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DAN DEARTH and CALEB CALHOUN | and | 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.
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.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | March 22, 2012
Hagerstown resident Izzy Nelson was riding his bicycle through downtown Hagerstown Thursday. “I love the open air,” he said. “It's a mild time, not too hot, and not too cold.” Nelson, 40, was among area residents taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather in March by going bike riding. Nelson said that he prefers riding a bicycle to driving a car, and bicycling is his primary source of transportation. “I can probably get to places in Hagerstown faster than other vehicles,” he said.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | 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.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | 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.
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.
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)
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.
August 27, 2012
Valerie Mason represented Washington County in the 2012 Miss Maryland Agriculture program at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, Md. Sponsored by the Maryland Farm Bureau and Maryland State Fair, the two-day competition culminated with an on-stage contest Aug. 24. Phyllis McKenzie of Carroll County was named Miss Maryland Agriculture. Twenty-one county farm bureaus were represented during the annual event.
March 19, 2012
The Literacy Council of Washington County Inc. is seeking volunteers to teach basic English and English as a Second Language (ESL) from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays, April 14 and 28. Free training is provided. No experience is required. Materials provided. For more information, call 301-739-4208 or email
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