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by JANET HEIM | February 28, 2005
janeth@herald-mail.com Described as members of the "American heritage track team" by keynote speaker the Rev. John Schildt, nine Washington County high school seniors were honored with the Good Citizens Award by two local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Schildt, a historian and published author, is pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville. The students were recognized at an awards ceremony and tea at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown on Feb. 16. The event was co-sponsored by the Antietam and Conococheague chapters of the DAR. Family members, school principals and guidance counselors attended, as did Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, Washington County Board of Education President Paul Bailey and school board members Bernadette Wagner and Russell Williams.
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April 17, 2001
Board of Education holds secret meeting By TARA REILLY tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County Board of Education members met Monday in an unannounced closed meeting but would not disclose the time, location or purpose of the meeting. School Board Vice President Bernadette Wagner called the meeting a "planned" executive session. She would not say why the board decided to meet and declined further comment. The Herald-Mail was not made aware of the meeting, and it was not on the Board of Education's meeting agenda.
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By SCOTT BUTKI and DAN KULINs | April 27, 1999
Hagerstown and Washington County governments Tuesday officially adopted an agreement to merge sewage treatment operations for 111 residential households and 20 commercial properties. Under the plan, the waste from the properties, all south of Oak Ridge Drive along Sharpsburg Pike, would go to the county's Conococheague Industrial Pretreatment Facility instead of to Hagerstown's treatment plant. The Washington County Commissioners unanimously approved the plan, including three amendments, at its morning meeting.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | February 4, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Frederick developer was given permission to build six duplexes in the Fairground Heights subidivision Thursday night, but not before a heated debate between the builder and a Martinsburg City Council member. Council member Glenville Twigg said he does not like James Rizzo's plan to "cram" six duplexes on six, 50-foot wide lots. Twigg, who lives across the street from the site, said that is too much housing for the 1.5-acre building lot. "He thinks he's in West Virginia and West Virginians will buy anything.
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By MARLO BARNHART | January 26, 1999
A "can-do" attitude coupled with careful organization and no aversion to hard work have kept the Washington County Circuit Court on top of an ever-increasing number of caseloads. Thus, the need for two new judges might not be as acute as the figures seem to indicate, say some local attorneys and judges. "We've done a good job scheduling cases here," said Washington County State's Attorney Kenneth Long. Long credited the judges for their cooperation when there is an overflow of cases.
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May 23, 2008
ANNAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley, an opponent of capital punishment, said Thursday he will "sadly" move forward with getting Maryland's execution protocol approved, a step required by the state's highest court before another execution can take place. The Court of Appeals ruled in late 2006 that the state could not hold another lethal injection until a legislative committee gave proper approval to the rules about how executions are carried out. O'Malley has backed a repeal of capital punishment, but legislation to replace a death sentence with life in prison without possibility of parole has failed for two consecutive years in the Maryland General Assembly.
NEWS
July 20, 1999
By BRYN MICKLE / Staff Writer, Martinsburg photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - More than 25 years after her parents opened a savings account for her, Amber Boeckman has finally gotten her piece of $65 million worth of unclaimed property in the state of West Virginia.. All $331.91 of it. West Virginia State Treasurer John D. Perdue was in Martinsburg Tuesday afternoon to pass out checks to five local residents who discovered they were entitled to some long overdue cash.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | November 18, 2005
Editor's note: This installment of The Next Generation series is the fifth story in a six-part series about some of the people who will compete in the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon Saturday in Washington County. HAGERSTOWN - Training for the JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon is enough to make even a seasoned runner back down. So why would Rebecca Smith, a nonrunner, want to make the endurance test her first running event? Because her older brother and older sisters have done it. And because her mother and father have walked it a few times, too. "Now, it's Becky's turn," said her mother, Merrily Smith.
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By MARLO BARNHART | April 10, 2000
A Washington County Circuit Judge Monday denied Timothy Lorne Massie's request for post-conviction relief from his 30-year prison sentence in the 1995 Valentine's Day strangulation death of his estranged wife. But Judge Kennedy Boone held off ruling on a request that the matter be sent back to Circuit Judge Frederick Wright, who sentenced Massie, for reconsideration of the sentence he imposed. That legal right wasn't sought within the legal time limit of 90 days after sentencing in October 1996.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 8, 2008
BOONSBORO -- An economic slump and a national crisis involving housing foreclosures has made its way to Boonsboro, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said. There are several homes in town that have been neglected after being abandoned by their owners, he said during a town council meeting Monday. One in particular caused the town council to vote unanimously on an emergency amendment to the town's municipal infraction ordinance. The amendment allows Kauffman or Town Manager Debra Smith to waive the usual 30 days notice given to a property owner once a property is deemed unsightly or unsafe, and also the five days notice given before the town begins charging a fine.
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