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By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com | September 6, 2013
It was a tale of two halves Friday night as Waynesboro nearly overcame a 26-point deficit in the second half, but ultimately fell 33-28 to Chambersburg. The Trojans (2-0) bolted to a 19-0 halftime lead after scoring on their first three possessions and added two scores in the third quarter to go up 33-0 before the Indians made their run at the upset. Senior quarterback Ryan Martin connected with Jonathan Hopple for Chambersburg's first score in the opening quarter. Martin hit Jordan Brown on a 33-yard touchdown pass to extend Chambersburg's lead to 13-0 after a missed extra point.
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SPORTS
September 5, 2013
September 6-7, 2013 Washington County games Century Knights (5-5) at South Hagerstown Rebels (8-2) When: Today, 7 p.m. Series record: Century leads, 3-1. Last meeting: 2008 - Century, 38-0. Last week: This is the season opener for both teams. Next week: Frederick at Century; South Hagerstown at Thomas Johnson. Williamsport Wildcats (1-9) at Liberty Lions (4-6) When: Today, 7 p.m. Series record: Liberty leads, 4-0. Last meeting: 2012 - Liberty, 34-14.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
Overcrowding concerns across the Greencastle-Antrim School District have resurrected a middle school/high school building project shelved in 2011. “We're moving forward,” said Schools Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover after a school board meeting Thursday. “EI is our architect. We had paused the project. But, we are now officially moving forward,” Hoover said. The Greencastle-Antrim School Board voted 8-0 for EI Associates of Harrisburg, Pa., to move forward with information gathering for the project, which will cost the district $1,500.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
Blocking and tackling are usually the most important things in football. Clear Spring knows those techniques will take them places. But they add two more factors on their list - health and prayer. Coach Craig Bathgate admits he's pretty happy with the team he has taking the field for the 2013 season, but it doesn't mean he isn't looking for a safety net or two. “We have to pray to stay healthy and we have to play iron man style,” he said. Health is important when you only have 25 players on the roster.
OPINION
By DAVID HANLIN | September 4, 2013
My children all attended Washington County Public Schools, and I am very happy with the overall education they received. But, public school may not be for every family. Some opt for private or homeschooling. What is important is that all children get an education that best prepares them to contribute to society and that gives them the best chance for happiness as adults. Traditionally, homeschooling and private schooling are viewed as being distinct from public schooling. However, I suspect these approaches to educating children are likely to become increasingly interconnected as education continues to undergo major reform.  The 2004 report to the National Governors Association (NGA)
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
Editor's Note: The Herald-Mail took a tour of the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School and High School during the first week of school with Schools Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover and building principals Mark Herman and Edward Rife. With a new school year under way, the Greencastle-Antrim School District continues to wrestle with the growing concern of how to handle an expanding student population, coupled with stagnant state funding and a tax-weary community. When Schools Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said “there's no room” during last week's Greencastle-Antrim School Board meeting, he was not exaggerating.
SPORTS
By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
It's been an offseason of change for the Williamsport football program. New head coach and coaching staff. New offensive schemes. New look in the locker room. Vince Ahearn knows all of that change also means new opportunities. “We're trying to build off what's been done in the past and continue to build this program,” said Ahearn, who took the head coaching position at Williamsport in February after 17 seasons at Frederick. “The kids, they're excited. Change means new opportunities and there's a lot of excitement and a lot of potential here.” All the same, Ahearn is cautious about going overboard.
OPINION
September 3, 2013
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot raises an intriguing question: Why not start school after Labor Day, the more traditional date for the beginning of school? Franchot believes this would generate a significant amount of tax revenue - $73 million to be exact - from families that would use the added week to vacation in Ocean City or elsewhere in the state. If he's right - the numbers are not necessarily firm - this would contribute some much-needed revenue to the treasury. Local Del. LeRoy Myers sits on a task force that is currently studying the possibilities of a condensed school year.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
If the Smithsburg football team wanted to, it could be a hit on American Bandstand. “We are dancing around and having fun,” said coach Buddy Orndorff. According to Orndorff, the Leopards have a good beat and harmony among the ranks. They have been easy to dance with. Does that mean they will be given a 8-2 record this season? “I don't know,” Orndorff said. “It's going to be one of those years where I don't know how we are going to be until we get out there and play.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday is scheduled to discuss whether the board should have a formal annual self-appraisal, after a committee voted last month to recommend rescinding the policy, panel members said. School board member Melissa Williams brought up the policy during the board's July 23 meeting, asking that it have a discussion soon about how it was going to do the self-appraisal, which is due by Oct. 1 under current board policy. At an Aug. 6 meeting, the school board voted 5-2 on member Wayne Ridenour's motion to suspend the policy and send it to the board's Policy Committee for review and to possibly recommend whether to change or rescind it. Several board members have said past retreats, in which the board essentially evaluates itself, have not benefited board member relations.
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