May 15, 2001
Landfill takes in 170 tons of tires during amnesty More than 1,040 households took scrap tires to the Forty West Landfill during the May 5 Scrap Tire Amnesty Day, according to Harvey Hoch, Washington County's recycling coordinator. In all, 170 tons of tires were taken to the landfill in eight hours of the program, during which Washington County residents could dispose of up to 10 scrap tires for free, he said. A contractor hauled away the 14 tractor-trailer loads of tires, which are to be shredded and used for civil engineering projects and/or alternative fuel, Hoch said.
April 22, 2009
The Washington County Solid Waste Department's Recycling Office will offer a scrap tire drop-off day for county residents, according to a county press release. The event will be Saturday, May 2, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forty West Landfill at 12630 Earth Care Road off U.S. 40, one mile west of Huyetts Crossroads. Disposal/recycling costs will be paid by the Maryland Department of the Environment, and residents will not be charged, according to the release. Residents may bring in a total of up to 10 tires per household.
July 13, 2006
Veteran prison warden Lloyd L. "Pete" Waters, a Democrat, has filed for Washington County Commissioner. Employed with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for 34 years, Waters, 57, retired in 2003 as warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown - a position he held for more than 15 years. Waters said he wants to see Washington County government stop doing business the same way it's been done for the past 40 years. "We need a good debate or a summit on growth, because it affects water, sewer and schools," Waters said.
July 26, 2013
The Maryland Horse Industry Board, a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, is seeking nominations to fill two positions on its 12-member board. The group serves as a commodities board that helps grow and promote the Maryland horse industry. It is also a regulatory body that provides oversight and advocacy to help protect horses and consumers at the state's commercial riding, lesson, boarding, rental and rescue stables. The open positions represent licensed veterinary medicine (equine)
June 11, 2012
Lloyd Dallas Grim, 88, of Sharpsburg, Md., passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. Born June 5, 1924, in Dargan, Md., he was the son of the late Clyde McClellan Grim and Lottie May Ingram Grim. He was retired from the Maryland Department of Corrections. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II, in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. Lloyd is the last of his immediate family, survived only by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
August 20, 2013
On Tuesday, Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance tried a sample of the Mango Wine Sorbet at Misty Meadow Farm near Smithsburg. “I thought it had wine,” Hance said after trying it and realizing that he was correct. Hance stopped at the creamery on the farm as part of his journey on Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail. Misty Meadow Farm is one of the trail's eight dairy farms across the state that produce ice cream and sell it directly to customers. He said each farm has something that sets it apart.
March 11, 1997
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer CEARFOSS - A 100-by-200-foot section of tires being used as garden planters accidentally caught fire Tuesday, sending billows of thick black smoke toward Hagerstown. The fire broke out about 12:45 p.m. on five acres behind the 17049 Castle Hill Road house of Denzil and Dolores Poling, just south of the Pennsylvania line. No lives or property were threatened by the fire, which spread to about one-third of the thousands of tires the Polings used as containers for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers.
March 13, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer CEARFOSS - One day after fire burned a 100-by-200 foot area behind his home, destroying the columns of tires he used as planters, Denzil Poling surveyed the damage. "For five years, I've been building a firetrap," Poling said Wednesday. What Poling in 1992 viewed as a grand experiment involving tire recycling and conservation, on Tuesday became a nightmare. He said that he blames the State of Maryland for letting him use the tires for his inventive method of gardening.
August 21, 2013
To honor the leaders of Maryland's agricultural community, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations of farmers and farm families for the Governor's Agriculture Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to one of the state's leading industry. Any farm family that derives its income principally from farming is eligible for the award. “Every year we honor at least one outstanding farmer or farm family who represents the hard work and dedication of all Maryland farmers,” said Gov. Martin O'Malley.
August 23, 2013
Unemployment in Washington County showed little movement from June to July, falling from 8.6 percent to 8.4 percent, even though the number of people working rose by about 800, according to a preliminary report issued Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The 8.6 percent June rate had been revised upward from the initial 8.5 percent the department reported in late July. Through the first seven months of 2013, the jobless rate in the county has averaged 8.5 percent, the same as the average for all of 2012, the report said.