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August 5, 2005
Scott Slaybaugh Bair Jr., retired owner of a Carroll County outdoor advertising company and a former county commissioner, died Monday from stroke complications at his Westminster home. He was 73. A Westminster native and 1949 graduate of Westminster High School, he briefly attended Gettysburg College. As a youngster, Mr. Bair worked for his father's outdoor advertising business, National Advertising Co., which was founded in 1927. In 1954, he and his wife established Bair Outdoor Advertising Co., which they operated until selling the business and retiring in 2002.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
Arguing that billboards should be protected as free speech by the First Amendment, media firm Clear Channel Outdoor has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore and its new billboard tax. Baltimore began imposing a tax last month on billboard advertisements within the city limits — $15 per square foot for billboards that electronically change images, and $5 per square foot for those that don't. City officials expect to take in about $1 million annually from Clear Channel, which has a near-monopoly on Baltimore's advertising market.
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NEWS
October 7, 1992
WHEN Elmer Lippy Jr., one of Carroll County's three commissioners, stood up to protect Maryland's honor, he never thought that he would start a world-class imbroglio.It began when his wife told him about a billboard that had just gone up on Pennsylvania Route 94 about one mile north of the Maryland line. The 8-foot-by-12-foot billboard proclaimed in bold white and yellow letters: "Welcome to Maryland, State of Taxes, just ahead."Mr. Lippy, an avuncular fellow who steers clear of most controversies, was offended and decided to find out whether the sign was located in the public right-of-way.
NEWS
August 5, 2005
Scott Slaybaugh Bair Jr., retired owner of a Carroll County outdoor advertising company and a former county commissioner, died Monday from stroke complications at his Westminster home. He was 73. A Westminster native and 1949 graduate of Westminster High School, he briefly attended Gettysburg College. As a youngster, Mr. Bair worked for his father's outdoor advertising business, National Advertising Co., which was founded in 1927. In 1954, he and his wife established Bair Outdoor Advertising Co., which they operated until selling the business and retiring in 2002.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1997
Lamar Advertising Co. Inc., which earlier this week agreed to acquire Penn Advertising Inc., said yesterday that it would sell Penn's 1,450 billboards in the Baltimore area to Universal Outdoor Inc.Keith A. Istre, chief financial officer of Baton Rouge, La.-based Lamar, said Universal has agreed to pay $46.5 million for all of Penn's outdoor displays in the Baltimore area.Penn, which controls about 70 percent of the billboard market in the Baltimore metropolitan area, had agreed to be acquired by Lamar for $167 million.
BUSINESS
By Greg Schneider and Greg Schneider,SUN STAFF | August 30, 1996
Penn Advertising, which controls about 70 percent of the billboard market in the Baltimore metropolitan area, is for sale.While the action comes at a time when a traditional staple ofoutdoor advertising -- tobacco -- is under fire from the president and other politicians, a Penn spokesman said there is no connection between the political climate and the sale.Corporate officials had little to say about the offering of the family-owned company. Based in York, Pa., Penn has been in the Baltimore market about seven years.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,Sun Staff Writer | December 22, 1994
Revere National Corp., a Baltimore company that identifies itself as one of the nation's oldest and largest outdoor advertising companies, has changed hands for the second time in as many years.Castle Harlan Inc. announced yesterday that it sold the Baltimore advertising concern along with a sister company -- Stait Outdoor Advertising Inc., also of Baltimore -- for $69.3 million to a venture fund operated by Merrill Lynch Capital Partners Inc. of New York.Castle Harlan, a New York-based merchant banking company, acquired Revere National in January 1993.
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By Lane Harvey Brown and Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF | December 9, 2001
Harford County businessman Douglas Verzi arrived at his nursery on Route 23 recently to find nearly a dozen telephone messages about the new billboard on the hill next door - all angry, all assuming the "eyesore" belonged to him. But Verzi was angry, too. The sign wasn't his; Apple Outdoor Advertising - the company that owns the billboard - had approached Verzi a year earlier and offered him $650 a month if he would put the sign on his land. He said no. "This is countryside," he said.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
Arguing that billboards should be protected as free speech by the First Amendment, media firm Clear Channel Outdoor has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore and its new billboard tax. Baltimore began imposing a tax last month on billboard advertisements within the city limits — $15 per square foot for billboards that electronically change images, and $5 per square foot for those that don't. City officials expect to take in about $1 million annually from Clear Channel, which has a near-monopoly on Baltimore's advertising market.
NEWS
November 2, 1993
One of the big surprises during this year's General Assembly session was the passage of a bill that set the stage for a strict limit on billboards advertising alcohol in Baltimore City. Well-financed beverage lobbyists were defeated by activists from some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.Emboldened by its victory, the City Wide Liquor Coalition for Better Laws and Regulation is pressing on. This fall saw the introduction of a City Council ordinance that would regulate in detail what kind of outdoor advertising of tobacco and alcohol products is permitted in Baltimore.
