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NEWS
August 2, 2008
Thumbs up to Hagerstown's Concordia Lutheran Church, for bringing Angel Food Ministries to town, to help those struggling with high food costs make a monthly purchase of a package of food worth $60 for only $30. Although orders must be placed in advance, there are no income guidelines for the program, which Pastor Jim Murr says is designed to "make the love of Jesus real. " Thumbs up to the Federal Little League 11-12 All Stars, for the inspired play and hard work that won Washington County's first Maryland State Tournament title in 18 years.
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OPINION
February 9, 2013
Some consultant reports deserve to sit on a shelf. But the strategic economic-development report presented to Washington County recently by Urbanomics Inc. is not one of them. Traditional consultant reports all too often break little ground beyond telling the agency that is paying for the report what it wants to hear. A good example is the recent Ripken report, which looked at the downtown stadium issue through rose-colored glasses. The Urbanomics report, by contrast, addressed some of our most glaring unpleasantries head-on.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
The Maryland Food Bank-Western Branch and the Washington County Commission on Aging Inc. in early July launched the Mobile Information and Assistance Program to reach seniors throughout Washington County. The program provides a one-stop shop at various community sites, where seniors can find out if they are eligible for assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, Renters and Homeowners Tax Credit Assistance, the Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Program and services to help pay for Medicare premiums.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 5, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Samuel E. Rohrer, a Republican state representative from Berks County, Pa., has been traveling across the state in recent years hawking his plan for an expanded state sales tax to pay for public education in the Keystone State. Rohrer was the featured speaker Friday at the 2005 Legislative Forum, "Local Tax Reform," sponsored by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Committee. Local state representatives Pat Fleagle, R-Franklin; Mark K. Keller, R-Franklin/Perry; and Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland attended the session.
NEWS
by ROBERT SNYDER | January 5, 2006
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A lifelong Berkeley County resident will seek the West Virginia House of Delegates seat being vacated by Republican Vic Roberts. Jonathan Miller, 21, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., said he will kick off his campaign for the 53rd District delegate seat with a reception Friday at the Inwood Eatery, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., according to a news release. "Friday's reception will allow me the opportunity to meet the people of South Berkeley County face to face and listen to their concerns.
NEWS
July 14, 1999
Legislative leaders say they don't have enough information on West Virginia Gov. Cecil Underwood's plan for a major overhaul of the state tax system. Underwood staffers say the more information lawmakers get, the more they seek, leading the administration to suspect that they're trying to talk the plan to death. In our view, Underwood needs to realize that unless he retreats on his timetable, he may end up with no changes at all. After more than two years of study, Underwood had hoped that lawmakers would OK the tax package in a special session to be held this fall.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | December 17, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Not only is the Pennsylvania General Assembly split on how to cut or eliminate real estate taxes in the state, it's even hard to find consensus among area representatives. Eleven weeks into a special session called by Gov. Ed. Rendell to cut property taxes, the House of Representatives was only sure of what it would not pass. The Senate, meanwhile, approved its own property-tax cutting measure on Thursday and went home for the holidays.
NEWS
July 5, 2005
Do we really want to help those in need? To the editor: According to the latest statistics, the average life expectancy for the generation born in the early 21st century will be 100 years. This is based on the observation that in 1000 the average life expectancy was 49 years, in 1935, when the Social Security Act was enacted, it was 61 and in 1973 it was 73. It appears that every 35 years the average life expectancy increased by 12 years. However, in the last 35 years the average expectancy has increased only three years.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | February 2, 2007
Washington County will reimburse nine municipalities nearly $1.6 million this fiscal year for providing certain government services. Most of the money will go to the City of Hagerstown. The tax setoff allocation is a partial payback for police, parks and roads services provided by the municipalities. It is calculated based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income. The total amount to be distributed is $1,560,700. Of that amount, Hagerstown will receive $1,253,286.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | February 19, 2003
Hagerstown to receive $899,063 tax setoff The City of Hagerstown will receive $899,063 in property tax rebate money for fiscal year 2003, the Washington County Commissioners told the City Council at a Tuesday meeting. That is a 9.55 percent increase over the $820,663 the city received last year. The rebate, known as tax setoff money, partially reimburses municipalities for police, parks and road services. The county will allocate $1.12 million to municipalities this year.
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