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By ART CALLAHAM | October 21, 2012
Who won the debates? Like baseball, this is best of five (4 debates and then the general election) for all the marbles; I think the Romney team has won the three debates that have taken place so far.  But, in politics “it ain't over 'til it's over.” The “fat lady” won't sing until the early-morning hours on Nov. 7.    Dateline: midnight, Oct. 16, Callaham family kitchen table; debate three has concluded and I've got a deadline to...
NEWS
September 21, 2007
The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum is sponsoring a train ride along the Potomac River where the American bald eagle is known to nest. But to get to the train ride, you need to take a bus trip first. Bus transportation will depart for Romney, W.Va., at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, from the Park 'n' Ride lot adjacent to the Motor Vehicle Administration on Col. Henry Douglas Drive off Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65), just south of Interstate 70. Participants will return to Hagerstown by bus at approximately 6 p.m. Once in Romney, riders will embark on the Potomac Eagle Dinner Train, which operates from Romney and travels along the south branch of the Potomac River and returns to Romney.
OPINION
October 12, 2012
Presidential campaign is a long, arduous one To the editor: “Most agree Romney won first debate” reads a headline on the Oct. 5 Herald-Mail newspaper. I listened to the debate and I agree that this headline might be true for the 70 million people who viewed the debate.  But there was one statement that 70 million viewers did not hear in Wednesday's debate. On Oct. 3, Mr. Romney did not say: “In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong.” No, Mr. Romney had to wait until Thursday, Oct. 4, to make this statement about his previous disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes.
NEWS
January 7, 2009
ROMNEY, W.Va. (AP) -- The former owner of West Virginia's Coolfont Resort has a new project: Randal Ashelman will oversee construction of an adults-only retreat for transcendental meditation. Construction of the nearly 200-room retreat near Romney is expected to cost up to $15 million. Global Country of World Peace has bought 170 acres in Hampshire County for $750,000, according to Bob LoPinto, regional director of the project. Global Country is affiliated with the Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corp.
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B | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 2, 2012
Former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Franklin County (Pa.) Republican Party's Eisenhower Day Dinner. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Green Grove Gardens off Pa. 16. County party chairman Dwight Weidman said scheduling Santorum for the event took a few weeks of effort. “You try to reach out to people and get them to pull some strings for you,” Weidman said Tuesday. Santorum, a senator from 1995 to 2007, has been popular in the area, Weidman said.
NEWS
February 2, 2009
APRIL 7, 1931-JAN. 31, 2009 INWOOD, W.Va. - Keith "Slim" Sanders, 77, of Inwood, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. Born April 7, 1931, in Romney, W.Va., he was the son of the late Ralph Edward Sanders and Hazel F. Haines Sanders, and stepson of the late Mildred Haines Sanders. He attended Romney (W.Va.) High School, where he was active in sports. He retired after 20 years of service from General Motors in Martinsburg, W.Va. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, serving one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam aboard the USS Kemper County.
OBITUARIES
March 12, 2012
LaPLATA, Md. and ROMNEY, W.Va. - Ann Mary Fearnow, 90, formerly of Hagerstown, passed away, Sunday, March 11, 2012, at her daughter's home in Romney. Born Sept. 18, 1921, in Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Carrie Marshall. In addition to being a homemaker, she also had worked in bookkeeping for J.J. Newberry's of Hagerstown. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Hagerstown. She is survived by two daughters, Coreen “Cory” Stenberg and husband, Jim, of Romney and Sandra “Sandy” Bottorf and husband, Harry, of LaPlata; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
NEWS
April 20, 2009
OCT. 14, 1925-APRIL 16, 2009 ROMNEY, W.Va. - Leonard "Hawk" Holcomb Jr., 83, of Romney, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at his residence. Born Oct. 14, 1925, in Mill Creek, Okla., he was the son of the late Leonard and Mabel (Moss) Holcomb Sr. Mr. Holcomb retired as senior fuel and ash foreman from Potomac Edison Power Plant in Dickerson, Md., after 39 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a watertender 2C SV6 on the USS Frement. He was a member of VFW Wappocomo Post 1101 and American Legion Hampshire Post 91 of Romney.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | November 10, 2012
This was a problematic election for people of my ilk, because the art of punditry might just have experienced a John Henry moment. Worse, many pundits doubled down, proclaiming that machine could never beat man in the art of tea-leaf reading, taking specific aim at the steam-powered hammer of Nate Silver and his 538 forecasting model, which digests polling and economic statistics and spits out projected election results. Before the election, Silver was subject to intense criticism from those bosom buddies, the mainstream media and the Republican Party.
