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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2013
A Sunday morning fire that damaged the Smithsburg Auto Parts store on West Water Street in Smithsburg was intentionally set, authorities said Monday. Maryland State Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray said investigators couldn't discuss how the fire was started. “We're not able to release any of the details” of the investigation, he said. The fire, which started in a second-floor office area of the building at 5 W. Water St., caused $10,000 in damages to the structure and $1,000 in damages to the contents, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
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BREAKINGNEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 4, 2013
No injuries were reported from a fire Sunday morning that damaged a storage area and office for Smithsburg Auto Parts, Smithsburg Fire Chief Chris Rohrer said. A Maryland State Fire Marshal was investigating the cause of the fire at the 5 W. Water St. shop, which is near Town Square, Rohrer said. The fire was reported at 12:48 a.m. Sunday, according to Washington County Emergency Services. Approximately 45 firefighters from Maryland and Pennsylvania responded to the fire, Rohrer said.
EDUCATION
August 4, 2013
Smithsburg Lions Club President Frank Schaller presented the Smithsburg Lions Club Scholarship to Kyle William Huntzberry  on May 22 at the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Waynesboro, Pa. Kyle recently graduated from Smithsburg High School, where he was on the distinguished honor roll in ninth and 10 grades, received the faculty distinguished honor award in 11th grade and was named to the STARS program in ninth and 12th grades.  Kyle has been involved...
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 4, 2013
More than 250 people gathered Sunday at the Hagerstown Elks Lodge, sharing photographs and stories about their families and their times at the old Smithsburg High School. The all-class reunion for the old high school included alumni from the early 1930s through 1965, when the old school closed, and the new, still-standing Smithsburg High School opened. The reunion, started by Charlie Slick in 1997, is held about every three years, said Rick Reynolds, who graduated in 1959 and is a member of the reunion committee.
EDUCATION
August 4, 2013
Attiya Latif of Hagerstown was elected president of the American Legion Girls Nation program. Latif, who will be a senior at Smithsburg High School, was elected by her peers, who included 97 representatives from 49 states who recently attended Girls Nation at the 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.  Latif is captain of the academic team, a member of the debate team, and the founder and president of COEXIST, a club that promotes ethnic,...
OBITUARIES
August 3, 2013
Olive P. Kuhn, 99, of Brown Road in Smithsburg, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Foxville. Arrangements are by J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2013
With the same teen spirit they used to cheer him on at football games, Smithsburg High School students filled the bleachers for a different reason Thursday night - to pull for a classmate who was critically injured in a recent car crash. At the vigil for injured athlete Preston Miller, which was aimed at gathering “prayers for Preston,” they cheered his name, wrote him messages of support and bowed their heads in prayer. On the school's track and football field about 200 students, all wearing his favorite color, red, gathered to spell out his initials - PM.  Preston, an incoming senior who is a football player and member of the school's track team, is currently at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where a hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical condition Thursday morning.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 23, 2013
A Smithsburg man whose frequent arrests and releases prompted a public objection from the Washington County Sheriff's Office last year was back in county Circuit Court on Tuesday, this time getting two more years for violating probation added to the nine years he is already serving for theft convictions. Judge Dana Moylan Wright found Bryan Lynn Fishack, 27, in violation of probation in a 2006 conspiracy to commit robbery conviction. Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion asked that Fishack be sentenced to the remaining backup time on that conviction - about three years - but Wright ordered him to serve two years consecutive to his current state prison sentences.
NEWS
July 21, 2013
The Washington County Commission on Aging offers noon lunches to anyone 60 years and older at six locations - Smithsburg, Keedysville, Williamsport and three in Hagerstown. Smithsburg, Keedysville and Williamsport are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Potomac Towers, Walnut Towers and Francis Murphy are open Monday through Friday. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the days they are open. The agency requires that you call by 11:30 a.m. to give them a two-working-days reservation notice.
OBITUARIES
July 17, 2013
Frank A. Bradford Jr., 75, of Buck Lantz Road in Sabillasville, Md., died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at his home. The family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. A graveside service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gardens of Faith Memorial Garden, Baltimore.
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