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By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | March 27, 2012
In this year's session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislators again launched an attack on funding the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH). Motivated by an apples-to-oranges comparison with other, seemingly similar facilities around the state, this year's proposed legislation again threatened to undermine the center's progress and strip Washington County of its link to the state's universities.  Due in large part to the work of our delegation, efforts to cut the center's funding failed.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | May 1, 2012
The prospect of building a new multiuse sports and events center in downtown Hagerstown took another step forward Tuesday night. In a joint meeting before a large crowd at City Hall, Washington County and city elected officials agreed on a potential funding model to build the $30-million facility that would be the new home of the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team. Earlier Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an indirect contribution to the city's downtown revitalization efforts by permanently taking over the city's $400,000-a-year payment to the 911 emergency communications center.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | March 6, 2012
Advocates of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown  urged a House of Delegates committee Tuesday to reject a funding plan they claim could shut down the campus. But Del. John L. Bohanan Jr., who is pushing for the funding change to help higher-education centers outside the University System, said he's “a little bit puzzled” by the argument that his bill will be a breaking point for Hagerstown. “My own center has gone through a lot of reductions,” Bohanan said, referring to a higher-education center in his southern Maryland district.
by PEPPER BALLARD | November 9, 2004
FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. on Monday said engineers are working on blueprints for the new wastewater treatment plant and that Town Council members will meet before the next monthly meeting to look over its progress. "We have a long way to go until the project's done," he said. The comment followed a discussion about funding for the plant. Crampton said the town has submitted applications for many grants and isn't likely to hear whether the town has received them until the start of the next fiscal year.
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | November 20, 1998
RANSON, W.Va. - A meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday yielded a promise to keep the Jefferson County TeleCenter in Ranson, W.Va., open through September 1999, according to officials. That should be enough time for the telecenter to become self-sufficient, said director Peter G. Smith, who said he'd be surprised if he couldn't get alternate funding secured by then. The Ranson telecenter's fate had been dangling since the end of August, when the federal General Services Administration announced it planned to cut funding at the end of September 1998, said Smith, who was at the meeting in the office of U.S. Rep. Bob Wise, D-W.Va.
February 4, 2002
12 groups applied for funding CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A dozen Franklin County groups applied for funding through the 2002 Community Development Block Grant program, including: HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Metal Township Municipal Authority, $210,000 for sewer system tap fee and hook-up subsidy. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Indian Lake Camp Corporation, $100,0000 for water system upgrades. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Mont Alto Municipal Authority, $200,000 for water system upgrades.
By JULIE E. GREENE | December 5, 1998
HANCOCK - Washington County will receive $410,705 in federal funding that will allow 10.5 teachers to be added in first, second and third grades next school year, officials announced Friday. Experts say that if teachers in those grades have smaller classes, it will allow them to give students more individual attention, said U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md. That attention could help young children better learn to read, resulting in tremendous benefits, said Sarbanes, who was in town on Friday touring Hancock Middle-Senior High School.
September 5, 2000
Commissioners asked to fund school improvements By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer A group that reviews the Washington County Board of Education's budget has asked the County Commissioners for $6.5 million in capital improvement funds for fiscal 2001-02. The Budget Advocacy and Review Committee, which consists of parents, business people and community leaders, said the funding is necessary to properly educate the county's students. The committee addressed the Board of Education at its Tuesday night meeting.
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | July 24, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The W.Va. State Police Martinsburg detachment is asking Berkeley County to help catch speeders by footing the bill for one or more new radar guns. Sgt. J.R. Adams went to the Berkeley County Commission Thursday asking for funding for one to four new radar guns, which he said would cost about $1,000 each. "The wish list is four, but I'll take what I can get if you're interested," said Adams, who told commissioners about five of the barrack's 16 troopers don't have radar guns in their vehicles.
by SCOTT BUTKI | July 16, 2003 A majority of Hagerstown City Council members gave general approval on Tuesday to giving $17,000 to the program formerly known as HotSpot Communities for after-school programs. Program coordinator Carolyn Brooks had asked for $45,000. Brooks has told both the Washington County Commissioners and the City Council that a state budget cut left the organization without $90,000 to pay for after-school programs at Winter Street, Bester, Eastern and Fountaindale elementary schools.
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