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Past articles by Valerie:

Dads and daughters come together for special dance in Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– The daddy daughter dance took place Friday night here in Hagerstown. The night was filled with music, games, food and much more. Fathers and daughters agreed the night was special and gave them a chance to connect and bond. The girls were dressed like princesses and their dads just wanted to make […] → Read More

Sheriff’s Office addresses concerns of threat to The Great Frederick Fair

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM)– The Sheriff’s Office was made aware of social media rumors concerning a threat to The Great Frederick Fair. “We take all information like this seriously and will thoroughly investigate any threats to our community to ensure a safe and secure environment. At this time there is no information to substantiate these rumors,” […] → Read More

Maryland Highway Administration removes signs for “Negro Mountain”

CUMBERLAND, Md. (WDVM)– Maryland’s Highway Administration has removed several road signs for “Negro Mountain” over concerns about racial insensitivity in the name. There were four signs, two which were located along interstate 68 and the other two on route 40, which were taken down. The mountain’s ridge runs 30 miles through the Allegheny range and […] → Read More

Maryland Department of Health confirms first case of West Nile Virus in state this year

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– On Tuesday the Maryland Department of Health confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in Maryland this year. According to MDH, the number of human West Nile Virus cases in Maryland has varied greatly from year to year. In 2003, there were 73 cases. In 2012, there were 47 cases; in […] → Read More

Remembrance in the Park honors fallen heroes

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– The annual Remembrance in the Park Memorial Ceremony took place Tuesday evening in Hagerstown. The ceremony was held to honor those who currently serve, or have served, in the military, law enforcement and emergency services, along with citizens who volunteer to keep the community a safe place to live. Many people came […] → Read More

UPDATE: Fatal car crash on Ringgold Pike in Ringgold, Md.

RINGGOLD, Md. (WDVM) — One man is dead after a head on collision that happened Tuesday night a little before 9:30 p.m. The two vehicle accident occurred on Rt 418 (Ringgold Pike) near Misty Meadow Road in Washington County. Upon arriving to the scene, Maryland State Police said it appeared that for unknown reasons, a […] → Read More

STUDY: Maryland ranks 8th happiest state nationwide

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– A recent study ranks the United States from 1 to 50 based on happiness. To determine where Americans have the highest satisfaction with life, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from emotional health to income level to sports participation rate. The happiest states […] → Read More

Paws hit the pool for annual doggie dip

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (WDVM)– As people have been celebrating the end of summer, so have the dogs. Thursday evening the paws hit the pool at Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport. Dogs of all breeds and sizes got to jump in and go for a swim. This is the third year the doggie dip has been happening. […] → Read More

Memorial ride held at Twigg Cycles for employee who passed away from brain cancer

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– Thursday evening in Hagerstown, about 100 people gathered for a memorial ride to honor the life of Brian Plummer. Plummer passed away in 2012, a year and a half after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He was an employee at Twigg Cycles for about 4 years, where they have been hosting the […] → Read More

Missing dog rescued from quarry, one firefighter injured

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (WDVM)– A dog in the Williamsport area was missing for a week until employees at the Pinesburg Quarry spotted the dog, Wesson, trapped 150 feet from the top of the quarry. “The quarry is terraced about every 50 feet down from the top to the bottom of the quarry, so he’s about 150 […] → Read More

Washington County Emergency Management begins participation in statewide national weather service calls

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. (WDVM)– As Hurricane Dorian changes paths and is closely being monitored, starting Tuesday, Washington County Emergency Management started participating in a statewide national weather service calls. The Division of Emergency Management gets information from the weather service and state to then pass on to the first responding community so they can begin […] → Read More

Hagerstown Barbershop spent Labor Day giving free hair cuts

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– A Hagerstown Barbershop spent Labor Day doing its part to give back to the community. At King Kutz barbershop, employees spent the entire day giving kids free haircuts. At the event, they also handed out free school supplies and had free food available too. This is King Kutz fifth year holding the […] → Read More

Motorcyclist killed in Chambersburg crash identified

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WDVM)– The driver killed in a crash on Friday afternoon in Franklin County has been identified. 61-year-old Donald Leedy of Chambersburg was struck by a tractor while riding his motorcycle on Edensville road. According to Pennsylvania State Police, Leedy attempted to overtake the tractor as it was turning and struck the front driver-side […] → Read More

COLD CASE: Missing man in Charles Town from 2015 still not found, foul play suspected

CHARLES TOWN, WVa. (WDVM)–An accomplished photographer came to America and was scheduled for a photoshoot but not only did he fail to make it to his appointment, but he disappeared and actually was never seen again. That was in 2015 and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office still have yet to find his body. Morten Aigeltinger […] → Read More

Parents and law enforcement encourage safety when walking to the bus and to school

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — As school begins, it is important to remind children of safety when walking to and from school and the bus. In order to prevent accidents, officials urge kids not to run, to learn bus safety zones and not to walk behind the bus, when getting on or off. A lot of […] → Read More

Over 50 fireman respond to fire at Microtel Inn and Suites in Maugansville

MAUGANSVILLE, Md. (WDVM)– Over 50 firefighters responded to a fire at the Microtel Inn and Suites on Oliver Drive Monday afternoon in Maugansville. Officials from the Maugansville Fire Department say the fire started from a bathroom fan in a storage closet. No one was occupying the room. The fire department knocked out the blaze by […] → Read More

The chicken wars: Who has the best chicken sandwich?

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– The chicken war has fast food companies feuding and everyone on social media talking. There has still been no answer, as to who has the best chicken sandwich. The Twitter feud started when Chick-Fil-A tweeted, highlighting its sandwich as quote, “The original.” Popeye’s quickly replied by tweeting the question, “Y’all good?” The […] → Read More

Hagerstown Fire Department reminds of Carbon Monoxide dangers

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be a silent killer all year long. Carbon Monoxide comes from things such as propane, natural gas, heating oil, and wood burned inside of a home. The problem comes due to the gas being clear and odorless, it cannot be detected by human senses. The fire department handles […] → Read More

Columbia Gas customers in Maryland could see a $7.18 increase to monthly bills, public invited to comment

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– Columbia Gas has filed a request to increase its gas service rates by 3.89 million dollars. Columbia Gas serves 33,000 customers in western Maryland including Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties. As proposed, rates would have an impact on the amount of money customers pay each month. According to the application, for residential […] → Read More

Hope on the Square brings the community of Hagerstown together

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– Hope on the Square has kicked off their annual event for the third year in a row on Wednesday evening in Hagerstown. The event was held at University Plaza to accommodate the anticipated crowd. There is free dinner, inflatables and children’s activities, a prayer area, along with health services and a job […] → Read More