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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the county hire a coordinator to shepherd its economic development strategic plan priorities, but it will be a few more weeks before those priorities are identified. “It's an interim plan to get the strategic plan moving,” County Administrator Gregory B. Murray told the EDC board before its vote. The position could be part-time and work with the economic development team, he said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 2, 2013
Hagerstown has an Arts and Entertainment District featuring the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, The Maryland Theatre, Washington County Arts Council, Washington County Free Library and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and other assets, but an economic development strategic plan for the county said the entertainment district's footprint needs to be smaller to achieve “critical mass.” The report, prepared by the consulting firms Urbanomics Inc....
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By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | Raychel.Harvey-Jones@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
A task force established to find a location for a dog park in Hagerstown has selected Fairgrounds Park as the site it will recommend to Hagerstown's mayor and city council. Maria Mestre, chairperson of a task force made up of Hagerstown residents, said the group is responsible for making recommendations and presenting a proposal to the mayor and Hagerstown City Council. “This park was our top choice as it fulfilled all the criteria we were looking for such as location to residents, walking and driving distance to the park and sufficient parking,” Mestre said.
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February 13, 2013
A bill that would enhance penalties for adults who physically attack and/or harm minors unanimously passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week. House Bill 350 was authored by state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin. The measure was drafted by Rock based on the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection that was created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, according to a news release. If signed into law, anyone 18 years of age or older who causes bodily injury to a child younger than 12 could be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.
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January 30, 2013
Following is a verbatim list of the recommendations included in the final report and recommendations of the Fairplay Area Emergency Services Task Force. The Task Force hereby recommends that Fairplay Volunteer Fire Company be reinstated pending the successful completion of the following: 1. That the Volunteer Fire Company of District #12, once reactivated, be placed on a 24-month probationary period with the expectation that all of the requirements/recommendation continue to be accurately and currently maintained.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 26, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Strategic Plan unveiled Saturday at The Maryland Theatre has scores of recommendations distributed through 80 pages, a lot to digest in one sitting for those who attended the presentation. Not all of the report's recommendations are likely to be acted upon, County Commissioner William B. McKinley said. “We're going to have to try to come up with the really important points of things that are doable ... and take it from there,” McKinley said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 14, 2013
The work of a task force examining the suspended Fairplay Fire Co. ended Monday night with much of the strain and ill feelings that was apparent in many of the other meetings. The task force worked on its final report and recommendations, which concluded in part that the fire company has not adequately researched solutions and had not fully addressed its situation, and as a result department administration change is needed. The report and recommendations will be sent to the Washington County Board of Commissioners for consideration.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 5, 2012
An inspection report on the suspended Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. is expected to be completed this week and a task force that is supposed to make recommendations for the department could meet again Monday, fire officials said earlier this week. The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted in July to suspend Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. indefinitely for not responding quickly enough to calls. The task force was given three months to come up with possible solutions for getting the department running again efficiently.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | November 28, 2012
An appointed commission has recommended double-digit-percentage salary increases for several county positions. The increases range from 10 percent for members of the Board of License Commissioners, known as the liquor board, to 21 percent for the president of the Board of County Commissioners. For one office - county treasurer - the commission did not recommend a salary increase. By state law, Washington County must create a commission every four years to review the salaries of certain positions.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | November 24, 2012
Almost as soon as Wilson College broached the idea of making the women's liberal arts college co-educational to make the college financially sustainable for the future, students took action. Signs and banners including “Better Dead Than Co-Ed,” “ Shh ... I hear Sarah (Wilson) rolling in her Grave” and “You Thought We Were Kidding ... The Jokes on You!” hung from windows, balconies and beams across campus. Many of the protesters said permitting men to enroll at the all-women's college would detract from the campus' long-standing traditions.
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