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July 20, 2012
On June 1, an ongoing exhibit of photographs by Stefanie Boss opened at Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery Inc. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The gallery is at 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-791-6191, send an email to , or go to .
May 20, 2012
The problem: A railroad crossing on East Oak Ridge Drive just outside Hagerstown. Vehicles heading toward Md. 65 bounce as they cross one particularly worn railroad tie. Who could fix it: CSX What they say: “CSX will contact the city and arrange a mutually convenient time when the ties can be replaced,” CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan wrote in an email after seeing photos The Herald-Mail took of the crossing.   - Compiled by Andrew Schotz If you are aware of a safety problem, a major annoyance or a pet peeve that one of our governmental bodies, an agency or an organization is responsible for fixing, send the information, and a photo if you have it, to: What's Wrong With This Picture c/o The Herald-Mail newsroom 100 Summit Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21740 You can email the information to . Editor's note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | April 8, 2012
Karen Thatcher knew when she saw it that a photograph of a tintype of a young Confederate soldier was of David Miller Thatcher, her husband Larry Thatcher's great-great uncle, who died in the Civil War in 1863. “It was the hands,” she said, looking at an array of 10 tintypes of Civil War soldiers that appeared in an ad for the Library of Congress in the March 4 edition of The Washington Post. Her discovery also solved a mystery for library officials who had received a private collection of more than 700 Civil War ambrotype and tintype photographs of soldiers, many of whom were unidentified.
March 12, 2012
Tyler Fitchet, a student at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, won an honorable mention for his photo titled “Everyone is Doing It” in the Pittsburgh Technical Institute's Visions and Voices, an art, design and film show. He will receive a $2,000 partial tuition scholarship. The show opened with a reception Feb. 25 and runs through Saturday, March 24. This year's show includes artwork from 340 high school students. Students participating in the show represent 99 schools in six states: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.  More than 700 works of art are on display in the following categories: fine art 2D, fine art 3D, computer-aided drafting, Web design, computer graphics, jewelry, metalworking, ceramics, photography, video film and graphic design.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | March 6, 2012
The Pennsylvania Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill requiring the state's voters to present photo identification at the polls. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed voter-identification legislation several months ago and will review it again after Senate amendments, according to state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland. Kauffman said he initially hoped the April 24 primary election could be a trial run for the new requirements. Among them are presenting a photo ID issued by the government, accredited colleges and universities, or nursing and personal care homes.
By DON AINES | | February 15, 2012
Crime-scene photographs of Carol Brown's body and other forensic evidence were shown to the jury Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court in the second day of trial for a Hagerstown man accused of killing her nearly four years ago. Darrol Chris Sands, 44, is serving a 15-year state prison sentence on a 2011 drug-trafficking conviction. He was indicted in 2010 with the April 19, 2008, murder of Brown, a 22-year-old mother of two found dead in the bathtub of her Mitchell Avenue apartment in Hagerstown.
February 12, 2012
The opening reception and awards ceremony for the 79th annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon was held Sunday afternoon at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park. Hagerstown resident Jamie Turner won $100 for having the best photograph - “The New American Family” - by a Washington County photographer. Sara Howell of Gainesville, Va., won best of show and $300 for “Frosted Gingko Leaves.” Sterling “Rip” Smith of Martinsburg, W.Va., won a $250 Juror's Choice Award for “Forgotten Places: North Dakota Series, Grain Elevators.” The other $250 Juror's Choice Award went to Beamie Young of Dickerson, Md., for “Sunday Morning.” The Juror's Choice Awards worth $150 went to Martin L. Heavner of Ijamsville, Md., for “Carnival Memories”; Judith MacArthur of Rockville, Md., for “Sunflower Morning”; Bruce E. Morgan of Bethesda, Md., for “Inspiration No. 1”; and John Zimet of Winchester, Va., for “The Thinker.” The exhibit will be up through April 29. Visitors can vote for their favorite photograph.
By CHRIS COPLEY | | January 25, 2012
A few years ago, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts officially began accepting photographs for its permanent collection of fine art. But these days, society is way past asking whether photos are art. With widespread use of digital enhancement of photography, the question is more like: Are photos ever simply photographs? This weekend, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts presents a look at the state of the art of photography with the opening of the 79th annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon.
By DON AINES | | January 10, 2012
A surveillance photo published in The Herald-Mail resulted in the arrest of a man suspected in an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery, according to charging documents filed in Washington County District Court. Sean Eric Scott, 41, of no fixed address was charged with the robbery Saturday at the Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard and an attempted holdup on Friday at the 7-Eleven on Salem Ave., court records said. Scott also is charged with a Dec. 27 theft, court records said. Scott was being held Tuesday in the Washington County Detention Center on $1,007,500 bond on the three cases, the records said.
January 1, 2012
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has produced a new Destination Planning Guide. “This publication serves as valuable resource for potential bus groups and any volume visitor business,” said Director of Sales Betsy De Vore. The 48-page guide provides information about what Washington County has to offer for business meetings and convention services, venues and accommodations, points of interest, attractions and recreation, as well as shopping and dining.
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