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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 17, 2013
A local developer is considering whether to buy the historic former Wolfe's on the Square building in downtown Williamsport. Linda Ebersole, daughter of Don Bowman, owner of Bowman Development in Williamsport, said Wednesday during a meeting with Washington County liquor board officials that her father wants to buy the building, demolish it and build a liquor store in its place. A good portion of the building that housed Wolfe's on the Square at 1 W. Potomac St. was gutted by a fire on Feb. 4. Before the fire, Ebersole operated L & J Liquors in a section of the building that was less damaged by the blaze.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2013
The nation's largest Civil War battlefield preservation group has been awarded $90,000 to help save a site near Williamsport that saw action as Confederate troops retreated from the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, officials said. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority awarded the money to the Civil War Trust, one of 58 grants totaling $2.7 million that went to Maryland nonprofit organizations. Of that amount, $360,415 went to local heritage tourism sites, activities and organizations in Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties.  The authority gives grants to expand tourism-related job creation in the state, according to Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
BREAKINGNEWS
August 15, 2013
A Williamsport-area woman, who was a passenger on a motorcycle involved in a Wednesday afternoon collision with a pickup truck on Wesel Boulevard, has died, Hagerstown police said Thursday. Lana Patton, 61, was pronounced dead on Thursday at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, according to city police Officer Michael Alderton. Patton was a passenger on the motorcycle driven by her husband, Terry Patton, 54, police Sgt. Christopher Barnett said. Terry Patton was listed in fair condition at Meritus Medical Center on Thursday afternoon, according to the hospital.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | August 12, 2013
The Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt fine increases for some town parking violations. The fine for parking on a red line will increase from $5 to $10, and from $10 to $15 for parking on a red line in the wrong direction. The fine for blocking an alley will be raised from $5 to $10 and from $5 to $25 for parking in front of a fire hydrant. The fine increases will become effective Aug. 31. The council agreed to approve the hike after Councilman William “Bill” Green expressed concern that some of the parking fines appeared to be too low, according to previous reports in The Herald-Mail.
OBITUARIES
August 12, 2013
James Cay Russell Sr., 78, of Fairplay, Md., passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at his home. Born Jan. 22, 1935, in Adairville, Ky., he was the son of the late Roy and Fannie Wilson Russell. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara F. Russell, in 2011. He was employed by Handy & Harman in Martinsburg, W.Va., until his retirement. He was previously employed by Roper Eastern, Hagerstown, Md. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in Korea. He was of the Protestant faith.
OBITUARIES
August 9, 2013
Ambers Scott "Scottie" Rind, 62, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport.
OBITUARIES
August 3, 2013
Alice Elizabeth Anderson Hofe, 86, of Big Pool, Md., passed peacefully at her home Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, surrounded by her family and caretaker. Born May 13, 1927, in Williamsport, Md., she was the daughter of the late Samuel I. Anderson and Grace Mae Warrenfeltz Anderson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde L. Hofe, in 2001. Alice was a lifetime member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsport, and served with Mary Martha Circle and the Altar Guild. She was a homemaker.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2013
A 74-year-old Williamsport man accused of having a preteen girl perform a sexual act on him was sentenced to 90 days on home detention after entering an Alford plea Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to a charge of contributing to the condition of a minor. Gerald Lester Shindle of Mount Williams Circle was originally charged with sex abuse of a minor, which carries a 25-year maximum sentence, and a third-degree sex offense, which can result in a 10-year sentence, according to court records.
OBITUARIES
July 28, 2013
Mrs. Juanita Genevieve Hose Hart, 68, of Williamsport, and formerly of Hagerstown, died suddenly Friday afternoon, July 26, 2013, at her residence. She was the wife of the late Terry Lee Hart Sr., who preceded her in death Jan. 3, 2009. Born April 12, 1945, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Roy Herbert and Lottie Marie Horner Hose.  She attended South Hagerstown High School and Hagerstown Community College. Mrs. Hart received her certification and retired from Homewood, Williamsport, as a geriatric nursing assistant.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2013
Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or MDESGR, a Department of Defense agency, recently announced that Matthew Mudge, second-shift product availability supervisor for Pepsi Co. in Williamsport, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of support of Staff Sgt. Daniel Myers, an employee serving in the Maryland Army National Guard. “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who, like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation's call to serve,” Ron Pitts, Western Maryland Area chairman for MDESGR, said in a news release.
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