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Past articles by Jonathan:

Wage Study reveals Hagerstown non-union employees make less money than their counterparts in nearby jurisdictions

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– It’s no secret that many Hagerstown employees make less money than their counterparts in nearby communities. Evergreen Solutions conducted a wage study looking at the wages of non-union employees. The survey determined that on average those employees in Hagerstown make 22% less than the average market minimum. “We knew we were lagging. […] → Read More

Newill pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in death of Berkeley County man

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM)– A Bunker Hill man recently plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2017 death of his neighbor. Joshua Newill took an Alford plea for voluntary manslaughter for killing Claude Triplett. According to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes Deligatti, the state agreed to placing a cap of six years on Newell’s […] → Read More

America’s VetDogs program continues to change the lives of both inmates and veterans

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– America’s VetDogs program has been changing lives for both veterans and inmates. The inmates get to train the dogs, and the veterans get a companion. The Maryland prison system is a partner with America’s VetDogs. All across the state, 59 service dogs have been placed with veterans. The dogs were trained by […] → Read More

Hagerstown city leaders vote to name intersections along Wesel Boulevard

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– The city of Hagerstown voted to name two intersections on Wesel Boulevard, which currently don’t have names. The effort to name the intersections was for public safety. Police Chief Paul Kifer says along Wesel Boulevard, it can be confusing for emergency responders when they respond to calls at those intersections because they […] → Read More

The city of Hagerstown joins the nationwide settlement against contributors of the opioid addiction crisis

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– City leaders in Hagerstown are continuing their fight against opioids. At Monday’s council meeting the council approved a resolution where they have authorized law firms to enter into the nationwide settlement. This means the attorneys representing the city of Hagerstown will enter into a nationwide negotiation class and represent the city against […] → Read More

HCC Volleyball team holds Hometown Heroes Night to honor veterans and first responders

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– Paramedics, firefighters, police officers, and veterans were all honored at HCC’s volleyball match Friday. They all received free food from Mission Barbeque. Richard Allen served in the Army from 1963 to 1965 and was happy to be recognized. “It doesn’t happen that much, a lot of places, but this is so nice. […] → Read More

2-years after the murder of Suzanne Jones, her family, and a local delegate are working to get a bill named in her honor

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– The pain of losing Suzanne Jones is still felt among her family. Cheresa Mills is Jones’ older sister and Jolene Guessford is her mother. Together they eased the pain by getting matching tattoos on their arms. “It made it better than a sorrowful day, so we turned it around and that’s what […] → Read More

Farmers discuss challenges about their profession at forum

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– When you go to Washington County, you’ll see many farms. Agriculture is the biggest sector of Washington County’s economy. John Krowka is an organic farmer who believes more needs to be done to educate the youth about farming in the county. “They’re not looking at other areas, winemaking, cheese making, aquaponics and […] → Read More

Discovery Station holds annual Surgeons vs. Chefs pumpkin carve off

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (WDVM)– A surgeon or a chef? Have you ever wondered who was better with a knife? That question was answered Monday night at the Springfield Barn in Williamsport. Four chefs and four surgeons spent nearly two hours carving pumpkins for a competition. The carve off was a fundraiser for the Discovery Station. Gary […] → Read More

Gov. Hogan says he supports President Trump impeachment inquiry

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he supports the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Hogan told us he supports the inquiry because he wants to get to the facts. House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry due to President Trump asking the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden and his son. Hogan says […] → Read More

Smithsburg councilman steps down as vice president of the council

SMITHSBURG, Md. (WDVM)– Smithsburg councilman Donnie Souders stepped down as Vice President this week but is still on the council. The Smithsburg Council recently adopted a charter resolution, which stated the vice president would assume the role of mayor if something were to happen to the mayor. The previous charter only stated the vice president […] → Read More

Frederick Board of Alderman amends horse-drawn carriage ordinance

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM)–A discussion about an ordinance, passed in April, packed Frederick City Hall Thursday night. People came to voice their opinions about how much rest horses that pull carriages should receive. The ordinance stated the horses would receive rest after two hours of work, as opposed to four hours of work. Many animal rights […] → Read More

Homeowners are learning about the benefits of going solar

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM)– Some residents in the Tri-State region are learning about the benefits of going solar and saving energy. Solar United Neighbors, a nonprofit, held an informational session Wednesday in Frederick, Md. The goal of the meeting was to inform homeowners about joining a co-op. By joining the co-op, they’ll have additional resources and […] → Read More

Local doctors recommend getting the flu shot earlier during flu season

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– Flu season has arrived. The season goes from October all the way to early spring and it tends to peak around January or February. Dr. Mutsa Nyakabau, a pediatrician, says you shouldn’t wait until the wintertime to get the flu shot. “A lot of the suggestions recommend waiting to the end of […] → Read More

Firefighters battle Halfway house fire Monday night

Halfway, Md. (WDVM)– It took about an hour for nearly 45 firefighters to put out a house fire in Halfway Monday evening. According to fire officials, they were dispatched to 11133 Glenside Avenue around 8:40 p.m. When fire crews arrived on the scene, there was heavy fire on the first floor extending up to the […] → Read More

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce celebrates their centennial year with signature dinner event

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)–The Washington County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its centennial year with its signature dinner event. It was standing room only at the Fountain Head Country Club as nearly 275 people came to witness the occasion. At the dinner, both incoming and outgoing members received special recognition and the chamber gave out a few […] → Read More

Oyster Recovery Partnership teams up with the Flying Dog Brewery to help restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM)– The Oyster Recovery Partnership is continuing its efforts to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. In the late 1800’s it was estimated there were 15 million bushels of oysters harvested annually from the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay alone. But, times have changed. That number has decreased significantly. The Flying Dog […] → Read More

One local farmer reflects on the warm weather, saying they need “more rain”

BOONSBORO, Md. (WDVM)– The weather has been dry and warm the last few weeks. And while many people like the good weather, some local farmers wish there was just a little more rain. Donald Beard, a farmer in Boonsboro, estimates they received just a quarter of an inch of rain in the last month and […] → Read More

United Auto Workers in Martinsburg continue to strike, despite not being paid

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM)– The United Auto Workers strike has reached week 2 and members of the local UAW 1590 GM plant in Martinsburg are still protesting against General Motors. Vanessa Banks, the president for local UAW 1590, says no one from the plant in Martinsburg has been laid off due to the nationwide strike. She […] → Read More

A Franklin County man is behind bars for molesting a minor

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WDVM) –A Pennsylvania man is behind bars after allegedly molesting a minor. Chambersburg police have arrested Vincent Lowman, 83, after they believe he molested a 10-year-old boy between June and July of 20-19. Police report Lowman was caring for the boy at his residence when he allegedly rubbed the child’s genitals over-top of […] → Read More