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September 15, 1998
A Falling Waters, W.Va., company will provide heating oil for Washington County buildings this winter, the Washington County Commissioners decided Tuesday. The commissioners voted unanimously to award the contract to the low bidder, Southern States, in a piggyback purchase with the Washington County Board of Education. Southern States will charge 8.25 cents per gallon above the base oil price, which beat out next-lowest bidder AC&T Co. Inc. of Hagerstown by 32 cents, according to county purchasing agent Karen R. Luther.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | August 4, 2008
RANSON, W.Va. - A fire Saturday morning at the Southern States store along Mildred Street was either due to a mechanical failure or lightning. That was the conclusion after Patrick Barker of the state Fire Marshal's office investigated the scene Monday, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. Parker has not completed a final report on the fire's cause but "more and more" it appears the fire was started by lightning, Smith said....
NEWS
February 27, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was charged Thursday in the robbery of a Martinsburg convenience store, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. Charles Hubert King, 36, also known as "Ski," was charged with armed robbery, according to the sheriff's department. He was arraigned before Magistrate Joan Bragg and was being held Thursday night on $5,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail, according to the sheriff's department. Detective George Swartwood of the Martinsburg City Police said a man robbed the 7-Eleven on the corner of King Street and Winchester Avenue at about 6 a.m. The robber left with about $60, he said.
NEWS
August 3, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer SHARPSBURG - The judges huddled, compared notes and evaluated the contestants some more. Then they declared a winner - actually, two winners - in the third annual Washington County Ag Expo ice cream churning contest. The Washington County Rifle Club won the 4-H Club division and Southern States of Hagerstown took the non-4-H category. The winners won gift certificates from Nutter's Ice Cream in Sharpsburg and J&K Concessions, respectively.
OBITUARIES
October 19, 2011
Rodney Dale Weicht, 49, of White Hall Road,  Smithsburg, Md., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. Born Nov. 29, 1961, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Donald and Joann (Watkins) Weicht of Downsville, Md. He was a graduate of Williamsport High School, Class of 1979. He was formerly employed by Southern States and was employed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department from January 1983 until the present. He was a member of the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association, Williamsport Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84, Western Maryland Sportsman Club of Downsville, Smithsburg FFA Alumni and JICCA.
NEWS
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | August 17, 2006
FAIRPLAY - There will be no dueling knights with their lances pointing forward, each charging toward the other as though they are playing a medieval game of chicken. "If anybody comes at me like that I'm going to get out of the way," said Sandy Izer, of man-to-man jousting. Izer is the jousting coordinator for Fairplay Days. Jousters at this year's Fairplay Days - Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Old Tilghmanton Tournament Grounds - are honoring the tradition of the 19th century's chivalrous Southern men, Izer said.
NEWS
January 30, 2009
DEC. 18, 1921-JAN. 27, 2009 Robert LeRoy Byrd Jr., 87, of 9940 Premiere View Circle in Hagerstown, Md., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. Born Sunday, Dec. 18, 1921, in Manassas, Va., he was the son of the late Robert L. Byrd Sr. and Ethel Maddox Byrd. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy L. Byrd, in 2000. He was employed as manager of Southern States in Manassas, retiring after 38 years of service. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas and also Trinity United Methodist Church in Frederick, Md. Robert served on the City of Manassas Town Council for 22 years and was past president of the Lions Club of Manassas.
NEWS
by Thomas G. Clemens | October 24, 2004
The recent flurry of letters from neo-Confederates asserting that slavery had no role in the Civil War is troubling, as they seem doggedly determined to force counterfactual information on the public. The trend towards "true Southern history," minimizing the slavery issue by insisting that all of America was racist, and that slaves fought for the Confederacy is a spurious and disingenuous argument. Using half-truths and outright misinformation, they try to avoid what any serious historian of the Civil War recognizes as a major issue of the war. Having studied the Civil War since my early teens and teaching it on a college level here in Hagerstown and at George Mason University, I feel qualified to point out a few holes in their argument.
OPINION
June 30, 2013
How often do we celebrate or mourn that a great statesman did or did not live to see his or her life's work advance upon the world stage? Conversely, Nelson Mandela might have lived long enough to see minority voting rights take a major step backward in the world's (ostensibly) leading beacon of freedom. A practical necessity a half-century ago, the Voting Rights Act has always had uncomfortable legal underpinnings. It treated Southern states like children who needed their parents' permission before going to the movies.
NEWS
June 19, 2008
Paving to start Monday on U.S. 340 in W.Va. HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Starting Monday, paving of a one-mile segment of U.S. 340 north of the Shenandoah River bridge in Jefferson County is expected to begin, according to a news release from the state Division of Highways. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the work will be conducted from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the release said. The work, which will end at the Virginia line, will be performed by W-L Construction & Paving Inc. of Chilhowie, Va., the release said.
