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By TIM KOELBLE | July 11, 2010
With his senior year still in front of him, Hagerstown resident Christian Binford has set the course for his baseball future after he graduates from Mercersburg Academy. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound right-hander has made a verbal commitment to the University of Virginia that will become official when he inks scholarship papers during the November signing period. "I've always wanted to play college baseball and I think the Atlantic Coast Conference has the best baseball," Binford said from Marietta, Ga., where he is playing in the Perfect Game Tournament.
March 27, 2011
NOV. 24, 1922-MARCH 27, 2011 Virginia A. Maun Myers, 88, of 5735 Royer Road, Greencastle, Pa., passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011, at her home. Born Friday, Nov. 24, 1922, in Williamson, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George Ira Maun and the late Rosa Clara Perry Maun. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold K. Myers, in 1986. Virginia was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by three daughters, Connie M. Bell and husband, Gary, of Middletown, Md., Brenda B. Myers of Hagerstown, Md., and JoEllen M. Wright and husband, Thomas, of Greencastle; one son, Floyd M. Myers Sr. and wife, Lu, of Greencastle; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
By ALLAN POWELL | February 1, 2013
Niccolo Machiavelli would be proud to sit in the Virginia legislature with so many like-minded shysters. His enemies called him “Old Nick” - the devil himself - because of his straightforward praise for amoral conduct by those who rule. His very famous book, “The Prince,” published in 1537, is full of devious but acceptable ways for rulers to maintain power. Perhaps the best-known maxim of statecraft created in history is found in “The Prince.” In part it declares, “… and in the actions of men, and especially of princes, from which there is no appeal, the end justifies the means.” This is an unvarnished appeal for political amorality - the absence of any moral consideration in the conduct of those who rule.
October 26, 2012
The fourth annual Footin' For Animals non-competitive 5K and 10K fun walk/run to benefit the Briggs Animal Adoption Center is rain or shine Saturday, Nov. 3, at the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Farm in Boyce, Va. There is a registration fee of $30, which includes a T-shirt. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; walk/run starts at 10 a.m. For information, call 304-724-6558 or visit
October 23, 2009
NOV. 1, 1959-OCT. 21, 2009 Ms. Virginia Z. Powers, 49, of 11901 Indian Lane in Hagerstown, Md., was pronounced dead Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at 3:20 p.m. at her home. Born Nov. 1, 1959, in Heidelberg, Germany, she was the daughter of Traute Ellen (Schenzel) Hess and the late Bonifacio S. Zamora. She lived her early life in Germany, Alabama and Georgia. Ms. Powers graduated from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany, with the class of 1977. She then attended Hagerstown Junior College for two years and later received her bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland in 1982.
March 21, 2009
S. Virginia Bingaman, 88 NOV. 24, 1920-MARCH 20, 2009 WAYNESBORO, Pa. - S. Virginia Bartles Bakner Bingaman, 88, of 133 N. Grant St., died Friday, March 20, 2009, at the home of her daughter, Priscilla A. Hess. Born Nov. 24, 1920, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Charles Cademus and Nora Christina May Shank Bartles. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence Marion Bakner, in 1955. They were married Oct. 3, 1940. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Norman L. Bingaman, in 1995.
by ANDREA ROWLAND | August 10, 2003
Luray Caverns is an easy day trip from the Tri-State area - but the destination seems like another world. The 400-million-year-old caverns in Luray, Va. - about one hour and 45 minutes southwest of Hagerstown in the Shenandoah Valley - span 64 acres under the earth's surface. Brilliantly colored chambers filled with towering stone columns, shimmering pools, icicle-shaped stalactites and stalagmites and the world's only stalacpipe organ stretch 10 stories high - making Luray Caverns the largest cave system in the eastern United States, and the fourth largest system in the country, caverns spokesman John Shaffer says.
August 8, 2009
A youth group from Immanuel Presbyterian Church in McLean, Va., spent the week of July 13 to 17 volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Washington County. The group spent their first two days salvaging materials from Asad Ghattas' property at 1219 Mount Aetna Road prior to its demolition. The rest of the week was spent helping in Habitat's new ReStore. Before leaving July 17, group leader Wally Hampshire presented a $500 donation to Habitat. The youth group has volunteered with Habitat for many years.
December 16, 2005
Four men arrested Thursday in Virginia were charged in connection with a multistate ATM theft ring, placing Washington County investigators on the waiting list to see whether the men are linked to ATM thefts at two Hagerstown Trust branches in September and November. See Saturday's Herald-Mail for the full story.
