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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1997
Two months after Westminster Southern States Cooperative closed, stockholders in Southern States' Woodbine operation will decide next month whether to shut down and merge with the Mount Airy store.After years of losses and increasing debt, farmer-owners had little choice but to close the Westminster operation, but Southern States officials say the Woodbine co-op is not in financial difficulty."This is part of an ongoing review that we've been into pretty intensively for the last 10 years," said Jerry Gass, director of communications for the Virginia-based farm and gardening supplies stores.
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November 6, 2013
Who is this wacko Tom Schaller, and why does he harbor so much hostility toward the people of Western Maryland ( "Don't secede; vote with your feet," Oct. 29)? The fact is that the interests of Maryland's western counties are not well represented by their state government. So why shouldn't they make some noise? Mr. Schaller labels these people as "Maryland haters. " After looking up his all-too-short biography on the Internet, it turns out that Mr. Schaller himself is not a native of Maryland but rather of New York and he has lived all over.
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NEWS
July 6, 2013
Arthur Hirsch 's recent article about the Battle of Gettysburg reveals a disturbing ignorance of the political dynamics that brought this nation to a war that 150 years later remains the most cataclysmic event in our history ("A defining day relived," July 2). It accepts the shallow but unchallenged premise that the Civil War occurred because slavery was practiced in the South, and that righteous resolve to abolish the institution left the U.S. with no option other than a resort to arms.
NEWS
July 6, 2013
Arthur Hirsch 's recent article about the Battle of Gettysburg reveals a disturbing ignorance of the political dynamics that brought this nation to a war that 150 years later remains the most cataclysmic event in our history ("A defining day relived," July 2). It accepts the shallow but unchallenged premise that the Civil War occurred because slavery was practiced in the South, and that righteous resolve to abolish the institution left the U.S. with no option other than a resort to arms.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | October 6, 1997
Westminster feed sales business R. D. Bowman & Sons Inc. is scheduled to sign a contract this week to buy a nearby vacant store owned by its former rival Southern States Cooperative.Cooperative members voted in December to close the Westminster store after years of losses and increasing debts.The 62-year-old store at Englar and John streets competed with the family-owned Bowman store across Englar Road for 33 years after founder Ralph D. Bowman moved his store from Union Mills to Westminster.
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By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 17, 1996
Southern States Cooperative -- an apparent casualty of increased suburban growth and a dwindling number of family farms in Carroll -- is expected to close its Westminster store by the end of the year.Three other county cooperatives -- in Hampstead, Taneytown and Mount Airy -- will remain open, as will the affiliated Carroll Petroleum Service in Westminster, according to officials at the company's Richmond, Va., headquarters.District Manager Jim McCarron said the remaining locations and a fourth in the Frederick County community of Woodsboro are expected to serve former Westminster customers with "as good or better service than we ever had."
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1996
After doing business with local farmers for 62 years, the Southern States Cooperative in Westminster will shut its doors at the end of the month.In a meeting Friday, co-op members voted 289-52 to close the feed mill, store and fertilizer plant Dec. 31. Members also appointed trustees who will handle the liquidation of the cooperative's assets to cover debt and pay off stockholders' investments.Officials at Southern States headquarters in Richmond, Va., and the Westminster cooperative's local board recommended closing the business after years of losses and mounting debt.
NEWS
October 21, 1996
A proposal for four 30,000-gallon and three 15,000-gallon petroleum storage tanks will go to the Mount Airy zoning appeals board with a favorable recommendation from the town planning commission.Southern States Cooperative Inc. plans to put the tanks on a 6.2-acre industrial site in the Pleasants property on East Ridge- ville Boulevard near Century Drive."We're interested in a terminal facility at Mount Airy," said Jerry Gass, Southern States director of communications.But plans are preliminary, and the corporation has not bought the proposed site from owners William Pleasants Sr. and Jr., he said.
NEWS
July 19, 1998
25 years ago: Farmer-members of Southern States cooperative will observe the 50th anniversary of the organization at a meeting Aug. 14 at Big Pipe Creek Park. Service was first extended into Maryland in 1934. Southern States, Taneytown, which offers local service on Southern States supplies, was organized in 1942. During the past fiscal year (1972-1973), it had a dollar volume of more than $1.1 million. The local cooperative serves approximately 700 farmer-members. The Carroll Record, July 19, 1973.
NEWS
February 5, 1997
ANOTHER FARMERS' CO-OP in Carroll County is preparing to close and already one hears the chorus bemoaning the loss of another agricultural tradition and a way of life. That's misguided sentimentalism.It's the member-farmers who are making sound economic decisions for change, based on today's conditions and competition. Small local cooperatives that served them well in the past may no longer be as effective.If the members vote this month to close the Southern States co-op in Woodbine, they will merge with and be served by a larger, newer store in Mount Airy that is 10 miles away.
