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October 25, 2012
On Oct. 4, Jason A. Malott, Register of Wills for Washington County, traveled with Byron Macfarlane, Register of Wills for Howard County, to meet with Rebecca D. Drew, Register of Wills for Allegany County. They toured Drew's office and met her staff and shared policies and procedures that each has implemented since becoming register to help streamline the probate process, provide the best possible service to the public and to save taxpayer dollars.
May 25, 2012
A free presentation will be given by the Washington County Register of Wills, Jason Malott, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Western Maryland Hospital Center, Auditorium 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. Malott will give information and answer questions concerning wills. No reservations are needed. For more information, call William Baschke Jr. at 301-582-0692.
By MARLO BARNHART | March 11, 1998
John R. Bloyer is seeking re-election as Register of Wills for Washington County. A lifelong resident of Washington County, Bloyer, 50, has worked in the office since 1983. Appointed to the post of Register of Wills in 1992 when Marvin Toms retired, Bloyer successfully ran for the office in 1994. Bloyer graduated in May 1997 from the paralegal studies program at Hagerstown Junior College. "I am also now the president of the Maryland Association of Registers of Wills," Bloyer said.
October 30, 2006
The Register of Wills opens more than 950 estates a year and takes in for safekeeping about 1,400 wills a year. The register serves a four-year term and makes $93,900 per year. Democrat John R. Bloyer II, 58 Hagerstown (incumbent) Republican Kevin Miller, 64 Smithsburg
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 8, 2006
John R. Bloyer II, who has served as Register of Wills for 14 years, appeared to win another four-year term in Tuesday's general election. Bloyer, 59, a Democrat, is a lifelong Washington County resident who lives in Hagers-town. He received 19,679 votes, according to unofficial results with 50 of 50 precincts reporting. Bloyer ran against Republican Kevin Miller, 64, of Smithsburg, who received 14,534 votes. "I like the way the voting is going, and I hope I do well enough with the other precincts that I can continue my job," Bloyer said.
by DON AINES | June 19, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A judge has ruled that an appeal by heirs of the will of the late Cora I. Grove was filed too late and that they failed to show it was fraudulent when admitted for probate in 2005. Senior Judge Paul Millin filed the opinion with the Franklin County Clerk of Courts Office on Friday. He dismissed the appeal, writing that it was filed after the statute of limitations expired and failed to demonstrate "facts which would constitute a forgery, likewise there are not facts alleged that would constitute a fraud" on the Franklin County Register of Wills.
by JULIE E. GREENE | February 3, 2006 "I want that. " "Mom told me I could have that. " You might attribute such words to children, but they also could belong to adults bickering over who gets dad's hunting rifle, mom's collectible china or a big-screen TV when a loved one dies. The issue that generates the most fighting among family members over a family member's estate is the distribution of personal items, says Susan A. Nicholson, a Hagerstown attorney who handles wills, estate planning and estate administration.
by MARLO BARNHART | November 4, 2002 Now that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown finally has a permanent new home, the congregation and its pastor can put their energies back into programs. A few Sundays ago, the building at 13245 Cearfoss Pike was officially dedicated. Once a three-car garage behind the former Oliver Martin home, the building was transformed into a light and airy sanctuary complete with room to grow. "It's a pleasure to hold our services here now," said the Rev. Valerie Wills, who became the first full-time pastor of the congregation in June 1999.
by SCOTT BUTKI | July 10, 2002
Alan Martin, a clerk at the Hagerstown branch of the U.S. Postal Service, withdrew Monday from the race for Washington County Register of Wills. Martin was forced to withdraw after learning that he is violating the Hatch Act, he said. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees and some state and local government employees from being candidates in partisan elections. The Register of Wills is a partisan race. Martin is a Republican. He would have been running against incumbent John R. Bloyer, a Democrat.
November 17, 2009
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Baltimore 89, HCC 47 BALTIMORE -- Ciara Lucas had 28 points and Ashley Jones added 16, and Baltimore (2-0, 1-0 Maryland JuCo) held the Hawks without a single player in double digits. Laquita Jones led Hagerstown (4-3, 1-1) with nine points and 13 rebounds, while Miranda Payne added seven points and four assists. Baltimore 89, HCC 47 HAGERSTOWN (4-3, 1-1) Payne 2 3-4 7, Wishard 2 1-2 5, Baum 0 2-3 2, Wills 2 2-4 7, Caldwell 2 3-7 6, Ambush 1 3-4 5, Jones 3 0-0 9, Bare 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 15-24 47. BALTIMORE (2-0, 1-0)
By DON AINES | | September 9, 2013
Herald-Mail Media this week is launching a new website that combines the content of The Herald-Mail newspaper and HMTV6 Cable Channel 6, according to Digital Media Director Liz Thompson. The new website at will include all the local content people could have found at or at, Thompson said.  Regular users of the newspaper's website should find the transition to the new site to be fairly seamless, she said. Those who have bookmarked certain sections, such as sports or obituaries, will be redirected to the new website sections, Thompson said.
