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May 17, 2010
Heritage Academy high school students participated in the Association of Christian Schools International High School Fine Arts Festival on March 16 at Lancaster (Pa.) Bible College. Music The following awards were presented in music competitions: o High school choir, excellent rating for "This Little Light of Mine. " Participants included Laura Kelley, Troy Cosner, Sydalg Wilson, Jessy Jaquez, Ashley Jackson, John Murphy, Laura Calhoun, Kyle Smith, Randy Wright, Duncan Smyly, Emily Barr, Darian Bercaw, Stephen Brewer, Rachel Clarke, Jessica Gaylor, Abbey Jackson, Jacob Kelley, Daniel Williams, Ben Cosner and Jonathon Kriner.
EDUCATION
August 12, 2013
The Springfield Middle School eighth-grade band traveled to Lindale Middle School in Anne Arundel County, Md., to participate in the Maryland State Band Festival on May 13. The band performed three prepared pieces and participated in a sight-reading portion. The band received a superior rating for its performance. Later that week, the band traveled to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., and competed in the Music in the Parks Festival, where it received second place in its group and a superior rating for the performance. 
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 9, 2006
Bond agencies give county strong ratings Moody's, Standard and Poor's (S&P) and Fitch bond rating agencies have given Washington County strong ratings, the county said Tuesday in a written statement. Moody's increased the county's rating from A1 to Aa3, S&P's improved from A+ to AA-, and Fitch's rating is an AA-, according to the statement. Fitch's released its rating in fiscal year 2005. All three agencies cited a financially healthy county as the reason for the strong bond ratings.
NEWS
May 8, 2010
Prime Outlets New Balance will open a 6,500-square-foot retail store in June at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown. New Balance sells sportswear for all ages. Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village BOONSBORO - Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village recently received a five-star rating - the best possible - from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The overall rating is based on a combination of three other ratings - health inspection findings, data on nurse-staffing hours and clinical data relating to the care provided.
NEWS
November 24, 2007
Thirteen couples competed in Hagerstown Duplicate Bridge Club's game on Wednesday. Ann Lebherz and Robert Osburn ranked first in A and B strata with 64 percent. Claudia Reppert and Barbara Couch came in second in A, second in B and first in C with 60.91 percent. Third place in A went to Fred Wagner and Elaine Rowe for their 60-percent rating. Mary Wolfinger and Jack Mesner were fourth in A and third in B with 55 percent. A rating of 53.5 percent earned fifth place in A, fourth in B and second in C for Barbara Beard and Marie Sullivan.
NEWS
June 2, 2005
Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute issued NETCONN Solutions of Hagerstown a Capability Maturity Model Integration Maturity Level 2 rating May 27, a designation that positions the information technology company to compete for prime contracts through the U.S. Department of Defense. "Basically, the reason we got the certification is we're going after a prime contract role for a government contract," NETCONN spokeswoman Angie Davidson said. "It's very important as far as growing the business because, first of all, just the rating opens the doors.
NEWS
Kristy Smith | Around Boonsboro | May 24, 2011
I am one of many grateful parishioners at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boonsboro, and one of the vast majority who do not fully appreciate our firefighters until I am personally affected. Thank you, First Hose Co. of Boonsboro and other companies that helped to save my church home last week. Carnival on way This is a pretty big week in our little town.  Preparations for Boonsboro Carnival are under way, and picnics and parades will be everywhere next weekend.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | March 1, 1998
by Ric Dugan / staff photographer see the enlargement Her solo and duo performances completed, 15-year-old Lindsay Smigelski rested - flute in case - on the bleachers Saturday afternoon while fellow student musicians filled the Northern Middle School gymnasium with a chaotic clash of last-minute rehearsals. After two years of superior ratings in the Washington County Solo and Ensemble Festival, the North Hagerstown High School sophomore said she wasn't nervous waiting to find out how judges rated her performances this year.
NEWS
March 19, 2001
Western Maryland Band and Orchestra festival Washington County Public Schools will present the Western Maryland Band and Orchestra Festival Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at Williamsport High School. Bands and orchestras from Washington and Allegany counties will perform before a panel of adjudicators for comments or a rating. Bands and orchestras receiving an overall "I" rating will be eligible to participate in the Maryland State Large Ensemble Festival.
