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By TRISH RUDDER | September 11, 2007
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - Cacapon State Park has the first wobble clay shooting range in a West Virginia state park, and Gov. Joe Manchin helped dedicate it Monday, cutting the ribbon and saying he was ready to shoot. "This is something I enjoy," Manchin said. "If it makes noise, whether an engine or a gun, I like it. " Wobble clays are clay targets released into the air for trapshooting. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources personnel from Charleston, W.Va., and Cacapon State Park were at the range, along with state legislators who were attending an interim session.
January 14, 2002
Lance seeks return to Jefferson County Commission By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Running on a platform that largely focuses on growth needs in Jefferson County, Greg Lance has announced his decision to run for a seat on the Jefferson County Commission this year. A former commissioner who served for 12 years before being defeated in 1998, Lance said he wants to return to the job to help schools get the funding they need, pass impact fees, build more recreational facilities and look for ways to save open space in the county.
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | July 15, 2005 CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A widely distributed e-mail sent by Jefferson County Commissioner James Surkamp about the sale of the on-site water system at the Burr Industrial Park to a private utility drew charges Thursday from the executive director of the Jefferson Development Authority, who called it "intentionally misleading. " Jane Peters, the authority's executive director, in a two-page statement read to the county commissioners, said everything in Surkamp's e-mail is "either blatantly false or a total misrepresentation of the facts.
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 14, 2006
Politics is guaranteed to come up at two meals this month, when Washington County's two major parties hold their annual picnics. The Republicans will go first. Their picnic will be Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Smithsburg Community Park on Bikle Road. The gate will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. The special guest will be Kristen Cox, Maryland's secretary of disabilities, who is running for lieutenant governor with Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for ages 7 to 16 and free for those younger than 7. To make reservations, call Wanda McGurl, secretary of the Washington County Republican Club, at 301-790-1539 by Friday.
By BEN CARDIN | February 27, 2013
On March 1, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts will begin to take effect, cutting $1.2 trillion from defense and non-defense programs over the next 10 years.  These automatic cuts are known as sequestration and they will have a devastating effect on millions of Americans. If Congress fails to act to reduce our budget deficit by March 1, sequestration will result in a meat-ax approach to reducing our deficit. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, sequestration for FY2013 alone will require across-the-board cuts of approximately $42.7 billion in defense and another $42.7 billion in non-defense spending.
February 28, 2001
National Parks Pass: Should you have one? By JENNIFER SILBERT Chances are you've been to a park or historical area in the National Park System at one time or another. continued If you're planning to visit one of the big national parks this year, or if you're a regular visitor to Tri-State area parks, you might be interested in checking out the National Parks Pass. Part economics, part philanthropy, the purchase of a pass can save you money and help preserve our national parks.
By HEATHER KEELS | | March 19, 2011
The museum — which will house exhibits such as wagons, sleighs, buggies and antique cars — will be the third building in the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum complex at the agricultural center on Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown, said Jim Sterling, county director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities. Construction could start in July or August, and, if all goes well, the new building could open before Christmas, Sterling said. The Agricultural Education Center board of directors is continuing to raise funds for the roughly $350,000 project, Sterling said.
by DAVE McMILLION | July 26, 2004 SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Parks officials in Jefferson County have decided not to take any immediate action on a controversial proposal to turn ownership of Morgan's Grove Park over to the county. Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Bill Hoak planned to bring the proposal before the parks and recreation commission last Wednesday for consideration. Hoak said he thinks it would be better if the parks and recreation holds off on any action regarding the park until the commission gets a proposal from the Shepherdstown Men's Club, which has owned the park since 1961.
By SHADAE PAUL | For The Herald-Mail | June 16, 2011
Gather up your fishing rods and fish bait — it's fishing time. Many Individuals Helping Individuals (MiHi) will hold its ninth annual Fishin' Frenzy combining children, seniors and individuals with disabilities for a day of fun in Hagerstown's Pangborn Park. MiHi is a local organization dedicated to providing assistance and recreational activities to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. The event centers around Pangborn Lake lined with participants as they wait for a tug on their lines.
May 11, 2001
Council candidate Q&A - Metzner Democratic council candidate, incumbent Lewis C. Metzner , 48, 322 E. Irvin Ave., council member since 1994, lawyer specializing in divorce and criminal defense cases Q: What are your qualifications to serve as a City Council member? A: I have served on the City Council since 1994 and have been active in politics since 1981. I am a life long resident of Hagerstown. I graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1970, the University of Maryland in 1974 and the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1977.
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