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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 21, 2009
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories focusing on the ups and downs of the struggling economy and its impact on Berkeley County. Click here to read the second story. MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Battered by a housing market crash that is part of a national recession, Berkeley County's economy isn't knocked out cold, according to business leaders. "It's not completely stopped," said Tina Combs, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of Martinsburg and Berkeley County.
By ANDREA ROWLAND | September 2, 1999
It's not surprising that they sometimes run out of things to talk about. Harry and Mabel Stout have been married for 75 years. Despite their dwindling conversational topics, hearing aids and limited entertainment options, the Hagerstown couple said they wouldn't change a thing. [cont. from lifestyle ] They still keep each other guessing. "I don't know about him, really," Mabel Stout, 94, said of her husband, Harry, 95. "I haven't lived with him long enough.
by BOB PARASILITI | July 10, 2005
There has been a certain air about the Hagerstown Suns lately. And its a fragrance that's forcing manager Gene Richards to turn his nose up. We're not talking roses here. "We've been stinking," Richards said. The Suns have been more aromatic than aerodynamic over the last two weeks. Not much has gone right for Hagerstown since winning the South Atlantic League North's first-half title. The Suns were 4-10 through Friday and in last place in the second half, going 2-8 since knocking off Lexington for the first-half title on June 25. In the midst of the championship hangover, the Suns have stumbled through promotions and the conservation of pitchers.
By BOB PARASILITI | July 26, 1998
The Hagerstown Suns found out that the state of North Carolina has a lost and found department. About a month ago, the Suns hit Hickory, N.C., with the Northern Division title in their back pocket after playing their best baseball during the last three weeks of of the first half. They took three of four games from the Crawdads, but on the way out of town, the Suns left their game somewhere in the Tar Heel State. Hagerstown finally retraced its tracks last weekend in Asheville, N.C., during the middle leg of the latest road trip.
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | April 10, 2010
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Sheila Kurtz thinks she might be the only homeowner left in her Hagerstown neighborhood. During more than two years of recession, many of the townhomes in her Pangborn Park development have been repossessed, sold and turned into rentals, or stand empty. "I can't believe what's happened on our street," Kurtz said. "There have been three houses sold as the result of foreclosure" since last fall, when she bought the townhome at 519 Papa Court, she said.
December 31, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Assessing the success of Maryland's season depends on whether you see the Humanitarian Bowl as half empty or half full. The Terrapins capped an up-and-down ride with a 42-35 win over Nevada on a chilly Tuesday night in Idaho before a crowd of 26,781. There were more empty seats than Maryland fans, yet those in attendance watched the Terps secure their fifth eight-win season in eight years under Ralph Friedgen. There's nothing wrong with finishing 8-5, but Maryland expected much more after beating four ranked teams to put itself in position to play for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
By BETHANY FERGUSON / Pulse Correspondent | October 23, 2007
In 2005, Vanessa Carlton split with A&M Records and signed with The Inc. (formerly known as Murder Inc.), a label best known for hip hop and R&B records. Despite the switch, Carlton's new album, "Heroes & Thieves," has no urban sound. Instead the piano-pop songstress turns her experiences of life and love into a album full of sincerity, and melodies that are put together in a magical sequence. The first song, "Nolita Fairytale," tells of Carlton's life in the big city. With lyrics like, "Nolita flat on rent control, that's the life I choose," you can tell that Vanessa has grown from her first two albums' hit singles, "A Thousand Miles" (from the album "Be Not Nobody")
June 5, 2010
Air Show 'chalet' tickets go on sale MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Special seating is available for a close-up vantage point during the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show during the 167th Airlift Wing's open house on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 and 5. A limited number of tickets for tented chalets - set up on the show line - are on sale at the Martinsburg Mall's guest services booth. The chalets will offer shaded front row seating and allow individuals to view the aerial performances of the elite U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.
By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent | October 18, 2011
The Hagerstown Community College volleyball team used a couple of hot streaks to sweep the Washington Adventist University Shock 25-2, 25-19, 25-8 on Monday night in a non-conference match at the HCC athletic complex. Cortney Silvis put together a string of nine service points near the end of the third game to give HCC (19-7) a commanding 24-7 lead over WAU (3-5). Silvis was glad that her effective serving enabled the Hawks to win the match. “A lot of that just comes from practicing and repetition in practice,” Silvis said.
March 16, 2009
FEB. 7, 1950-MARCH 13, 2009 CUMBERLAND, Md. - Dale Eugene Roberts, 59, of 41 Frederick St., Apt. 2, Cumberland, Md., died Friday, March 13, 2009, at his home. Born Feb. 7, 1950, in Hagerstown, Md., to the late Alden Jeremiah Roberts and Katherine Louise "Kitty" Kerns Roberts Miller. He was of the Christian faith. Dale's professional and technical interest in the game of pool was a chance for travel and success in tournaments all over the U.S. His expertise in appraisal of antique furniture and collectibles offered gainful employment for years in a highly competitive market.
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