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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhun@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
Area residents had mixed feelings this week about Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts's recent comments that the city still wants to build a downtown stadium regardless of whether the Hagerstown Suns baseball team stays or goes. Brett Oxendine of Hagerstown said that the minor league Suns have been around since he was a kid, but the city should “call it a day” if they leave. “If they're moving, don't build the stadium,” said Oxendine, 33. “I think they (the Hagerstown City Council)
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OBITUARIES
September 5, 2013
James William Kershner, 93, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born Feb. 12, 1920, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Earl McKinley and Grace Mae Ausherman Kershner. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a life member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown. He retired from Mack Trucks after 20 years. James was a member of Mack Golden Bulldogs, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. and Washington County AMVETS Post 10; a charter and life member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211; and a member of Elks Lodge 378, AARP, United Auto Workers 171 and Eagles Inc. of Waynesboro, Pa. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Mae Kershner; a son, James Lee Kershner and wife, Linda, of Funkstown; a grandson, James Frederick Kershner and wife, Michele, of Funkstown; and two great-grandchildren.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
Two of the Hagerstown Police Department's most seasoned officers were promoted to the rank of captain during a ceremony Thursday at City Hall. Lts. Paul Kifer Jr. and Tom Langston were sworn in as captains by Mayor David Gysberts before a large gathering of friends, family members and fellow officers in the Hagerstown City Council chambers. “I started as a patrol officer and never dreamed that I would be standing here right now with captain's bars on my collar,” Kifer said after the ceremony.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
A Washington County Circuit Court judge on Thursday sentenced a Hagerstown man with a long criminal record to eight years in prison after he entered an Alford plea to conspiracy to commit a third-degree burglary in a January break-in linked to a federal case. “Given your record, you certainly ought to thank your lawyer,” Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley told James Thomas Grapes Jr., formerly of View Street. Beachley told Grapes he could have faced a much longer sentence had he been convicted by a jury.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2013
Deadlines for Nightlife and karaoke, open mics, DJs, trivia listings is noon Friday for the next Thursday's edition. Send items to lifestyle@herald-mail.com . For more information, call Lifestyle editor Crystal Schelle at 301-791-7136. Thursday, Sept. 5 The Allstars Band Open jam session with guest host Ted EB, 8 p.m. to closing, Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon, 116 Railway Lane, Hagerstown. 301-791-2611. Friday, Sept. 6 Lynn Routzahn Acoustic, 8 to 11 p.m., Side Pockets Lounge, 807 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.
OBITUARIES
September 4, 2013
Peter John Schaffnit, 79, of Hagerstown, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore. Born Feb. 20, 1934, in Chambersburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Oscar and Mary (McGee) Schaffnit. In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey D. Schaffnit and two sisters, Kathleen Thomas and Josephine Zadai. Schaffnit was a four-year U.S. Air Force veteran. He was owner and operator of Duke's Tavern of Hagerstown and had worked as a teller for Off Track Betting in Chambersburg.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
Evidence-suppression hearings for two men charged in the April 20 shooting death of Steven Andrew O'Brien in his Randolph Avenue apartment were delayed Wednesday during appearances by the defendants in Washington County Circuit Court. As one of the two men, Cory Antonio Usher, was escorted from the courtroom, a relative of O'Brien's said “green mile,” a possible reference to the 1999 film “The Green Mile,” about death-row inmates and their prison guards. Maryland no longer has the death penalty, but court records show that the prosecution has filed notice of its intent to seek a sentence of life without the possibility of parole if Usher is convicted of first-degree murder.
NEWS
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
A Hagerstown restaurant will soon see the impossible become the possible. Since 2011, Chef Robert Irvine has transformed restaurants, and some may argue, owners' lives, with his Food Network reality show, “Restaurant: Impossible.” The mission is simple: Make over a restaurant in need of some serious tender loving care within two days and on a budget of $10,000. “Restaurant: Impossible” Associate Producer John Williams has confirmed that Irvine and his crew, which includes a designer and contractor, will be in Hagerstown Saturday and Sunday to transform the Georgia Boy Cafe at Park Circle near Hagerstown City Park.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
Hagerstown officials are considering changing the city's noise ordinance which has not been updated since 1996. Kathleen A. Maher, the city's planning director, said Tuesday that the proposed changes were needed to clearly state what entities enforce the ordinance and clean up wording that was considered confusing.  “It makes it clearer what the city's intent is,” Maher told the Hagerstown City Council during a work session at City Hall. New provisions include adding a statement of intent, which was not included previously, and clear definitions of contained terms such as “excessive noise,” “plainly audible” and “day time,” according to a memorandum to the five-member council.
OBITUARIES
September 3, 2013
Carol Ann Ritchey, 54, of Hagerstown, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. There will be no viewing or services. Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.
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