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By JULIE E. GREENE | March 22, 2000
The quest for a new minor league baseball stadium hit another snag on Tuesday when the Washington County Commissioners said they weren't ready to approve funding for another study. Hagerstown City Councilman Alfred W. Boyer asked the commissioners to contribute $190,000 toward the cost of a study the Maryland Stadium Authority would conduct before any hotel tax revenues could be used to construct a new stadium. A bill before the Maryland General Assembly would require the study, but it had not been passed as of Tuesday, Boyer said.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | June 8, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County is looking for 500 to 1,200 acres to possibly become the site of a state horse park and, so far, the front runner for the nomination is the property that houses the county's Agricultural Education Center off Sharpsburg Pike. Robert Mandley, project coordinator for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC), told the County Commissioners on Tuesday that the Maryland Stadium Authority asked counties and municipalities to nominate property for a proposed Maryland horse park.
NEWS
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | June 7, 2000
The Maryland Stadium Authority is reviewing potential sites for a proposed $15 million minor league baseball stadium and railroad museum complex for Hagerstown, Richard Phoebus, chairman of the private committee promoting the project, said Wednesday. The sites being considered include the city's Municipal Stadium, land along Wesel Boulevard near the intersection with Burhans Boulevard, which was a previous preferred site for a new stadium, and the current preferred site, which is behind the Centre at Hagerstown near the U.S. 40 and Interstate 81 interchange, Phoebus said.
NEWS
February 17, 1999
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer Build a new minor-league baseball stadium and fans will come, the former chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority told Washington County business leaders Tuesday. Lose the Hagerstown Suns by not building it, and new businesses might not come, warned John A. Moag Jr., who said Washington County's economic development efforts would suffer if the Hagerstown Suns left the county.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | March 23, 2000
Four of the five Washington County Commissioners said Wednesday that stadium supporters must choose a preferred site and present a financial analysis before they will commit to funding stadium studies. The fifth commissioner, Bill Wivell, said he did not have to see an analysis to know he will vote against taxpayer funding of a baseball stadium. "We just need more detailed information other than that they want to build a stadium," Commissioners President Greg Snook said. "We want an overall financial plan, including where it (stadium)
NEWS
July 8, 1998
Council members agree to stadium study The Hagerstown City Council will go forward with a $50,000 study of a new minor league baseball stadium. Council members agreed Tuesday to seek grants to help pay for the study. The Washington County Commissioners endorsed the study but did not commit any money. Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said he normally doesn't support government studies, but makes an exception in this case. "I think there's clearly a need for this study to make intelligent decisions about our community's future," he said.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 8, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com A committee working to build a stadium at North Hagerstown High School has hired a fund-raising consultant. North High Principal Robert T. "Bo" Myers said Nancy C. Saidis & Associates of Mechanicsburg, Pa., east of Carlisle, Pa., will investigate whether enough money can be raised in the community to build the stadium. The firm is scheduled to submit a report to the committee by late January, Myers said. The committee has raised $25,000 to pay for the study, he said.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | March 1, 2000
ANNAPOLIS - The local legislative delegation threw the fate of Hagerstown minor league baseball back to City of Hagerstown and Washington County elected officials Wednesday. cont. from front page The Hagerstown Roundhouse and Sports Complex could be in jeopardy unless the city and county agree on the local share of money. Supporters of the $12 million to $15 million Hagerstown Roundhouse and Sports Complex hope to resolve the problem in time to ask Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening for money this session, which ends April 10. The Washington County legislative delegation voted Wednesday to raise the hotel-motel tax and give the county money for economic development and tourism.
NEWS
September 19, 2000
Stadium site decision due By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer The location of a proposed baseball stadium for Hagerstown probably will be decided Monday, but a public announcement of that decision may not come until the next joint meeting of Hagerstown and Washington County elected officials on Oct. 17, City Engineer Bruce Johnston said Tuesday. Also expected for the October meeting are revised cost estimates for the project and drawings of the proposed stadium, said Johnston, who represented the private group pushing the stadium plan before a joint city-county meeting Tuesday.
