October 8, 2006
On Tuesday, Oct. 3, The Herald-Mail held an online chat with Vicki Sadehvandi, director of CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused), and Carol Bannon, director of the Washington County Family Violence Council, on issues related to Family Violence Awareness Month. Our next chat will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m., when our guest with be Col. Doug Mullendore, an officer with the Washington County Sheriff's Department and a candidate for sheriff. To participate on the day of the chat, go to www.herald-mail.
September 24, 2006
On Wednesday, Sept. 20, The Herald-Mail hosted a live online chat with Washington County Board of Education officials JoEtta Palkovitz-Brown and Donna Hanlin on the subject of how the federal No Child Left Behind Act has affected the local school system. Our next chat will be Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. with Vicki Sadehvandi, director of CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused), and Carol Bannon, director of the Washington County Family Violence Council. Their topic will be activities planned for October, which is Family Violence Awareness Month.
September 10, 2006
Editor's note: On Wednesday, Sept. 6, The Herald-Mail did an online chat with Jerry Joyce, a Hagerstown attorney and candidate for Washington County State's Attorney. What follows is an edited transcript of that chat. Our next chat will be on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m., when our guest will be JoEtta Palkovitz-Brown, assistant superintendent for elementary education. She will chat on the effect the federal No Child Left Behind act has had on the local school system. Questions or comments can be submitted by going to www.herald-mail.
August 20, 2006
The following is an edited transcripted of an Aug. 15 online chat with Gordon Lynn, a candidate for Washington County state's attorney. The next chat will be on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. The guest will be Jerry Joyce, who also is seeking the state's attorney's post. Questions can be e-mailed in advance to email@example.com . Ruth: If you should be elected, what are your plans to improve on the state's sttorney's office as a whole? Gordon Lynn: I think that one of the main goals that I will have as the state's attorney is to open the lines of communication with various agencies such as the police department, parole and probation, the correctional officers, the public defenders office and the bar association.
July 30, 2006
On Tuesday, July 25, The Herald-Mail held a live online chat with Washington County State's attorney Charles Strong Jr. What follows is an edited transcript of that chat. Our next chat will be on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. with Gordon Lynn, a defense attorney seeking the state's attorney's post. To send questions in advance, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Question: What efforts and initiatives have you instituted or enhanced during your tenure with the State's Attorney's office?
July 16, 2006
The Herald-Mail held a live chat on Tuesday, July 11, with members of the Washington County Gang Prevention Task Force. What follows is an edited version of that session. Moderator: Today, we're chatting with four members of the Washington County Gang Prevention Task Force. They include Cheryl Mitchell-Jones, Washington County Board of Education; Ryan Shifflet, Washington County Sheriff's Department; Todd Dunkle of the Hagerstown Police Department; and Arthur Smith, chief of the Hagerstown Police Department.
June 13, 2006
For a group whose mission was to bring people together, the organization known as "Building Community" got off to a rough start. Two members of the Hagers-town City Council have criticized the group. One said it was too secretive, while the other said it exaggerated problems with racism in the city. Then a former candidate for city office filed an ethics complaint - since dismissed - that said that City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman had improperly given the group several hundred dollars for its activities without council authorization.
May 30, 2006
William Christoffel, John Latimer - Washington County Director of Emergency Services, and John G. Newby, MD., F.C.A.P., are our Live Chat guests today starting at 7:30 am and ending at 8:30 am. Questions or comments can be submitted by clicking here before and during the chat. Or send an email to: email@example.com Moeller: 1. Does the state and the county have up to date plans prepared for a pandemic avian flu? Christoffel: At the present time both the state and the county are in the process of developing a plan for responding to the pandemic flu. Some of the components of the plan have been under development for some time, while others need to be started.