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December 27, 2001
Olympic torch passes through Hagerstown By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com Carrying the Olympic flame into the heart of his hometown was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill for Terry Gearhart, as was watching him for the hundreds of people who crowded Hagerstown's Public Square Thursday afternoon. continued "My mother told me it was a historical event and I would never see it again," said Kristin Creek, 31, of Hagerstown. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Olympic torch due in Tri-State area Thursday By ANDREW SCHOTZ andrews@herald-mail.com Ricky Rudd will rely on his feet, not his race car, when he carries the Olympic torch through Martinsburg, W.Va., Thursday. continued Rudd, a NASCAR driver, will be among more than 50 people toting the torch in Hagerstown and Martinsburg. About 20 of them are Tri-State area residents. The torch will pass through the two cities on its 65-day, 13,500-mile trip.
NEWS
December 27, 2001
Vehicle hits woman A Hagerstown woman was struck by a minivan Thursday afternoon in downtown Hagerstown as crowds awaited the arrival of the Olympic torch. The 60-year-old Hagerstown woman was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital Thursday evening, a nursing supervisor said. She was struck as she crossed Potomac Street at Franklin Street, Hagerstown City Police said. The woman was hit by a 1990 Dodge minivan driven by Timothy Sowers, 26, of Hagerstown, police said.
NEWS
November 27, 2001
Smithsburg High School student to carry torch Editor's note : This is one in a series of features highlighting Tri-State area residents selected to carry the Olympic Torch on Dec. 20 on a course through Washington County and Martinsburg, W.Va. More than 20 local residents from Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have been chosen. By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI kimy@herald-mail.com SMITHSBURG - When friends Tara Knable and Lauren Richards watched a commercial seeking runners for the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, they thought it would be a kick to nominate each other.
NEWS
November 23, 2001
Moore will repeat torch performance By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro When George M. Moore Jr. carries the Olympic torch for two-tenths of a mile in Martinsburg, he will do it from his wheelchair. Moore, 57, director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, survived when his F-100 Super Sabre crashed on landing 31 years ago. The plane hit some construction and cartwheeled down the runway in a fiery ball. He spent more than three years in hospitals.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Sanders sisters to strike an Olympic chord By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / kimy@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - When the Sanders Sisters take the stage during the 2002 Olympic Torch celebration today in Martinsburg, W.Va., they plan to do what comes naturally. The sisters, Cathy DeLawder, 47; Carol Chaney, 53; and Linda Caldwell, 56, grew up in a Berkeley Springs, W.Va., home filled with music and have been singing since childhood. "There was never a day when their wasn't music in the house," said DeLawder.
NEWS
November 28, 2001
Still teammates after many years Editor's note : This is one in a series of occasional stories profiling Tri-State residents who will carry the Olympic torch in Hagerstown and Martinsburg, W.Va., on Dec. 20 during one leg of the torch's 13,500-mile journey to Salt Lake City, home of the 2002 Winter Games, which begin in February. By MARLO BARNHART marlob@herald-mail.com It didn't take any time at all for Nanci Cogswell to choose the person she wanted to sponsor in the Dec. 20 Olympic torch run. continued Cogswell, a day-care worker in Martinsburg, W.Va.
NEWS
December 27, 2001
Torch runner says he's humbled Editor's note : This is last in a series of stories profiling Tri-State residents who will carry the Olympic torch in Hagerstown and Martinsburg, W.Va., on Dec. 20 during one leg of the torch's 13,500-mile journey to Salt Lake City, home of the 2002 Winter Games, which begin in February. By KEVIN VERZICH mtbbureau@stargate.net Wearing the Olympic emblem on his socks and humming the Olympic theme song quietly to himself, Thomas Huffman prepares for the drive from Frederick, Md., to Hagerstown for another day on the job at the Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens.
NEWS
November 23, 2001
Special Olympics volunteer to carry torch Editor's Note: This is one in a series of occasional features highlighting Tri-State area residents selected to carry the Olympic Torch on Dec. 20 on a course through Martinsburg, W.Va. More than 20 local residents from Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have been selected. By ANDREW SCHOTZ / andrews@herald-mail.com Amid perpetual wet, white weather on Kodiak Island, Alaska, the Tolands tried to stay sane. "One of the things about Kodiak: You had to fill your free time with something or you'd go nuts," Lin Toland said.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Multiple sclerosis won't stop torch bearer By ANDREW SCHOTZ andrews@herald-mail.com Woody Smith thought his wife was trying to shirk work for a day. But Vickie Smith could not get out of bed that morning 13 years ago. The family had spent the previous day putting up wallpaper and paneling. The next morning, Vickie Smith couldn't move. Her left side was paralyzed. "I just kept thinking, if I got to sleep and woke up, it would go away," she said.
