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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2013
The sounds of gospel music filled the air at Doub's Woods Park Sunday afternoon during a fundraiser for the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. in Hagerstown. About seven groups performed and money was raised for the school through donations, said Ron Lytle, chief executive officer of the school on West Franklin Street. The school offers free art classes to youths and serves 300 to 500 youths a year, Lytle said. He said previously that he believes it is important to expose youths to art education because it helps them in other subjects.
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SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2013
Welcome to the world of Class 2A football. When Boonsboro opens its season on Friday, the Warriors will face Walkersville, a team that finished 10-2 last season with both losses coming against 2A state champion Middletown. Guess where Boonsboro goes on Sept. 20? Middletown. And, later in the year the Warriors get a dose of Poolesville. “The schedule is typical of making a move up (to 2A), very challenging,” said Clayton Anders, who begins his 29th season as the Warriors' head coach.
EDUCATION
September 1, 2013
Here are some of the things happening in Washington County Public Schools this week: Monday, Sept. 2    Labor Day - Schools and central office closed   Tuesday, Sept. 3 Washington County Board of Education meeting - 1 p.m. (broadcast live on Antietam Cable Channel 99) E. Russell Hicks Middle - PBIS committee meeting, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4     E. Russell Hicks Middle - Grades seven and eight back-to-school night, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 Greenbrier Elementary - Ice-cream social, 6 p.m.  Hancock Elementary - Grandparents Day, 8 to 10 a.m. Hancock Middle/High - PTO dance (community gym)
BUSINESS
September 1, 2013
Edward Jones financial adviser Amy Forman and branch office administrator Kelli Boyer display the school supplies donated by community members for Salem Avenue Elementary School . The drive, their first, was from July 29 to Aug. 19 at their office, 33 W. Franklin St., Suite 101 in Hagerstown.   
SPORTS
By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com | September 1, 2013
Football is always a numbers game at Hancock Middle-Senior High School. The good news for the Panthers is the numbers are up in the first year under coach Todd Ruppenthal. “We're only carrying 19 on the varsity roster this year, but we were able to field a junior varsity team for the first time in more than five years and we have 17 players on that roster,” said Ruppenthal. “We have 79 boys in the school and nearly 40 are playing football. That's good for us.” However, only 19 players on the varsity roster leads to ironman football in many cases for the Panthers, and sometimes a lack of depth.
SPORTS
By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2013
Toby Peer knows it's a cliche, but he's not going to apologize for it. He believes it. “We're a one-day-at-a-time outfit,” Peer said of his South Hagerstown program. “We have one goal: To get better every day. Champions strive to get better every day. We focus on what we can control and don't worry about what we can't control.” If Peer did worry about things he couldn't control, he'd probably worry about the fact that he lost about 75 percent of the starters from a team that went 8-2 last season.
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2013
The length of Saturday's game between Saint James and Central Maryland Christian caused the Saints players to hustle to the cafeteria for the daily 6 p.m. dinner hour. After 30 assessed penalties and a 40-minute lightning delay, a football game was finally completed on the new field turf at Saint James. Central Maryland Christian rallied in the last 10 minutes to hang a 28-17 loss on the Saints, spoiling the debut of head coach John Root. “It was a messy game, one of those things,” Root said.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
Berkeley County Schools were placed on a modified lockdown Friday as a precaution due to unusual activity reported at a Jefferson County school, according to school and law-enforcement officials. No such action was taken at Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Elementary School, where the activity was reported, or at any other Jefferson County school, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Susan Wall said. Wall said she was advised that a crossing guard reported two males tried twice to park in a prohibited space at Shepherdstown Elementary at about 11 a.m. The males, who said they wanted to go into the building to see someone, left the campus after being told they had to park in the appropriate area and adhere to normal procedures if they wanted to enter the school, according to Wall.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
Cramped quarters in the Greencastle-Antrim School District have caused the school district to take another look at a building project it shelved two years ago because of the economic downturn. On Thursday, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board held a work session to revisit a renovation plan for the middle and high schools. Mark Barnhardt, senior vice president of EI Associates in Harrisburg, Pa., who completed the district's original feasibility study, prepared a PowerPoint presentation on the project.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
Parents of students in Berkeley County Schools can check on their children's grades in real time with their smartphone by using Engrade, a new web-based program the school district is offering this year. The program, which also provides teachers with a gradebook, attendance, seating chart, discipline information in one user-friendly “interface,” is being used by many West Virginia counties, according to Assistant Superintendent Margaret Kursey, who is in charge of curriculum and instruction.
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