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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | July 14, 2004
WASHINGTON COUNTY shappell@herald-mail.com Washington County will receive nearly $250,000 as part of a $7.4 million federal grant to aid in prevention of terrorist acts. A county emergency services official and a captain with the Hagerstown Police Department say the money most likely will be used for improvements to the county's radio communication system. The county will receive $212,578.08 from the federal Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program, according to a news release from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.
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by TAMELA BAKER | February 16, 2006
tammyb@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Members of the Greater Hagerstown Committee paid a visit to the capital Wednesday, visiting with local lawmakers and others to push a four-point agenda. Along with the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation and the Washington County Commissioners, the group has enlisted the aid of a lobbyist. Mike Johansen of the firm Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver will press for money for improvements to the Edgewood Drive-Dual Highway intersection, a homeland security grant for the county's communication system, money to upgrade local water and sewer plants, and to protect the county's charitable gaming activities from encroachment by the state.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 12, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - State Sen. John Unger is working with a Morgantown, W.Va.-based technical assistance firm to help energy companies protect their facilities from possible terrorist attacks. Unger, D-Berkeley, started working last month as the manager of homeland security and economic development for EG&G Technical Services Inc. EG&G was contracted by the U.S. Department of Energy to help energy companies protect their systems from terrorist attacks, Unger said Tuesday.
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June 16, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Emergency crews and homeland security units in Berkeley and Jefferson counties will test their preparedness skills Tuesday and Wednesday as part of an international disaster exercise. Each West Virginia county is assigned with specific challenges during the two-day event to test local and state preparedness response plans, according to a news release. The exercise will involve a mock radiological "dirty bomb" incident in the Washington, D.C., area, said Barbara Miller, Jefferson County's emergency manager.
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By DAVE McMILLION | July 25, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Expanded antiterrorism training at Summit Point Raceway got the go-ahead Tuesday night when Jefferson County land planning officials approved a proposed U.S. Department of State facility at the track. The facility, which will have indoor shooting ranges and several buildings, will use the track as part of its antiterrorism training, officials said this week. Ground might be broken on the facility by the first part of August and parts of the facility could be operational by September or October, said Barbara Scott, wife of Bill Scott, president of the track.
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November 28, 2001
Fort Ritchie to house reservists By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com Fort Ritchie will soon house members of the U.S. Army Reserve, marking the first military use of the U.S. Army base since it was closed in October 1998. continued Abandoned barracks are being spruced up to house about 70 military police reservists who have been called up to help with homeland security since Sept. 11. The soldiers belong to the 307th Army Reserve in New Jersey and the 324th Army Reserve in Chambersburg, Pa., said Eileen Mitchell, spokeswoman for Fort Detrick.
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By JONATHAN R. BURRS | December 1, 2007
I recently read an online article about a Clarksville, Tenn., man who had committed suicide in front of the local city council, after the council voted 5-7 to deny his request to rezone his home as commercial. My first thoughts were, "What an expression of self pity and lack of acceptance of responsibility for the decisions one makes with regards to one's own life. " Ronald "Bo" Ward, owner of Bo's Barber Shop, had told the council his business would go under if he could not get his home rezoned as commercial.
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By ROBERT GARY | January 5, 2008
The loss of Benazir Bhutto to the work of an assassin in Rawalpindi Pakistan may have implications in Maryland and perhaps even in Washington County. Her son is a possible political successor, but surely no substitute. Benazir was the voice of relatively civilized and restrained dissent against the antics of strongman dictator Pervez Musharraf, upon whose success at staying in office we all depend. If Pervez Musharraf gets pushed out for any reason, it is a very short step from there to a nuclear device falling into the hands of Al Qaida.
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December 12, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Civil Air Patrol Cadets Chloe Powers and Samantha Pate recently received the Wright Brothers Award for completing all requirements of the learning phase, which is phase one of the five-phase cadet training program. The award is named for the two Americans who are credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. To earn this award, cadets must pass a comprehensive leadership exam and a physical fitness test.
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By DON AINES | October 25, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- With less than two weeks left until the presidential election and John McCain trailing in Pennsylvania, longtime political ally and former governor Tom Ridge stopped in Chambersburg Friday to tell a crowd of about a hundred people to "get out and get people talking about this election. " When Ridge kicked off his gubernatorial campaign in 1994, McCain was by his side during an appearance in Chambersburg. Ridge stumped for McCain on Friday, stressing his economic message to those assembled in front of the Franklin County Courthouse.
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