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NEWS
March 18, 2003
Jefferson commission overstepped authority To the editor: After spending 22 plus years as a code official, I read with great disgust the article in your paper on Thursday, Feb. 13, entitled "Stop work order lifted for track. " I know of no legal justification for the action taken by Jefferson County Commissioners Al Hooper, Rusty Morgan and Greg Corliss. I am not aware of any provision of the adopted building code or local law that allows the County Commissioners to assume the position of Building Official for 10 minutes and lift a stop-work order (legally)
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NEWS
October 26, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS County Administration Building 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. Agenda o 1 p.m.: Interim report, certification of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program o 1:15 p.m.: 2009 Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) Advanced life support education grant o 1:30 p.m.: Property acquisition, Halfway Boulevard/Massey Boulevard intersection o 1:45 p.m.: Annual appropriation financing policy, hotel rental tax fund, funding request, application and guidelines o 2:15 p.m.: Workshop session, zoning ordinance, text amendment, off-street parking and loading area requirements o 2:45 p.m.: Closed session, to discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, and/or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction; to discuss personnel matters that affect one or more specific individuals; to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto; to consult with staff about pending or potential litigation; and to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice o 5 p.m.: Break o 7 p.m.: Evening meeting with Mayor and Council of Hancock, Auditorium, 126 W. High St., Hancock o 7:05 p.m.: Commissioners' reports and comments o 7:30 p.m.: Citizens participation o 7:45...
NEWS
September 14, 2007
Low-income Washington County residents may seek free legal advice from a Hagerstown attorney once a week at The Washington County Circuit Court Family Law Clinic. Tiffany Reiff, a Hagerstown attorney, is at Circuit Court, at 95 W. Washington St., on Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. to help low-income county residents with family law matters at no cost. Reiff helps applicants on a first-come, first-served basis in Room 229 of the courthouse annex building. Advice is not given over the phone, said Patti Witmer, Circuit Court family services coordinator.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 26, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board voted Thursday to obtain a legal opinion to determine what uses are allowed at the 13-acre Boydville estate in Martinsburg since development is limited by a pending conservation easement. The unanimous vote came after board member Susan Whalton proposed the property be donated for vocational education purposes, citing potential for courses such as organic gardening, tourism, hospitality and culinary arts to be taught at the South Queen Street property.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 28, 2013
Legal advice is something just about everyone will need at some point during their lifetime, and residents of Washington County and surrounding areas will have the chance to get some help for free on Wednesday. Assistant State's Attorney Michele F. Hansen said May 1 has been nationally known as Law Day since the 1950s. “At that time, we were in the Cold War situation. So President Eisenhower decided that we in the United States would have a counter to their Labor Day,” Hansen said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2012
Indigent criminal defendants have a right to legal counsel, often provided through the Public Defender's Office, but people of limited incomes often have legal issues that are civil in nature. While defendants or plaintiffs in civil matters are not guaranteed free representation, free legal advice will be available in Washington County at the Maryland Legal Aid Pro Bono Day on Thursday, July 19. From 4 to 8 p.m., volunteer attorneys will be at the Department of Social Services, 122 N. Potomac St., to provide answers and advice on issues including family law, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures, business law, Social Security disability and other topics, said Katie Cox, a paralegal with Mid-Western Maryland office of the Legal Aid Bureau Inc. There is no charge to attend and no registration is required.
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | August 31, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com You can make airline, rental car and hotel reservations online. You can find a date, play chess, design a house, search for a vehicle, scour recipes, read the newspaper and reserve library books on the Web. You can even start your own divorce online. Digital technology has made ending marriages cheaper and easier than ever before - and thousands of unhappy spouses are taking advantage of online divorce services. A variety of Web sites offer state-specific marital settlement and divorce forms that do-it-yourselfers can complete online for a relatively low fee - between about $50 and $300 - before having the divorce finalized during a simple court appearance.
NEWS
February 11, 2008
The Washington County Community Mediation Center will offer free mediation training to the public. The center is looking for persons ages 13 and older to become professionally trained volunteer mediators. These mediators will help neighbors, families, couples and co-workers in Washington County peacefully solve their conflicts and rebuild relationships. The training requires a commitment of completion of 50 hours of basic mediation training. Those interested in participating in the training must attend a mandatory orientation on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Aspiring to Serve Building, at 140 W. Franklin St., Fourth Floor, Commission on Aging Conference Room, in Hagerstown.
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