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By HEATHER KEELS | August 24, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Local officials joined Hagerstown Regional Airport firefighters Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting station at the airport. The $2.7 million facility will house the airport's two crash rescue vehicles and one of Washington County's mass casualty trailers, airport fire chief Phil Ridenour said by telephone Monday. The building also includes dormitories for the personnel who staff the crash trucks overnight, he said. The project got 95 percent of its funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, 2.5 percent from the state and 2.5 percent from the county, Ridenour said.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2011
Hagerstown Regional Airport will be adding air service to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lakeland, Fla., starting June 23, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said Tuesday. Direct Air & Tours of Myrtle Beach, together with Sky King Inc. of Sacramento, Calif., will offer services between the airports twice a week, starting June 23, according to a filing with the U.S. Department of Transportation. On the filing, Direct Air & Tours was listed as the charter operator and Sky King was listed as the carrier.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 8, 2012
Money to develop a marketing plan for Hagerstown Regional Airport will be the county's top priority for grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Washington County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday. The project is one of six the commissioners agreed to submit for consideration for an anticipated $1.3 million to be distributed between three Western Maryland counties for fiscal 2013. The county is seeking $75,000 in ARC funds for the marketing plan, or half of the $150,000 estimated cost.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | September 26, 2012
The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is planning to build a new facility at Hagerstown Regional Airport. On Wednesday, Gary Hoyle, PIA's director of campus operations, said there will be a 99-year lease, the sign of a long-term commitment to this area. Washington County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said during a county commissioners meeting Tuesday that the school is spending $2 million on the new building. The institute will lease about 93,000 square feet of land at the airport for about $25,000 a year, Murray said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
There was some good news mixed with some uncertainties when Hagerstown Regional Airport Director Phil Ridenour briefed the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. On the good side, Allegiant Air, which operates twice weekly flights to Orlando from the airport, had nearly 4,800 passengers between Jan. 4 and Feb. 25, Ridenour said. Its planes were at 93 percent of capacity on departures, or 154 passengers per flight, he said. Departures averaged about 88 percent of capacity last year, he said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
An economic impact study released Monday by the Maryland Aviation Administration ranked Hagerstown Regional Airport third out of 35 public-use airports in the state for 2012. Throughout the state, nearly 8,700 jobs can be traced to the aviation industry, creating personal wages of more than $442 million in the past year, the study shows. Additionally, more than $665 million in business revenue was generated, including approximately $222 million as a result of local purchases. Generating more than $109 million in business revenues and supporting a total of 1,338 aviation-related jobs, Hagerstown trailed only Martin State Airport ($224 million)
NEWS
November 13, 2012
Hydrant flushing in Hagerstown, which began Tuesday, Nov. 6, will continue through Monday, Nov. 19, in the area along Pennsylvania Avenue north of Orchard Hill, Northridge subdivision, the Hagerstown Airport and Industry Drive. The city asks water customers in those areas, especially those using automatic washing machines, to frequently check their water supply for discolored water which may occur because of this work.
NEWS
September 29, 2010
JAN. 29, 1917-SEPT. 27, 2010 Born Jan. 29, 1917, in Buchanan, Va. He died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. Thurman S. Alphin (known to his flying friends as T.S.) grew up on the family farm in Buchanan, Va. His mechanical skills came naturally as he helped repair farm equipment. His first job was driving a school bus and helping his brother-in-law as a mechanic at the local Ford dealership. When he was 18, he bought his first dump truck from the local junkyard and rebuilt it. Only one year later, he had earned enough money to buy a second truck and operated a small business hauling stone and asphalt for the Blue Ridge Parkway.
OPINION
August 1, 2012
“I want to thank the person from Hagerstown who took issue with my George Michael and David Limbaugh comment. I must confess that I read both columns. Paul Staley answered your concerns about George Michael. Concerning Neil Parrott's petitions, we have a representative government. Petitions should be rare.” - Halfway “Hey caller, I didn't call Obama evil or a liar. I just said he was in over his head. And he blames everyone else for his own lack of leadership. I think it's time he starts taking responsibility for his own actions.” - Hancock “I got droned, as far as I'm concerned, I was droned tonight.
OPINION
By U.S. REP. JOHN K. DELANEY | March 28, 2013
The indiscriminate budget cuts known as “sequestration” will soon be felt in Maryland and in Washington County. Last week it was announced that air traffic control towers at the Hagerstown and Frederick airports will likely be closed. The flickering signal sent from these closing control towers should be read correctly: We need to change course or prepare for a bumpy landing. The Frederick and Hagerstown airports bring more than $200 million into the local economy and support thousands of jobs.
