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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 14, 2011
A Clear Spring man convicted earlier this year for a sexual offense against a girl entered an Alford plea Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to a sexual offense against the girl's sister. James Weller Sr., 56, formerly of 14402 Mercersburg Road, had been convicted in a May trial before Judge Donald E. Beachley of attempted third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault. He was sentenced at that time to seven years in prison with four years suspended, court records said.
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May 21, 2012
An original film produced and performed by Grace Academy students and faculty will be shown Tuesday at Leitersburg Cinemas at 6:30 p.m. The movie is titled “I Saw The Light.” Everything is going just as planned for Thomas Johnathan Wright until a little girl's miraculous story changes his life forever. Thomas learns that life's choices can be narrowed down to just one ... life or death. “It was quite an undertaking, but the students who performed, filmed and edited the movie did a phenomenal job within a short amount of time,” said Lori Boutieller, performing arts teacher and writer and producer.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | March 27, 2012
In this year's session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislators again launched an attack on funding the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH). Motivated by an apples-to-oranges comparison with other, seemingly similar facilities around the state, this year's proposed legislation again threatened to undermine the center's progress and strip Washington County of its link to the state's universities.  Due in large part to the work of our delegation, efforts to cut the center's funding failed.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 10, 2012
View streaming video from the finish line at Springfield Middle School from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday online at www.herald-mail.com .   On the nightstand of Buzz Sawyer's room in Somerford Place is a copy of “The Flying Scotsman,” a book about the Olympic runner Eric Liddell, and copies of Track & Field Magazine. “Born to Run” and “The Perfect Mile” are in his bookcase, along with an All-America cross country award from 1954, and the walls are crowded with framed photos and newspaper clippings of a life spent on the run. At 83, William Joseph “Buzz” Sawyer Jr., the founder of the JFK 50 Mile, has slowed a bit and a walker stands by his chair, but he hopes to be at the dinner Friday night before the 50th running of the race and, possibly, there to see the finish Saturday.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2011
When the Potomac Center opened in 1978, David Forsyth was one of the first employees hired. Now, the last original employee remaining, he will mark his final day there Wednesday. Forsyth, 59, a certified nursing associate, works as a day shift leader at the center. After working in construction, then doing farm work and commercial driving, Forsyth applied for jobs at the Western Maryland Hospital Center and the Potomac Center. He was offered a job at the hospital center, but the next day got a job offer at the Potomac Center, his first choice, and took it. Forsyth said he views his job as an extension of his Christian mission.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 6, 2012
The bodies of two people were found in the debris of a Friday morning fire at a mobile home in Berkeley County W.Va., according to West Virginia State Police Trooper 1st Class Z. L. Nine. Nine said he could not release the identities of the two people found in the mobile home at 436 Apple Harvest Drive west of Glengary, W.Va., because family members had not all been notified by Friday afternoon. He said authorities were still trying to positively identify the bodies, which were found in a rear master bedroom of the mobile home.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | April 9, 2011
Wine festivals are in. Pension overhaul is out. As the conclusion of the 2011 Maryland General Assembly nears — the end of Monday night — much of the legislation that originated from Washington County's representatives has been decided, yea or nay. Both the House and Senate have agreed to change the law governing service stations' fuel price signs. Both chambers rejected a proposal to designate Feb. 6 Ronald Reagan Day in Maryland. (Although, Gov. Martin O'Malley quietly issued a proclamation in Reagan's honor this year, which had the same practical effect.)
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | March 19, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - A project to overhaul Jonathan Street in Hagerstown could come in roughly $1.25 million under budget. City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the City Council on Tuesday that Ardent Co. LLC of McLean, Va., recently submitted the low bid of $3.23 million to, among other things, repave the street and replace the existing water and sewer lines between Church and Charles streets. The original estimate was about $4.48 million, he said. The five bids that were submitted for the project ranged from $3.23 million to $5.35 million, according to city documents.
NEWS
By BOB GARVER / Special to The Herald-Mail | June 16, 2009
"The Taking of Pelham 123" is a formula that's been done many times before. Your enjoyment of the film will largely depend on how long it's been since you've seen a film just like it. If you can get though a 90-second commercial without thinking of three examples from the last decade, it might just be the film for you. The film is about a hostage situation in New York City. A man known simply as Ryder (John Travolta) takes over a subway car from the "Pelham 123" train. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington)
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | September 19, 2010
Mark P. Brugh's original play "Antietam Anthologies: 1862" examines the messy work - and messy politics - of identifying, relocating and re-interring the bodies of Confederate soldiers six years after the Battle of Antietam. "I wanted people to know the names of the people from Sharpsburg who did heroic acts of bravery and exhibited valor in the wake of adversity," said Brugh, as actors arrived for a recent Wednesday night rehearsal. "Antietam Anthologies" premieres Friday night and continues through Sunday, Sept.
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