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by DAVE McMILLION | January 6, 2003 SHEPHERDSTOWN - Up to $300,000 worth of Shepherd College tuition payments may have been stolen when someone broke into a post office box in Charleston, W.Va., on New Year's Eve, college officials said Sunday. The post office box that was broken into at the post office was the box that is set up to receive payments, college officials said. Although college officials are not sure how many tuition payments were stolen from the box, if any, it is estimated there may have been between 150 and 300 payments totaling between $150,000 and $300,000, said Ed Magee, vice president for administration and finance at Shepherd.
By GREG SIMMONS | June 14, 1999
Shippensburg University will raise its annual cost to students by about $330, said Shippensburg director of public relations, Pete Gigliotti. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors passed a $150-per-year tuition increase Thursday, and the Shippensburg administration passed a $175-per-year fee hike May 21. The two costs make up the total increase. Included in the new fees is a hike of $120 in housing and eating costs, based on a 15-meal-per-week plan.
June 24, 1997
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer A 3 percent raise for all Hagerstown Junior College employees was included in the nearly $12.7 million budget approved by the college's Board of Trustees on Tuesday afternoon, according to college officials. The 1997-98 budget - about 4 percent more than last year's budget - includes nearly $9.9 million for employee salaries and benefits. A $3 per credit hour tuition hike was factored into the budget, said HJC Comptroller Arthur Barnhart.
By SCOTT BUTKI | April 15, 2000
A new state law will lower tuitions for Hagerstown Community College students who live outside Washington County, President Norman Shea said Friday. The law reduces the rate of tuition community colleges must charge out-of-state and out-of-county students, he said. The law, and the new rates, take effect July 1, he said. Out-of-state enrollment has dropped from 650 students to 448 in three years, Shea said. That was because under existing law the college could not reduce tuition for those students and remain competitive, he said.
By BRIAN SHAPPELL | June 24, 2005
HAGERSTOWN Chris Gelwicks, a career firefighter with the Hagerstown Fire Department, continues to pursue a college degree in fire service. Gelwicks said not having to pay any upfront money for tuition has been "a blessing. " The Maryland Higher Education Commission is offering tuition reimbursements for firefighters, as well as ambulance and rescue company members, according to a release from the state commission. The commission said that $344,000 is expected to be awarded for the 2005-06 academic year.
by TARA REILLY | November 13, 2002 WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County Commissioners Vice President Paul L. Swartz proposed Tuesday that every new graduate of Washington County Public Schools be given free tuition to Hagerstown Community College, and he called on area businesses to help pay for the costs. Swartz said free tuition would get more students in college and generate a better trained work force for local businesses. "We sat here for four years and said education is our top priority," Swartz said after the meeting.
By DAVE McMILLION | | June 30, 2011
An encouraged Del. Neil Parrott was in the Maryland Secretary of State’s office in Annapolis on Thursday night, where organizers of a petition drive challenging in-state tuition for illegal immigrants were about to deliver 74,980 signatures. That would put the total number of signatures on a petition seeking a voter referendum on the law at more than 100,000, according to Parrott, R-Washington. Parrott said he and other organizers were still organizing names in the secretary of state’s office at 9:30 p.m.  He said they planned to turn over the petition signatures by 10 p.m. Parrott said he did not have a feel for how many might be valid, but he felt it was a “good percentage.” Signatures in the petition drive had to be handed in by midnight.
By JENNIFER FITCH | October 11, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Benjamin Barnett has not one cash cow paying for his college education, but 13. Barnett, 20, raises and sells cattle to make tuition payments at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. It's a process he says makes him more mature and business-minded. "If I'm not feeding cows, I'm studying," he said. Barnett raises registered Angus for breeding and Holsteins for commercial dairy operations. He loads them into a trailer and hauls them to New Holland, Pa., for auction.
By ERIN JULIUS | January 8, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown woman who stole money from Horizon Goodwill Industries used it to pay tuition at her son's private Christian school, her defense attorney said Monday morning in Washington County Circuit Court. Kerri Ann Sasse, 32, pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft scheme, more than $500. Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced Sasse to three years in prison, with all three years suspended. She must serve three years unsupervised probation, the judge said.
September 14, 2007
Broadfording Christian Academy 13535 Broadfording Church Road, Hagerstown 3-year-olds through 12th grade. Traditional education with Christian emphasis. Tuition is $4,351. Discounted tuition for additional children from the same family. For information, call 301-797-8886. Gateway Christian Academy Md. 63 and Kemps Mill Road Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Traditional school format with Christian emphasis. Tuition is $2,710. Discounted tuition for additional children from the same family.