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NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
Expanding existing commercial air service and targeting new leisure destinations are two recommendations for future growth at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, according to a third-party consultant study. Virginia-based AvPorts, a firm with decades of experience in airport management, development and marketing, presented an overview of its study to Washington County officials on Aug. 20. The comprehensive 192-page marketing plan also suggests that airport officials look into establishing air cargo service for businesses, and increasing promotional efforts for existing businesses at the airport and to attract new ones.
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NEWS
July 15, 2013
Hagerstown Regional Airport surpassed 10,000 paying customers for commercial air service in 2012, securing a $1 million entitlement through the Federal Aviation Administration, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said last week. The airport totaled 10,207 enplanements, or passenger boardings, for Allegiant Air and Sun Air flights in the 2012 calendar year, up from 2011's total of 5,618 passengers, according to FAA statistics. The additional funds will be used for infrastructure improvements, general upkeep and safety projects, Ridenour said.
NEWS
May 12, 2013
A deputy used a stun gun on a man Sunday morning after the man acted wildly when approached by police, who were responding to a call about a suspicious person on Basore Drive, Washington County Sheriff's Office officials said. Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said the man appeared to have mental issues and deputies didn't know if he was “coming off some drugs.” “Apparently he was going wild,” Mullendore said. A stun gun was used once on the man, who was taken to Meritus Medical Center on an emergency petition for the psychiatric issue, Mullendore said.
OPINION
By WILLIAM B. McKINLEY | April 6, 2013
Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) is one of the many hidden gems of Washington County. It is a primary link between our rural communities and the national transportation system. This link is vital to the growth of our county because it contributes to the economic base by providing and supporting the air transportation needs of the Quad-State area. Plus we cannot ignore the fact that the airport: • Costs very little to the taxpayer to operate. • Plays a key role in workforce development.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
Without a staffed air traffic control tower, “there is going to be an incident” involving aircraft at or near Hagerstown Regional Airport, one concerned business owner said Thursday. “I feel very strongly that we are going to have an incident, and it's going to impact people on the ground as well as the crew in the aircraft when that happens,” said Austin Heffernan, owner of Royal Aircraft Services LLC on Airpark Road. Heffernan was one of five airport business officials who spoke Thursday during a news conference at the airport terminal, highlighting the local impact of proposed FAA cuts that would eliminate federal funding to 149 air control towers due to across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
With Federal Aviation Administration funding cuts looming, Washington County officials have decided to seek state funding to help keep open the air-traffic control tower at Hagerstown Regional Airport. The tower is set to close May 5 if other arrangements are not made, according to airport Director Phil Ridenour, who met Tuesday with the Washington County Board of Commissioners to discuss options for keeping the tower operational. Hagerstown's tower was one of 149 federally contracted towers across the country selected for closure as a result of budget cuts necessitated by the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
OPINION
By U.S. REP. JOHN K. DELANEY | March 28, 2013
The indiscriminate budget cuts known as “sequestration” will soon be felt in Maryland and in Washington County. Last week it was announced that air traffic control towers at the Hagerstown and Frederick airports will likely be closed. The flickering signal sent from these closing control towers should be read correctly: We need to change course or prepare for a bumpy landing. The Frederick and Hagerstown airports bring more than $200 million into the local economy and support thousands of jobs.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 28, 2013
Businesses at Hagerstown Regional Airport have expressed concerns about the potential closure of the airport's air-traffic control tower as a result of federal budget cuts. At a roundtable meeting Wednesday, organized by Rider Jet Center, representatives of those businesses met to “get a uniform voice” about the situation, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said. According to Ridenour, the four-week phase-out of the 149 federal contract towers is set to begin April 7. Hagerstown's tower is scheduled to close May 5, he said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
An economic impact study released Monday by the Maryland Aviation Administration ranked Hagerstown Regional Airport third out of 35 public-use airports in the state for 2012. Throughout the state, nearly 8,700 jobs can be traced to the aviation industry, creating personal wages of more than $442 million in the past year, the study shows. Additionally, more than $665 million in business revenue was generated, including approximately $222 million as a result of local purchases. Generating more than $109 million in business revenues and supporting a total of 1,338 aviation-related jobs, Hagerstown trailed only Martin State Airport ($224 million)
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
Standing in front of a newly modified Hawker Beechcraft surveillance plane, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski on Tuesday announced $43 million in federal funding recently approved by Congress devoted to outfitting two additional multirole enforcement aircraft to protect U.S. borders. Mikulski, an advocate for border patrol and protecting American jobs, told about 100 attendees inside the manufacturing facility of Sierra Nevada Corp. at Hagerstown Regional Airport that the money serves to preserve the “passport of the middle class,” helping to protect about 200 jobs in Maryland, including many of the company's 500-plus workforce locally.
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