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September 28, 2011
County buys highway safety equipment The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved spending $112,996 to buy and install safety equipment for Highway Department workers to use while cleaning large vehicles. The county will buy four, single-post, freestanding fall-arrest systems from Lamco Safety Products Inc. of Hanover, Pa. The systems will be used at each of the Highway Department's four facilities. The systems consist of a harness that hangs from a rail to catch the worker in the event of a fall.
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by KAREN HANNA | January 12, 2006
HAGERSTOWN karenh@herald-mail.com Though her husband has not made a decision about his future plans, Maryland Theatre Executive Director Pat Wolford said Wednesday she plans to retire to Florida. After more than a decade behind the scenes, Wolford said she plans to take a seat in the audience and enjoy retirement, effective Feb. 3. Since traveling to Florida on vacation about a month ago, Wolford said she and her husband, Washington County Highway Department Director Ted Wolford, have purchased a home in Ocala, Fla., and moved their furniture.
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By KAREN HANNA | August 12, 2007
Road crews made up of inmates have saved Washington County and local municipalities tens of thousands of dollars on tasks that otherwise might not get done, according to county officials. County Administrator Greg Murray said the county pays about $11,000 a year to each of several retired correctional officers who are in charge of supervising inmate crews. The personnel costs are the only costs associated with running the crews, he said. In all, Murray said, the county uses the services of seven crews at a total cost of about $80,000 a year.
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By AMY WALLAUER | March 26, 1998
Hopes rise for new I-81 exit MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg is one step closer to getting an exit off Interstate 81 near City Hospital after a six-year highway funding bill was approved Tuesday by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the bill within two weeks. In April, the House and Senate will convene and make final recommendations. U.S. Rep. Bob Wise, D-W.Va., said the I-81 exit is one of several projects in the bill.
NEWS
December 4, 2011
The problem: Near the intersection of Air View Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a large ditch off the south side of Air View Road that is not protected by a guardrail, a reader said in an email. “It is a very large drop-off and probably should have a guardrail,” the reader wrote. “There appear to be guardrails in spots of lesser drop-offs.” The only barrier between motorists and the drop - which appears to be as much as 20 feet - are a few poles with reflective lights.
NEWS
March 24, 2004
Six new Washington County employees were introduced to the County Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting. Brenda Newton was hired as a police communications officer at the sheriff's department. Daniel Baker and Christi Line are equipment operators at the highway department. John Dunlap was hired as an assistant state's attorney. Marilyn Shackleford Harris and Gregory Bryan Patterson were hired as detention officers at the county detention center. Emergency plan revisions presented A recently revised plan that provides a framework of how government and nongovernment entities should respond to and recover from public emergencies was presented to the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.
NEWS
April 2, 2008
A Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate who drove off from a work detail in July had his case forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Raymous Little, 44, escaped from a Washington County Roads Department shop on National Pike in a Chevrolet truck that was parked in the shop's lot, according to police. Little, who was serving an 18-month sentence for theft, had family in the Baltimore area and was found by Baltimore County Police. He faces charges of first-degree escape, the unlawful taking of a vehicle and theft, Washington County District Court documents show.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | December 18, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN - The widening of W.Va. 9 from two to four lanes from Charles Town south to the Virginia state line has been halted until two federal lawsuits challenging the design of that segment of the road have been resolved, officials said Tuesday. The West Virginia Division of Highways has agreed to stop work on the segment of the highway project because of issues raised in the lawsuits about how the new highway would affect the Shenandoah River and Belvedere Farm, a National Historic Register property south of Charles Town.
NEWS
January 18, 1999
The Washington County Division of Public Works has reorganized, changing the names of two departments and moving two employees to new positions, in an attempt to improve its effectiveness, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said. The division oversees the county engineering, facilities, sanitary, highway and transportation services. It had a $25.3 million budget this fiscal year. The County Commuter transit service has been renamed the Transportation Department. Kevin Cerrone is now the department director.
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