August 11, 2013
Antietam Bible College, Biblical Seminary and Graduate School is offering a tuition-free online course in apologetics for the fall semester. The introductory offering is tuition free, plus a $30 registration fee and textbook cost. The course is about defending the Christian faith. To register, call 301-797-0988 or send an email to .
DON AINES | | May 2, 2013
The administrator and former chief of The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, Md. Inc., requested a jury trial on theft  and theft scheme charges during an appearance Thursday in District Court. District Judge Ralph H. France II ordered the case of Jeffrey C. Ringer forwarded to Circuit Court. Ringer, 53, of 11221 Hollywood Road in Hagerstown, was charged earlier this year with misusing more than $10,000 in company funds over four years to pay for bar and restaurant bills, and a family member's tuition, according to the application for statement of charges filed by Maryland State Police.
March 14, 2013
The Shepherd University Board of Governors approved tuition increases for the fall semester at its meeting Thursday. In-state undergraduate tuition will rise by $211 per semester, from $2,917 to $3,128, and $352 per semester for out-of-state students, from $7,568 to $7,920. In-state graduate tuition will increase $31 per credit hour for in-state students, from $351 to $382, and $44 per credit hour for out-of-state students, from $498 to $542. “In our financial deliberations, we took great care to protect affordability and student access to higher education,” said Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley said.
November 13, 2012
Wilson College announced this week it will hold the line on tuition again next year for full-time, undergraduate students. The decision, made by the Board of Trustees at its October meeting, means that the 2013-14 tuition rate for full-time undergraduates will remain at $28,745 for the third year in a row, according to a news release from the school. The board also voted to keep housing fees at the current rate while approving modest hikes in fees for meals and technology. Food costs will go up 5 percent and the technology fee will increase 3 percent in 2013-14 to cover only the direct increases in the college's cost of providing the services.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | October 22, 2012
Maryland voters have been locked in debates in advance of the Nov. 6 General Election, with disagreements ranging from the best candidate for the Oval Office to same-sex marriage, to gambling. Also on the ballot is Question 4, a referendum allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition to attend in-state public universities. “The taxpayers should not have to subsidize illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition,” Jeff Jones, 39, of Williamsport said. “American citizens that live in West Virginia and Pennsylvania can't get in-state tuition, and they could live 20 miles away.” Rob Fairall, 45, of Hagerstown, said he supports the referendum.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | October 6, 2012
Two years ago, when Dr. Mitesh Kothari and local attorney Jeanne Singer became co-chairs of the Greater Hagerstown Committee's Education Forum, they decided they wanted to tackle a meaningful project. So they brainstormed with forum members, who are representatives from local educational institutions, and gathered data to devise an annual educational report card for the community. The issue that came to the forefront, they said, was the low percentage of people with post-secondary education among Washington County residents.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | September 28, 2012
A local group has recommended that Washington County help pay for every county high school graduate to go to college locally. The proposal, made Friday at a Greater Hagerstown Committee meeting, is based on a similar program started six years ago in Garrett County, Md. There, 44 percent of the 2011 graduating seniors attended Garrett College, according to the Greater Hagerstown Committee Education Forum, which has been studying college and...
By CALEB CALHOUN | | June 15, 2012
Hagerstown resident David Decarlo expressed his opposition Friday to the Dream Act passed by Maryland lawmakers in 2011 that would allow in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants if the law is not overturned in a referendum. “If you're an American than you're entitled to the rights Americans are entitled to, but if you're not American, then you shouldn't be,” he said. “The state needs to concentrate on its own residents first.” Decarlo, 52, was among area residents who offered their reactions Friday after the state's highest court ruled earlier this week that voters can decide whether the law will go into effect.  He had mixed feelings on whether the law should be on the ballot.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | December 8, 2011
Plaintiffs trying to preserve a new Maryland law granting in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants have narrowed their legal challenge to an opposition petition drive. However, the opponents still allege that the in-state tuition law cannot be the subject of a referendum. The Maryland General Assembly passed an in-state tuition bill in April, and Gov. Martin O'Malley signed it into law. To qualify, illegal immigrants must meet a series of standards, such as graduating from a Maryland high school, then attending a community college.
September 27, 2011
Skyline Coffee closing doors at end of October   To the editor: After four years of operating Skyline Coffee Co. in downtown Hagerstown, I am happy to say that the shop will be closed for good at the end of October. Happy to say, you ask? Let me explain. I opened the business in partnership with six fellow youngsters with broad ambition and a complete lack of awareness toward the impending downswing of the economy. We spent more than we should have on startup costs and didn't spend enough on operating capital.
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