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LIFESTYLE
September 19, 2012
Tom Perry has been awarded the National Honor Roll Award from the Izaak Walton League of America for his work on the Big Slackwater Restoration Project along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath. The award is designed to recognize nonmembers (groups or individuals) who have achieved outstanding accomplishments involving conservation, public education, or publicity efforts in keeping with the League's goals. The award was presented by Del. John Overington; Charles Wiles, past IWLA national president; Gary Meade, IWLA national executive board; Pat Crouse, IWLA membership coordinator; and Dawn Merritt, IWLA national communications director.
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NEWS
September 17, 2005
To the editor: Recent whining from local Washington Countians about rising property values pricing local working people out of the home-buying market is counterproductive and obscures real reasons for local working people's inability to compete in today's markets, be it for housing or jobs. First, education. When I first moved here to Washington County in the 1990s, I learned that only 10 percent of the parents of school-age children had college degrees. This is absolutely unacceptable.
NEWS
January 21, 2008
Open house at Faith Christian Academy MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The public is invited to attend an open house at Faith Christian Academy in Martinsburg Jan. 28 to 31. Those attending the open house at the Greensburg Campus will have a chance to view the books and curriculum guides, meet the faculty and administration and tour the classrooms. The open house will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 to Jan. 31. The Greensburg campus is off W.Va. 45 east of Martinsburg.
NEWS
January 19, 2004
Greater Hagerstown: Why is this group so mysterious? To the editor: Where and who is "the man in the middle?" That's what I think of when I hear of the Greater Hagerstown Committee. Is it shrouded in mystery? I haven't heard an individual's "voice. " Are the individuals of the committee afraid to voice an opinion? Is it apart from the voters? The people? I'd like to hear from these individuals who are businessmen. There seems to be an estrangement here according to Mary W. Haines' letter to the editor.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | February 20, 2005
Editor's note: This is the third in a four-part series featuring blacks who are making a difference in their communities. SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. charlestown@herald-mail.com From the time she was an adviser to a group of budding young cheerleaders in Paw Paw, W.Va., to her tenure on the West Virginia Board of Education, Sheila Hamilton has observed public education in West Virginia from many perspectives. "I enjoyed being around children. It's been a wonderful experience," the 57-year-old Jefferson County woman said as she reflected on her educational experiences.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 14, 2007
Students' clothes have changed, and even their attitudes. His own job description is radically different, but one thing that has not changed in Robert Lochbaum's 50 years in public education is his dedication to students. Lochbaum, who lives in Hagerstown, has worked for more than 40 years as a guidance counselor at North Hagerstown High School. He took his first job after college as a business teacher at South Hagerstown High School. That was in 1958, and Lochbaum said he has decided to retire at the end of this school year.
OPINION
By DAVID HANLIN | September 4, 2013
My children all attended Washington County Public Schools, and I am very happy with the overall education they received. But, public school may not be for every family. Some opt for private or homeschooling. What is important is that all children get an education that best prepares them to contribute to society and that gives them the best chance for happiness as adults. Traditionally, homeschooling and private schooling are viewed as being distinct from public schooling. However, I suspect these approaches to educating children are likely to become increasingly interconnected as education continues to undergo major reform.  The 2004 report to the National Governors Association (NGA)
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | April 19, 2013
There is no secret to the relentless attempts to get public funds to support religious schools. The constitutionality of the use of vouchers is being tested in state courts at the moment with the Indiana Supreme Court upholding vouchers. One notable enthusiast for vouchers is using an atypical defense to support their use. Michael Gerson (published March 2 in The Washington Post), a former speechwriter for George W. Bush and a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, has borrowed from economic theory what he supposes will bolster the case for vouchers.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | February 14, 2006
charlestown@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - What will public school students need to learn in the 21st century to be successful: New ways of learning math and science? More emphasis on critical thinking? Those types of issues are being debated as the West Virginia Department of Education goes on the road to get input on how public education should be offered in coming years. The state Department of Education is hosting eight forums, called, "Voices from the Field: A Forum for WV Educators," across the state to get input from educators, according to department spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro.
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