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by RICHARD BELISLE | January 2, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, PA. - Turn on the spigots. Water your lawns. Wash your cars. The 2002 drought, which officially began in 1999, is over, local public water system officials in Franklin County said Tuesday, although some think it's still a good idea to use water wisely. Rainfall in the region for 2002 measured 38.95 inches, less than 2 inches below a normal year's rainfall of 40.9 inches, Todd Toth, Waynesboro weather observer, said. That was a whole lot better than the 21.82 inches recorded in 2001, some 19.08 inches below normal.
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NEWS
November 19, 2002
Trucker says he was robbed at gunpoint Maryland State Police are investigating reports from a trucker that he was robbed at gunpoint Monday evening along Interstate 70 just east of Clear Spring. Sgt. Steve McCarty said the trucker told troopers he pulled over at the 19-mile marker around 8:45 p.m. because he wasn't feeling well. Once outside his rig, the trucker said three men in a dark-colored Ford Mustang approached him, pointed a handgun at him and took the money from his wallet, McCarty said.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | September 23, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com A majority of the Washington County Commissioners said last week that water worries have prompted them to strongly consider a moratorium on development in the county. "My main concern is water right now," Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger said. "We certainly need to make sure we stay in front of that issue and are not reactive to it. " The county's drought-afflicted water supply sources would be further taxed by new development, especially sizable subdivisions in areas of the county where water is not supplied by the Potomac River, moratorium supporters and others say. Moratorium backers such as members of Citizens for Protection of Washington County and the Washington County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board also say a moratorium could prevent new development that contradicts land-use guidelines in the county's recently revised comprehensive plan.
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by LAURA ERNDE | August 24, 2002
laurae@herald-mail.com Washington County water customers are still being asked to use water frugally in the face of the drought, said Bill Dean, superintendent of water and wastewater operations. Since Feb. 19, the county's 8,000 water customers have been asked to conserve, he said. Among the suggested restrictions are avoiding washing cars and hosing down driveways or vinyl siding; avoiding watering lawns, gardens, shrubs or flowers; running dishwashers and laundry machines only with full loads; and repairing any leaky faucets or toilets.
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BY MARLO BARNHART | May 10, 2002
A severe thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service through 7 p.m. Thursday failed to produce any wind or other storm-related problems for Washington County, but it brought no significant rain either. An isolated storm front crossed through southern Washington County around 6:45 p.m., resulting in one emergency call for a lightning strike on a house in the 3000 block of Chestnut Grove Road, dispatchers at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications said. Firefighters arrived at the home but were there only a few minutes, dispatchers said.
NEWS
April 26, 2002
A Hagerstown woman charged with arson in a March 29 fire at a Town Oak Village townhouse was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by Maryland state fire marshals. Kathy Elizabeth Oberosler, 63, of 17929 Clubhouse Drive, was charged with one count each of first- and second-degree arson, and resisting arrest, and two counts of reckless endangerment, said Allen Gosnell, deputy chief fire marshal. Oberosler was awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner. She is accused of attempting to set fire to a townhouse at 17924 Clubhouse Drive.
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BY STACEY DANZUSO | March 22, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Despite recent rainy weather, emergency officials don't expect the countywide burn ban to be lifted early. "Eight of 11 fire chiefs I contacted said to leave the burn ban in place," Dennis Monn, Emergency Management coordinator and chairman of the Franklin County Drought Management Task Force, said Thursday. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved the burn ban earlier this month at the request of the district forester and the majority of the county's fire chiefs.
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