Buffalo, Wyo., with his wife, Margaret. Bob was born May 13, 1952, in Hagerstown, Md., and moved to Florida for much of his adult life. Bob enjoyed being innovative with his mind and hands, in designing and building many buildings throughout Florida. He had a passion for aviation and enjoyed flying his family in his Beechcraft Queen Air Model 88 for many years. Bob also was recently blessed by his two beautiful granddaughters, Olivia and Piper.
LIFESTYLE
February 2, 2012
Ashley and Michael Haferl Jr. of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., announce the birth of a daughter, Aliana Nevaeh Haferl , Dec. 30, 2011. Maternal grandparents are Cheryl Green of Hagerstown, and Terry Green of Myersville, Md. Paternal grandparents are Michael Haferl Sr. of Brooksville, Fla., and Susan Krul of Hagerstown. Maternal great-grandparents are Betty Green of Funkstown, and James Green of Myersville. Paternal great-grandparents are Patrica Nowicki of Florida, and Frances Krul of New Jersey.
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NEWS
June 21, 2013
A convicted sex offender wanted in Florida for violating the conditions of his release was arrested Tuesday in Martinsburg, W.Va., according to the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force. Robert Connolly, 63, who was living in an apartment on West Main Street in Martinsburg, was taken into custody early Tuesday by U.S. marshals and West Virginia State Police while he was operating his vehicle on College Street, a task force news release said. Authorities said Connolly was arrested without incident.
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NEWS
March 29, 2013
Senior citizens enrolled in medical and prescription plans through a Florida-based health insurance company will not see a gap in their Medicare coverage, despite the company's contracts being terminated April 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Those terminations affect residents of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. CMS “will ensure continuous medical and prescription coverage for beneficiaries enrolled in Universal Health Care Medicare health plans,” according to a new release issued Friday afternoon.
SPORTS
March 8, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013 COLLEGE BASEBALL VERO BEACH, Fla. - Hagerstown extended its winning streak to seven straight games with a pair of victories Friday - a come-from-behind 12-6 victory over Penn State-Fayette, followed by a 14-1 rout of Rochester College. In the win over Penn State-Fayette, Hagerstown was held scoreless through three innings before overcoming a six-run deficit. The rally started in the bottom of the fourth with Hagerstown plating its first two runs of the game to cut the deficit to 6-2. The momentum carried over to the fifth inning as the Hawks exploded with six runs in the fifth to take an 8-6 lead.
OBITUARIES
February 13, 2013
Mae K. Cole Thompson, 92, of Pembroke Pines Century Village, Pembroke Pines, Fla., passed away Feb. 8, 2013, in a Hollywood, Fla., hospital. Born Sept. 14, 1920, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late James B. Cole and Lucretia Mullinex Cole. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Thompson. She is survived by one sister, Gloria Cole Mulholland, Cedar Grove, Tenn.; two stepchildren of Florida; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She owned two beauty salons in Hagerstown before she moved to Florida.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | November 25, 2012
Growing up in Clear Spring, biologist Kim Dryden's childhood seems almost like a Disney nature movie. Her father and grandfather both worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which gave her an unusual exposure to wildlife. "I remember one January someone showed up with a grebe," Dryden, 54, recalls during a telephone interview from her Naples, Fla., home. A grebe is a waterfowl. They are diving birds. Or as Dryden said, "it's basically like a mean, big duck.
OBITUARIES
September 6, 2012
Robert "Bob" D. Moffitt, 60, of Leesburg, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Buffalo, Wyo., with his wife, Margaret. Bob was born May 13, 1952, in Hagerstown, Md., and moved to Florida for much of his adult life. Bob enjoyed being innovative with his mind and hands, in designing and building many buildings throughout Florida. He had a passion for aviation and enjoyed flying his family in his Beechcraft Queen Air Model 88 for many years. Bob also was recently blessed by his two beautiful granddaughters, Olivia and Piper.
OBITUARIES
July 31, 2012
D. Patrick Dalton, 70, of Orlando, Fla., died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Florida. A celebration of his life will be held privately. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va.
BREAKINGNEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2012
An 80-year-old Florida woman died at Meritus Medical Center early Tuesday evening after a two-vehicle rollover crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Hagerstown Regional Airport, according to Maryland State Police. Clara Magdelan Stankiewicz, of Crystal River, was pronounced dead at 5:43 p.m., state police said in a news release. Clara Stankiewicz was the passenger in a 2011 Cadillac SRX, driven by Stanley Stankiewicz, 83, that was struck by a 2008 Ford Edge merging onto the highway just south of exit 1 as the interstate enters Maryland, police said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 10, 2012
Robert Tudor, professor of music at Jacksonville (Fla.) University, will take over Shepherd University's music department next month. Tudor, a Florida native who specializes in voice, will replace Mark McCoy as the department's chairman. McCoy resigned in July 2011 to take a job as music department chair at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. He left a department with 140 music majors, including several in the master's program, and a staff of 40 full- and part-time faculty members.
LIFESTYLE
May 11, 2012
Leah Ellis, 13, has been selected to represent Chesapeake State at the 2012 Miss American Junior Teen Pageant.  Leah, the daughter of Charles and Sheryl Ellis of Hagerstown, is an eighth-grade student at Smithsburg Middle School. In addition to the being crowned, the Miss Chesapeake Junior Teen, she also received awards for her volunteer service, academic achievement and best interview. As the Chesapeake State Junior Teen, Leah will attend the national pageant for her age group in Florida and Disney World during the week of Thanksgiving.
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