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By TRISH RUDDER | August 26, 2010
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Commission unanimously approved giving $3,000 to the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority to ensure that the county will continue recycling plastics. The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Sciences and Technologies (FAST) agreed to give $2,000 to the authority to print and distribute information to inform the public about the benefits of recycling if the commission would match $3,000 to pay for the processing and hauling of plastics, authority chairman Bennett Lentczner said.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 30, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Funding for the Washington County Early Intervention Program recently was cut, and officials with the group's governing body said they are brainstorming ways to cope with that loss. The Early Intervention Program serves children from birth to 3 years old with developmental disabilities and their families, said Mariam Robins, coordinator of special education programs and itinerant services for Washington County Public Schools. The school system is the lead agency with the program and works with the county's Health Department, social services and other agencies.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | December 30, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said Friday the county has begun preliminary discussions with the Economic Development Commission about making the organization a private entity. With a private status, the EDC would be able to receive contributions from private businesses, which it now cannot do, Wivell said. The EDC currently receives its funding - which totaled $431,896 for fiscal year 2003 - from the county, and must follow government regulations on funding as a result, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.
NEWS
September 19, 2006
Top four priorities in the proposed fiscal year 2008 Capital Improvement Program: · Pangborn Boulevard Elementary replacement funding Total estimated cost: $22,377,000 · Westfields Elementary new school planning Total estimated cost: $1,289,000 · Westfields Elementary new school funding Total estimated cost: $24,243,000 · Eastern Primary new school planning Total estimated cost: $1,483,000 ...
NEWS
by TRISH RUDDER | December 9, 2005
trishr@herald-mail.com BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - The new War Memorial Hospital will have an access road built with $500,000 in federal funds secured by U.S. Rep. Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va. The money will be used to make highway improvements and build a new road that will connect the new hospital in Morgan County with U.S. 522, Capito said in a news release. "The funding will help construct an access road for the new War Memorial Hospital, moving the project closer to completion," Capito said in the release.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, recently extended conservation practices funding under the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative to April 19. Funding selections are made at specific times throughout the year, with the next round of funding cycle deadlines set for May 17. Applications are accepted, ranked and prioritized based...
NEWS
April 7, 2010
ANNAPOLIS -- The House of Delegates voted Wednesday to pass a capital budget bill that includes an amendment that strikes a $550,000 grant to fund repairs to the dam at Devil's Backbone Park. The bill passed, 108-33. Dels. Charles A. Jenkins, R-Washington/Frederick; Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany; Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington; and Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, voted against the bill. Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, voted for it. Some local lawmakers had speculated an amendment restoring the funding would be offered Wednesday on the House floor, but no such amendment was offered.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 6, 2013
The Washington County Gaming Commission on Tuesday announced a funding distribution for fiscal 2013 of more than $1.9 million to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and to 99 local charitable organizations. The fire and rescue association received $545,229.54 in this week's distribution, after collecting the first half of its allocation, $404,900, in January, according to a report submitted to the Washington County Board of Commissioners. Under state law, the fire and rescue association receives half of the county's gaming funds available for distribution, the report said.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2012
Future funding for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown appears safe again  after another attempt to divert money from it has been abandoned in the state legislature - at least for this year. Earlier in the Maryland General Assembly session, Del. John L. Bohanan Jr., D-St. Mary's, renewed his quest to direct more money toward six higher-education centers outside the university system at the expense of the two centers inside the university system. Under his proposal, USMH stood to lose about $1 million, or more than half of its operating budget, in fiscal  2014.
NEWS
by TRISH RUDDER | February 16, 2005
trishr@herald-mail.com BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Morgan County parents might be looking elsewhere for a kindergarten readiness program next year, the director of the Staring Points Family Resource Center said. The program, called Playgroup for Children, helps children ages 3 to 5 learn to socialize, Director Audrey Morris said. Morris said Starting Points Family Resource Centers in West Virginia do not know if funding will be continued. She learned last week that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin did not include Starting Points in his State of the State Address.
