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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 1, 2013
About four in 10 Americans will start 2013 by making New Year's resolutions. Almost nine of 10 who do so will fall short of achieving their goals, according to the Statistic Brain website. The top resolutions each year are along familiar themes, according to the website USA.gov: Lose weight, quit smoking, get fit and eat healthier are among the lifestyle goals. Others make resolutions about their careers, education or managing debt, the website said. Some local officials shared their thoughts on New Year's resolutions in general and for 2013 in particular.
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DAN DEARTH and CALEB CALHOUN | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com and caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | September 28, 2012
Washington County's unemployment rate rose to 8.7 percent in August, up from July's adjusted rate of 8.5 percent, according to state figures released Friday. The jobless rate was 10 percent at this time last year. It was 11.1 percent in August 2010. Hagerstown resident Bob Wantz, 80, said that even with the increase in the jobless rate in the county, there are still signs of encouragement. “The economy is going up slightly, but it's nothing to dance in the streets about,” he said.
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June 29, 2013
Washington County property owners can expect to see their county and state tax bills in their mailboxes over the next few days. County Treasurer Todd Hershey said real-estate tax bills were printed last week and were to be sent out Friday, most likely arriving by Saturday or Monday. “We're getting a lot of calls from people wondering where they are,” he said. In total, the county anticipates collecting $107.7 million in property taxes, Hershey said. Real-estate taxes overall have declined steadily over the past few years, dropping from $113 million collected in 2010-11, Hershey said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | July 21, 2012
Recycling in Washington County has increased with the emergence of curbside pickup by private companies, according to a county analysis. The county has determined, through rough calculations, that recycling participation through various means might be up more than 15 percent from 2011. For recycling, Washington County has decided on a middle ground between doing nothing and making it a mandatory, tax-supported service. Washington County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said the county asked local trash haulers about the possibility of recycling-only curbside pickup, instead of offering it as part of trash-hauling package.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 3, 2013
Smithsburg Family Medical Center Physician Dr. Gail Callaway had seen five patients Wednesday who had the flu, including a couple of whom had gotten their flu vaccinations. “The flu shot protects people against three strains of the flu, and two of the strains this year were new,” she said. “You can still get the flu if you get the flu shot but it's not as severe as it would be if you didn't get it.” A patient with the flu who got a flu shot could have gotten a different strain of the flu other than the three in the vaccine, Callaway said.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2013
When he stopped at Premium Outlets for lunch on Friday, Richard Pinnavaia - who was in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when it was hit in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - had his World Trade Center identification card with him, as well as a picture of a friend who died in the attacks. “I wear it on the ride every year,” said Pinnavaia, who was participating in the annual America's 9/11 motorcycle ride. “It's a symbolic gesture on my part so that people know that not only was I there, but I also know someone who passed away.” Pinnavaia, 67, said he worked on the 35th floor and got out of the tower about half an hour before it collapsed.
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September 4, 2010
Allstate agent Terry Fincham recently donated $1,000 to the Humane Society of Washington County. Fincham received the money after being named a finalist for Allstate's Ray Lynch Community Service Award, which recognizes Allstate agency owners dedicated to making positive contributions to the communities they serve.
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November 14, 2012
Two Washington County businesses were fined for serving alcohol to an underage police agent last month. The fines were imposed by the Washington County Board of License Commissioners, known as the liquor board, during hearings on Wednesday. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said the compliance checks were conducted on Oct. 24. The following businesses were fined: Crazy Horse Restaurant, 116 Railway Lane in Halfway, $1,000 (second offense). Pete's Tavern, 144 W. Main St. in Sharpsburg, $1,500 (third offense)
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January 3, 2013
The Washington County Business Awards Committee has announced the finalists for the 14th Annual Washington County Business Awards to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. The event is co-hosted by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission. The black-tie-optional event begins with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. followed by a banquet dinner at 6:15 p.m. Pieter Bickford will emcee the program, and comedian & magician Michael Kent will entertain the audience prior to the awards portion of the evening.
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January 31, 2013
A former Washington County man accused of sexually abusing a child was acquitted Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court. Jeffrey B. Mallery, 39, of Brunswick, Md., had been charged with sex abuse of a minor and sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, court records said. He was found not guilty by Judge Daniel P. Dwyer following a two-day bench trial. Mallery and his family lived at a Rohrersville address in Washington County when some of the incidents of alleged abuse took place, court records said.
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