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June 21, 2013
Walnut Street Community Health Center will provide free dental sealants to Washington County children as part of a collaborative effort between the center and the Washington County Health Department, with funding support of nearly $10,000 from the Office of Oral Health of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dental sealants, which can cost up to $60 per tooth, are thin coatings that are applied to the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 10, 2013
A convicted sex offender was expected to find out on Monday in Washington County Circuit Court how long he would spend in state prison, but a required mental health assessment ordered more than two months ago had not been done. The prosecution had recommended a 50-year sentence for 46-year-old Robert William Mulkern Jr. when he pleaded guilty in March to child pornography and child sex abuse charges for having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in 2009. Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered a presentence investigation at that time, but Beachley said the mental health assessment he ordered had not been performed.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 6, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County Health Department officials told the County Commissioners Tuesday that state grant money probably would be available for a water line extension in the Boonsboro area, a project being proposed to keep several homes and businesses from using potentially contaminated well water. Laurie Bucher, environmental health director for the Health Department, said in June that well and surface water for some homes and businesses along Old National Pike from Lappans Road (Md. 68)
NEWS
March 31, 2005
To save an estimated $50,000, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is dumping the 74-year-old system that requires deer and turkey hunters to bring their kills to approved checking stations. To save an amount that is a drop in the bucket in terms of the state budget, we believe the DNR is risking a number of problems. State lawmakers should not allow it. DNR officials say they're changing from the traditional check-in system to one in which hunters call a toll-free number or use the Internet because harvest levels have grown to more than 85,000 animals each year.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | June 15, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY Veteran prison warden Lloyd L. "Pete" Waters filed Wednesday as a Democrat for Washington County Commissioner, making him the 11th candidate to announce for the five-person board. "This is new to me, but I like a challenge," said Waters, who has never run for political office. Employed with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for 34 years, Waters said he is familiar with the political arena. Waters, 57, retired in 2003 as warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown - a position he held for more than 15 years.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 23, 2012
Development rights on 27 acres of land in Washington County have been entered into two preservation programs, according to state news releases. Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state Board of Public Works approved the addition of the lands into the Rural Legacy Program and Conservation Reserve Easement Program, or CREP, the releases said. A 17-acre parcel near Clear Spring has been preserved through CREP, one release said. CREP is part of the Chesapeake Bay initiative, and purchases easements on properties to buffer streams and erosion-prone slopes, said Eric Seifarth, the land preservation planner for Washington County.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
June is National Dairy Month, and the Maryland Department of Agriculture  encourages Marylanders to celebrate by enjoying healthy and nutritious dairy products this month and all year long. National Dairy Month celebrates the value of milk and dairy products as part of a well-balanced diet for every American, as well as the importance of milk production to the agricultural industry. There are 496 dairy farms in Maryland that accounted for nearly $188 million in sales in 2012, according to the USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service.
OBITUARIES
December 29, 2011
Karen Ann Coss, 54, of 108 Pine Lake Road, Cape Carteret, N.C., passed away Christmas Eve at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, N.C., after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Her daughter and husband were holding her hands, with her sister and other family members at her bedside. Born Nov. 26, 1957, in Silver Spring, Md., she was the daughter of the late William Oheim and Reba Oheim of Silver Spring. She accepted Christ as her Savior at Woodside United Methodist Church.
NEWS
July 7, 2013
Delaney backs 'political targeting' bill U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., is backing bipartisan legislation that would prevent “political targeting” by the Internal Revenue Service, according to a news release from his office. The measure was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, and “calls for the termination of IRS employees that perform, delay or fail to perform any official action for a political purpose,” according to Delaney's office. “This legislation ensures that any IRS employees who act in a politically motivated way will be terminated.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2013
The unemployment rate in Washington County fell from 9.4 percent in January to 8.8 percent in February, and the number of people working and the total labor force also dropped, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. From December to January, the county jobless rate rose from 8.9 percent to 9.4 percent as the labor force - the combination of people employed, unemployed and looking for work - rose by more than 2,800, last month's report said.
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