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by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | July 20, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com In an effort to reduce response times in the West End of Hagerstown, Community Rescue Service has begun operating an ambulance out of Antietam Fire Co. on a trial basis. CRS Chief Chris Amos said Friday that an ambulance and a crew will work out of the station on Summit Avenue daily from 2 to 7 p.m. The service began Thursday, he said. Typically, it takes an ambulance 9 to 10 minutes to reach calls in the West End from CRS' base on Eastern Boulevard, Amos said.
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March 13, 2001
Bill to limit public access to 911 tapes is irrational Prompted by a desire to limit radio and TV broadcasters' use of audio tracks from 911 calls, the West Virginia Senate is pushing a bill to keep such calls confidential unless a judge orders their release. It's a ridiculous attempt to fix a system that isn't broken and should be opposed by all who care about the free flow of information. The bill originated in the Senate Juiciary Committee last Thursday and is being fast-tracked so that it could come to the floor as soon as this week.
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By TRISH RUDDER | October 26, 2009
INWOOD, W.Va. -- A bypass to alleviate congestion at the intersection of W.Va. 51 and U.S. 11 in Inwood took a step closer to reality Monday.  U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., the committee's ranking Republican, met with state and local officials to discuss the problems caused by traffic congestion. Capito said she has requested $9.6 million in the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act for the bypass.
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March 23, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- If you, a relative or a friend is in some type of care facility and has a problem, where can you turn? Locally, the Washington County Commission on Aging has an ombudsman who visits nursing homes when there are complaints about the facilities, said Linda Crone, who deals with community-based programs at the Commission on Aging. Senior citizens or their family members also can call the ombudsman for information about problems at local nursing homes, Crone said.
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by JANET HEIM | September 11, 2006
Word Processing Services Inc., a family-owned and operated business in Hagerstown, recently was honored with the 2005 Dealer of Distinction Award from Great America Leasing Corp., its leasing company. This is the second consecutive year WPS has received the award. WPS is a document management provider with offices in Hagerstown, Altoona, Pa., and Mechanicsburg, Pa., said Vice President Joe Dellaposta. It has been in business since 1973 and has gone from being strictly a copier company to a business that helps companies manage documents, as well as selling and servicing office equipment.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 19, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Current practice would allow anyone with a working vehicle to transport a dead body to the state medical examiner in the trunk of their car, according to Tom Wetzel, who owns a Hagerstown body transport company. Wetzel testified Thursday before a House of Delegates committee in favor of legislation introduced by Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Allegany/Washington, that would ensure more regulation of body transportation services. Under Myers' bills, the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene would have to adopt regulations that require a body transportation service to transport a body in a way that shows the deceased person proper dignity.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 18, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A "bypass" route that has been studied as an option to alleviate traffic congestion at the two intersections of W.Va. 51 and U.S. 11 in Inwood, W.Va., could cost nearly $8 million, West Virginia Department of Transportation officials said Thursday. A 5-lane option about .66 miles in length proposes the re-routing of W.Va. 51 east of Jubal Early Avenue directly to the northern intersection of the two heavily traveled routes in southern Berkeley County to provide a more direct outlet to Interstate 81, state officials said during a transportation summit held in Martinsburg.
NEWS
June 12, 1997
Employee residency rules to ease on Oct. 1 City of Hagerstown employees will no longer have to live in Maryland starting Oct. 1, although some city officials don't agree like the idea. City officials said they would approve a new residency requirement that doesn't address general city employees, but that continues to direct that the city administrator and newly hired department managers must live in the city. Legislators approved a law last spring that will allow local government employees to live outside Maryland.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | March 17, 2000
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Increasing runs to the Greencastle-Antrim area are prompting Medic II, the advanced life-support unit based at Waynesboro Hospital, to staff a paramedic and emergency vehicle at the Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 firehouse, Medic II's operations chief said Thursday. Brian Mitchell said 30 percent of Medic II's calls go to the Greencastle area, 10 miles east of Waynesboro, and beyond. The unit's four emergency vehicles, staffed with 22 full- and part-time paramedics and registered nurses, respond to about 1,800 emergencies a year, all in southern Franklin County.
NEWS
November 2, 2000
Waynesboro Medic 2 kicks off fund drive for Greencastle unit By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Waynesboro Medic 2 kicked off a fund-raising campaign Thursday to raise $250,000 for a new emergency unit in Greencastle that could save lives by shaving valuable minutes of its response time. Medic 2 responds to life-threatening injuries in the Waynesboro-Greencastle area. After determining that about 30 percent of its calls were in Greencastle, members began investigating the possibility of establishing a second medic unit there, said Debby DeWees.
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