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June 6, 2012
Special Olympians and local law-enforcement officers will be escorting the “Flame of Hope” across Western Maryland to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games at Towson University. Athletes will make their way to the square in Hagerstown around noon Wednesday. The Washington County leg of the Maryland Torch Run Relay was to kick off in Hancock at 7:30 a.m., and the runners will travel U.S. 40 into Hagerstown. They will stop for a short ceremony in the square before heading to the Frederick County line at South Mountain.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 8, 2006
HAGERSTOWN As the Special Olympics torch approached downtown Hagerstown from the west, Sarah Roney waited with her mother in Public Square. Roney, 31, has ridden in Special Olympics equestrian events for six years and has picked up six medals, including four golds. In 2003, she represented the United States at an event in Ireland. Carolyn Roney, who lives in Hagerstown, said her daughter used to compete in track and field events. But, Sarah physically was more suited to horseback riding, which she likes.
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by HEATHER KEELS | June 16, 2005
HAGERSTOWN heatherk@herald-mail.com The brisk jog down Hagerstown's city streets Wednesday alongside the Special Olympics Torch was a breeze for Lee Follett of Smithsburg. After all, the mentally disabled athlete, who has competed in the Special Olympics since he was 8, took home a gold medal in the 200-yard dash two years ago in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland. Follett, 28, joined fellow athletes Linda Travis and Robert and Greg Strother, as well as police officers from the Hagerstown Police Department, Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department for a leg of the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run that took the "flame of hope" from Hancock to the Frederick County, Md., line, said Sgt. John Ryder, the event coordinator.
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By GREGORY T. SIMMONS | May 29, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com When Lee Follett of Smithsburg was 4, experts looking at his hip problems and mental disabilities that stemmed in part from a fluid build-up in his brain never expected him to walk, his mother said. Alan Artz II has mild mental retardation, autism and diabetes, and the latter two make physical activity difficult at best, his stepmother said. But at just past noon Wednesday, state Special Olympians Artz, 17, and Follett, 26, flanked by police officers, strode into Hagerstown Wednesday with the Special Olympics torch, not even breaking a sweat.
NEWS
December 27, 2001
Vehicle hits woman A Hagerstown woman was struck by a minivan Thursday afternoon in downtown Hagerstown as crowds awaited the arrival of the Olympic torch. The 60-year-old Hagerstown woman was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital Thursday evening, a nursing supervisor said. She was struck as she crossed Potomac Street at Franklin Street, Hagerstown City Police said. The woman was hit by a 1990 Dodge minivan driven by Timothy Sowers, 26, of Hagerstown, police said.
NEWS
December 27, 2001
Torch runner says he's humbled Editor's note : This is last in a series of stories profiling Tri-State residents who will carry the Olympic torch in Hagerstown and Martinsburg, W.Va., on Dec. 20 during one leg of the torch's 13,500-mile journey to Salt Lake City, home of the 2002 Winter Games, which begin in February. By KEVIN VERZICH mtbbureau@stargate.net Wearing the Olympic emblem on his socks and humming the Olympic theme song quietly to himself, Thomas Huffman prepares for the drive from Frederick, Md., to Hagerstown for another day on the job at the Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Sanders sisters to strike an Olympic chord By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / kimy@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - When the Sanders Sisters take the stage during the 2002 Olympic Torch celebration today in Martinsburg, W.Va., they plan to do what comes naturally. The sisters, Cathy DeLawder, 47; Carol Chaney, 53; and Linda Caldwell, 56, grew up in a Berkeley Springs, W.Va., home filled with music and have been singing since childhood. "There was never a day when their wasn't music in the house," said DeLawder.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Olympic flames withstand much By ANDREW SCHOTZ / andrews@herald-mail.com Zooming along the highway in the bed of a truck, it's ... The Olympic flame. Really. To cynics who think someone kindles the torch with a cigarette lighter at the beginning of each relay leg, Jeff Black says: "Wrong. " "No flicking of a Bic," said Black, who works for Alem International, the company supervising the 2002 Winter Games torch relay. Winter and Summer Games torch relays begin in Athens, Greece, birthplace of the Olympics.
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Multiple sclerosis won't stop torch bearer By ANDREW SCHOTZ andrews@herald-mail.com Woody Smith thought his wife was trying to shirk work for a day. But Vickie Smith could not get out of bed that morning 13 years ago. The family had spent the previous day putting up wallpaper and paneling. The next morning, Vickie Smith couldn't move. Her left side was paralyzed. "I just kept thinking, if I got to sleep and woke up, it would go away," she said.
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