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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | November 1, 2012
With the lingering aftereffects of Superstorm Sandy mostly over in Washington County Thursday afternoon, the attention turned to helping Garrett County residents dig out of up to 2 1/2 feet of snow, state officials said. State Highway Administration officials on Thursday said nearly 50 SHA personnel from Washington, Howard, Carroll and Allegany counties were deployed to help in ongoing state cleanup operations. From Washington County, two loaders, four dump trucks and two other vehicles were sent to Garrett County to help with clean-up there, which included clearing access to critical infrastructure including Garrett Memorial Hospital, Garrett College, several landfills and the Oakland Armory, which is an early voting site, according to State Highway Administration officials.
NEWS
July 21, 2008
HAGERSTOWN (AP) -- A brother-in-law of Garrett County Sheriff Gary Berkebile has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for shooting a man in 2006. Fifty-two-year-old Norris Rush acknowledged during a hearing in Hagerstown that he shot 29-year-old David Lancaster during a night of drinking in Rush's house near the Garrett County town of Accident on Dec. 3, 2006. In return for the plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of second-degree murder. An agreed-upon statement of facts contained information that Lancaster was angry about Rush's relationship with Lancaster's former girlfriend.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2013
Starting a scholarship program for Washington County's graduating seniors, albeit a worthwhile venture, is not something that the county can fund in the immediate future, County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham said Tuesday. “It's really unaffordable right now,” Callaham said. “... I truly believe all five commissioners are dedicated to education and helping young people get scholarships, if at all possible, but having said that, the budget is thin and we're always looking for every dollar.” Callaham's comments came after a Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday that included a presentation by Mitesh Kothari and Jeanne Singer, co-chairs of the Greater Hagerstown Committee's Education Forum, which proposed creating a program that would provide money for all graduating seniors with tuition assistance and fees for two years of postsecondary education at a local institution.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 2, 2012
Having been spared the worst of Hurricane Sandy, ambulance and state highway crews from Washington County have been deployed to harder hit areas, including the New Jersey shore and snowbound Garrett County in Maryland. Two ambulance strike teams arrived Thursday at the Atlantic County Training Center in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., according to a Thursday email from Capt. Jeremy Mackrell of Community Rescue Service. They were then redeployed to Northern New Jersey where their base of operations in Rutherford, N.J., Mackrell wrote.
NEWS
June 25, 2002
The following people participated in Monday's graduation exercises at the Western Maryland Police Academy: Hagerstown Police Department Rick Matthews, 29, of Hagerstown. Hancock Police Department Timothy "T.J. " Buskirk, 24, of Hancock. Washington County Sheriff's Department Damian Broussard, 37, of Hagerstown. Scott Buskirk, 29, of Warfordsburg, Pa. Jason Crawford, 25, of the Clear Spring area. Ricky Whittington, 27, of Hagerstown.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 17, 2013
Drilling for natural gas in Garrett County could result in more jobs for Washington County residents and an improved economic climate. But there are potential environmental concerns about the impact of natural gas drilling, Robert Summers, secretary of the Maryland Department of Environment, said Thursday. With Gov. Martin O'Malley setting aside $1.5 million in the proposed state budget for the next fiscal year to study the economic and environmental impacts of drilling for gas in Western Maryland, there is renewed talk and concern about the issue at the state capital.
NEWS
BY CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | November 9, 2011
The Maryland State Highway Administration put its new TowPLow on display at its Hagerstown office Wednesday morning. “I think this will be very effective in Maryland,” SHA District Engineer Tony Crawford said. “We are always looking for new ways to improve our winter operations.” The TowPLow, unveiled at the SHA District 6 office in LaVale, Md., on Monday, is a device that is attached to a regular plow truck to increase efficiency in snow plowing, particularly on interstate highways, Crawford said.
NEWS
From staff reports | April 23, 2012
Unseasonable snowstorms that were expected to hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and far Western Maryland should steer clear of Washington County, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Monday. Hagerstown could see less than a quarter-inch of additional rain by Tuesday morning, then the rain should start subsiding, said Heather Sheffield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. Some snow flurries might mix with the rain in the Hagerstown area, but little or no accumulation is expected, according to the weather service.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 20, 2012
Washington County is expected to miss a winter storm this weekend that could drop up to six inches of snow in Garrett County and create blizzard conditions that could make driving dangerous, according to the National Weather Service and state highway officials. Although Hagerstown could see rain and snow showers after 10 a.m. Friday, the heaviest snowfall is expected to fall along a line on the western edge of Allegany County, said Andy Woodcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. The heavy snow will extend west from there and the Maryland State Highway Administration said there could be blowing and drifting snow in the hard hit areas.
