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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 23, 2013
Unemployment in Washington County showed little movement from June to July, falling from 8.6 percent to 8.4 percent, even though the number of people working rose by about 800, according to a preliminary report issued Friday by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The 8.6 percent June rate had been revised upward from the initial 8.5 percent the department reported in late July. Through the first seven months of 2013, the jobless rate in the county has averaged 8.5 percent, the same as the average for all of 2012, the report said.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 23, 2013
Nearly six months after federal “sequestration” went into effect, some local businesses, nonprofit organizations and national parks are feeling the effects of the mandatory federal budget cuts, according to U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. Cardin said Friday that the effects of sequestration are not always immediate, but have affected economic progress in the nation and Western Maryland. “We've heard from businesses located out there dependent on federal contracts,” he said.
LIFESTYLE
August 22, 2013
Bookmobiles  Fun and Learning Center, 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.  Ritchey's Tot Lot, 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.  Ravenwood Cottages and Ravenwood Assisted Living, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.  South Pointe at Hunter's Woods Drive, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.  Sue's Daycare at Shepherdstown Road, 9 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.  Southeast Community Center in Keedysville, 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug....
NEWS
August 21, 2013
The 11th annual Spudfest will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Rural Heritage Museum at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro. Aside from plenty of spud-inspired food, attendees can watch a horse-drawn plow potato harvest. Children will receive prizes for finding the largest and smallest potato. Other events include a live, artisan bread-baking demonstration at the outdoor bread oven, and a homemade potato-chip demonstration using potatoes from the harvest.
NEWS
August 21, 2013
$1.5M bid awarded for bridge work The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday conditionally approved awarding a $1.5 million construction bid to a Hagerstown contractor to complete a long overdue bridge replacement project on Marble Quarry Road near Keedysville. A separate road and bridge improvement bid for work on Catholic Church and Charles Mill roads also was approved by the commissioners during their regular meeting. C. William Hetzer Inc. submitted the low bid for the Marble Quarry Road project.
BREAKINGNEWS
August 21, 2013
A Washington County Sheriff's Office bloodhound and her handler have located a missing 84-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, the sheriff's said in a news release. The sheriff's office had asked for the public's help earlier in the evening in finding Dora Johnson, who was last seen on Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m. in the Rosewood Commons Shopping Center near Rosewood Village just outside of Hagerstown, the release said. Johnson was subsequently found in the construction area by the bloodhound named Bess and her handler, Deputy 1st Class Martin, at the west end of John F. Kennedy Drive, the release said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2013
Opposition to a Washington County proposal to change land-use regulations around four towns including Hancock showed no signs of abating Wednesday night when about 65 people turned out for an informational meeting -   including one resident who brought a petition with 66 signatures of people against the plan. Residents who would be affected by the land-use changes said they are afraid of being forced to hook up to public water and sewer service, and that they will be forced to pay town taxes if the regulations are passed.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2013
Emotions ranged from curiosity, to excitement, to nervousness Wednesday as Washington County Public School students and teachers returned to the classroom or, in some cases, spent their very first day in a school. At Potomac Heights Elementary School on Magnolia Avenue in Hagerstown, kindergarten students walked to their first morning of class with their parents, while older students were waiting outside at about 7:50 a.m. Potomac Heights third-grader Carter Conroy of Hagerstown said he was looking forward to starting school but noted there was a downside.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2013
South Hagerstown High freshman Jake McCarter said he was a little nervous about his first day in high school, thinking he would get lost and worried about the stereotype of first-year students being “fresh meat.” “Now that I've started high school it's, like, a lot easier and a lot more fun than I thought it would be at first,” said Jake, 14, of Hagerstown. Jake was playing the marimba, similar to a xylophone, in Band Director Scott Benford's fifth-period percussion class.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
During the month of August, the American Alliance of Museums encourages member organizations to invite their representatives and senators to visit.  On Aug. 15, representatives from U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney's 6th District office; Maryland U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin's office; and Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office were hosted by Museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane and Board of Trustees Member Al Martin. A behind-the-scenes tour included the museum's founding, history, educational programs, permanent collections and marketing.
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