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By DAVE McMILLION | September 29, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- A draft of a recent audit of Williamsport's government identified several "conditions" and made recommendations for addressing them, according to the report that was reviewed Tuesday night by the mayor and Williamsport Town Council members. The audit said a front desk clerk is involved in several parts of the cash receipts process, including receiving the cash, processing it, filling out a deposit slip and taking the money to the bank. Those duties should be separated so no person has complete control over the process and there is a less chance of fraud or error, the report said.
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NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | June 16, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- Tuesday's special election in Sharpsburg filled two vacant seats on the town council, one by just a single vote. The top two vote-getters were William McCullough, who received 38 votes, and Brandon Smith, who got 30 votes, according to Anna Jamison, town clerk. Patricia Hammond received 29 votes, while Tracy Stride received 12 votes and Stephanie Taylor garnered eight. A total of 61 people voted, representing 14 percent of the town's eligible voters, Jamison said.
NEWS
BY JAY REEVES | March 22, 2009
GOOD HOPE, Ala. - It's one thing for a church in a big city like Dallas or Atlanta to tackle the ticklish topic of sex. It blends in with the urban scene. It's another thing when a small-town congregation puts up billboards with the phrase "Great sex: God's way" on rural highways to promote a sermon series. You can't even legally buy beer in Cullman County, and a preacher is talking about S-E-X on Sunday morning? Daystar Church, whose congregation has grown dramatically under pastor Jerry Lawson, has run up against the sensibilities of a conservative north Alabama community with a monthlong focus on sex. Sex just isn't an appropriate topic for church, some say, and others are upset over the church's signs, which advertise the sermon series and accompanying Web site.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | March 20, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- A veteran schoolteacher known for her passion for history and a no-nonsense classroom, Marjorie Ann Jamison also was dedicated to serving the Town of Sharpsburg as a councilwoman since 2001. Jamison, 63, died Thursday. She had been ailing since the first of the year, Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said. "I'm glad to have worked with her," Spielman said. With her passing, the Sharpsburg Town Council is down two members, Spielman said. Councilman Russell Weaver resigned in December.
NEWS
January 13, 2009
Veterans might get free acupuncture WILLIAMSPORT - A local acupuncturist talked with Williamsport Town Council members Monday night about offering free acupuncture treatments to veterans returning from combat areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Tom Merrill said the treatments are intended to help veterans deal with violence they encountered instead of having to endure lasting effects. Merrill and the council talked about offering the treatments at American Legion Post 202 in Williamsport.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | October 9, 2008
SMITHSBURG -- The August reappointment of Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers' husband to the town board of zoning appeals came up again at Tuesday's town council meeting. At the Aug. 6 meeting, councilmembers Tom Chiarizia and Shirley Aurand voted in favor of Homer Myers' reappointment while Donnie Souders Jr. and Dennis "Jack" Wenthe voted against it. The mayor cast the tiebreaking vote in favor of her husband's reappointment. Councilman Jerome Martin, who previously had spoken out against the reappointment, was not at the August meeting because of an injury.
NEWS
October 9, 2008
SMITHSBURG - The possibility of curbside recycling in Smithsburg took another step forward Tuesday night when Councilman Jerome Martin asked that three vendors be approached to provide the town with plans and prices for a range of services. Martin said specifications and cost estimates should be sought for three levels of service - 250 households, 500 households and the entire town. Betsy Martin, town clerk/treasurer/manager, read a letter at the meeting from Washington County to all municipalities, outlining the possibility of coattailing to save money.
NEWS
October 8, 2008
SMITHSBURG - The town of Smithsburg's audit report was approved Tuesday night, though Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers warned that some belt-tightening might be needed in the near future. "But the report showed the town is solvent and in good financial shape," Myers said. Still, the report did highlight shortfalls in the town's water and sewer revenues, prompting possible rate increases as soon as next year, according to Betsy Martin, town clerk/treasurer/manager. - Marlo Barnhart
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | October 7, 2008
WILLIAMSPORT -- Vandals wreaked havoc on a "silent city of the dead" Sunday, knocking over several dozen large tombstones at Riverview Cemetery in Williamsport. On Monday, a citizen out for a morning walk reported the damage to town employees, said Donnie Stotelmyer, town clerk. For years, Wilma Moats' father took care of the graveyard for the town of Williamsport. On Monday afternoon, Moats sat on her father's front porch on Vermont Street, across from the cemetery, shaking her head as she discussed the damage.
NEWS
September 4, 2008
Longtime employees honored by council The Smithsburg Mayor and Council honored longtime town employees Randy Dick, Betsy Martin and William Loughridge on Tuesday for their years of service to the town. Dick, the town's planning and zoning administrator, was presented with a 30-year service award. Martin, the town's clerk/treasurer, was presented with a 21-year service award. Loughridge, the town's director of public works, was presented with a 10-year service award. All three jobs have changed drastically during the employees' tenure as the town has grown, Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.
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