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By JENNIFER FITCH | | May 20, 2013
Two Waynesboro women were killed early Sunday when their vehicle hit a guardrail on Interstate 81 north of Harrisburg, Pa. Molly K. Kever, 20, and Sara J. Ballard, 21, died after a 1996 Dodge Neon driven by Kever entered a grass median off a curve, slid through the grass and back onto the southbound section of the road, and hit a guardrail at about 1:20 a.m. near Bow Creek Road in Dauphin County, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release....
May 19, 2013
An interim final rule published in the Federal Register and effective immediately will amend regulations to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, allowing for greater access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 signed in January. The interim final rule removes the anticipated award price of the contract thresholds for women-owned small businesses, or WOSB, and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses, or EDWOSB, to allow them greater access to federal contracting opportunities without limitations to the size of the contract.   The rule can be accessed at , and comments can be submitted on or before June 6 at , identified by the code RIN 3245-AG55.
May 19, 2013
The inaugural award of the Women's Club of Hagerstown Foundation Scholarship was made during the club's annual meeting May 9 at the club on South Prospect Street. The recipient, Delrose Jackson of Hagerstown, is studying graphic design at Hagerstown Community College, and hopes to complete her education and continue to be a productive member of the community. The $500 scholarship was created to provide tuition assistance to women having experienced a life-altering event who seek to further their education and broaden their career skills.  The Community Foundation of Washington County administers thescholarship fund.
May 5, 2013
Sunday, May 6, 2013   COLLEGE SOFTBALL WYE MILLS, Md. - Hagerstown Community College went 3-2 in the Region XX Tournament at Chesapeake Community College. HCC, closing the year out at 23-16, lost to Chesapeake on Sunday, 11-10, in the losers' bracket finals. Chesapeake rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to knock out the Hawks, taking advantage of two errors and a game-ending walk. Kayla Ewing had four hits with three RBIs, Jenna Crunkleton had three hits and Morgan Purdham had two hits and three RBIs.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | May 1, 2013
A shelter for domestic abuse and sexual assault victims in Washington County run by Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, or CASA, has temporarily closed as the result of a bedbug infestation. Five women and seven children were affected by the closure, said Vicki Sadehvandi, executive director of CASA. She said they either moved in with friends or families, or found permanent housing. “It affected the safety and security of the shelter ... the whole shelter had to be shut down,” Sadehvandi said.
April 24, 2013
The Shepherd University Foundation officially launched its new initiative, Women for Shepherd University, on April 13 with a Women and Wellness workshop held at Shepherd's Wellness Center. The event was the first of a series of women-centered programs offering opportunities to learn about life issues facing women today. Women for Shepherd University plans to hold at least two events per year with a focus on matters pertaining to health, finance, technology and life change. The Women and Wellness workshop offered attendees the choice of three 40-minute sessions along five tracks.
April 19, 2013
The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital is accepting nominations from individuals, community leaders, business owners and the government sector for the 2013 Women of Distinction. This honor recognizes women from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia whose outstanding work distinguishes them as excellent leaders and role models for girls. The honorees will be recognized at a luncheon Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. Nomination applications can be found at or by calling the Girl Scout office at 304-263-8833.
April 18, 2013
Women volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Washington County during the sixth annual National Women Build Week can get a head start on learning  construction skills and tips.  Lowe's at Shank Farm Way will host a free “how-to” clinic for women in preparation of National Women Build Week, an initiative of Habitat's Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe's. Habitat's Women Build program empowers women to get involved with Habitat's mission to help families in need of affordable housing.  The clinic will take place at Lowe's across from Longmeadow Shopping Center on Monday at noon.    The clinic, called How to Finish Interior with Paint and Trim is free and women can sign up to attend by contacting Program Director Jessica Scott at Habitat for Humanity of Washington County at 301-791-9009.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | April 18, 2013
Local author Mary Rubin of Hagerstown had two bags full of books and had her mom fill up two more bags so she could take home as many books as possible from the American Association of University Women book sale Thursday. “I like history, travel, biography, mystery,” Rubin, 45, said. “I really go through all the tables.” She said she was looking to add to her 6,000-book collection. Her mom, Kay, 84, said that they have been going to the sale for more than 25 years.
By DON AINES | | April 18, 2013
Bond hearings were held Thursday for three of four people charged Wednesday by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office in connection with a series of arsons in Washington County on the night of March 22 and 24. Two Clear Spring men and two Mercersburg, Pa., women were charged, their arrests bringing the number of people accused in the arson spree between March 17 and April 7 to eight, Washington County District Court records said. The bond on Brandy Lynnett Sneider-Koontz, 19, of 10733 Knob Road, Mercersburg, Pa., was reduced from $120,000 to $65,000 during a bond review before District Judge Mark D. Thomas.
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