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July 25, 2000
County briefs County awards insurance contract The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday awarded a $59,965 insurance contract for the County Commuter buses. The contract is with J. Edward Cochran and Co., which submitted the lowest of three eligible bids. A fourth bid was lower but was withdrawn. County adopts debt affordability policy The Washington County Commissioners adopted a formal debt affordability policy Tuesday. The move will aid the county as it plans for the future, Budget and Finance Director Debra Bastian told the County Commissioners.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2012
Washington County's jobless rate for February was 9.2 percent, an increase from January's adjusted rate of 9 percent, according to state figures released Friday.  In Washington County, 6,295 members of the labor force were without jobs in February, the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation website said. The labor force consisted of 68,634 people. Compared with the other 22 Maryland counties and Baltimore City, Washington County's unemployment rate was the eighth highest.
NEWS
May 25, 1999
Week of May 23, 1949 Hagerstown policemen are going to replace burned out bulbs in traffic lights here and city bus drivers are going to help spot the burned out bulbs. The plan was proposed by Police Commissioner M.E. Ellinger. Captain of Police Max Rickard ordered the plan to be carried out this weekend. Some East End boys have developed an interesting racket. They loaf around the edges of Municipal Golf Course waiting for golfers to plunk balls into the brush surrounding the course.
NEWS
BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | March 25, 2002
Deputy clerks at Washington Circuit Court who have been issuing arrest warrants did not know they were doing so improperly, said Dennis Weaver, clerk of the Circuit Court. The Maryland Attorney General's Office issued a report this week saying Circuit Court clerks in 10 Maryland counties, including Washington County, have been improperly issuing arrest warrants for 25 years. The report's author, Assistant Attorney General Julia M. Andrew, said arrest warrants should be issued by judges, not by clerks.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | July 31, 2002
Instead of competing with each other for new jobs and businesses, five Maryland counties are joining ranks to create a new "brand" they hope will draw high technology companies to the region. It's a good idea that points up the need for educational achievement and inter-governmental cooperation. Washington, Montgomery, Frederick, Allegany and Garrett counties are forming "Potomac Tech Territory" based on an idea from Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who felt that companies priced out of Montgomery County shouldn't be chased out of the state.
OPINION
April 30, 2013
The Washington County Commissioners will never face an easier decision: In exchange for a relatively small expense, the county could finally begin to reverse the biggest local obstacle to growth and employment, that being the long-standing truth that business is reluctant to come here because of a poorly educated workforce. The commissioners last week heard a plan to offer a college or advanced trade education free to graduating seniors for the bargain-basement price of $2.2 million.
NEWS
December 27, 2001
Communications system sought for area agencies By SCOTT BUTKI scottb@herald-mail.com Even if it doesn't get $10 million in federal funding, Washington County will seek a new countywide communications system that would tie in the police agencies and fire and emergency organizations in the county, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Wednesday. The county included $10 million for a communications system as part of a $31 million written funding request made by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | June 4, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com Washington County Commissioner John L. Schnebly said Monday he does not plan to seek re-election because he does not feel he can give the position the time it deserves because of his job. "It has become increasingly difficult to serve two pretty powerful masters," he said. Schnebly, 52, is president of the Keller Stonebraker Insurance Group, where he has worked for 27 years. "It has become increasingly hard for me to start a business week on Monday and switch gears to politics on Tuesday and restart the business week on Wednesday," he said.
OPINION
By DAVID A. ENGLE | April 26, 2013
Child abuse and neglect is one of those issues no one really likes to talk about because we want to believe it never happens in our community. But the truth is child abuse can, and does, happen anywhere. Including here. So let's talk about it. April is national Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. This is a time to reflect on the terrible trauma that victims of abuse endure. It's also a time to encourage everyone to help stop the problem by promptly reporting suspected acts of child abuse or neglect.  Sadly, Washington County has the sixth highest rate of indicated child abuse among Maryland counties.
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OPINION
April 30, 2013
The Washington County Commissioners will never face an easier decision: In exchange for a relatively small expense, the county could finally begin to reverse the biggest local obstacle to growth and employment, that being the long-standing truth that business is reluctant to come here because of a poorly educated workforce. The commissioners last week heard a plan to offer a college or advanced trade education free to graduating seniors for the bargain-basement price of $2.2 million.