NEWS
by Zap2it.com | November 19, 2004
CBS's latest exercise in globe-trotting gave the network a sizable ratings boost Tuesday, while it's probably too early for a prognosis for FOX's medical drama "House. " Tuesday night's (Nov. 16) premiere of "The Amazing Race 6" captured the show's biggest season-opening audience since the first "Race" in September 2001. The two-hour episode drew about 11.8 million viewers, well above CBS's season average for the time periods. It also drew a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49, ranking second for the night (behind "Law & Order: SVU" on NBC)
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NEWS
August 30, 2013
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., dropped 0.1 percent in July, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The rate stood at 6.4 percent. It included a reported loss of 700 jobs, largely due to the end of the academic year at public schools. In neighboring Fulton County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.3 percent to 9.1 percent, placing the county's unemployment higher than a year prior.
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NEWS
August 28, 2013
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., dropped 0.1 percent in July, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The rate stood at 6.4 percent. It included a reported loss of 700 jobs, largely due to the end of the academic year at public schools. In neighboring Fulton County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.3 percent to 9.1 percent, placing the county's unemployment higher than a year prior.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 23, 2013
Unemployment in Washington County showed little movement from June to July, falling from 8.6 percent to 8.4 percent, even though the number of people working rose by about 800, according to a preliminary report issued Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The 8.6 percent June rate had been revised upward from the initial 8.5 percent the department reported in late July. Through the first seven months of 2013, the jobless rate in the county has averaged 8.5 percent, the same as the average for all of 2012, the report said.
EDUCATION
August 12, 2013
The Springfield Middle School eighth-grade band traveled to Lindale Middle School in Anne Arundel County, Md., to participate in the Maryland State Band Festival on May 13. The band performed three prepared pieces and participated in a sight-reading portion. The band received a superior rating for its performance. Later that week, the band traveled to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., and competed in the Music in the Parks Festival, where it received second place in its group and a superior rating for the performance. 
EDUCATION
August 11, 2013
The Children's Learning Center at Hagerstown Community College received the new Maryland EXCELS rating. This rating is a voluntary tiered quality rating and improvement system for child-care providers and is based on five progressive check levels. HCC's Children's Learning Center supports the child-care needs of HCC students, faculty, staff and others when space permits, and provides a learning environment for college students interested in working with young children. Those ages 2 to 5 are accepted.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County increased three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.5 percent in June, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Neighboring Fulton County saw its rate increase two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.9 percent. Both the state and national unemployment rates were unchanged from May to June. They stood at 7.5 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively, according to a labor department news release.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 26, 2013
Washington County's unemployment rate edged upward in June, the second straight month it has increased, state figures show. The county's unemployment rate in June was 8.5 percent, up slightly from 8.1 percent in May, according to statistics released Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The May numbers were an increase from April, when the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent. The county's June unemployment rate is higher than both the state and the national rates.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2013
The Waynesboro Borough Council and mayor will be getting raises in 2014 under a vote from Wednesday's council meeting. Each council member is currently paid $1,800 a year. Starting in January, that rate will increase to $3,000 a year. Mayor Richard Starliper's annual salary will increase from $2,500 to $3,700. The six-member council approved the new rates on a 3-2-1 vote. Voting in favor were councilmen Ben Greenawalt, Craig Newcomer and Jason Stains. Voting against passing the ordinance were Mike Cermak and Darrel Potts.
NEWS
By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | July 8, 2013
For some students, paying for college could be more expensive this fall if Congress does not retroactively reach a compromise after failing to agree on a plan by the July 1 deadline to prevent interest rates on some federal student loans from doubling. Interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford student loans rose from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1. Depending on what Congress does when it takes up the issue after reconvening Monday, the increased rate might or might not be in effect for the fall semester.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in May, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Neighboring Fulton County, Pa., saw its rate drop five-tenths of a percentage point to 8.8 percent. Franklin County has 58,200 nonfarm jobs (an increase of 400 in May), and Fulton County has 5,000 nonagricultural jobs, labor department data indicates. In May, Franklin County tied with Lancaster and Lebanon counties for the fourth lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania's 67 counties.
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