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by DAVE McMILLION | January 20, 2003 CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The volunteers who operate the swimming pool at Jefferson Memorial Park are considering erecting a dome over the pool so it can be used year-round. The dome would have an outer fabric covering and would be supported by air pressure, members of the park's board of directors told the Jefferson County Commission earlier this month. A motor would be used to pump air into the structure to support it and heat it, said Bill Kline, president of the board of directors.
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.
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | | February 25, 2011
Typical toys in the Sokol household were old microphones, oscilloscopes and computer guts. Yet, 17-year-old Mark Sokol said his interest in technology didn't pick up until he was in high school. Now, the senior at Washington County Technical High School has a technology internship with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. "I'm a total geek," said Mark, smiling, in a red Atari T-shirt and jeans. He was sitting next to his mother, Linda Sokol, in the living room of their Hagerstown home.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | July 3, 2013
For 10 years, Ray Lizarraga displayed in his home a Confederate-style kepi that he obtained when he first started participating in Civil War re-enactments. He placed it on the head of an 11-year-old stranger Wednesday during a commemorative march on the 150th anniversary of Pickett's Charge. “I just wanted to have it here as a peace offering,” Lizarraga said of the hat. Eric Jackson of North Carolina grinned as he donned the kepi. He and his 13-year-old brother, Drew Jackson, walked a mile with thousands of other people on the same ground crossed by Confederate soldiers on the Battle of Gettysburg's last day. The crowd made its way up Cemetery Ridge to the so-called “high-water mark” reached by the Confederacy.
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 DAVE McMILLION | November 23, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Three federal agencies continue to look into a local utility company's decision to lay about 2,000 feet of water and sewer lines across property owned by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, a park spokeswoman said. In late August, Jefferson Utilities laid the utility lines in the School House Ridge area along U.S. 340 to serve about 179 houses in the Sheridan housing development, officials said. An attorney for Jefferson Utilities said his client had the right to install the lines, but the work raised objections from Civil War and national park organizations.
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.
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 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.
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