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July 15, 2010
Public needs to do its homework on candidates To the editor: My experience in Washington County politics and observing beyond the borders of Washington County has taught me several things when it comes to elected officials. One thing that stands out is at least 50 percent of elected officials possess no more character than the average citizen. Thankfully, there are some men and women who can be labeled statesmen. As we move toward an election in September and another in November, the public has an obligation to do its homework and select officials whose prior deeds indicate they are a notch above the rest.
By HEATHER KEELS | May 23, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Last week, when Brandon Burkholder's fifth-grade class was learning about ratios, he noticed one of his classmates hadn't been able to finish his homework problems. "I helped him, and the next day, he had finished his homework," said Brandon, 11, a student at Paramount Elementary School. It was efforts such as these that earned Brandon and 75 other Washington County fifth-graders the honor of a Principals' Citizenship Award at a ceremony Thursday night at North Hagerstown High School.
by TARA REILLY | June 27, 2003 A Washington County organization has pulled state grant funding from the Hagerstown Area Police Athletic League, stating the youth-based program wasn't complying with after-school requirements set forth in the grant, the county group's director said Thursday. The move puts City Police Officer Brett McKoy out as the league's paid full-time coordinator and back to patrolling the streets of Hagerstown as of July 1, McKoy said. He said morning and afternoon "open sessions" for elementary and middle school students offered by the Police Athletic League will be canceled because he won't have the time to administer them.
October 16, 2000
Mail Call for 10/16 "I am surprised that I haven't seen anything in Mail Call about Mr. Maginnis' column last Sunday when he knocked Ed Forrest. Ed Forrest comes to us without an agenda. He is not worried about what is going to happen at his own school. " "I see in the paper where they are going to do a study about a bypass around Funkstown. About 25 to 30 years ago, they made a study about a bypass to the east or west of Mapleville on Md. 66. They projected that about 20,000 cars would come up out of South County to get onto Interstate 70. They had maps plastered all over the halls down in Boonsboro, they had meetings.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 26, 2007
Click here to view and/or purchase photos. SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Martinsburg High School student council President Stephen Lowell always thought he would be ready to say good-bye at graduation on Friday night. "I am ready to say goodbye to those last homework assignments, but I am not ready to say goodbye to all of the people that I love," Lowell said in parting remarks to fellow graduates of the school's class of 2007. Lowell was one of school's 313 students who graduated this year.
August 3, 2011
“Are you proud of your representatives in Washington? Ask them what they did to compromise and reach an agreement on the debt ceiling, then vote to send them back to the circus. If you're out of a job, I'll vote for you if you run for Congress.” - Greencastle, Pa. “Just calling to thank Potomac Edison for the job they did, the Washington County Roads Department, for the storm that hit Dam No. 5 Road on Friday evening, and remarkably, to get our power back on was a great thing.
by TIM ROWLAND | April 12, 2007
Commentary In its never-ending War on Children, the Washington County Board of Education has added a hideous new weapon to its arsenal. It centers on this little thing I like to call the Internet. Starting with the upcoming school year, parents will be able to go online to inspect their kids' grades and test scores in real time. Kids, gather 'round and listen to your Uncle Tim, because this is a serious development that you need to be aware of in order to develop counter-measures.
by Lisa Tedrick Prejean | February 4, 2005
I called a fellow teacher at 8:30 on a recent school night to ask her a question. "I'm not catching you at a bad time, am I? It's not too late for me to call is it?" She laughed and said it wasn't either. She was in the middle of math problems. "Sixth-grade math?" I asked, knowing that her son is a sixth-grader. I thought she might be helping him with his homework. He had finished his homework, she said, with little assistance from her. Now she was working on her first-grade students' math papers.
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