May 17, 2013
The Herald-Mail on Friday received 20 awards, including one Best In Show distinction, from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association. The newspaper's awards included six first-place and 14 second-place honors in its division. The Herald-Mail is in Division B, for newspapers with daily circulation between 30,000 and 75,000. Tri-State Editor Bill Kohler earned the Best In Show award in the Local Column: Critical Thinking category. HM Media Publisher Andy Bruns said he was proud of his staff's “stellar” commitment to continued print success in 2012, especially while adapting to the growing realms of digital media and video reporting.
April 22, 2013
“Many thanks to The Herald-Mail, for finally publishing, as seen on April 13, a front page without a robbery, murder, arson, or other low-life activity. I have never understood why pictures and stories such as these would be on the front page of a newspaper. The front page should be used for good news and recognizing good deeds.” - Hagerstown “I hope a lot of people who are pushing for new gun laws realize that your politicians, your celebrities, the rich and the elite, they have police protection any time they want.
April 21, 2013
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series about missing persons in the Tri-State. The Herald-Mail contacted law enforcement agencies to obtain information about area residents who have been reported missing. Those profiled include Revell Jeeter of Harrisonville, Pa., whose story was published Sunday; Arthur Murray of Williamsport, whose story appears today; and Mary Jean Olshefski-Beatty of Bunker Hill, W.Va., and Melissa Moreland, who lived with her parents near Paw Paw, W.Va., whose stories will be published Tuesday.
April 1, 2013
Leaders' choices will affect future downtown development To the editor: We as a city and community are at a crossroads as we currently sit squarely on the cusp of letting what we so desperately need in regard to revitalization go the other way. We have two golden opportunities to rejuvenate our downtown; however, the progression or demise of these projects will alter the course of our town's development for years to come. The proposed stadium has been discussed for more than a year, with the latest conception having it built on the east end of town.
February 9, 2013
Runners-up in the adult division: “Sitting With My Daddy” Sitting with my daddy Beside the fishing hole, Sometimes talking, sometimes listening, Side by side, pole to pole. Sitting with my daddy Riding in the car, Sometimes talking, sometimes listening, Side by side, near and far. Sitting with my daddy Watching flowers grow, Sometimes talking, sometimes listening, Side by side, how to hoe. Sitting with my daddy Watching birds take flight, Sometimes talking, sometimes listening, Side by side, morn and night.
January 19, 2013
Chances are most people won't ever have the chance to hold an Oscar statue, but one Herald-Mail reader will want to get his or her acceptance speech ready on Sunday, Feb. 24. That's when he or she correctly identifies the most winners in the 10 selected categories as part of The Herald-Mail's Oscar Picks Contest. Enter The Herald-Mail's 10th Oscar Picks Contest for a chance to win $100. The contestant with the most correct picks in the 10 selected categories will win. If there is a tie, a drawing will be held to decide the winner.
January 11, 2013
Why is it that people captivated by love or another strong emotion so often turn to poetry to express their feelings? With its condensed form and layers of emotion, poetry is a great way to convey love in all its forms - romance, love of parents or children, brotherly love, patriotism, love for a pet or friend. The Herald-Mail invites readers to compose and enter love poetry in our first poetry contest. Our topic is love. Entries may be about any aspect of love - love lost, love found, love spurned, sexual attraction, love fulfilled, even a broken heart.
December 31, 2012
Thomas C. Newcomer is the 14h person to be named The Herald-Mail's Person of the Year, which is awarded each year to someone who makes a positive contribution to the community. Candidates for Person of the Year are nominated by people in the community, then chosen by a combination of local residents and Herald-Mail employees. The 13 previous recipients are John Waltersdorf, Mike Callas, Norman Shea, Art Callaham, James G. Pierné, John F. Barr, John R. Hershey Jr., Lois Smith Harrison, Elizabeth Morgan, Frederick C. Wright III, Dr. Dan McDougal, Merle Elliott and Howard S. Kaylor.
December 31, 2012
When he was a kid, just 12 or 13 years old, Thomas C. Newcomer spent time working in the orchards of his hometown of Smithsburg. A few years before that, Newcomer, now 51, caught the giving bug. While working with his grandfather on the family farm, Newcomer had a conversation with his grandfather that still resonates in his life, and the lives of others. “What do you want to do when you grow up?” his grandfather asked. “I want to travel. I want to see the world,” Newcomer recalled replying.