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OPINION
By DAVID A. ENGLE | April 26, 2013
Child abuse and neglect is one of those issues no one really likes to talk about because we want to believe it never happens in our community. But the truth is child abuse can, and does, happen anywhere. Including here. So let's talk about it. April is national Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. This is a time to reflect on the terrible trauma that victims of abuse endure. It's also a time to encourage everyone to help stop the problem by promptly reporting suspected acts of child abuse or neglect.  Sadly, Washington County has the sixth highest rate of indicated child abuse among Maryland counties.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2012
Washington County's jobless rate for February was 9.2 percent, an increase from January's adjusted rate of 9 percent, according to state figures released Friday.  In Washington County, 6,295 members of the labor force were without jobs in February, the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation website said. The labor force consisted of 68,634 people. Compared with the other 22 Maryland counties and Baltimore City, Washington County's unemployment rate was the eighth highest.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | December 12, 2011
Washington County has officially joined three other Western Maryland counties in a coalition that will hire two lobbyists to represent their "unique needs and perspectives" in Annapolis, according to a press release issued Monday. Washington, Allegany, Frederick and Carroll counties are participating in the group, which is called the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition. The coalition was created because of the member counties' dissatisfaction with PlanMaryland, a proposed statewide comprehensive plan, Washington County Commissioners President Terry Baker said.
NEWS
November 21, 2006
Maryland officials learned last week that the state's so-called "structural deficit" - the projected gap between revenues and expenses - has grown from $4 billion to $5.8 billion. Legislative leaders such as Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller have all but ruled out tax increases, saying he feels that "belt-tightening" will be the preferred option in 2007, with aid to local governments a prime target. Before that happens, we recommend that lawmakers take another look at a fundraising option that every state bordering Maryland is using - slot machines.
NEWS
August 25, 2004
Week of Aug. 22, 1954 The movie that was made here last year to demonstrate the operation of the Washington County Health Department is ready for viewing and copies have been sent to 18 foreign countries where it will be shown under U.S. State Department auspices. Approximately 50 local people took part in the filming of the story, which showed how the health department cooperates with other local and federal agencies. In recent years, a number of black widow spiders have turned up here and one Downsville-area resident was bitten by one and survived, despite the belief that the widow's bite is usually fatal.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | July 31, 2002
Instead of competing with each other for new jobs and businesses, five Maryland counties are joining ranks to create a new "brand" they hope will draw high technology companies to the region. It's a good idea that points up the need for educational achievement and inter-governmental cooperation. Washington, Montgomery, Frederick, Allegany and Garrett counties are forming "Potomac Tech Territory" based on an idea from Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who felt that companies priced out of Montgomery County shouldn't be chased out of the state.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | June 4, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com Washington County Commissioner John L. Schnebly said Monday he does not plan to seek re-election because he does not feel he can give the position the time it deserves because of his job. "It has become increasingly difficult to serve two pretty powerful masters," he said. Schnebly, 52, is president of the Keller Stonebraker Insurance Group, where he has worked for 27 years. "It has become increasingly hard for me to start a business week on Monday and switch gears to politics on Tuesday and restart the business week on Wednesday," he said.
NEWS
May 24, 2002
Rowland is right about GOP and here are the reasons why To the editor: When I read the Sunday paper I was somewhat entertained by the letter to the editor that mentioned my name and was signed by eight of the Washington County Republican Central Committee members. It was a wonderful work of fiction. In my opinion, the letter only validates the "split" in the leadership of the Republican Party in Washington County that Tim Rowland wrote about more than a week ago. Unfortunately for the Republican Central Committee, no such division exists among the GOP voters in Washington County.
NEWS
BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | March 25, 2002
Deputy clerks at Washington Circuit Court who have been issuing arrest warrants did not know they were doing so improperly, said Dennis Weaver, clerk of the Circuit Court. The Maryland Attorney General's Office issued a report this week saying Circuit Court clerks in 10 Maryland counties, including Washington County, have been improperly issuing arrest warrants for 25 years. The report's author, Assistant Attorney General Julia M. Andrew, said arrest warrants should be issued by judges, not by clerks.
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