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November 29, 2011
Commissioners seek broadband study funding The Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed on Tuesday to apply for Appalachian Regional Commission funding for a broadband impact study in the county. The project would be connected to the One Maryland Broadband Network, which, according to the state Department of Information Technology's website, is “a planned 1,294-mile fiber optic broadband network that will link 1,006 government facilities and community 'anchor institutions' in every county in the state ....” A memorandum from Robert P. Mandley of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission said Washington County's “fiber optic backbone” is expected to be done by 2013.
October 31, 2012
The Washington County Division of Public Works is surveying damage and assessing the condition of our local roads and bridges, county spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher said in a news release Wednesday morning. "Washington County urges residents to be aware of their surroundings as high water is still present on many roads," she said in the release..   The following roads are CLOSED due to flooding as of 10 a.m. Wednesday:   Battletown Road Bowie Road Cress Pond Road Independence Road Kemps Mill Road Leiters Mill Road Lehmans Mill Road Wishard Road   The following roads that had been closed are now OPEN:   Antietam Drive at Maryland Metals Canal Road Clopper Road Indian Springs Road Manor Church Road Mt. Aetna Road at Rt. 66 Old Forge Road Pecktonville Road Roxbury Road Spickler Road Taylors Landing Road Trovinger Mill Road
September 30, 2012
TRIAD of Washington County, SALT Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) will meet Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Washington County Sheriff's Office, 500 Maryland Parkway in Hagerstown The group plans and develops programs to improve the quality of life for senior citizens. The meeting is open to guests and potential new volunteers. For more information, call Kathy Rylander at 301-331-6155.
January 2, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office reported the following incidents from 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday: Vandalism was reported in the 17200 block of Carty Lane. A theft was reported in the 13600 block of Crayton Boulevard.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | September 10, 2013
An undetermined number of motorcyclists was expected to stop in or pass through Hagerstown early Wednesday en route to Washington, D.C., as part of a ride to remember those killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Maryland State Police Lt. Mike Fluharty said that groups of riders were expected to  travel down Interstate 70 between 6 and 8 a.m. on their way to the District of Columbia, where they would join riders from across the nation as part of the “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” ride.
BY KAUSTUV BASU | | September 9, 2013
Three Republican lawmakers who represent Washington County announced Monday in Hagerstown that they had filed for re-election and would run a joint campaign for the 2014 elections. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, announced their plans at an afternoon news conference attended by several Washington County commissioners and Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, who announced in May that he will not be running for re-election.
By DON AINES | | September 9, 2013
A Rockville, Md., man is being held on $750,000 bond after being charged with the attempted murder of his estranged wife Saturday morning in Hagerstown, according to Washington County District Court records. Samir Lababidi, 49, of Hungerford Drive was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, first- and fourth-degree burglary, confinement of an unattended child, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property, the court records said.
September 8, 2013
Here are some of the things happening this week in Washington County Public Schools: Monday, Sept. 9 Bester Elementary - Grade-five parent Fairview training Clear Spring Middle - Spirit week (through Friday) Greenbrier Elementary - PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 Bester Elementary - Classroom Focus Improvement Plan meeting for staff Clear Spring High - Future Business Leaders of America membership meeting, 3 p.m. Springfield Middle - School pictures Wednesday, Sept.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | September 8, 2013
An informational meeting on the ongoing Robinwood Drive Corridor II construction project is set for Tuesday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Center, according to a Washington County official. County Public Affairs Manager James Jenkins said the meeting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will provide an overview of the various phases of the project, which includes the widening of Robinwood Drive and installing a roundabout at the entrance to HCC. Robert Slocum, the county's deputy director of public works, will be on hand to answer questions.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | September 8, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved its six-year capital improvement plan Sept. 3. Although in recent years the school board had considered its requests for county and state capital funding separately, this time, the board considered them together. The requests, which include major school construction as well as systemic projects, such as replacing roofs and HVAC systems, are reflective of the Educational Facilities Master Plan the board approved in June.
September 6, 2013
 Now through Monday, Sept. 30, 47 businesses, churches, clubs and organizations throughout Washington County will collect children's books for the second annual Community Book Drive.   The goal of the book drive is to collect 10,000 books for children ages birth through elementary school for use in literacy programs for at-risk children.   Books can be new or gently used, and a list of recommended books is available for those who are purchasing books and want ideas.   Last year, more than 4,500 books were collected and distributed to organizations such as the Family Center, Hagerstown Housing Authority, Tri-State Health, Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, and Potomac Case Management, among others.
By DON AINES | | September 6, 2013
A few minutes into a conversation with Alice Brumbaugh, the George Woltz grandfather clock she donated to the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library chimed the hour as it has for more than two centuries. “It seemed right for it to come back to Hagerstown,” Brumbaugh said. The Chambersburg, Pa., woman said the clock, which was built in Hagerstown, has been in her family at least a century. It now graces a corner of the John Clinton Frye Western Maryland Room, the repository for the rebuilt library's collection of rare books, records and other documents of the region.
By HOLLY SHOK | | September 5, 2013
They should have seen it coming, given their more than 80 combined years of dedication to local baseball. But longtime Maryland District 1 Little League staff members Jay Stouffer and Doug Ellis were not ready for a curveball Thursday night in Hagerstown at the league's annual appreciation dinner, where the two men - much to their surprise - were the guests of honor. Both the 77-year-old Stouffer of Maugansville and the 69-year-old Ellis of Frostburg, Md., were presented plaques at the dinner held at Barefoot Bernie's restaurant.
By ANDREW MASON | | September 5, 2013
Last year, Boonsboro became the first cross country program in Washington County to win both girls and boys team titles at the Maryland state meet in the same season, accomplishing the feat in Class 1A. Now, beginning this school year, the Warriors are in 2A. “Last year the goal was to win states, and that's still the goal,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “Obviously we're in 2A and the competition is a lot better, just more depth all around. But these kids are working hard for it. They want to prove that they didn't just win in 1A, but that they can win in 2A as well.” While the Boonsboro girls have lost three of their top-five scorers from last year's team to graduation, including individual state champion Sarah Zielinski, they have a pair of big-time additions to join top returnees Kortney Cunningham, a senior, and Ella Hawkins, a junior, at the front of the pack.
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