NEWS
August 25, 2013
U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., will be in Washington County on Wednesday to tour some local facilities and attend a panel discussion. Delaney, who represents the 6th Congressional District, which includes Washington County, will tour the Walnut Street Community Health Center in Hagerstown beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and tour the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, also in Hagerstown, in the afternoon. Later that night, Delaney is scheduled to attend a panel discussion on Maryland agriculture in Smithsburg.
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NEWS
August 25, 2013
U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., will be in Washington County on Wednesday to tour some local facilities and attend a panel discussion. Delaney, who represents the 6th Congressional District, which includes Washington County, will tour the Walnut Street Community Health Center in Hagerstown beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and tour the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, also in Hagerstown, in the afternoon. Later that night, Delaney is scheduled to attend a panel discussion on Maryland agriculture in Smithsburg.
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OBITUARIES
May 31, 2013
Gladys Elizabeth Garlitz, 80, of 10807 Oak Valley Drive in Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at her home. Born Sept. 1, 1932, in Garrett County, Md., she was the daughter of the late John L. and Rose Smith Carey. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and was formerly a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She is survived by her loving husband and longtime best friend, William S. Garlitz; one daughter, Viola Marie DeHaven and husband, Michael; three sons, Stephen Charles Garlitz and wife, Kathy, Robert Michael Garlitz and companion, Julie Spence, and David William Garlitz; a sister, Clara Swauger; a brother, James Carey; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
OPINION
April 30, 2013
The Washington County Commissioners will never face an easier decision: In exchange for a relatively small expense, the county could finally begin to reverse the biggest local obstacle to growth and employment, that being the long-standing truth that business is reluctant to come here because of a poorly educated workforce. The commissioners last week heard a plan to offer a college or advanced trade education free to graduating seniors for the bargain-basement price of $2.2 million.
EDUCATION
April 29, 2013
The 2013 Washington County Envirothon was held April 19 at the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor Education Center at Fairview. Fourteen teams from Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Smithsburg, and Washington County Technical High School were on hand for the competition.  Students were tested with hands-on activities in soil science, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, and “Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a balance between Traditional Agricultural Uses with...
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 24, 2013
Potomac Edison will spend $55 million this year in an effort to limit power outages in Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, company officials said Tuesday. James V. Fakult, vice president of Potomac Edison and president of FirstEnergy's Maryland Operations, said about a third of the money, about $17 million, will be used to trim trees to keep them from falling onto power lines in Washington, Allegany, Frederick and Garrett counties in Maryland, and in Berkeley County in West Virginia.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2013
Starting a scholarship program for Washington County's graduating seniors, albeit a worthwhile venture, is not something that the county can fund in the immediate future, County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham said Tuesday. “It's really unaffordable right now,” Callaham said. “... I truly believe all five commissioners are dedicated to education and helping young people get scholarships, if at all possible, but having said that, the budget is thin and we're always looking for every dollar.” Callaham's comments came after a Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday that included a presentation by Mitesh Kothari and Jeanne Singer, co-chairs of the Greater Hagerstown Committee's Education Forum, which proposed creating a program that would provide money for all graduating seniors with tuition assistance and fees for two years of postsecondary education at a local institution.
OBITUARIES
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | March 2, 2013
Once you met Margaret “Ann” Terrett, you were a friend for life. “I think the most important thing - when you met Mom for the first time, you might not know her, but when you left, you were a friend,” said son Robert “Bobby” Terrett of Keedysville. She didn't like to be called Margaret, though, so husband Robert “Bob” Terrett only called her Margaret when he wanted to get a rise out of her. Ann Garner was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Greenbelt, Md., the third of six children.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 17, 2013
Drilling for natural gas in Garrett County could result in more jobs for Washington County residents and an improved economic climate. But there are potential environmental concerns about the impact of natural gas drilling, Robert Summers, secretary of the Maryland Department of Environment, said Thursday. With Gov. Martin O'Malley setting aside $1.5 million in the proposed state budget for the next fiscal year to study the economic and environmental impacts of drilling for gas in Western Maryland, there is renewed talk and concern about the issue at the state capital.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 20, 2012
Washington County is expected to miss a winter storm this weekend that could drop up to six inches of snow in Garrett County and create blizzard conditions that could make driving dangerous, according to the National Weather Service and state highway officials. Although Hagerstown could see rain and snow showers after 10 a.m. Friday, the heaviest snowfall is expected to fall along a line on the western edge of Allegany County, said Andy Woodcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. The heavy snow will extend west from there and the Maryland State Highway Administration said there could be blowing and drifting snow in the hard hit areas.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | December 11, 2012
One change Washington County wants to pursue in the next state legislative session is how police officers may respond to calls for help. Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore has proposed that police from various agencies in Washington County be allowed to answer calls outside their jurisdictions if it's an emergency or if the geographic borders were unclear. That was one of seven items that county officials presented Tuesday to the Washington County delegation for the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session, which starts on Jan. 9. The delegation packed several days' worth of public meetings into one, starting with a morning prelegislative forum with the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
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