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December 30, 2000
Water well study sparks growth concerns By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A study that suggests water wells in some sections of the county may be contaminated with bacteria has prompted new concerns about residential growth in the county. State Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, said the study should serve as a warning that the county needs to re-examine how it regulates growth. Unger said the county often reacts to growth rather than planning for it. Housing subdivisions are often built before the county extended sewer service and other needed services, forcing the county to play catch-up, Unger said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | December 19, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission President Rusty Morgan says he would like to see the county consider protecting sensitive parts of its groundwater system. Degradation of well water supplies is already occurring in the county, and perhaps protections can be put in place where groundwater supplies are easily accessed from the surface, Morgan said after Thursday's Jefferson County Commission meeting. A county water official in Berkeley County said recently that availability of well water in that county will become one of the most important issues in the county in coming years.
NEWS
BY DAVE McMILLION | March 13, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A proposed subdivision near the intersection of Smith Road and U.S. 340 drew concerns Tuesday night, including comments from one man who said the development would be built in an area where water wells are drying up. Ed Hannon, who lives near the property where Smith Mountain Estates would be built, told Jefferson County Planning Commission members that existing water wells in the area are "drying up almost on a daily basis....
NEWS
December 22, 2000
Residents concerned by well water study By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Health Department was flooded with phone calls Friday morning following the release of a report that suggested some water wells in the county have high chance of being contaminated. "We were only open for a half day and about 75 percent of our calls were on that," said Bill Kearns, office manager for the health department on South Queen Street.
NEWS
December 26, 2000
Well water study should spark groundwater-protection tactics A regional conservation group's announcement that more than 60 percent of the water wells in Berkeley County, W.Va. might be contaminated with harmful bacteria brought a flood of phone calls Friday to the county health department. It's good to see residents taking this threat seriously enough to have their wells tested, but the study should also spark some new thought on groundwater protection by county officials.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | December 2, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Trying to revamp one aging sewer system is difficult enough, but planning changes for multiple water and sewer systems while weighing costs and development pressures could be a dizzying prospect. That, however, is what a newly formed group plans to do. "I can't think of any better time," Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said Wednesday. "There's certainly a lot of things going on with water and sewer in the county.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | November 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The discussion continues on whether zoning would be good for Berkeley County. During a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed zoning plan for the county, those concerned about the land-use regulations spoke out against government controlling their property and feared it will drive up the cost of housing in the county. Supporters tired of growth "rapidly getting out of control" in the county looked to the zoning plan to help manage problems like growing traffic congestion and the spread of adult entertainment businesses.
OPINION
September 19, 2012
“If the county commissioners approve the contract to buy a piece of land for three times what it was paid for a year ago, each and every one of them should be booted out of office, and on their way out, they should send a letter of apology to every single taxpayer in Hagerstown and the state of Maryland.” - Fountainhead area, Hagerstown “I'm calling to inform the voters, please check the record of everybody. Do not listen to the news, do not listen to the press. Go back in history on your computer and see what they did before they started for office.
NEWS
December 21, 2000
Study says most Berkeley County wells harbor harmful bacteria By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A study conducted by a regional conservation organization suggests that water wells in some sections of Berkeley County have more than a 60 percent chance of being contaminated with bacteria. continued The study indicates at least four different bacteria are thriving in the county's groundwater, including E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria.
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OPINION
September 19, 2012
“If the county commissioners approve the contract to buy a piece of land for three times what it was paid for a year ago, each and every one of them should be booted out of office, and on their way out, they should send a letter of apology to every single taxpayer in Hagerstown and the state of Maryland.” - Fountainhead area, Hagerstown “I'm calling to inform the voters, please check the record of everybody. Do not listen to the news, do not listen to the press. Go back in history on your computer and see what they did before they started for office.
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NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | November 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The discussion continues on whether zoning would be good for Berkeley County. During a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed zoning plan for the county, those concerned about the land-use regulations spoke out against government controlling their property and feared it will drive up the cost of housing in the county. Supporters tired of growth "rapidly getting out of control" in the county looked to the zoning plan to help manage problems like growing traffic congestion and the spread of adult entertainment businesses.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | December 19, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission President Rusty Morgan says he would like to see the county consider protecting sensitive parts of its groundwater system. Degradation of well water supplies is already occurring in the county, and perhaps protections can be put in place where groundwater supplies are easily accessed from the surface, Morgan said after Thursday's Jefferson County Commission meeting. A county water official in Berkeley County said recently that availability of well water in that county will become one of the most important issues in the county in coming years.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | December 2, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Trying to revamp one aging sewer system is difficult enough, but planning changes for multiple water and sewer systems while weighing costs and development pressures could be a dizzying prospect. That, however, is what a newly formed group plans to do. "I can't think of any better time," Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said Wednesday. "There's certainly a lot of things going on with water and sewer in the county.
NEWS
BY DAVE McMILLION | March 13, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A proposed subdivision near the intersection of Smith Road and U.S. 340 drew concerns Tuesday night, including comments from one man who said the development would be built in an area where water wells are drying up. Ed Hannon, who lives near the property where Smith Mountain Estates would be built, told Jefferson County Planning Commission members that existing water wells in the area are "drying up almost on a daily basis....
NEWS
February 20, 2002
Tri-State weathering drought By ANDREW SCHOTZ andrews@herald-mail.com It's enough to depress Gene Kelly. He wouldn't be singing these days because there's no rain. Streams and wells are drying up. Water tables are dropping. Farmers are looking warily to the upcoming growing season. "We don't have any water in the ground," Washington County Agriculture Extension Agent Don Schwartz said. The city of Hagerstown has had below-average precipitation for seven months, but the dryness goes back further than that.
NEWS
December 30, 2000
Water well study sparks growth concerns By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A study that suggests water wells in some sections of the county may be contaminated with bacteria has prompted new concerns about residential growth in the county. State Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, said the study should serve as a warning that the county needs to re-examine how it regulates growth. Unger said the county often reacts to growth rather than planning for it. Housing subdivisions are often built before the county extended sewer service and other needed services, forcing the county to play catch-up, Unger said.
NEWS
December 26, 2000
Well water study should spark groundwater-protection tactics A regional conservation group's announcement that more than 60 percent of the water wells in Berkeley County, W.Va. might be contaminated with harmful bacteria brought a flood of phone calls Friday to the county health department. It's good to see residents taking this threat seriously enough to have their wells tested, but the study should also spark some new thought on groundwater protection by county officials.
NEWS
December 22, 2000
Residents concerned by well water study By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Health Department was flooded with phone calls Friday morning following the release of a report that suggested some water wells in the county have high chance of being contaminated. "We were only open for a half day and about 75 percent of our calls were on that," said Bill Kearns, office manager for the health department on South Queen Street.
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