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OPINION
April 10, 2013
Election is over; it is time to move on To the editor: This is a short reply to several of Lloyd Waters' comments from his column, “No political apathy in Ohio, Baltimore or D.C.” No. 1: Voter fraud in Ohio. Willard “Mitt” Romney lost Ohio by 166,000 votes. Not even close. 5,500,000 votes cast, at a recognized 0.0002 percent national voter fraud occurence. 1,100 votes by fraud (if true) falls far short of his loss total. No. 2: Obamaphones. Initially a Reagan program (landlines)
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OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | November 16, 2012
The results of last week's election indicate that the American electorate is more divided than ever. Red states vs. blue states. Rural vs. urban. Hardened battle lines are now in place for the next four years. Maryland voted for President Obama by a margin of 61 percent to 38 percent. However, in Washington County, Mitt Romney outpaced the president 58 percent to 40 percent. In fact, 18 of Maryland's 23 counties supported Romney. But the 89 percent support Obama received in Prince George's County alone pretty much wiped out the advantage in the 18 smaller counties.  In the 24 states won by Romney, half were at 59 percent or greater and nine were by a margin of better than 60 percent to 40 percent, traditionally the threshold of a “landslide.” On the other side, six states went for Obama by the 60 percent landslide margin with two others at more than 59 percent.  The most astounding fact of this election was the low turnout.  Conservatives were led to believe that a groundswell of enthusiasm for Romney combined with pent-up frustration with the president would be Obama's undoing.  Nine million fewer people went to the polls than in 2008.  Four years ago, John McCain received more votes than Romney did last week.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | November 10, 2012
This was a problematic election for people of my ilk, because the art of punditry might just have experienced a John Henry moment. Worse, many pundits doubled down, proclaiming that machine could never beat man in the art of tea-leaf reading, taking specific aim at the steam-powered hammer of Nate Silver and his 538 forecasting model, which digests polling and economic statistics and spits out projected election results. Before the election, Silver was subject to intense criticism from those bosom buddies, the mainstream media and the Republican Party.
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | November 9, 2012
America has just been given a wonderful gift - the opportunity to move forward with a progressive agenda that meets the needs and ideals of this nation. President Obama may now continue a vision that was stalled by inherited problems and a stubborn House. His re-election is a mandate to move forward with a well-grounded optimism. The threat of being pulled backward by a failed ideology and an out-of-date conception of the role of government is now contained. We can now look forward in both domestic and foreign affairs.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | October 21, 2012
Who won the debates? Like baseball, this is best of five (4 debates and then the general election) for all the marbles; I think the Romney team has won the three debates that have taken place so far.  But, in politics “it ain't over 'til it's over.” The “fat lady” won't sing until the early-morning hours on Nov. 7.    Dateline: midnight, Oct. 16, Callaham family kitchen table; debate three has concluded and I've got a deadline to...
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | October 12, 2012
Whether or not malarkey was spewed out in the first and only vice presidential debate Thursday between Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden, area residents still were willing to give their take on it Friday. “Biden had much more content than Ryan had,” said Maryland Sen. Ronald N. Young, D-Frederick/Washington. “In sticking to facts, Biden won. Paul Ryan, like Romney, won't give any specifics on his tax cut plan, and I don't think he has a good hold on foreign affairs.” Maryland Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said he did not like Biden's behavior in the debate, even though he thought the debate went well overall.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2012
Endangering Big Bird turned out not to be a huge issue for some local political officials and other area residents, who said that Republican Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate Wednesday night against Democratic President Barack Obama. “Gov. Romney looked presidential and ready,” Maryland Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said. “He respectfully pointed out key differences and contrasts, and had the president on the ropes.” Former Washington County Commissioner Linda Irvin-Craig, a Democrat, said she thought the debate was a draw and pointed to the fact-checking that occurred afterward.
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