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SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
The Williamsport girls soccer team still has its eyes on the prizes - the Washington County, MVAL Antietam and Maryland Class 2A West titles. “For us, those are the three,” Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno said. After going 1-for-3 in its title pursuit last season, the Wildcats are ready to try again for the sweep this fall. They return seven starters - including four all-county selections - from last year's team that won the MVAL Antietam Conference regular-season title and finished second in both the county and region tournaments.
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NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education took a step Tuesday toward rescinding a policy that calls for the seven-member panel to evaluate itself once a year. The school board voted 4-3 on the first reading to rescind the policy. A majority vote on a second, or final, reading on the change is needed for the policy to be formally rescinded. Board President Justin Hartings, Vice President Paul Bailey, and board members Wayne Ridenour and Donna Brightman voted to rescind the annual self-evaluation policy.
OPINION
September 3, 2013
“Well, Hagerstown you did it again. The Suns are now leaving and another business leaves Hagerstown. Not sure when you're going to wake up and realize that a town needs businesses to survive. Growth and advancement are good for the economy and job stability in a town. Washington County, you are seriously going to have to start accepting the fact that our county is outdated, sad-looking, and with all the broken sidewalks, closed businesses, just embarrassing. You had a year to vote on keeping the Suns.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
After much discussion Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Education voted 6-1 on first reading to change the graduation honors policy systemwide so that valedictorians and salutatorians would have the right to speak at their high school graduations. The board also voted 6-1 to support having the grade-point averages used to determine top academic honors calculated at the end of the final marking period, and that the changes would go into effect with the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, the GPAs for graduation honors are calculated at the end of the third marking period.
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
Jeopardy question: They won the Washington County title last year for the first time and produced a 13-3-1 overall record, also the best around town. The answer: Clear Spring After their first county boys soccer title and an overall-best 13-3-1 record, the Blazers set out Friday night to reach further heights. They'll begin their defense of the county title with an 8 p.m. home game against South Hagerstown. Game-by-game, Clear Spring looks to go deep into Class 1A postseason play.
OPINION
September 2, 2013
Hagerstown Community College's slogan, “Stay Close, Go far” might apply to the school itself. It has remained true to its mission of serving Washington County and environs, while going farther than anyone sitting in one of its sparse classrooms a half century ago could have ever imagined. To see the modern campus today, it is difficult to believe that as recently as 1966, the school operated out of a building at South Hagerstown High wryly known as the “crackerbox.” Now, for those who would enjoy an in-depth look at how the school has risen from humble beginnings to what it is today, there is a new book, “The Community's College: The Remarkable Journey of Hagerstown Community College 1946-2012.” In it, author Diane Weaver - a former HCC professor, coordinator and adviser - details the success story of a school and community working together to build an institution that is the envy of the state.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday is scheduled to discuss whether the board should have a formal annual self-appraisal, after a committee voted last month to recommend rescinding the policy, panel members said. School board member Melissa Williams brought up the policy during the board's July 23 meeting, asking that it have a discussion soon about how it was going to do the self-appraisal, which is due by Oct. 1 under current board policy. At an Aug. 6 meeting, the school board voted 5-2 on member Wayne Ridenour's motion to suspend the policy and send it to the board's Policy Committee for review and to possibly recommend whether to change or rescind it. Several board members have said past retreats, in which the board essentially evaluates itself, have not benefited board member relations.
LIFESTYLE
September 2, 2013
The Community Foundation of Washington County has announced the addition of Ally Sirbaugh to its staff as the new director of communications. Sirbaugh's responsibilities include developing and implementing a communications plan for the foundation, creating newsletters, annual reports and other print materials, and managing three Web sites as well as other social media sites. Sirbaugh has more than 10 years experience in marketing and communications. She most recently served as the marketing manager for the Frederick (Md.)
NEWS
September 2, 2013
The Meals on Wheels program of the Washington County Commission on Aging is seeking volunteers to deliver noon meals to medically-homebound elderly residents once a week. Each route takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete and is comprised of an average of eight stops, according to a news release from Meals on Wheels. Meals are picked up at schools in the delivery area at 10:30 a.m., and equipment is returned to the schools following delivery, the release said. Volunteers are asked to use their personal vehicle.
SPORTS
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2013
In 2012, Washington County ruled Maryland high school volleyball. Smithsburg continued its reign as the queens of Class 1A, winning a fourth straight state title to tie Williamsport's title run from 2002-05 as the longest in county history. The Leopards have won nine titles overall - tied for third-most in state history. After going seven seasons without a state title, Williamsport reached the top of the Class 2A mountain last year for its 13th championship overall, second-most in state history behind Centennial's 14. Last but not least, North Hagerstown successfully repeated as Class 3A state champs - beating the storied Centennial program in the state final - to add to the Hubs' bragging rights as MVAL Antietam champions.
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