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OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | April 27, 2013
You can lose a job for many different reasons. Maybe it's because of job performance, decision-making, office politics or economic conditions. Or even a multitude of other factors. Regardless of the reason, losing a job can be a very stressful situation for a person desiring to get out of bed and contribute to his own livelihood. A few weeks ago, I went to work and - due to budgetary shortfalls with our federal government - witnessed the permanent layoff of 98 people at our government work site.  During my last nine years of employment there, I had the opportunity to come to know many of these people.
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NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | April 24, 2013
The Maryland State Highway Administration hosted a meeting to get feedback from Chewsville residents on a proposed paving and sidewalk improvement project Thursday, but some people suggested that the SHA first fix the town's drainage problem. The meeting was prompted by the SHA's plan to pave Twin Springs Drive, Md. 804B/Md. 62, and Track Side Road, in addition to making sidewalks along Twin Springs Drive comply with current Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | April 21, 2013
Mr. Harold Nichols, a gentleman from Mercersburg, Pa., took exception to my column, “No Political Apathy in Ohio, Baltimore or D.C.” He has the impression that I was a Mitt Romney supporter, and suggested that I should “get over the election results” and the appearance of sour grapes. Actually, I'm not a fan of most politicians. Trying to defend some of them at times is like plugging 100 holes in the Hoover Dam with my eight fingers and two thumbs.  I didn't really believe that Romney or President Obama possessed sufficient wisdom to lead our country.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
Berkeley County Councilman Jim Whitacre asked fellow council members Thursday to endorse a letter to state highway officials requesting additional study of traffic conditions in the area of U.S. 11 and Grade Road in the Marlowe-Falling Waters, W.Va., area. There were no objections to Whitacre's request, which came after area residents voiced concerns about the need for a traffic signal at the intersection at Monday's county planning commission meeting about the impact of a proposed 170-lot residential development off Grade Road.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2013
Several hundred Hagerstown utility customers are delinquent on their bills, but the city has no late fees for those who fail to pay on time, Councilman Kristin Aleshire said at Tuesday's council work session. As of March 31, 30 percent of water and sewer receivables - the total amount owed by customers - were delinquent by 31 or more days, according to an April 5 memorandum from Information Technology and Support Services Director Scott Nicewarner to City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 16, 2013
The Berkeley County Planning Commission Monday advanced the sketch plan for a residential development that proposes the construction of 170 single-family homes along Grade Road near Vineyard Road in the Falling Waters, W.Va., area. Bella Vista subdivision would be built on 120.71 acres, according to project documents. Neighboring residents who attended a public hearing held by the planning commission Monday voiced concerns about the project's impact on traffic, wildlife and stormwater runoff.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 16, 2013
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved its proposed quarterly water and sewer rate increases of about 3 percent, on average, to residential and business service in the upcoming 2013-14 fiscal year. By a 5-0 vote, the commissioners approved the quarterly usage hikes, which were disputed by several speakers at an April 9 public hearing on the proposal. A formal vote by the commissioners then was delayed to consider the testimony. Set to take effect when the next fiscal year begins July 1, residential and Commercial I Full Service quarterly water rates will increase by 1.6 percent - from $91.65 to $93.10 for the first 6,000 gallons used.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | April 14, 2013
The middle-class taxpayer, I suspect, is a little like Ichabod Crane, an honest traveler who decided one night to ride his horse through Sleepy Hollow. He disappeared into the night. Maybe Ichabod was a middle-class taxpayer. On April 15 at midnight, a ferocious headless rider will be looking for the likes of Ichabod Crane to collect the government's taxes. If you're in the middle class, you better get ready to share some coins with your favorite uncle. Why? Because no one else wants to pay income taxes.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
Penn State Extension, Franklin County, is offering a water-testing program during National Drinking Water Week, May 6 to 10. The program encourages private well owners to test their water at group rates. The results of previous testing show that about one of every three well owners will discover the presence of coliform bacteria in their well water. About one of every six wells will have nitrates above the recommended limit for drinking water. Something can be done about these problems if you know you have them.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2013
A Falling Waters, W.Va., man accused of shooting a couple twice in the head at their home in November 2009 was sentenced Thursday to five to 23 years in prison in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Donald Mark “Donnie” Seibert Jr., 24, who entered an Alford plea in February to two counts of second-degree attempted murder and two counts of malicious assault, had faced a maximum of six to 26 years behind bars. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgment by a defendant that the state has enough evidence to get a conviction.
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