NEWS
January 30, 1998
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer The Washington County Agricultural Education Center is poised to get a 2,000-seat section of bleachers from Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Two county agricultural groups have pledged $38,500 to buy the bleachers, said former state Del. Peter G. Callas, who negotiated the deal. Volunteers will go to Baltimore this weekend to explore how to dismantle them and bring them back to the ag center near Sharpsburg. "This will be nice for Hagerstown to have a piece of Memorial Stadium," Callas said.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2012
It's no secret that Hagerstown Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn has been considering moving the team to Winchester, Va., where the idea of a stadium in a new location has been gaining momentum. However, the release last week of Ripken Design's feasibility study for a new multiuse sports and events center in downtown Hagerstown is setting up an interesting scenario for Quinn. City and Washington County elected officials were joined Tuesday afternoon by members of the state legislative delegation to review the study and talk about constructing the proposed $30 million downtown facility near the intersection of East Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue.
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OPINION
March 28, 2012
Government should move stadium project forward To the editor: Washington County is in danger of losing the Hagerstown Suns because Municipal Stadium is not up to the minimum standards for Class A professional baseball. Either the stadium must be improved to minimum standards or the team must move. The Suns owners have no choice but to comply. Some people have a misunderstanding about the purpose of minor league baseball and the positive benefits of having a local team.
OPINION
February 20, 2012
Leadership, Washington County, Md., style: A decade ago, the Washington County legislative delegation approves funding for a new minor league baseball stadium on the condition that the funding not be spent on a new minor league baseball stadium. Or it could, but only if specific benchmarks were met, including the involvement of the Maryland Stadium authority; an adaptability of the stadium for lacrosse; and a lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. The law said that the county must raise money for a stadium by spending money on sewers.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | June 8, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County is looking for 500 to 1,200 acres to possibly become the site of a state horse park and, so far, the front runner for the nomination is the property that houses the county's Agricultural Education Center off Sharpsburg Pike. Robert Mandley, project coordinator for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC), told the County Commissioners on Tuesday that the Maryland Stadium Authority asked counties and municipalities to nominate property for a proposed Maryland horse park.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | December 29, 2004
John Williamson didn't attend North Hagerstown High School. He's not even a Hagerstown native. So why is he chairing the campaign to build a $2.3 million stadium at the school? There are many reasons, but the one that hit home with me was Williamson's experience in seeing what his three children learned about life and teamwork by playing soccer for North High. "In talking to my kids, particularly to Brian, he told me he learned that you may not like the person you're on a team with, but you have to work together to succeed," Williamson said.
NEWS
February 18, 2004
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NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 8, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com A committee working to build a stadium at North Hagerstown High School has hired a fund-raising consultant. North High Principal Robert T. "Bo" Myers said Nancy C. Saidis & Associates of Mechanicsburg, Pa., east of Carlisle, Pa., will investigate whether enough money can be raised in the community to build the stadium. The firm is scheduled to submit a report to the committee by late January, Myers said. The committee has raised $25,000 to pay for the study, he said.
NEWS
October 17, 2000
Stadium vote could come soon, 2 commissioners undecided By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer Two Washington County Commissioners remained undecided on whether to support a $15 million plan to build a new baseball stadium at Hagerstown's Municipal Stadium, after a nearly two-hour presentation and discussion of the plan Tuesday. continued But those undecided commissioners, John L. Schnebly and Bert L. Iseminger, will probably have to make up their minds soon.
NEWS
September 19, 2000
Stadium site decision due By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer The location of a proposed baseball stadium for Hagerstown probably will be decided Monday, but a public announcement of that decision may not come until the next joint meeting of Hagerstown and Washington County elected officials on Oct. 17, City Engineer Bruce Johnston said Tuesday. Also expected for the October meeting are revised cost estimates for the project and drawings of the proposed stadium, said Johnston, who represented the private group pushing the stadium plan before a joint city-county meeting Tuesday.
NEWS
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | June 7, 2000
The Maryland Stadium Authority is reviewing potential sites for a proposed $15 million minor league baseball stadium and railroad museum complex for Hagerstown, Richard Phoebus, chairman of the private committee promoting the project, said Wednesday. The sites being considered include the city's Municipal Stadium, land along Wesel Boulevard near the intersection with Burhans Boulevard, which was a previous preferred site for a new stadium, and the current preferred site, which is behind the Centre at Hagerstown near the U.S. 40 and Interstate 81 interchange, Phoebus said.
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