The year that ends at midnight Sunday will be remembered in the Tri-State area as one of contrasts.
Hagerstown’s urban improvement project made giant leaps forward at the same time the city saw a record number of murders.
Work to restore the Conococheague Aqueduct at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park started at the same time there were protests of plans to build a natural-gas pipeline in Hancock that would go beneath the towpath.
Washington County’s jobless rate was the lowest in nearly a decade at the same time employees and elected officials in county government were preoccupied with sexual harassment allegations, ethics complaints and lawsuits.
Here’s a look back at 2017.
• Assistant Washington County Administrator Sarah Lankford Sprecher filed a complaint in March with the county against Commissioner LeRoy Myers that included alleged sexual harassment during an October 2016 business trip to South Korea. Myers disputed the allegations. Sprecher resigned in September. The complaint led to the county hiring outside investigators,