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By ERIN JULIUS | June 5, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Local athletes are participating in a torch run leading up to the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games 2008 at Towson University this weekend. The Maryland Torch Run Relay involves more than 2,000 law enforcement officers from around the state who take part in a 600-mile, one-week torch relay to pass the Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" across Maryland, according to the Special Olympics Web site - www.somd.org. About 1,175 athletes are expected to compete in the three-day event, according to the Web site.
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NEWS
September 7, 2007
Washington County Special Olympics sports night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Potomac Center auditorium, 1380 Marshall St., Hagerstown. Find out about what sports Special Olympics offer, and how to become involved. Display tables will be available for each sport, and registration forms will be distributed. Special Olympic sports offered in Washington County are aquatics, athletics, basketball skills, basketball 3v3, basketball 5v5, bocce, duckpin bowling, ten-pin bowling, equestrian, figure skating, floor hockey, soccer, snowshoeing and volleyball.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Wednesday, according to Lt. Mark Knight: · At 7:30 a.m., two vehicles were reported broken into and some CDs, a checkbook and some cigarettes were taken in the 4100 block of Trego Mountain Road. · At 8 a.m., a vehicle was broken into and 10 CDs and a holder were reported stolen in the 1900 block of Reed Road. · At 8 a.m., a 1996 Ford pickup truck was broken into and a wallet and $50 in cash were reported stolen in the 19700 block of Yarrowsburg Road.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 7, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - About 20 Washington County athletes will compete on land and in water this weekend at Special Olympics Maryland's Summer Games in Towson, Md. Special Olympics sports festivals are held throughout the country and world for people with mental disabilities. Washington County has about 300 Special Olympics athletes who compete throughout the year, said Marva Davis of Hagerstown, the county's Special Olympics director. Local athletes going to Towson University will compete in pool and track and field-type events.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 8, 2006
HAGERSTOWN As the Special Olympics torch approached downtown Hagerstown from the west, Sarah Roney waited with her mother in Public Square. Roney, 31, has ridden in Special Olympics equestrian events for six years and has picked up six medals, including four golds. In 2003, she represented the United States at an event in Ireland. Carolyn Roney, who lives in Hagerstown, said her daughter used to compete in track and field events. But, Sarah physically was more suited to horseback riding, which she likes.
NEWS
December 5, 2005
CLEAR SPRING - Members of the Clear Spring High School FFA attended the 2005 National FFA convention in October in Louisville, Ky. During the convention, four nonprofit groups - American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, National Center for Family Literacy and the Special Olympics - were involved in the convention, offering advice and ideas to FFA members on how to start community service projects. The Clear Spring FFA attending the convention were Rebecca Funk of Big Pool, Derek Hares of Big Pool, Andrew Blickenstaff and Shannon Yeargan of Clear Spring, and Jamie Beckley of Williamsport.
NEWS
by HEATHER KEELS | June 16, 2005
HAGERSTOWN heatherk@herald-mail.com The brisk jog down Hagerstown's city streets Wednesday alongside the Special Olympics Torch was a breeze for Lee Follett of Smithsburg. After all, the mentally disabled athlete, who has competed in the Special Olympics since he was 8, took home a gold medal in the 200-yard dash two years ago in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland. Follett, 28, joined fellow athletes Linda Travis and Robert and Greg Strother, as well as police officers from the Hagerstown Police Department, Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department for a leg of the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run that took the "flame of hope" from Hancock to the Frederick County, Md., line, said Sgt. John Ryder, the event coordinator.
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by HEATHER C. SMATHERS | June 3, 2004
heathers@herald-mail.com For the third straight year, Alan C. Artz II carried the Special Olympics torch through Hagerstown Wednesday. Artz' stepmother, Diane Artz, said she contacted event coordinator John Ryder three years ago to see if her autistic stepson could participate in the event in some way. Ryder was receptive to the idea, she said, and Alan, 18, has carried the torch since then. "He calls it the pizza run, because after, we always go out for pizza," she said.
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By GREGORY T. SIMMONS | May 29, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com When Lee Follett of Smithsburg was 4, experts looking at his hip problems and mental disabilities that stemmed in part from a fluid build-up in his brain never expected him to walk, his mother said. Alan Artz II has mild mental retardation, autism and diabetes, and the latter two make physical activity difficult at best, his stepmother said. But at just past noon Wednesday, state Special Olympians Artz, 17, and Follett, 26, flanked by police officers, strode into Hagerstown Wednesday with the Special Olympics torch, not even breaking a sweat.
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