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By C.J. LOVELACE and DAVE McMILLION | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com and davem@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
A “very positive” meeting was held Tuesday night between city officials in Fredericksburg, Va., and the Hagerstown Suns, although it was not conducted as originally planned, according to a city councilman involved in the talks.  During the meeting, representatives of the minor league baseball team and city officials presented their options for a possible stadium deal, Fredericksburg City Councilman Fred Howe said. “It was a very positive presentation, over all, on both sides,” Howe said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 22, 2013
The Hagerstown Suns and Fredericksburg, Va., issued a joint statement Wednesday announcing they had reached preliminary agreement on the outline of a deal that one member of the city's negotiating team said “got us around third base and heading for home.” Fredericksburg City Councilman Fred Howe, a member of the city's three-person negotiating team, said in a telephone interview Thursday that the statement came at the end of a negotiating session...
OBITUARIES
March 28, 2013
Mary Loretta Dillon, 70, of Fredericksburg, Va., died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Benchmark Baptist Fellowship in Fredericksburg. Burial will follow in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2013
Hagerstown Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn said Friday that he plans to move the minor league team to Fredericksburg, Va., but also wants to keep professional baseball in the Hub City. “Our intention is to go to Fredericksburg with the (Class) A ball team that we have, but also our intention is to wait for the plans here that the city council is discussing,” Quinn said after a closed-door meeting with Hagerstown officials Friday afternoon at City Hall. Quinn said the Suns' name would not go to Fredericksburg, and he's exploring ways to bring another “undetermined” professional baseball team to Hagerstown that could be operated by the Suns ownership and associated investors or another baseball ownership group - once the city decides on a location and master plan that includes a stadium project.
OBITUARIES
March 30, 2013
Tibor Baksy, 90, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Woodmont Center in Fredericksburg, Va. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Berkeley Springs. The service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
OBITUARIES
June 6, 2012
Sue Boward, 76, of Fredericksburg, Va., died peacefully on June 4, 2012 at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg. Born Soon Ja Kwak in 1936 in South Korea, she left war-torn Korea and came to the United States to attend college. After two years at Pasadena College in California, she transferred to George Washington University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Eugene Boward. During their marriage they lived in Frederick and Bel Air, Md., and Alexandria and Springfield, Va. Sue spent the last decade with her many friends at the Golden Living Community in Fredericksburg.
OPINION
September 5, 2013
Forget the Suns; bring investors back to downtown To the editor: When I read about the preliminary deal between Bruce Quinn and Fredericksburg, Va., concerning the Hagerstown Suns, it confirmed my thoughts that Mr. Quinn never wanted to remain in Hagerstown. He offered to finance a significantly smaller portion of a stadium here than he is offering to Fredericksburg, and it didn't seem that he was committed to signing a 30-year lease in Hagerstown. He would not accept upgrading Municipal Stadium, nor did he offer to do it. He never brought Diamond Nation or any private investor to Hagerstown.  What if Mr. Quinn was not allowed to play in Municipal Stadium while he awaits a new stadium in Fredericksburg?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012
1. Christmas from olde tyme Olde Tyme Christmas will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Funkstown. The event begins with a Yule log bonfire at 6 p.m. The evening will include music and Santa at Town Hall; wagon rides, music at St. Paul's Church, living nativity in the park; shopping; raffles. 8:30 p.m. raffle and contest winners announced at Town Hall. Sites in Funkstown. For a complete schedule, go to www.funkstown.com . 2. Coffee, music on a Friday night Dana and Susan Robinson will perform a blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Trinity Orchard House, W.Va.
OPINION
By TOM FIREY | August 28, 2013
Fredericksburg, Va., officials announced last week that they've crafted a new proposal for building a stadium that would become home to the Hagerstown Suns. The announcement caused great turmoil in Washington County where some local leaders want to build a taxpayer-financed stadium in downtown Hagerstown. It's unclear whether the Fredericksburg plan will come to fruition. An earlier proposal was abandoned following taxpayer outcry against using public money for the stadium. Initial reporting on the new plan indicates that, instead of using tens of millions of tax dollars to build the stadium, the city would use millions of tax dollars to build a parking lot for a privately built stadium and then give the stadium owners tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks.
OPINION
August 21, 2013
“I would like to know when the senior center is going to open up. Somebody quit lollygagging around with it. Are you waiting on us seniors to kick the bucket? ... Let's get the place open, OK?” - Smithsburg “I'm so glad to see in the paper this morning, 'New stadium proposal given to Va. city,' and the Suns have partnered with a company and plans to finance and build a complex in Fredericksburg. I'm so tired of every day there's something in there about the stadium and the Suns.
