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By MARLO BARNHART | May 25, 2008
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Sharon Rucker, who died May 9 at the age of 58. Her obituary was published in the May 17 edition of The Herald-Mail. In what she titled "A Living Portfolio," Sharon Rucker said she saw herself as an explorer, and she kept the notebook to chronicle the journey into her faith.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 16, 2011
John Wetzel’s first prison job had him breaking up fights for $7.20 an hour. Now, Wetzel is poised to become secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. “It’s almost overwhelming. I’m just excited to be part of guiding how Pennsylvania administers criminal justice,” Wetzel said. Wetzel, 41, is awaiting Pennsylvania Senate confirmation of his nomination made by Gov.-elect Tom Corbett, who will be sworn in Tuesday. Once confirmed, he will leave behind the Franklin County (Pa.)
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April 6, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - Maryland lawmakers agreed Saturday to pass legislation that will bar correctional officers from being involuntarily transferred to prisons across the state. The legislation, which was approved overwhelmingly by both the House of Delegates and the Senate, was seen as a victory for correctional officers, many of whom had opposed the bill when the restrictions were not included. "I'm very satisfied, very satisfied," said Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington.
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by LAURA ERNDE | March 24, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich will chose a Hagerstown business owner, a retired civil servant or an assistant prison warden to fill a vacancy on the Washington County Board of Education. A local screening panel has recommended John Barr, Spence Perry and W. Princeton Young for the job, Washington County lawmakers said Friday. Ehrlich has no timetable for deciding which of the three will serve as the seventh School Board member, said his spokesman, Henry Fawell.
NEWS
March 25, 2001
Local Roundup - Deese stays hot at Speedway HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY Two-time defending late model champion Roy Deese Jr., of Odenton, Md., took victory again in the 30-lap late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Hagerstown Speedway. Deese quickly moved into the lead from his front row starting position coming off of the forth turn and then held off Charlie Schaffer for the win. Craig Von Dohren, of Barto, Pa., won the 30-lap small block modified feature and Erik McKinny won the 15-lap Modified Lite main event.
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By LAURA ERNDE | March 9, 1999
ANNAPOLIS - Del. Joseph R. Bartlett's bill to discourage porn in prisons has been killed by a House committee. Bartlett, R-Frederick/Washington, had wanted to give wardens and detention center jailers the power to ban pornography. During a hearing on the bill last week, Bartlett discovered they already have that authority so the legislation was not needed. But Bartlett said filing the bill was not futile. A warden who previously had been told he couldn't remove porn now knows he has the power, he said.
NEWS
March 30, 2009
FEB. 9, 1927-MARCH 28, 2009 Vaughn Gene "Whitey" Beard, 82, of 34 Stanford Road, Hagerstown, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Washington County Hospital. Born Feb. 9, 1927, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Vaughn K. and Achsah G. Baker Beard. He retired in 1984 from Western Maryland/CSX Railroad Co. after 41 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of St. Ann Episcopal Church, where he was a member of the vestry, serving as secretary, treasurer and junior warden.
LIFESTYLE
By MEG H. PARTINGTON | megp@herald-mail.com | December 16, 2011
The Hagerstown couple, married for 32 years, met at St. John's Episcopal Church, to which they donate much of their time. Bill helped start the St. John's Shelter, which is overseen by the church, in 1985, and has been the treasurer since day one, with grant writing being one of his many duties. "I'm really most proud of that," he said of his work with the shelter. The facility at 14-16 Randolph Ave. in Hagerstown has room for five families, plus an apartment for the caregivers, said Bill, 75. He said the shelter is full most of the time.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | August 4, 2007
The shooting death of correctional officer Jeffery Alan Wroten in January 2006 was a deadly example of what one warden described as an "upswing of violence" within the prison system. Wroten was the first Maryland correctional officer killed in the line of duty since 1984, when Herman L. Toulson was stabbed by an inmate at the former Maryland Penitentiary.Another correctional officer was killed on duty on July 25 at the House of Correction in Jessup. In 2006, there were 105 inmate assaults on staff members working at the three prisons south of Hagerstown, according to data provided by the Maryland Division of Correction.
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