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Hagerstown’s new building commissioner resigns

Hagerstown finds itself looking for a new building commissioner for the second time in less than a year, and perhaps redefining the position. Terry Ford has resigned to take a similar position with the Town of Centerville. Hagerstown had hired him last fall after searching several months to replace his predecessor. At that time, Ford […]

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Grammy nominee to perform in Hagerstown

National performers are entertaining local crowds during eclipse festivities. A Nashville songwriter for some of country music’s biggest names will perform a free concert in Hagerstown on Saturday, April 6.  Jeffrey Steele, a five-time Grammy nominee, will perform some of those hits and share the stories behind them at Hagerstown High School’s gym, 701 Baker […]

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Deadline nears for voter registration

Only a few days remain for Wayne County residents to register to vote if they want to have their say in May’s election. Voter registration ends Monday, April 8, for the May 7 primary. Those interested in registering can visit the voter registration office inside Wayne County Courthouse, 301 E. Main St., Richmond, or see indianavoters.com.  […]

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Brick work at Northeastern will wait

Masonry at Northeastern Middle/High School will continue leaking and flaking a while longer. Repair bids came in at almost double the expected cost, so the school board rejected them on March 20. “The board will gather information on how to re-engineer the project and will consider if it needs to sell a bond to do […]

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RCS discusses renovations, food service, board pay

Richmond Community Schools is moving forward to issue $20 million in debt for facilities repairs and improvements.  The board conducted its second preliminary determination hearing for 2024-25 lease financing at its March 13 meeting. No residents spoke. The approximately $18.6 million would fund safety, security and energy efficiency projects, site work, athletic improvements, and potential […]

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For now, Centerville willing to share its building commissioner

Centerville’s council discussed personnel updates involving the building commissioner and fire department, plus some needed repairs at its March 26 work session.   Building commissioner Kevin Branson, Centerville’s building commissioner, has resigned to take another position. Town manager Kevin Slick has hired Terry Ford to start in April to replace Branson.   Ford was Centerville’s building commissioner […]

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Abington Township board removes fire chief

The Abington Township board removed James Ausmus as the township fire department’s chief with a 2-1 vote March 26. Township Trustee Steven Kaiser said that during a meeting with an attorney, a determination was made that Ausmus breached his contract with the township and misused funds when distributing stipends to department officers during January. Ausmus […]

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Artist comes to Knight’s rescue

Michelle Wise and generous donors are now the knights in shining armor for the knight she painted nearly 50 years ago.  The 1976 Northeastern High School graduate was inspired to paint a mural of her school mascot in the gym during the summer between her junior and senior year.  However, the knight’s future was in […]

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Commissioners support Make My Move continuation

Thirteen families have already moved to Wayne County through the Make My Move program. Another two have accepted the county’s relocation incentive offers and a third is considering an offer, despite the fact the Make My Move contract ended Jan. 31. Wayne County’s commissioners would like to see Make My Move continue at least for […]