June 14, 2012
Robert La Follette must be rolling over in his grave. “Fighting Bob” La Follette was the hard-charging Progressive Party governor and senator from Wisconsin in the first 25 years of the 20th century. Opposing big corporations and an advocate of increasing power to labor unions, La Follette was the epitome of progressive politics in his day, a very popular and successful political hero for liberals. His progressive legacy, especially in his home state, is legendary. Last week's election results in Wisconsin signal a turn of 180 degrees from the Wisconsin of 100 years ago. The success of Gov. Scott Walker in bringing historic, landmark changes in Wisconsin, and then surviving a costly and divisive recall election marks a new day of hope for fiscal sanity. The jig might be up for public service unions in American. And it is none too soon.
June 10, 2012
I guess the Wisconsin voters have sent a message of sorts to the rest of the nation, huh? There's a better way to do business instead of more of the same, which was leading Wisconsin into the abyss of economic chaos and failure. Other states with dismal economic futures should also begin looking for alternatives as well. California, especially, might benefit substantially if they look to save money by eliminating some of those exorbitant costs associated with employee union agreements.
May 21, 2012
A large motorcade of 12 tour buses and motorhomes rolled in to Hagerstown's Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Monday afternoon, carrying 200 men and women who served the United States during World War II and the Korean War. Along with 100 assistants traveling with the veterans, the group left Beloit, Wis., Sunday morning and made a stop in Pittsburgh that night before arriving in Hagerstown for the second year in a row, according to Mark Finnegan,...
June 21, 2011
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Mary McGinley of Hagerstown was named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Muhlenberg College. McGinley, a member of the class of 2014, is an undeclared major. She is a graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael McGinley. MADISON, Wis. — The College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has announced that Damien Alexander Clipp was awarded the Howard P. Gutgesell Agricultural Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year.
January 14, 2011
Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus has won the election to be chairman of the Republican National Committee. He surpassed the 85 necessary votes in the seventh round of balloting on Friday. Former Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis and GOP operative Maria Cino came in second and third. Ann Wagner and current RNC Chairman Michael Steele dropped out in earlier rounds. Priebus will serve for the next two years.
September 26, 2010
This photo shows five generations of a local family. On June 12, the family members gathered for this five generation photo at the wedding of Randy Smith II and Julie Lauters in Wisconsin. Patricia Ingram, June Hose and Theresa Baker are from Hagerstown while Randy and Jordan Smith live in Wisconsin.
November 11, 2009
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- JLG's parent company announced Wednesday that it received a fifth U.S. Army contract for bomb-resistant military trucks. The new, $438 million award adds 1,000 M-ATVs to the demand already announced, according to a news release from Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. The total contract now exceeds $3.2 billion for 6,219 M-ATVs, the news release stated. The work has been divided between plants in Wisconsin and Fulton County, Pa. Production will be ramped up to 500 M-ATVs a month at each facility starting in December, corporate officials previously said.
October 29, 2006
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Wisconsin couple were injured Thursday night when the 2005 Dodge Caravan they were in on Interstate 70 collided with a Mazda during what Pennsylvania State Police described as an unsafe lane change, according to a state police press release. Donald R. Field, 66, and Nancy H. Field, 65, both of Middleton, Wisc., were taken by ambulance personnel from Raystown, Pa., to the University of Pittsburgh/Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, Pa., according to the release.
October 17, 2006
What's new: Oshkosh Truck Corp. of Wisconsin on Monday officially announced it signed an agreement to acquire global access equipment leader JLG Industries Inc. for $3.2 billion. JLG maintains executive offices in Hagerstown and manufacturing sites in McConnellsburg and Shippensburg in Pennsylvania. What's next: The deal is expected to create a $6 billion manufacturer of specialty vehicles. The acquisition, subject to closing conditions, might create limited job shifting due to duplication, but will not mean changes for the vast majority of workers, an Oshkosh spokeswoman said.
May 15, 2006
COLLEGE TRACK & FIELD Pettner wins Big Ten title EAST LANSING, Mich. - Penn State junior Allen Pettner, the former James Buchanan High School and Hagerstown Community College standout, won the men's javelin throw at the Big Ten Conference championships. Pettner won with a throw of 218 feet, 6 inches, beating runner-up Nathan Brown of Wisconsin by more than 9 feet. YOUTH LEAGUES Washington County Girls Softball Middle School Division Reliable Home Furnishings 13, Hopewell Manufacturing 4 Reliable: Ariah Giles 4 hits; Larissa Shafer 3 hits; Katie Forsythe, Ellie Harrell, Kris Cronise, Colleen McCauley, Lexi Cleary, Allyson Moore 2 hits each; Caroline Rosenthal, McCauley, Giles combined 2-hitter, 10 Ks. Valley Little League Dorsey Brothers 10, SMRG 0 Dorsey: Luke Toms, Nick Martin combined no-hitter; Kameron Morral HR; Toms, Martin, Tyler McKenzie, Ryan Hartsock, Corey Scharenbroch 2 hits each.