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NEWS
September 9, 2013
The Community Foundation of Washington County has announced the establishment of a scholarship fund in memory of Michaela Grove, who passed away on July 22 at the age of 16. Michaela was a student at Boonsboro High School, where she was on the distinguished honor roll, played on the girls varsity soccer team, and was a member of both the indoor and outdoor track state championship teams. The Michaela Grove Scholarship Fund will be awarded to a graduating senior at Boonsboro High School, according to a foundation news release.
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NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | September 7, 2013
Heather Elliott said her late husband had struggled with depression. Over the years, she said, in his darkest times, he had spoken of suicide. She listened to him, tried to support him, encouraged him to get professional help. Still, not yet two weeks ago, on Aug. 27, her worst nightmare became a reality when he took his own life. Soon after, Elliott, 25, of Hagerstown saw an ad in the newspaper for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Hosted by the Maryland chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the event aimed to raise awareness of suicide, help prevent it and provide support for survivors - meaning family members who have lost loved ones to it. Elliott and her two young sons participated in the event Saturday morning at City Park in Hagerstown.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2013
Twenty-eight pairs competed in an International Fund game on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Overall winners in Flight A were: first place, Lois Taylor and Robert Freed with a 65.7-percent game; second place, Emma Eaton and Richard Taylor with 61.9 percent; third place, Barbara Shaw and Kathleen Goss with 61.7 percent; fourth place, Joanne Dickinson and Margaret Hays; fifth place, Patricia Newbold and David Abuhove; sixth place, Phillip Davis and Dennis Wick....
NEWS
August 28, 2013
The five-member Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to add four groups to its list of nonprofit organizations that could be eligible for county funding in the next fiscal year. The commissioners added the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trust, the Community Life Institute, the Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation and Volunteer Washington County. However, being on the list does not guarantee that the groups will receive funding, county officials said. Prior to Tuesday's meeting, there were 90 organizations on the list.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
A $150,000 allocation for taxiway rehabilitation at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport is among more than $6 million in federal funding announced Wednesday for improvements at several West Virginia airports. The funding for Shepherd Field, which is south of Martinsburg, and improvements at airports in Barbour, Braxton, Greenbrier, Harrison, Marion, Mercer, Monongalia, Nicholas, Raleigh, Randolph, Upshur, and Wood counties, was announced by Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, in a news release.
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.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2013
A band of volunteers from the Sellgren Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, on Professional Court in Hagerstown, recently descended on Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build work site on Lexington Avenue in Hagerstown.   They put in a full day of volunteer labor and brought along with them a $10,000 check from the Wells Fargo Foundation for Habitat.  This is the third consecutive year that the Sellgren group has volunteered its time and talents to assist Habitat for Humanity of Washington County in the fight against poverty housing in Washington County.
OPINION
August 21, 2013
The cuts enacted by sequestration were intended to be ruthless. They were designed to eat at some of our most revered and necessary domestic and military programs because, the thinking went at the time, no Congress in its right mind would ever allow them to go into effect. Looking back, and knowing now what we didn't know then about the mind of Congress, this scheme was not a stroke of tactical genius. Nevertheless, the administration pursued it, never believing that Congress would do the unthinkable.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | August 14, 2013
Walk into any wine store and the shelves will be filled with award-winning brand names from around the world. But over the past few years, local wineries have been making the case that their bottles deserve a place at the table, too. Cellar-worthy reds? Crisp whites and flavorful roses? They can be found practically in your own backyard. Serious sippers and novices alike will have an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of local winemakers' labor when the fifth annual Pop a Cork for the Capitol wine festival is held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at The Capitol Theatre Center.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 6, 2013
The Washington County Gaming Commission on Tuesday announced a funding distribution for fiscal 2013 of more than $1.9 million to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and to 99 local charitable organizations. The fire and rescue association received $545,229.54 in this week's distribution, after collecting the first half of its allocation, $404,900, in January, according to a report submitted to the Washington County Board of Commissioners. Under state law, the fire and rescue association receives half of the county's gaming funds available for distribution, the report said.
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