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By David Horsey | March 5, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is alleged to be one of the great intellects of conservative jurisprudence, but his comments during oral arguments over a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act displayed all the mental acuity of a third-tier talk radio bozo. Shelby County, Ala., is making the case against the voting law. Section 5 of the act empowers the federal government to negate new local and state voting rules if they would lead to discrimination against minority voters.
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Andrea K. Walker | April 13, 2012
Many Americans aren't exercising despite all the health messages about obesity and staying in shape, according to a new survey. The report by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association found that 68.2 million people, or nearly 24 percent of people surveyed, were inactive in 2011. That means that they didn't participate in 119 activities, such as swimming and basketball, identified by the organization.  The number of inactive adults jumped 1.6 pecent from the prior year and 8 percent over the past three years.
NEWS
January 21, 2012
After watching the Republican presidential primary debates, I have an urge to move to another country if any of these clowns win. The unapologetic racism shown by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and the loud clapping by the people of South Carolina, was disgusting. These people should follow Rick Perry and secede from the United States. Texas is 47th in educational status followed by the rest of the Southern states. They really need to stop dividing our country and let the racists and bigots among them run their own. I know this will never happen, but I can only hope it would.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 30, 2011
Gertrude H. Crist, an education advocate who was inducted into Howard County's Women's Hall of Fame, died of respiratory disease April 21 at the Fairhaven Retirement Community. She was 92. She was born Gertrude Hartman on her grandparents' farm in Oakes, N.D. Her parents raised her on a farm near Aberdeen, S.D. She attended the Barnard Consolidated School and South Dakota State University in Brookings. Mrs. Crist moved to Maryland in 1938, where her older brother was attending agricultural school at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Hugo Martin and Hugo Martin,Los Angeles Times | July 1, 2007
VENICE, LA. // A platinum sun set on a warm March afternoon as I drove from New Orleans' Louis Armstrong Airport toward the mouth of the Mississippi River to a place known as "the end of the world." When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana nearly two years ago, it must have felt like the end of the world. But as I scanned the New Orleans skyline from a highway overpass, the only signs of destruction were the ones playing in my head: the flashbacks from TV news clips during the storm. The Superdome, once battered and overrun with evacuees, had a new roof, and the dry city streets flowed with activity.
NEWS
March 13, 2005
Leslie McCurry, a retired Southern States Cooperative petroleum manager, died of pancreatic cancer March 5 at his daughter's Joppa home. The Chestertown resident was 76. Mr. McCurry was born and raised in Bee Log, N.C., where he graduated from high school. He earned an associate's degree from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. After serving in the Army in the Pacific during the waning days of World War II, he earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Berea College in Berea, Ky. He also took postgraduate courses at the University of Kentucky.
NEWS
February 21, 1992
Candidate George Bush wasted no time in appealing to the military tradition of Southern voters. The day after the New Hampshire primary, he was in Knoxville, Tenn., the home state of the legendary World War I Army hero Sgt. Alvin York, to praise the state's 6,700 reservists and National Guard members who served in Operation Desert Storm. His strategy is reported to be to remind Southerners over and over again that Pat Buchanan opposed the war effort.Mr. Buchanan appears to be planning an appeal to another Southern tradition.
NEWS
January 21, 2012
After watching the Republican presidential primary debates, I have an urge to move to another country if any of these clowns win. The unapologetic racism shown by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and the loud clapping by the people of South Carolina, was disgusting. These people should follow Rick Perry and secede from the United States. Texas is 47th in educational status followed by the rest of the Southern states. They really need to stop dividing our country and let the racists and bigots among them run their own. I know this will never happen, but I can only hope it would.
NEWS
By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 3, 2004
Republicans and Democrats swapped seats in the narrowly divided U.S. Senate yesterday, but early returns suggested that the GOP will keep its hold on the chamber by sweeping a string of close races in the South. Despite a landslide loss in Illinois and possible defeats in Colorado and Pennsylvania, Republicans appeared to gain seats in Georgia and South Carolina, comfortably led in a race for a Democratic seat in North Carolina and maintained a narrow lead for a Democratic seat in Florida.
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By Nicholas Riccardi and Nicholas Riccardi,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 16, 2004
MADRAS, India - It all began at one of those gatherings in the countryside where villagers turn out by the thousands to ask movie star Vijaykanth - known as the John Wayne of Tamil cinema - to name their babies. After selecting some names, Vijaykanth told his adoring supporters that he deplored the political situation in their impoverished state of Tamil Nadu, pointedly wondering how the son of the leader of the PMK, one of the region's big political parties, just got appointed the country's health minister.
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