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EDUCATION
September 1, 2013
Here are some of the things happening in Washington County Public Schools this week: Monday, Sept. 2    Labor Day - Schools and central office closed   Tuesday, Sept. 3 Washington County Board of Education meeting - 1 p.m. (broadcast live on Antietam Cable Channel 99) E. Russell Hicks Middle - PBIS committee meeting, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4     E. Russell Hicks Middle - Grades seven and eight back-to-school night, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 Greenbrier Elementary - Ice-cream social, 6 p.m.  Hancock Elementary - Grandparents Day, 8 to 10 a.m. Hancock Middle/High - PTO dance (community gym)
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NEWS
September 1, 2013
PTA buying iPads for Williamsport Elementary Williamsport Elementary PTA is donating $8,000 to buy 20 iPads and two Ipad carts for the school, according to Washington County Public Schools documents. The board of education unanimously approved the donation at its Aug. 6 meeting. The PTA raised money for field trips through its annual fall walkathon, and by selling pizzas and candy, PTA President Michelle Murray said. PTA officials decided to use the money left over after the field trips to buy more technology for the school, Murray said.
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | September 1, 2013
One thing is for certain in 2013: There will be a new Herald-Mail Washington County Golfer of the Year when it comes time for postseason awards. Gone from the county's prep golf scene is three-time player of the year Aaron Staley, a North Hagerstown graduate now at McDaniel College. A couple of golfers are likely candidates for the honors as the season begins. That said, there are not many players returning who earned all-county first team or honorable mention honors in 2012. North Hagerstown senior Drew Miguel is the lone individual on last year's first team returning in 2013, and he'll be the top Hub as the team attempts to earn a trip to the Maryland Class 4A/3A state finals.
OPINION
August 30, 2013
We tend to view projects that seem too good to be true with a raised eyebrow. But if the Washington County landfill can actually be “mined” for energy, it certainly would be a welcome use of rubbish that must otherwise be buried at high cost. America First Inc. wants to establish a public-private partnership with Washington County, a venture that would turn solid waste into alternative energy. The county's investment in the operation appears to be relatively small. It would set aside 15 acres at the landfill, which private investors would develop for the manufacturing of burnable pellets and synthetic liquid fuel.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
A Washington County man has been charged with taking part in an armed home invasion Thursday night on Clinton Avenue near Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Cody Samuel Fiery, 18, of Greencastle Pike has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property over $500, possession of a handgun, conspiracy to use a handgun during a violent crime and use of a handgun during a violent crime, according to a sheriff's office news release.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
The five-member Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to add four groups to its list of nonprofit organizations that could be eligible for county funding in the next fiscal year. The commissioners added the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trust, the Community Life Institute, the Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation and Volunteer Washington County. However, being on the list does not guarantee that the groups will receive funding, county officials said. Prior to Tuesday's meeting, there were 90 organizations on the list.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
Immigration, the farm bill and alternative energy were among the topics members of the agricultural community asked U.S. Rep. John Delaney about on Wednesday night. About 40 people, including Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, attended the event held at Rinehart Orchards' packing house, north of Smithsburg. J.D. Rinehart, owner and operator of the orchards, said he has employed 28 legal workers from Mexico this year to help with the harvest, picking peaches and apples.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
The aroma of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs blended with discussions of lower taxes and smaller government as the annual Washington County Republican Club picnic got under way Wednesday evening at the North American Rod and Gun Club. Republican candidates for governor, a House of Delegates seat and the 6th Congressional District mingled with an estimated 200 attendees, club President Ginger Bigelow said. The picnic gives people a chance to meet with candidates, to do some networking and otherwise enjoy an evening in the club grounds off Belvedere Road near Hagerstown that were described as a “great green cathedral.” Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, is not running for re-election, and two Republican candidates for the seat - Michael McKay of Cumberland and Ray Givens of Hancock - were at the picnic.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
The Emergency Communications Center of the Washington County Division of Emergency Services will be featured Thursday on A&E Network's “Panic 9-1-1” television show. The episode entitled “Get Out of the Van and Run” will air at 10 p.m on the cable channel. The segment highlights an Oct. 5, 2011, call received by Michael Shifler and how his quick thinking assisted the Washington County Sheriff's Office in taking a suspect into custody, according to a county news release.
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