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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | September 11, 2010
o For those buried in debt, bankruptcy is a lifeline o Creditors lose when customers file bankruptcy The latest statistics from http://www.uscourts.gov , which tracks such records, show that in the 12 months from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2010, a total of 1.5 million cases were filed. That's 27 percent more than the 1.2 million filed during the previous 12 months. The young woman was well-spoken, so the bankruptcy official was puzzled when she hesitated before giving her home address.
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January 16, 2002
Construction fees could rise Fees for new construction in Hagerstown could be going up. The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday asked the city's engineer and planning director to further study city fees for reviewing new development plans. Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the fees should at least be enough to cover the cost of reviewing plans. Metzner said some fees should be increased to discourage some development, such as new rental housing. No specific fee increases were discussed Tuesday.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | March 14, 1998
Bankruptcies on rise in Washington County The number of people and businesses in Washington County filing for bankruptcy tripled from 1995 to 1997, mirroring a nationwide trend that is straining courts and reshaping the way people manage their debts. In 1995, there were 407 bankruptcies originating from Washington County, according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Maryland District. By last year, that number had jumped to 1,220. Statewide, officials say they have not seen quite as dramatic a rise, but court officials said filings are rising.
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From staff reports | December 8, 2011
Between 2 and 4 inches of snow had been expected to fall in most areas starting about 8 p.m. Wednesday and ending around midnight, according to the National Weather Service. However, given the recent warm weather and road-pavement temperatures well above freezing Wednesday, state highway officials were leaning toward a "minor event" for travel Thursday morning in Washington County, said David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration. State highway officials were not anticipating problems on Interstate 81 or Interstate 70 in Washington County on Thursday morning.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | February 13, 2001
Inmate fees on the rise in Berkeley County MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Inmate fees at the Eastern Regional Jail will increase by about 9 percent, and a Berkeley County Commissioner said the commission will either have to pass a tax increase or cut services to pay for it. The cost to house an inmate at the regional jail will increase from $39.50 a day to $43.25 a day beginning July 1, Commission President Howard Strauss said. Strauss said it's going to cost the commission about $200,000 to offset the fee hike.
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by JOE CROCETTA / Staff Photographer | March 10, 2007
Chris Gaver, 12, of Hagerstown, uses a tree in his Summit Avenue front yard for pitching practice Friday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to rise over the next several days, which could melt some of the snow.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 11, 2005
As Tropical Storm Dennis heads inland, northwest from Florida, Washington County will see more humidity and possibly rain, according to a weather service spokesperson. The area forecast for today is mostly sunny, with a high temperature in the low 90s, Jackie Hale, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said Sunday night. On Tuesday, the high temperature in the Hagerstown area will be in the upper 80s and the humidity will rise, Hale said. Tuesday night, the sky is expected to change from clear to partly cloudy.
NEWS
May 31, 2006
Minor league umpires settled their season-long strike, ratifying a six-year contract Tuesday that calls for a $100 monthly salary increase. Umps had said their salaries previously averaged $15,000 at Triple-A, $12,000 at Double-A, $10,000 in full-season A-ball and $5,500 in rookie leagues. As part of the new deal, per diems rise $3 to $28 at Triple-A, $25 at Double-A and $23 at Class A. They will rise gradually to $40 at Triple-A in 2011, $35 at Double-A and $30 at Class A. Umpires will return to work by June 12. They had been on strike since minor league seasons began April 6. Umps and the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation agreed to a contract April 27, but umpires rejected that agreement by a 2-1 margin on May 1. The sides resumed talks last Wednesday with the assistance of a federal mediator.
NEWS
August 3, 2000
Charles Town residents seek accessibility By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The curb outside the high-rise where Louis Hertelendy lives is barely 2 inches high, but it's enough to complicate his day. Hertelendy, who has multiple sclerosis, uses a specially designed, six-wheel wheelchair. continued When the first two wheels run up the edge of the curb, they lift the wheelchair high enough that the two big drive wheels in the middle cannot touch the ground.
