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By HEATHER KEELS | January 6, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- S. Michael Goulding was doing some landscaping in the backyard of his fiancée's new house on Paradise Church Road Sunday when he made an unsettling discovery: The granite blocks that formed a low wall around a gazebo were inscribed with names, birth dates and dates of death. "We were rather shocked, you know, when we flipped it over," said Goulding, who alerted the Washington County Sheriff's Department Monday, thinking the footstones might have been stolen from a cemetery.
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By RACHAEL JOHNSON / Pulse correspondent | December 23, 2008
The exact origin of our modern celebration of Christmas is unknown. The old English word for Christmas is "Cristes Maesse. " In Dutch it is "Kerst-misse. " In Latin it is known as "Dies Natalis. " This gave the French name "Noel. " Italians call it "Natale. " Germans refer to it as "Weihnachtsfest," from the preceding sacred vigil. The word Christmas translates into "Mass of Christ. " However, people dispute the origin of the term yule. The name in Anglo-Saxon was "geola. " Christmas was not among the earliest.
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By HEATHER KEELS | September 30, 2008
WILLIAMSPORT -- Improvements to Williamsport's aging sewer system will not cost residents as much as the Mayor and Town Council initially thought, project officials said at a meeting Monday. Water and sewer bills would go up a maximum of about $7 a month for the typical basic user, said Roberta Adams, a loan specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program, which has made a $3.6 million loan and a $707,000 grant available to the town for emergency sewer upgrades.
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By DAVE McMILLION | September 19, 2008
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- It wasn't your average Amtrak train arrival. An energized crowd waited Thursday morning, as the "Good Morning America" crew arrived at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Fans filled the lower town area to see the anchors at work on the daily television show. The visit by the ABC team was part of the show's broadcast of the "50 States in 50 Days" whistle-stop train tour leading to the general election. The "Good Morning America" team was in Ohio on Wednesday and was heading to Washington, D.C., after the Harpers Ferry appearance, according to the show's Web site.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 5, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Craig Paving Inc. will build a track that could be sanctioned for college-level events at North Hagerstown High School, Washington County Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Boyd Michael announced Thursday. The track will be built to specifications that would allow it to be used for college-level events. The agreement was announced hours before the Washington County Board of Education was scheduled to consider bids from another company to repair the track. At $310,360, Craig Paving's contract to build the track is less than half the amount that Finley Asphalt & Sealing bid for the project.
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By DAN DEARTH | May 29, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The budget of the Western Maryland Blues Fest is almost 10 times larger than it was when the event began in 1996. Carl W. Disque, chairman of the Blues Fest's executive committee, said after a press conference Wednesday to promote the four-day event that organizers of the inaugural Blues Fest had a $25,000 operating budget. Thirteen years later, the budget has grown to almost $250,000, he said. The budget is used, among other things, to pay the performers and to build stages, he said.
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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.
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December 30, 2007
We want to run readers' photos on this weekly photo page. So we're looking for the best recent photographs from the Tri-State area. This is a chance for amateur photographers to share their talent. Quality is key. If you have captured a spontaneous and beautiful moment between a parent and child, send it to us. If you've got an interesting exposure of the moon, we'll take a look at it. If it's just some crazy moment, send it in. We will not have space for family portraits, posed scenes or news photos that are published elsewhere in the newspaper.
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By MARLO BARNHART | October 11, 2007
Ten years ago, Rick Wilson and Ray Shriver launched Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry in Washington County ? an idea spawned by a chance encounter with a mother trying to feed her hungry children. "Dad was driving to Front Royal, Va., when he stopped to help a woman who had pulled over," said Josh Wilson, now full-time national director of the organization. The woman wanted Rick Wilson's help getting a dead deer into the trunk of her car. "Dad told her it was illegal but she said she needed it to feed her kids and had done it before," Josh Wilson said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 29, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A man shot and killed himself Thursday night as police officers arrived at his Oak Street house to serve a protective order on him, the Hagerstown Police Department said. However, for several hours after a gunshot was heard, authorities weren't sure what happened and thought the shot might have been fired at them. Police repeatedly tried to contact the man in the house, unaware that the gunshot inside was the man killing himself, Sgt. Paul Kifer said. Officers finally went inside the house after four hours and found the man's body.
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