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October 2, 2008
Columbia Gas of Maryland's residential customers could pay 7 percent more for natural gas under a distribution rate change request the company filed Wednesday with the Maryland Public Service Commission, the company said in a news release. The rate change, which would be the company's first in 10 years, reflects the increased cost of providing service, including the company's ongoing infrastructure upgrade, spokesperson Shannon Webber said. "The men and women of Columbia Gas have serviced and maintained our existing infrastructure for decades, but portions of our system are nearing the end of their useful operating lives and need to be replaced," Columbia Gas of Maryland President Terrence J. Murphy said in the release.
December 29, 2011
Government is key to the creation of wealth To the editor President Obama's call to tax the rich has created quite a stir among conservatives - going well beyond tea partiers and right-wing commentators. Fortunately, the consternation of our conservative fellow citizens is due mostly to the illusion that wealth and success is the result of hard work. To be sure, hard work is important. But without the services of our government, hard work would be futile.
By DAVE McMILLION | | October 17, 2012
U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., Democratic challenger John Delaney and Libertarian candidate Nickolaus Mueller debated on issues including the federal deficit, health care costs, infrastructure, the economy and immigration during a forum Wednesday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater as the three prepare for the Nov. 6 general election. One of the more spirited moments came near the end of the forum when Delaney referred to Bartlett's affiliation with the Tea Party.
by DAVE McMILLION | October 11, 2006
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Areas of Jefferson County that consist of forest, wetlands and streams, and are favored spots for rare species, are coming into clearer view as officials work on a series of maps that outline the regions. Officials are identifying the areas using technology like GIS, which is the collection of computer hardware, software and geographic information to analyze geographic features. County officials say it is important to identify the features in the face of growth in coming years, and Jefferson County Commission member Dale Manuel said Tuesday night that the data can be used in its current work to rewrite the county's land-use regulations.
by DAVE McMILLION | July 21, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A plan to protect unique natural, cultural and recreational areas in Jefferson County in the face of growth in coming years is being considered. County officials in the past have had "no legal basis" to protect the areas, Jefferson County Commission member Rusty Morgan said Thursday. But now, the commission is considering incorporating protections for the areas in the county's land-use laws, Morgan said. Using technology like GIS (geographic information system)
November 13, 2006
Local businesses go smoke-free for a day CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Seven area businesses and three local restaurants are participating in the Great American Smoke Out on Thursday. Staying Tobacco Free, coordinated by Summit Health in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, urged area employers and restaurants to become "smoke-free" for the day, in hopes that they will implement a smoke-free policy every day of the year. Participants are encouraging their employees to not smoke on Thursday.
by SCOTT BUTKI | September 25, 2003 The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a site plan for a planned post office to be built across from the Long Meadow Shopping Center, on the condition the U.S. Postal Service pays for its share of infrastructure costs. The planned 18,000-square-foot post office on a 3-acre site off Leitersburg Pike would replace the 4,000-square-foot post office on Northern Avenue. The post office would be adjacent to the Cortland Park development now under construction across from the shopping center.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | December 20, 2010
After more than an hour of discussion, the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday approved borrowing with Susquehanna Bank to pay off an existing loan for Washington Township Boulevard. The supervisors agreed to borrow at 3.5 percent to pay off the $1.6 million balance of a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank loan. The move to Susquehanna Bank would extend the loan to 15 years, lowering the annual payment. Township Manager Mike Christopher said he was prepared to make the $299,000 payment due in April to Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | November 28, 2012
On the day he was named chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., told reporters he feels Interstate 81 needs to be widened to six lanes. “It's just wall-to-wall trucks. That roadway is going to need to be expanded,” Shuster said in a conference call. The House Republican conference voted Wednesday afternoon to name Shuster and other committee chairmen for the 2013-14 session beginning in January. No Pennsylvania House member currently chairs a full committee.
April 15, 2004
HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday voted to partner with the Washington County Board of Education to bring high-speed Internet access to the town, Hancock schools and the Hancock Library. Last month, school board employees asked the town council to consider using the Taliaferro Avenue Water Tower as a possible site for a wireless antenna that would provide the high-speed service. Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said he thought the town council believed that the request was a good idea.
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