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September 3, 2008
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
A Sharpsburg Town Council member pleaded with county officials Tuesday night for help with rising sewage treatment rates, saying that the hikes along with other rising costs of living will make it harder for people to live in the town. Councilman Russ Weaver said the town uses the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant to process its sewage. A large part of the design for the plant that opened in 1994 was to accommodate commercial growth, which has not happened, but the sewer rates continue to rise for residents, Weaver said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 7, 2013
Sales of JLG's aerial work platforms and telehandlers totaled $1.95 billion for a nine-month period ending June 30, representing an increase of 14 percent over the same period a year ago. The access equipment manufacturer is the biggest employer in Fulton County, Pa. Its parent company, Oshkosh Corp. of Wisconsin, announced third-quarter results for its fiscal year July 30. In a news release, Oshkosh Corp. indicated increased JLG sales offset a sales decline in its defense segment.
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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.
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BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2013
The crowd was silent for the time it took Old Glory to rise up the sky-scraping flagpole Friday in Hagerstown's University Plaza, where a celebration of Flag Day was held. Detailing the history of the holiday, which serves to commemorate the adoption of the American flag, city Mayor David S. Gysberts spoke before an assemblage of about 40 people. “Wherever our American journey has taken us, whether on that unending path to the mountain top or high above into the reaches of space, Old Glory has followed, reminding us of the rights and responsibilities we share as citizens,” Gysberts said, reading a proclamation from President Obama.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2013
She started her story with the night she was paralyzed - a then 18-year-old lying on the side of a European road, rain splashing on her face, a searing pain as she tried to stretch. “I can't stand to touch my body,” she said. “It feels like a stranger. I place my hands high on my chest where I can feel me.”  On her flight home from Spain, her gurney was situated over the airplane seats and she was concealed behind curtains. “Midway through the flight, a strange woman sticks her head between the curtains and asks me the question that I will hear for the rest of my life: 'We've all been wondering, what's wrong with you?
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | May 15, 2013
The family movie “Rise of the Guardians” will be shown Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park.  When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. The movie is rated PG. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.  To register, call 301-678-5300.   Poetry workshop The second of two poetry writing and reading workshops takes place Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Hancock Community Center.  Space is limited and there is a registration fee of $20. The workshop will be led by Dina Coe, award-winning poet and teacher, and assisted by poet and teacher Karen Randlev, author of “Light Runner.”   To register call 301-678-6700.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2013
Berkeley County Council made no change to its levy rates Tuesday, but some property owners might still see an increase in their tax bills due to increased property values.    County Council President Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci said Tuesday that the rates were left unchanged, even with the overall improvement in property values, to provide “a little cushion” for the county to operate. For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the levy rate for Class II property, which includes owner-occupied homes, will be 27.8 cents per $100 of assessed property value, according to county budget documents.
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By SAM STEWART | Staff Correspondent | April 11, 2013
Waynesboro head coach Greg Chandler said the mark of a good team is when it keeps picking up victories even when it is not playing its best ball. If that holds true, then the rest of the Mid-Penn Colonial Division might need to start worrying. The Indians, behind a complete-game performance from John Barr, overcame a series of blunders to remain undefeated in conference play, defeating James Buchanan 7 - 4 on Thursday afternoon. “Right now we're not playing the best baseball,” Chandler said.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | April 8, 2013
Staff at Meritus Medical Center on Monday placed nearly 1,600 pinwheels outside the hospital's main entrance, each one representing a reported case of child abuse in Washington County last year. The event was held in observance of Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “It'd be so great to see us in the 22nd century look back on the 21st century and say we eliminated sexual and child abuse,” said Jesus Cepero, vice president and chief nursing officer of Meritus Health.
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March 19, 2013
The unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., inched upward to 7.3 percent in January, but the county is facing sharper hikes because of sequestration. At Chambersburg's Letterkenny Army Depot alone, at least 51 employees are facing job losses due to federal budget cuts. The rest of the 4,000 workers could undergo furloughs. On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released unemployment data for January. Franklin County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.3 percent.
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