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OPINION
June 30, 2013
How often do we celebrate or mourn that a great statesman did or did not live to see his or her life's work advance upon the world stage? Conversely, Nelson Mandela might have lived long enough to see minority voting rights take a major step backward in the world's (ostensibly) leading beacon of freedom. A practical necessity a half-century ago, the Voting Rights Act has always had uncomfortable legal underpinnings. It treated Southern states like children who needed their parents' permission before going to the movies.
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OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | September 17, 2012
Western Maryland bills itself as the crossroads of the Civil War, which is true enough as far as it goes. But Western Maryland in 1860 was also the crossroads of America, and factions on all sides were competing for our souls. We were the undecideds, the middle ground, the house that would tilt the neighborhood in one direction or the other. In Richmond, the editor of the city's leading newspaper presciently wrote that the South needed Maryland on its side to win. Lincoln famously said he would like to have the Lord on his side, but he had to have Kentucky.
OBITUARIES
October 19, 2011
Rodney Dale Weicht, 49, of White Hall Road,  Smithsburg, Md., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. Born Nov. 29, 1961, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Donald and Joann (Watkins) Weicht of Downsville, Md. He was a graduate of Williamsport High School, Class of 1979. He was formerly employed by Southern States and was employed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department from January 1983 until the present. He was a member of the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association, Williamsport Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84, Western Maryland Sportsman Club of Downsville, Smithsburg FFA Alumni and JICCA.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 18, 2011
It was unscripted rural theater. Saturday's auction of the inventory, local history and nostalgia of the five-generation W.H. Knode's Sons Southern States Farm Supply store brought bidders in droves. Early on, the store's customers were farmers who brought their grain in for grinding into feed or to pick up machinery and supplies. More recently, it has been suburbanites who bought lawn and garden supplies as the store's inventory changed to serve more homeowners than farmers.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2011
The business closed in October, but an auction Saturday of the contents in W.H. Knode’s Sons Southern States farm and hardware store will mark the official end of a five-generation family business. It will have the obvious inventory found in such businesses — fence supplies, tarps, lawn and garden supplies, galvanized pipe and nails, electrical and canning supplies, animal traps, farm hats and gloves, even tractor weights. But this auction will also sell the owners’ personal history.
NEWS
April 27, 2009
AUG. 5, 1923-APRIL 25, 2009 WILLIAMSPORT - Edna Wessel Thompson of Williamsport, Md., formerly of Clarksville, Md., died April 25. Edna was born Aug. 5, 1923, in Scaggsville, Md., the daughter of Edward and Margaret (nee Zeltman) Wessel. She was raised on the farm which is now part of the Maple Lawn Development. Edna graduated from Clarksville High School in 1941. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton, being the great-granddaughter of its founding members.
NEWS
January 30, 2009
DEC. 18, 1921-JAN. 27, 2009 Robert LeRoy Byrd Jr., 87, of 9940 Premiere View Circle in Hagerstown, Md., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. Born Sunday, Dec. 18, 1921, in Manassas, Va., he was the son of the late Robert L. Byrd Sr. and Ethel Maddox Byrd. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy L. Byrd, in 2000. He was employed as manager of Southern States in Manassas, retiring after 38 years of service. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas and also Trinity United Methodist Church in Frederick, Md. Robert served on the City of Manassas Town Council for 22 years and was past president of the Lions Club of Manassas.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | August 4, 2008
RANSON, W.Va. - A fire Saturday morning at the Southern States store along Mildred Street was either due to a mechanical failure or lightning. That was the conclusion after Patrick Barker of the state Fire Marshal's office investigated the scene Monday, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. Parker has not completed a final report on the fire's cause but "more and more" it appears the fire was started by lightning, Smith said....
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 2, 2008
RANSON, W.Va. -- A fire early Saturday that ripped through the Southern States store on Mildred Street in Ranson caused about $500,000 in damages, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Company. A lightning strike might have caused the fire, Smith said. A West Virginia state fire inspector has been called in to make a conclusive decision. "We feel very confident that's what it is, but we want an investigator to look at it in further detail," Smith said, adding he didn't know when the inquiry would begin.
NEWS
June 19, 2008
Paving to start Monday on U.S. 340 in W.Va. HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Starting Monday, paving of a one-mile segment of U.S. 340 north of the Shenandoah River bridge in Jefferson County is expected to begin, according to a news release from the state Division of Highways. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the work will be conducted from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the release said. The work, which will end at the Virginia line, will be performed by W-L Construction & Paving Inc. of Chilhowie, Va., the release said.
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