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July 15, 2004
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NEWS
June 15, 2004
Thanks to all at James Buchanan To the editor: Special thanks to the James Buchanan High School administrative staff and the class of 2004 for your kindness. It deeply touched us that you included our son, Zachary Harbel, in the graduation ceremony. Although it was hard on our hearts, it also made us feel special that Zach had touched so many lives. If the way you conducted yourselves at graduation is an indication of how you have prepared yourselves for the future, you will all be wonderful people.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | June 9, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com A Hagerstown plan to publicize the names of landlords who rent properties where drug arrests and other violations occur could unfairly tarnish some property owners' reputations, the president of a property owners association said. "We can't always get perfect tenants, and if I do get one, I don't want my name all over the newspaper because I have a bad tenant," said Allan Johnson, president of the Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | May 6, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com Saying a future at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base "doesn't look promising," the base's largest tenant is looking for a new site for the masonry training center, the school's spokeswoman said Wednesday. International Masonry Institute spokeswoman Hazel Bradford said it's not definite that the school will move, but it has begun looking for land in Maryland and Pennsylvania for a relocation and expansion. IMI has been waiting since the late 1990s to expand its National Training Center at the former base, a $15 million to $16 million project that would create 200 jobs, IMI officials have said.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 21, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - When Waynesboro Borough Council member Jahnathan Cain was growing up in Los Angeles, he saw the problems his neighborhood had with drug dealers and other criminal activities. "I don't want this to happen in Waynesboro," said Cain, who was sworn in to his first four-year term in January. He represents the borough's second ward. "That's the reason I ran for office. This is a hot-button issue with me," he said. He said he brought up the proposal to the council as a private citizen before he decided to run for office.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | February 21, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com For those who complained about icy sidewalks in front of the former Washington Spy Restaurant, the third time was the charm. City code enforcers sent a $140 bill this week to the owners of the building at 33 E. Antietam St. after a city contractor cleared snow and ice from sidewalks there Jan. 30, according to information provided by the City Code Compliance Office. Councilman N. Linn Hendershot, who has championed the city's efforts to enforce snow removal for the sake of public safety, said he was pleased to hear that.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | August 29, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The city of Hagerstown, in letters to be mailed out today, threatens to file criminal charges against about 400 rental property owners who did not apply for rental licenses by the Aug. 20 deadline, city officials said Thursday. The city has not received registration applications for about 500 of the 3,200 rental units in the city, Program Manager Amanda Miller said Thursday. Some property owners own more than one rental unit. The city by mid-September will start filing criminal misdemeanor charges of noncompliance against property owners who have not registered, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | August 17, 2003
tammyb@herald-mail.com Since her comments about tenants in the federal Section 8 rental assistance program sparked controversy last month, Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny May Nigh says she's heard from a number of people who agree with her. "I have had letters from people who know the problem," she said. "People have called and said it's been a nightmare. " One example, she said, was a letter from a brother and sister in Greencastle, Pa., who said they sold a building they owned in Hagerstown because of problems with Section 8 tenants.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | May 10, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to reduce the cost of a planned rental registration program from $45 per unit annually to $39 per unit. City officials said that and other proposed changes are being made to address concerns raised by the Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County, which says the program unfairly punishes all landlords for the actions of a few. In October, the association launched an effort to take to referendum the ordinance but fell 39 signatures short.
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | May 4, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com Less than one year ago, neighbors Diane Thompson and Arlene Flora were fretting about their impending move from the Westview Homes public housing complex in Hagerstown. The women were among nearly 600 residents who had to move before the rows of government housing were demolished to be replaced by the $73.5 million Gateway Crossing neighborhood - a class-integrated community that Hagerstown Housing Authority officials hope will reinvigorate that part of the West End. Longtime friends and Westview residents Flora and Thompson didn't want to go. They feared they would be separated, and forced to live in smaller, dirtier apartments.
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