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by JULIE E. GREENE | May 22, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com Whether it's a small county fair, a Canadian bar, a casino or a theater, David Lee Murphy and his band like to "rock hard" no matter where they play, he said during a recent telephone interview from his farm outside Nashville, Tenn. Murphy, who said he plays country rock or "really rockin' country," describes their performances as "rowdy, rockin', high energy. It's a big party. " "We really enjoy the crowd being part of the show. When everyone's sitting down being good, it's not nearly as fun for us. Watching, being polite, paying attention is not as much fun (as)
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 5, 2007
Brittany Jones, 17, of Hagerstown, bought her first car before she had a license. "I only paid $1,000 for it," she said, of her '95 Honda Civic, which she purchased last year and later painted a sparkly Kermit-the-Frog green. For Brittany and her fellow teens of driving age, getting that first car signifies the steady path toward independence. She can make her own schedule. "You don't have to ask for every single thing," Brittany said. "I don't have to worry about being late unless it's my own fault.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | July 10, 2005
HAGERSTOWN waynesboro@herald-mail.com A bookie betting on the Mid-Atlantic Cycling Championship bicycle races Saturday morning could have made a bundle if he listened to Joseph Jefferson predict the outcome of the women's elite race. Cody Andrews of Burke, Va., had broken out of the pack of women racers early in the 25-lap race over the 0.6-mile-long course. She was holding a 12-second lead by the eighth lap and seemed, to any novice on the sidelines, that she was a shoo-in to win. "She's a favorite, but I don't think she can win," Jefferson said as he eyed the pack coming up behind her. "The favorites are still in the pack.
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By Bob Maginnis | August 7, 2005
A citizen group's effort to raise millions for a new stadium at North Hagerstown High School is one of those public-private partnerships that everyone in public office seems to value so much, at least when they're running for election. So why did this project cause so much contention this past Tuesday? The short answer is that some members of the Washington County Board of Education seem to have forgotten who funds their budget - and how well the school system has been treated lately, financially speaking.
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November 23, 2008
When Mike Callas publically announced he would be the honorary campaign chairman for the stadium project in May 2004, he told the committee "perseverance overcomes everything. " This quote is on the plaque below the bust of Mike in front of the North Hagerstown High School stadium. In 2004, the stadium committee did not fully appreciate the wisdom of his words. We do now. As a member of the Mike Callas Stadium committee and its former chairman, I would like to provide a different perspective than what has recently been reported and editorialized on in The Herald-Mail.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 5, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Craig Paving Inc. will build a track that could be sanctioned for college-level events at North Hagerstown High School, Washington County Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Boyd Michael announced Thursday. The track will be built to specifications that would allow it to be used for college-level events. The agreement was announced hours before the Washington County Board of Education was scheduled to consider bids from another company to repair the track. At $310,360, Craig Paving's contract to build the track is less than half the amount that Finley Asphalt & Sealing bid for the project.
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by JIM BROWN | December 24, 2006
A thank you to those who contributed to the North Hagerstown High School Stadium project. Greg Slick: For keeping the dream alive. Robert "Bo" Myers, Principal: For organizing a winning team. Valerie Novak, Principal: For working with the stadium through the building process. John Williamson and Rick Hill: For serving as chairmen of the stadium committee and for providing outstanding leadership. Your guidance has led to the successful completion of the Mike Callas Stadium.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | August 29, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Building an NCAA-approved track at North Hagerstown High School could cost more than $850,000 - $100,000 more than previous estimates. Finley Asphalt & Sealing of Manassas Park, Va., submitted a bid of $773,630 to build a high school track, and $855,194 for a more advanced track. The higher price would buy a track that could be approved for NCAA events. Finley Asphalt & Sealing was the only company to bid on the work. The bids include tearing up portions of the existing track and building a new one. They also include the possibility of spending another $105,000 to replace a perimeter trench drain, or receiving a $30,000 credit if stone base already in the track can be used.
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by BOB PARASILITI | November 15, 2005
Victories are like people. They come in all shapes and sizes. They can be public or private. And each is special in its own way. While people vary, though, there are only two types of victories in sports - quantity and quality. Quantity victories are the ones that get the most ink. They are the scores, the records, the points and the yardage. There are rankings, polls and odds. There are the numerical chases for cups, records and history. They are the wins remembered for days, weeks and years around water coolers and at corner bars.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 9, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - More than 19 months since the first football game was played at Mike Callas Stadium, the track that circles the field has yet to be used. Washington County Board of Education members say progress is being made but are not releasing details about problems with the track at North Hagerstown High School. Board Member William H. Staley said the track does not "meet the specifications that were originally planned. " Board Vice President Donna Brightman said students have not used the track at Mike Callas Stadium, and that it is "not in a condition for use. " "The state of the track is not in a finished condition and certainly could not be used," Brightman said.
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