May 2, 2013
Washington County lawmaker Christopher Shank moved to the Maryland Senate from the House of Delegates, where he had a well-earned reputation as a partisan bomb thrower. Shank maintained that he was just doing his job in his role with the minority leadership. But whatever the reason, this act didn't play well among the Annapolis majority leaders who, like them or not, decide who wins and who loses in the state capital. The results were self-evident. Shank struggled to pass bills and his grandstanding against state budgets - and his loud votes against them - gave the state leadership no reason to grant many Washington County funding requests.
April 30, 2013
Catherine Irene Shank, 97, of Downsville, Md., passed Monday, April 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Marjorie Leatherman, in Myersville, Md. Born Nov. 27, 1915, in Downsville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Daisy Palmer Nalley, and stepmother, Mable H. Nalley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Shank Sr., in 1973. She was a member of Trinity Bible Church in Hagerstown, Md., and attended Valley Assembly of God. She was a devoted Christian, mother and homemaker.
April 28, 2013
Some Washington County lawmakers are calling for another look at the state prison system and how the prisons are run after federal charges were filed against 13 female corrections officers, seven inmates and five others with alleged gang ties last week at the Baltimore City Detention Center. The charges centered around an alleged plot to smuggle cellphones and drugs into the jail and other correctional facilities. Leaders in the Maryland General Assembly were moving to address the issue, with the House Judiciary Committee scheduled to hold a hearing May 8. Two local state lawmakers - Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, and Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington - serve on that committee and Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, is a member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in the Maryland General Assembly.
April 11, 2013
Earl E. Shank Jr. and Norma Jean (Goodwin) Shank recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Beaver Creek Christian Church in Hagerstown. The Shanks were married April 1, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Connellsville, Pa., and honeymooned in Hershey, Pa. Mr. Shank is a retired pharmacist, having owned stores in Emmitsburg, Md., and Confluence, Pa. He also worked at various pharmacies including People's and Whitsell Pharmacy in Frederick, Md., and Chatkins Pharmacy in Hagerstown.
April 4, 2013
A bill introduced by two local legislators that could become law would make it a crime to interfere with the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect. Current Maryland law requires teachers, counselors, social workers, caseworkers, and parole or probation officers to notify appropriate agencies if they suspect child abuse. The bill seeks to punish anyone who tries to interfere with such reporting. The legislation was introduced in the House of Delegates by Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, and in the Senate by state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.
March 28, 2013
The Maryland Senate voted by the narrowest of margins this week to send a bill that aimed to address rental housing discrimination back to committee, effectively ending its chances of passing this year. Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, who opposed the bill, said that downtown Hagerstown would have been negatively affected if the bill were to pass. According to the Associated Press, a primary focus of the measure was to prevent landlords from declining to rent to people who get government assistance for housing.
March 25, 2013
Paul Stanley Shank, 101, of Ravenwood Lutheran Village Cottages in Hagerstown, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born June 29, 1911, in Washington County, Md., he was the son of the late Charles M. and Carrie V. (Frush) Shank. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth (Ground) Shank. He attended Hopewell Elementary and graduated from Williamsport High School in 1929. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years as a pharmacist mate, with an operating room technician rating.
March 14, 2013
“If you have a pet and need a place for a dog park, it's the taxpayers, it's not just you. So when you have an animal, think about that before you pick a place to live, because it's up to you to walk it. They have bags for you to bag feces, or you can take your own. It doesn't need to be a dog park, just to be on the phone to socialize. That's why you have a pen in place to have your animals to run. You need to make provisions before you find a place to live, for your animals - not the taxpayers.” - Hagerstown “This article about dress codes is laughable.
March 13, 2013
A bill that would require individuals who owe child support and are part of a home detention, work release or a pretrial release program run by the Washington County Sheriff's Office to pay child support is advancing in the Maryland General Assembly, and passed a second reading in the Senate on Wednesday. The bill has been filed in the House of Delegates by the Washington County delegation and in the Senate by Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington. “I was discussing the issue of child support and victims rights with some people over the summer and they pointed out to me that Washington County was one of the few counties that didn't already have the ability to ensure that people who are on work release did have to pay child support.
March 3, 2013
Maryland currently doesn't have a requirement that high school students take an online class as a condition for graduation. Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said he thinks it's time for such a requirement. “Hearing from the kids that I have dealt with in Washington County Public Schools system, this is how they want to learn,” Shank said. “It is the type of learning environment that they are accustomed to and this is what they will be expected to do when they get to college and when they move into the work force.” Shank said that's why he introduced a bill during the current session of the Maryland General Assembly that would require high school students in the state to complete one online course before they graduate.