| Oct 2, 2011
| 5:36 PM
Last winter, Glenn Fishack was pleased that the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association had up to $200,000 extra in the bank.
“If something happens to a company here, we got to take care of them,” said Fishack, who has been...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 4:59 PM
In an effort to raise accountability and increase the amount of gaming fund money reaching fire and rescue companies, Washington County staff have drafted a written proposal for the county to assume control of that distribution.
Under the proposal, which...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 6:36 PM
From tip jar players' hands, to restaurants, bars and private clubs across Washington County, the money rolled in to the county's new gaming fund.
In April 1996, in accordance with the county's gaming law, the county government issued its first check...
| Oct 8, 2011
| 12:55 PM
Editor's note: Today's stories about the financial reporting and funding of Washington County's fire and rescue system are among a series of stories resulting from a yearlong investigation by The Herald-Mail.
There are red flags.
Until now, almost...
| Oct 8, 2011
| 8:55 PM
Hagerstown seems to be stuck on Groundhog Day
To the editor:
Anyone else ever feel like Bill Murray stuck in Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day when reading about downtown redevelopment? Take Art Callaham's column on creation of a Community Development...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 3:32 AM
“Interesting articles in today’s paper (Oct. 2). ... Wouldn’t it be a beautiful gesture if the firemen’s association would donate $100K to Holly Place? It sounds as though the budget at Holly Place is ‘on fire.’”...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 9:00 PM
“The new senior center will be at a great location to increase business for the medical center. Seniors can spend the day at the senior center, and just run over to the hospital to get checked out before heading home. Also, the increased traffic...
| Dec 10, 2011
| 2:04 PM
Like all 20 of Washington County's volunteer fire companies, Western Enterprise Fire Co. receives tens of thousands of dollars a year in public funding.
Unlike the rest, however, the volunteer fire company in the big brick building in Hagerstown's West...
| Dec 11, 2011
| 5:19 PM
Jack Coffelt is surprised Washington County government and other local funding authorities haven’t asked his South Hagerstown Fire Co. to share some of its wealth.
“If the county would take and talk to us — the county (Volunteer Fire...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 2:35 PM
Washington County's state lawmakers were asked Wednesday about Maryland's role in local land-use decisions, the outlook for education funding and whether the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown's budget would be a target for budget cuts.
| Jan 11, 2012
Gov. Martin O’Malley has promised an ambitious agenda this legislative session, but in a part of the state where ambitious agendas are not necessarily heralded as good things, our local lawmakers will face a delicate balancing act.
| Jan 16, 2012
| 7:16 PM
“I was shopping at one of our weekend markets last Thursday and I stopped for a bite to eat, and a young 83-year-old lady started to talk to me. My mother had passed 10 years ago in December, and I was having a really bad day, missing her. I am...