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NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2013
Hagerstown Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn said Friday that he plans to move the minor league team to Fredericksburg, Va., but also wants to keep professional baseball in the Hub City. “Our intention is to go to Fredericksburg with the (Class) A ball team that we have, but also our intention is to wait for the plans here that the city council is discussing,” Quinn said after a closed-door meeting with Hagerstown officials Friday afternoon at City Hall. Quinn said the Suns' name would not go to Fredericksburg, and he's exploring ways to bring another “undetermined” professional baseball team to Hagerstown that could be operated by the Suns ownership and associated investors or another baseball ownership group - once the city decides on a location and master plan that includes a stadium project.
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OPINION
September 5, 2013
Forget the Suns; bring investors back to downtown To the editor: When I read about the preliminary deal between Bruce Quinn and Fredericksburg, Va., concerning the Hagerstown Suns, it confirmed my thoughts that Mr. Quinn never wanted to remain in Hagerstown. He offered to finance a significantly smaller portion of a stadium here than he is offering to Fredericksburg, and it didn't seem that he was committed to signing a 30-year lease in Hagerstown. He would not accept upgrading Municipal Stadium, nor did he offer to do it. He never brought Diamond Nation or any private investor to Hagerstown.  What if Mr. Quinn was not allowed to play in Municipal Stadium while he awaits a new stadium in Fredericksburg?
OPINION
September 3, 2013
“Well, Hagerstown you did it again. The Suns are now leaving and another business leaves Hagerstown. Not sure when you're going to wake up and realize that a town needs businesses to survive. Growth and advancement are good for the economy and job stability in a town. Washington County, you are seriously going to have to start accepting the fact that our county is outdated, sad-looking, and with all the broken sidewalks, closed businesses, just embarrassing. You had a year to vote on keeping the Suns.
OPINION
By TOM FIREY | August 28, 2013
Fredericksburg, Va., officials announced last week that they've crafted a new proposal for building a stadium that would become home to the Hagerstown Suns. The announcement caused great turmoil in Washington County where some local leaders want to build a taxpayer-financed stadium in downtown Hagerstown. It's unclear whether the Fredericksburg plan will come to fruition. An earlier proposal was abandoned following taxpayer outcry against using public money for the stadium. Initial reporting on the new plan indicates that, instead of using tens of millions of tax dollars to build the stadium, the city would use millions of tax dollars to build a parking lot for a privately built stadium and then give the stadium owners tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks.
BREAKINGNEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
The Fredericksburg (Va.) City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to endorse a proposal that could bring the Hagerstown Suns to the Virginia city, according to an elected official there. The proposal - a revised version of a concept recently presented by the Suns and a group of partnering investors - will now be sent to the team for their approval, Fredericksburg City Councilman Fred Howe said. “I am excited we have made this very important decision” to begin the process of bringing professional baseball to Fredericksburg, Howe wrote in an email late Tuesday night.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 25, 2013
The movement has been swift. Without the need to negotiate a lease or seek additional private funding sources, officials in Fredericksburg, Va., have been on the fast track in recent weeks. They have laid out a package of incentives to the Hagerstown Suns and the organization's private partners to attract the team south. “Our hope is to be way out in front ahead of the Hagerstown council offer, and I think we have achieved that,” Fredericksburg City Councilman Fred Howe said Friday.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 22, 2013
The Hagerstown Suns and Fredericksburg, Va., issued a joint statement Wednesday announcing they had reached preliminary agreement on the outline of a deal that one member of the city's negotiating team said “got us around third base and heading for home.” Fredericksburg City Councilman Fred Howe, a member of the city's three-person negotiating team, said in a telephone interview Thursday that the statement came at the end of a negotiating session...
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2013
Officials in Fredericksburg, Va., will meet with the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday to discuss terms on the newest proposal that could land the team in the Virginia city, Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn confirmed Friday. After the closed-door meeting, the proposed business terms of a long-term lease between the team and the city will be presented to the Fredericksburg City Council for a possible vote on Aug. 27, Quinn said in a text message. Fredericksburg City Manager Beverly Cameron and City Councilman Fred Howe will meet privately with Suns officials, according to a report in Fredericksburg's Free Lance-Star newspaper.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
As stadium site selection and financing remain question marks for the city to retain the Hagerstown Suns, a new privately-driven proposal to bring professional baseball to Fredericksburg, Va., is in the works that has “enormous potential,” according to Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn. The Suns have partnered with Diamond Nation, a New Jersey-based company, that plans to privately finance and build a “destination” complex that will include a 5,000-seat minor league baseball stadium, as well as amateur baseball and softball facilities on roughly 45 acres in that city's Celebrate Virginia South development, according to Quinn, a letter to Fredericksburg businesses and media reports.
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