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By JENNIFER FITCH | | January 2, 2013
About 74 cents of each tax dollar paid to the Franklin County, Pa., government general fund this year will be spent on the county's criminal justice system. The county commissioners unanimously approved a final 2013 budget last week. The plan calls for $112.9 million in spending for all operations and services, with $42.7 million targeted for the general fund that supports the probation department, courts, the Day Reporting Center, the jail, elections, veterans affairs and row offices such as the clerk of courts and prothonotary.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | December 6, 2012
Tax bills across Franklin County, Pa., are going up in 2013. This week, the county commissioners approved a slight property tax increase to support library services. They also passed a preliminary budget that calls for a tax increase county officials say will cost the average homeowner $9. The commissioners have been reviewing a $112.9 million spending plan for all operations and services, with $42.7 million of that targeted for the fund that includes elected officials, probation, courts, the Day Reporting Center, the jail, elections and veterans affairs.
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | | December 1, 2012
Having sold their previous house, Michael and Kanda Betson and their teenage son are living in a 30-foot camper while Michael oversees construction of their new home in Brownsville. Paul Plume and his wife, Courtney, have fulfilled his lifelong dream of buying a farm, but their plans of building a new home on its Indian Springs acreage have hit an economic snag they hope is only temporary. Charlie and Lorena Sanbower have taken a loan on their current house to finance construction of their new one near Hagerstown while hoping to sell their old one soon.
September 30, 2012
Name of business: Keystone Real Estate Settlement Services Inc. Owners: Tracy A. White and Heather E. Miller Address: 19 Fifth Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. Opening date: January 2012 Products and services: Residential and commercial real estate transactions, including purchases and refinances, and title-searching services Target market: Real estate agents and lenders Previous business experience: We have...
June 25, 2012
Dan Samel, 83, of Hampstead, N.C., passed away peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of June 21, 2012, at the Davis Health Care Center in Porter's Neck, N.C., following a battle with cancer.   Dan was born in Dover, N.J., the son of David and Florence Samel. David was a jeweller in Dover, and later Trenton and Pennington, N.J., and Florence was a schoolteacher in Morris County, N.J. Dan graduated from Roxbury High School in Succasunna, N.J., and later earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Seton Hall University.
May 27, 2012
West Virginia University Hospitals-East MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Dr. Babak Barmar, board-certified nephrologist, recently joined the medical staffs at West Virginia University Hospitals-East's City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Barmar is also board certified in geriatrics and internal medicine, and is in private practice at Kidney Specialists PLLC in Martinsburg.  He serves as a clinical assistant professor for the WVU School of Medicine, Division of Nephrology.
March 20, 2012
Editor's note: This is another in a series of Eastern Panhandle candidate previews that The Herald-Mail will be running over the next several months. The announcements also will be posted on our website, www., through the West Virginia primary on May 8. To submit announcements, email them and a color photo (preferably a jpeg) to or . Any questions? Call 301-791-7281. John Orem, a Republican and Martinsburg real estate broker and businessman, is running for sheriff of Berkeley County.
By JANET HEIM | | January 7, 2012
Catherine “Cathy” Reese was not expected to outlive childhood. Instead, Cathy would go on to have four children and live to age 82, leading a life filled with service, interests and travel that touched many people. As a second-grader, she was diagnosed with failing kidneys, attributed to her premature birth. At age 14, she developed rheumatic fever, and with her kidneys still not functioning well, was not expected to recover. A strong faith kept Cathy and her family going, and after a lengthy recuperation, the doctor released her from his care, stunned that she survived.
By DAVID HANLIN | September 20, 2011
Since starting this column a few months ago, I have received the most feedback from readers regarding revitalization of downtown Hagerstown. My error perhaps was in assuming that revitalization of downtown Hagerstown is an inherently good thing. Not everyone agreed with me. While I disagree with my critics on that point, I do view the number of comments as a positive sign. People care. This column addresses six key reasons why I think revitalization of downtown Hagerstown is important to everyone, including residents of Hancock, Smithsburg, Boonsboro or Dargan.
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