May 10, 2008
Boonsboro Family Worship Center, 7605 Old National Pike, a Mother's Day gospel sing will be Sunday at 6 p.m. Restoration is a Southern gospel music group based in central Virginia. Mount Zion Church, 14336 Greencastle Pike, Cearfoss, the Down Home Gospel Singers will be in concert Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
September 9, 2013
Paving, road repairs to cause delays on U.S. 340 RIPPON, W.Va. - Paving and road repairs will cause delays on U.S. 340 in Jefferson County beginning around Sept. 16, according to the West Virginia Division of Highways. The highway will be temporarily reduced to one lane from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for a resurfacing job that includes base failure repair and paved shoulders. The project will begin at the Virginia state line and will continue north for about two miles, ending about 50 feet north of Myerstown Road, according to a news release.
September 1, 2013
A strike-three wild pitch with two outs, a throwing error on a bunt, and an ill-timed rainstorm left the Hagerstown Suns on the losing end of a 5-3 decision against the Kannapolis Intimidators that was called official after 5 1/2 innings on Sunday. West Virginia swept a doubleheader at Lexington on Sunday to clinch the second-half championship in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division. After the Suns (80-56, 42-26) - who won the first-half title - wrap up the regular season with a final game at Kannapolis (60-76, 32-35)
August 26, 2013
Northbound lanes of Interstate 81 at the Potomac River bridge near the Maryland-West Virginia border were closed for about an hour Monday night after a tractor-trailer lost control and climbed a walkway, according to Washington County Emergency Services. The accident was reported at about 6:30 p.m. One person was transported to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown with minor injuries, according to a dispatcher. One northbound lane was reopened by 7:45 p.m.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 24, 2013
West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox points to Martinsburg's Raleigh Street extension project as an example for other West Virginia communities to follow should they have a road-construction need. The 1.2-mile extension of Raleigh Street from West Race Street to Edwin Miller Boulevard, which is expected to be completed in a matter of days, will become a reality because of Martinsburg's financial commitment to the project and collaboration with state and federal officials, Mattox said.
August 19, 2013
Virginia “Jenny” Belle (Bowers) Deal, 76, of Boonsboro, Md., passed from this life on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at the Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown. Born on Nov. 1, 1936, in Washington County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Glenn Linford and Nettie (Worthington) Bowers. Jenny attended the Community Mennonite Church in Boonsboro. She was an Avon representative for 44 years and was a newspaper carrier for The Herald-Mail for 25 years. Jenny is survived by her husband, Gerald A. Deal Sr.; three sons, Gerald A. Deal Jr. of Smithsburg, Md., Gregory L. Deal of Smithsburg, and Curtis W. Deal of Clear Spring, Md.; two brothers, Glenn and Joseph Bowers, both of Hagerstown; and one sister, Ann Rowland of Williamsport.
August 10, 2013
Winifred Virginia Paget, 91, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Royal Haven in Front Royal, Va. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. at Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church, Winchester, Va. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 31, 2013
Blankets and pillows that concealed the body of Vickie Clem did little to cover up evidence of a violent struggle that resulted in the Falling Waters, W.Va., woman's death. In the trial that began Wednesday for one of two men charged with Clem's murder, Trooper J.D. See of the West Virginia State Police testified that the walls and the ceiling of the master bedroom where Clem, 57, was found on May 27, 2011, were splattered with blood. Images of the bloody crime scene at 81 Vinca Lane, accompanied by See's description of them, were shown to a jury of seven men and five women who were sworn in the morning for the trial of Roy L. Wisotzkey of Hagerstown.
July 25, 2013
The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival has announced it is opening submissions for films worldwide.  The festival will be Friday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6 in Sutton's Elk Theatre. Festival Director  Caitlin Renée Campbell said festival offiicals have a special interest in films shot in West Virginia, about West Virginia and made by West Virginians. This West Virginia focus was reflected in the first 13 years of the festival.  In its 14th year, the festival is reaching out to include films and filmmakers worldwide.  Categories in the festival competition include: narrative, documentary, shorts, experimental/animation/music video and student, with prizes awarded in these categories.
July 24, 2013
Josephine Virginia D'Angelo, 90, of Millville, W.Va., died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Shenandoah Center in Charles Town, W.Va. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Bolivar Pentecostal Church of Christ, Harpers Ferry. Burial will be in Fairview Lutheran Cemetery, Bolivar, W.Va.
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