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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | February 15, 2011
Hagerstown Regional Airport Fire Chief Phil Ridenour was appointed Tuesday as the airport's new director. Ridenour will replace Carolyn Motz, who retired from the position Jan. 1. The Washington County Commissioners approved Ridenour's appointment by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Bill McKinley opposed. The promotion was effective immediately. Ridenour was among 27 people to apply for the position, Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said. Eight of those were selected for interviews, he said.
NEWS
December 12, 2009
Due to a source's error, the obituary in Monday's Herald-Mail for Mary Louise (Blickenstaff) Ridenour omitted information. She was preceded in death by a sister, Leah Blickenstaff Dobbins.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 11, 2008
Washington County Board of Education Vice President Wayne D. Ridenour says he plans to help students and teachers maintain and improve upon the achievements they've made in recent years. "I just don't want to see us slip," he said. Ridenour, 56, of Williamsport, has filed to run for a second term on the board. There is a nine-way race for four open seats on the board, and the primary election will be Feb. 12. "I like being involved in education," he said. "It's what I've done my whole life.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 10, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY ? Washington County Board of Education Vice President Wayne D. Ridenour says he plans to help students and teachers maintain and improve upon the achievements they've made in recent years. "I just don't want to see us slip," he said. Ridenour, 56, of Williamsport, has filed to run for a second term on the board. There is a nine-way race for four open seats on the board, and the primary election will be Feb. 12, 2008. "I like being involved in education," he said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | May 18, 2010
Supervisors and administrators in Washington County Public Schools have agreed not to accept any pay increases in fiscal year 2010-11 due to economic conditions, Washington County Board of Education President Wayne D. Ridenour said Tuesday night. People in that category include principals and vice principals, Ridenour said. The agreement was announced to the Washington County Board of Education during Tuesday's meeting. The executive staff of Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan already agreed to a pay freeze, Ridenour said.
NEWS
June 2, 2009
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NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 19, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Washington County Board of Education Vice President Wayne D. Ridenour on Tuesday called a decision to create a third committee dedicated to the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts "absurd. " Ridenour and Board Member Paul W. Bailey are liaisons to the two existing committees. Ridenour said the decision to create another committee was actually hurting the project and was offensive to he and Bailey. "It's absurd," Ridenour said. "I find offense with it. I'm insulted by it. " He said it was offensive for board members to say they were not getting the information they needed from Ridenour and Bailey.
EDUCATION
April 5, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education's Human Resources Committee decided last month not to recommend creating a nepotism policy because the board's ethics policy covers the matter, according to Board of Education member Wayne D. Ridenour, who chairs the committee. Ridenour said it didn't make sense to create an independent nepotism policy when the ethics policy already covers the issue. For months, school system officials have been reviewing policies to eliminate redundancies and make revisions where needed.
NEWS
March 23, 2007
COLLEGE BASEBALL Cecil 1, HCC 0 Hagerstown 000 000 00 - 0 6 1 Cecil 000 000 01 - 1 3 2 Ridenour and Knight. McLaughlin, Mayse (7) and Holland. WP - Mayse. LP - Ridenour (0-1). HCC 2, Cecil 1 Hagerstown 001 000 1 - 2 7 2 Cecil 020 000 0 - 1 6 3 Livengood and Eisenhart. Bugna, Lynch (7) and Johnson. WP - Livengood (2-0). LP - Lynch. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Shepherd 14, Clark State 2 Shepherd 611 33 - 14 14 1 Clark State 100 10 - 2 6 5 Jones and Jacobs.
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OBITUARIES
August 28, 2013
Ruthanna Ridenour, 83, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Williamsport Nursing Home in Williamsport, Md. Born Dec. 9, 1929, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Agnes Taylor Brant. She was of the Protestant faith. She worked as a legal secretary when she was younger. Ruthanna also had a short singing career on a local radio station. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Ridenour; a daughter, Teresa Holloway and husband, Ronald, of Delaware; a son, J. Brant Ridenour and wife, Darlene, of Hagerstown; and one grandchild, Joseph Holloway; one niece, Ellen Brant and one nephew Chris South and brother-in-law-Charles South.
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NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | July 13, 2013
Pilots were not the only ones propelling objects through the air Saturday morning at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Players bent the metaphorical throttle on dodgeballs, sending them hurling across the field to wallop opposing team members. “It's fun to hit people,” player Ian Donnakay said. “Anybody will let you know it's fun to hit somebody as hard and you can. And the balls are soft enough to where none of us are getting really hurt.” It was people such as Donnakay, 30, of Greencastle, Pa., who Allegiant Airlines counted on when it unveiled its Dodge High Fares national advertising campaign.
OBITUARIES
April 10, 2013
Wallace Lee Ridenour, 69, Hagerstown, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer at Meritus Medical Center of Hagerstown. Born July 10, 1943, in Washington County, Md., he was the son of Emory Wallace Ridenour of Hagerstown, and the late Ivy May Reed Ridenour. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Mertz Ridenour, whom he married, May 18, 1963. They were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next month, May 18. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
EDUCATION
April 5, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education's Human Resources Committee decided last month not to recommend creating a nepotism policy because the board's ethics policy covers the matter, according to Board of Education member Wayne D. Ridenour, who chairs the committee. Ridenour said it didn't make sense to create an independent nepotism policy when the ethics policy already covers the issue. For months, school system officials have been reviewing policies to eliminate redundancies and make revisions where needed.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
Washington County Public Schools' almost 10-year-old student dress code will get revamped thanks to student efforts led by the school board's student representative, Amanda Krehbiel. While the Board of Education didn't approve a first reading of Krehbiel's proposed dress code changes during Tuesday's meeting, it did take steps to allow the dress code to change, and perhaps be updated more often as fashion trends change. The board unanimously approved an amendment proposed by board member Wayne D. Ridenour that removes specifics about clothing from the policy and charges the superintendent or his designee to develop dress-code regulations in consultation with student representatives.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
With Federal Aviation Administration funding cuts looming, Washington County officials have decided to seek state funding to help keep open the air-traffic control tower at Hagerstown Regional Airport. The tower is set to close May 5 if other arrangements are not made, according to airport Director Phil Ridenour, who met Tuesday with the Washington County Board of Commissioners to discuss options for keeping the tower operational. Hagerstown's tower was one of 149 federally contracted towers across the country selected for closure as a result of budget cuts necessitated by the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
There was some good news mixed with some uncertainties when Hagerstown Regional Airport Director Phil Ridenour briefed the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. On the good side, Allegiant Air, which operates twice weekly flights to Orlando from the airport, had nearly 4,800 passengers between Jan. 4 and Feb. 25, Ridenour said. Its planes were at 93 percent of capacity on departures, or 154 passengers per flight, he said. Departures averaged about 88 percent of capacity last year, he said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | November 1, 2012
An anonymous letter-writing campaign against Washington County Board of Education President Wayne Ridenour picked up steam this week, days before the Nov. 6 election, with copies of the most recent letter sent to at least one teacher in at least three schools. Ridenour said Wednesday that since the fall of 2011 he had received three anonymous letters and one postcard.  “I'm upset,” Ridenour said Wednesday. He said he thinks sending the anonymous letters to teachers has “crossed a line.” In general, the letters have stated that a group is working toward removing Ridenour from the board and from his post as board president.
OBITUARIES
June 26, 2012
A memorial service for Nelson L. Ridenour, 72, of Smithsburg, who died Sunday, May 27, 2012, will be Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Willow Brook Seventh-day Adventist Church, 8916 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro. Pastor Timothy Crosby will officiate. Refreshments will be served after the service. All who knew Nelson are encouraged to attend.
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