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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM and TARA REILLEY | November 1, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Some Washington County Board of Education members argued during a meeting Tuesday morning that it was not their responsibility to draft a plan requiring developers to help fund new schools. They said that is the responsibility of Washington County Commissioners, who attended the meeting. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook questioned the school board's proposed average cost per seat during the commissioners regular meeting later that day. School officials were not present during that meeting.
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by TARA REILLY | October 13, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's six-year transportation budget includes money for two major projects planned for Washington County - improvements to the busy intersection of U.S. 40 and Edgewood Drive and the proposed widening of Interstate 81. The money is part of the $116 million the county will receive from the state for transportation projects in fiscal years 2007 to 2012, Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert Flanagan said Thursday....
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by TARA REILLY | September 27, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Commissioners' ideas of what they would like in the next county administrator vary. But there is one common thread. They would to like to see someone who will keep a strong watch over the county's finances take charge of the county's operations. "Somebody who won't hesitate to tell the commissioners that we shouldn't be spending for this or for that and who wants to try to get the debt paid off," Commissioner John C. Munson said.
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by TARA REILLY | September 13, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - An incumbent Washington County Commissioner was defeated in Tuesday's primary election, coming in sixth among the 12 Republican candidates, according to complete but unofficial results. Commissioner Doris J. Nipps, who was seeking a second term, needed to be among the top five vote-getters in her party to advance to November's general election. "I'm disappointed," Nipps said by phone late Tuesday. "That's about all I can say. The people decided who they wanted to put on the Republican side.
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By TARA REILLY | September 13, 2006
HAGERSTOWN An incumbent Washington County Commissioner was defeated in Tuesday's primary election, coming in sixth among the 12 Republican candidates, according to complete but unofficial results. Commissioner Doris J. Nipps, who was seeking a second term, needed to be among the top five vote-getters in her party to advance to November's general election. "I'm disappointed," Nipps said by phone late Tuesday. "That's about all I can say. The people decided who they wanted to put on the Republican side.
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August 31, 2006
Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook attended what likely was his last Maryland Association of Counties conference recently in Ocean City, Md. Snook, a commissioner for 16 years, is not running for re-election. Hundreds of officials from 23 counties attended the conference. "It's a very educational event, and important for county leaders to learn about what is happening throughout the state," Snook said. The gathering helps officials from across Maryland learn more about issues facing their counties such as growth, corrections and open meetings.
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by KAREN HANNA | August 21, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Changing demographics, water allocations and road construction were on the minds of some Washington County Commissioners during recent meetings with county and state officials. For Commissioner Doris J. Nipps, the Maryland Association of Counties' annual conference also provided the opportunity to talk turf. "The jury's still out. I still have to look at it a little bit closer, but I think there may be some use for it," said Nipps, who took part in a discussion about artificial turf while at the conference, which ended Saturday.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 26, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Washington County officials decided Tuesday that retiring health officer William Christoffel will receive a portion of the money he receives annually from the county. The decision was made following Christoffel's announcement Monday that he will retire effective Oct. 1, 2006. He has been on paid administrative leave since June 9 while under investigation for engaging in sexually harassing behavior while working at the Washington County Health Department. County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Christoffel receives $10,500 annually in county money as a supplement to his state salary.
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by TARA REILLY | July 19, 2006
HAGERSTOWN The Washington County Commissioners met with Health Officer William Christoffel and his attorney in closed session for more than an hour Tuesday but made no decision on his employment status. A state investigation report completed last month alleged Christoffel on numerous occasions engaged in sexually harassing behavior while on the job. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said the commissioners heard Christoffel's side of the story in closed session.
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by TIM ROWLAND | July 9, 2006
When the votes were cast in the last Washington County Commissioners election, Greg Snook had both won and lost: Won the race, but lost anonymity. Snook seemed most comfortable on boards with a clear three- or four-member majority, where his vote was not central to the outcome. But the new board was clearly comprised of a couple of two-member factions. Commissioners John Munson and Bill Wivell preferred what is, while commissioners Jim Kercheval and Dori Nipps concentrated more on what will be. Suddenly, Snook's vote mattered, and mattered very much.
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