BUSINESS
By COX NEWS SERVICE | July 2, 2004
NEW YORK - The Coca-Cola Co. unveiled a super-sized $6 million billboard in Times Square last night, calling it the world's first high-definition "3-D advertising sculpture." The sign is the latest addition to a new generation of outdoor advertising that seeks to turn heads with visual tricks and technical wizardry. Companies see a growing need for such innovation as consumers increasingly avoid television commercials by using TiVo-style digital recorders and watching on-demand movies.
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By Lane Harvey Brown and Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF | December 9, 2001
Harford County businessman Douglas Verzi arrived at his nursery on Route 23 recently to find nearly a dozen telephone messages about the new billboard on the hill next door - all angry, all assuming the "eyesore" belonged to him. But Verzi was angry, too. The sign wasn't his; Apple Outdoor Advertising - the company that owns the billboard - had approached Verzi a year earlier and offered him $650 a month if he would put the sign on his land. He said no. "This is countryside," he said.
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By MIKE FARABAUGH and MIKE FARABAUGH,SUN STAFF | December 26, 1999
A Westminster businessman is suing a competing outdoor advertising company, alleging he was medically incompetent to conduct business last year when he sold 96 billboards for $2.1 million, a price he contends was well under the fair market value.In a civil lawsuit filed last week in Carroll County Circuit Court, plaintiff Scott S. Bair, owner of Bair Outdoor Advertising Co., asked the court to rescind his contract with PNE Media LLC of Union, N.J. Bair contends that PNE pressured him to sell.
NEWS
By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1998
Around 8 a.m., the yellow truck with the flashing lights eases off Route 32 onto the Route 108 ramp in Clarksville and stops on the roadside. Todd Hammond hops out and heads for the cluster of small paper and plastic signs fastened to wooden stakes.A green sign for Pulte Homes is plucked from the ground like a weed. Then Hammond pulls up the Dale Thompson Builders sign next to it and a nearby blue sign for Ryan Homes. Up ahead, his colleague Sam Ports grabs a cardboard yard sale poster, boldly and illegally tied to the Route 108 exit sign.
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By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1998
Around 8 a.m., the yellow truck with the flashing lights eases off Route 32 onto the Route 108 ramp in Clarksville and stops on the roadside. Todd Hammond hops out and heads for the cluster of small paper and plastic signs fastened to wooden stakes.A green sign for Pulte Homes is plucked from the ground like a weed. Then Hammond pulls up the Dale Thompson Builders sign next to it and a nearby blue sign for Ryan Homes. Up ahead, his colleague Sam Ports grabs a cardboard yard sale poster, boldly and illegally tied to the Route 108 exit sign.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1997
Lamar Advertising Co. Inc., which earlier this week agreed to acquire Penn Advertising Inc., said yesterday that it would sell Penn's 1,450 billboards in the Baltimore area to Universal Outdoor Inc.Keith A. Istre, chief financial officer of Baton Rouge, La.-based Lamar, said Universal has agreed to pay $46.5 million for all of Penn's outdoor displays in the Baltimore area.Penn, which controls about 70 percent of the billboard market in the Baltimore metropolitan area, had agreed to be acquired by Lamar for $167 million.
NEWS
By MIKE FARABAUGH and MIKE FARABAUGH,SUN STAFF | December 26, 1999
A Westminster businessman is suing a competing outdoor advertising company, alleging he was medically incompetent to conduct business last year when he sold 96 billboards for $2.1 million, a price he contends was well under the fair market value.In a civil lawsuit filed last week in Carroll County Circuit Court, plaintiff Scott S. Bair, owner of Bair Outdoor Advertising Co., asked the court to rescind his contract with PNE Media LLC of Union, N.J. Bair contends that PNE pressured him to sell.
NEWS
By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | October 4, 1992
Forget Watergate, Iran-contra, and the savings-and-loan scandals.County Commissioner Elmer Lippy is caught in the middle of a political crisis so large, so looming, so important that it can only be called Signgate."
BUSINESS
By Greg Schneider and Greg Schneider,SUN STAFF | August 30, 1996
Penn Advertising, which controls about 70 percent of the billboard market in the Baltimore metropolitan area, is for sale.While the action comes at a time when a traditional staple ofoutdoor advertising -- tobacco -- is under fire from the president and other politicians, a Penn spokesman said there is no connection between the political climate and the sale.Corporate officials had little to say about the offering of the family-owned company. Based in York, Pa., Penn has been in the Baltimore market about seven years.
NEWS
By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | August 13, 1996
It's just a pig on a weather vane, but it's causing a ruckus.The farm-style merchandise that sits outside A. L. Goodie's gift shop on Main Street in the Annapolis historic district is one of many illegal sidewalk displays that has city officials upset."
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