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by JULIE E. GREENE | December 15, 2004
Washington County Board of Education member Wayne Ridenour said he abstained from voting on personnel changes Tuesday night because he didn't think the School Board should have an attorney on staff. Ridenour was asked after the School Board's meeting why he abstained from voting on staff changes. The staff changes included appointing an assistant to the School Board's chief legal counsel, according to a School Board document. The position is a support position to the School Board's staff attorney, Ridenour said.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | July 7, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The women won out Tuesday night. Lori Stilley and Delores Milstead were re-elected as the Jefferson County Board of Education president and vice president, respectively, despite challenges from a new board member. New member Jud Romine, a former Jefferson County Schools superintendent, nominated Alan Sturm to serve as president. Stilley also was nominated and was elected to another term by a 3-2 vote. The women on the board - Stilley, Milstead and Cheryl Huff - voted for Stilley, while the men - Romine and Sturm - voted for Sturm.
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June 27, 2004
Iraq, Inc. To the editor: I present some thoughts on a course of action that would benefit Iraq and, consequentially, the United States. I propose that, in the near future, a corporation be formed in Iraq that will, on the date of incorporation, assume ownership of all items pertaining to oil, including, but not limited to, production, transportation, refining, distribution and sales. And that it will assume responsibility for debt outstanding on that date. I further propose that on that date, at high noon, every living native-born Iraqi 18 years of age, or older, shall be eligible for one share of stock in the corporation and thereafter, every Iraqi attaining the age of 18 years shall be eligible for one share of stock.
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by BOB MAGINNIS | March 15, 2004
As the Washington County's General Assembly delegation and the board of PenMar Development Corp. battle over whether some of PenMar's newer members will be removed, one important player has been reduced to sitting on the sidelines. Lerner Enterprises, which has been in negotiation to be the "master developer" of the old Fort Ritchie Army base, has never been contacted by state officials about how the bill would affect ongoing talks. So said Kevin Rogers, the chief operating officer of Oak Hill Properties and an employee of Lerner, a 50-year-old company that has developed a ton a projects in the metropolitan Washington area.
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by LAURA ERNDE | February 22, 2004
laurae@herald-mail.com Strong opposition is threatening to sink the Washington County Delegation's proposed overhaul of the PenMar Development Corp. PenMar board members are urging residents to fight the legislation, which they said could hamper efforts to redevelop the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base. Delegation Chairman Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said he's determined to move forward with the shake-up, which he and other local lawmakers deem critical to the future of the Cascade base that closed in 1998.
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by TIM ROWLAND | February 15, 2004
It's easy to see why the Washington County Delegation might have wanted to shake up the PenMar Development Corp. at any time over the past five years or so. It's not so easy to see why they want to do it now. For the first time, the board, as it is newly construed after a spate of resignations last fall, and the Cascade residents are getting along. And master planners, developers with deep pockets, are taking a serious look at the former Army base. Cooperation and flexibility no longer seem inconceivable concepts on the mountaintop.
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by LAURA ERNDE | December 6, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com PenMar Development Corp. officials said Friday they don't need more state oversight and are on the right track toward redeveloping the former Fort Ritchie Army base. But Delegation Chairman Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, who has called the volunteer board "dysfunctional," said local lawmakers will still consider making changes to the board's structure through state law. At the meeting between lawmakers and PenMar officials Friday, PenMar Executive Director Richard Rook defended the board, saying problems of infighting are behind them.
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by Allen E. Swope, President | November 3, 2003
To the editor: For the past 13 years, Children's Village of Washington County Inc. has addressed safety issues in the community by providing a free life-safety education program for all second-grade students in Washington County. Students attending Children's Village come from public, private and home schools. Our program has been responsible for many success stories. To date, there have been 12 documented cases where children saved themselves or others using skills they learned at Children's Village.
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by TIM ROWLAND | October 26, 2003
Recently queried, school board members Roxanne Ober and Bernadette Wagner said they were "undecided" whether they would seek re-election. Since they're having trouble, let me decide for them: Run. Run, win, then leave us alone. Stop already with the form letters, the brochures and PR packets. Please, lose the inferiority complex. Really, it's OK - we believe you, you've done good. So stop it, and get back to the business of making some math teachers' lives miserable for me. Thank you. Whew.
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July 9, 2003
The Washington County Commissioners have appointed John F. Barr, president of Ellsworth Electric Inc., to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission board of directors. As a representative from the City of Hagerstown, Barr's term will expire June 30, 2004. "His experience in construction and project management will bring a valuable skill set and perspective to our commission," EDC Executive Director Timothy R. Troxell said. "Plus, John (Barr) has firsthand knowledge of the importance and strength of our community's work force development programs.
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