Chad Smith | September 6, 2013
In Napoleon Hill's book “Think And Grow Rich,” an important part of his report on the study of the wealthiest Americans was the practice of “creative visualization.” Now, I know, this sounds cheesy -  but it works.  Hill discovered that the wealthiest, most successful people he studied were creative visualizers, and painted a clear image of their success long before they achieved it. Check out this study on the power of visualization: ...
September 5, 2013
Those who claim to know the correct course for America to steer in the war-torn nation of Syria are smarter people than we are. On one hand, it is impossible to see the photographs of gas-seared toddlers and not demand action. The atrocities of Hitler had to be checked, so why is the Assad regime any different? Yet war crimes have not always solicited U.S. intervention, as countless brutal conflicts in Africa would attest. Nor can we ignore the painful lessons of the past decade-plus.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | September 2, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday is scheduled to discuss whether the board should have a formal annual self-appraisal, after a committee voted last month to recommend rescinding the policy, panel members said. School board member Melissa Williams brought up the policy during the board's July 23 meeting, asking that it have a discussion soon about how it was going to do the self-appraisal, which is due by Oct. 1 under current board policy. At an Aug. 6 meeting, the school board voted 5-2 on member Wayne Ridenour's motion to suspend the policy and send it to the board's Policy Committee for review and to possibly recommend whether to change or rescind it. Several board members have said past retreats, in which the board essentially evaluates itself, have not benefited board member relations.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 31, 2013
The Berkeley County Historical Society's museum in Martinsburg is expected to be open daily thanks to a new partnership with the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The CVB's visitors center will move to the museum at 126 E. Race St. no later than Dec. 1, said Laura Gassler, executive director of the CVB. The move comes at the end of a three-year lease for the visitors center's current location at 115 N. Queen St., Gassler said. “For the CVB, it will save a considerable amount of money on rent, which we can then put into other tourism projects,” Gassler said.
August 30, 2013
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering several online seminars in September. • The SBA will offer free Web-enabled, instructor-led government contracting training sessions. Topics include financial management for government contractors, proposal preparation, and federal contracting and government contract management. The seminars are being offered to eligible individuals or small businesses nationwide as part of SBA's efforts to provide relevant training to the small-business community.
By TIM KOELBLE | | August 29, 2013
Now on the job for just over six weeks, Saint James head football coach John Root is beginning to set a new direction for Saints football. That new era begins Saturday afternoon when Root and his team take to the new field turf at Saint James in a home game against Central Maryland Christian. “Coming in late is tough for these kids,” Root said. “There were some players lost to graduation, so we've been looking back at tapes from last year. “The tapes will show us who can run, who can throw and who can catch.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 28, 2013
A Washington Township, Pa., memorial to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be dedicated in a ceremony in two weeks. Music from the Wayne Band will open the ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Red Run Park off Pa. 16 east of Waynesboro, Pa. Speeches will begin at 6:30 p.m. The newly constructed memorial will feature artifacts from the three sites of terrorist attacks nearly 12 years ago, including Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the field where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa. The memorial's structure is complete, and the electrical wiring is in place.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 27, 2013
The Waynesboro Area School District will purchase land adjacent to Fairview Elementary School under an agreement approved Tuesday by the school board. The Waynesboro Area School Board voted 8-0 to sign a contract for land that has not been and will not be appraised. The agreement stipulates the school district will pay $9,000 for the property on Fairview Avenue. The sale price was determined by the seller, according to school board Vice President Ed Wilson. Wilson said the vacant, residential land is about 40 to 50 feet wide on the elementary school's south side.
August 27, 2013
Tuscarora Tennis Barn will hold an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., showcasing $150,000 in improvements to the facility. Upgrades include replacing halogen lighting with fluorescent lights, which use two-thirds less energy, and adding a new layer of insulation in walls and ceilings to significantly reduce heating costs. Additionally, the indoor courts have been resurfaced and painted the U.S. Tennis Association colors as seen in the U.S. Open.
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