All public schools in Allegany, Bedford Area School District, Berkeley, Garrett Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan, and Winchester Counties are closed.
Bishop Walsh School , Calvary Christian Academy and Day Care, Hope for Hyndman Charter School and Winchester Academy are closed.
Eastern WV Community and Technical College closed today
Frostburg State University is closed from the beginning of the day shift today, Monday, Dec. 9, until the beginning of tomorrow’s day shift. All classes and events scheduled have been cancelled. Essential personnel should report to work as scheduled.
Preston County Schools on a 2 hour delay
Allegany College of Maryland all three campuses and Garrett College will open at 10 am
Potomac State College morning classes are cancelled until noon
International Beauty School will open at 10:30 am
Hampshire County Special Services will be operating under a code red with no PVTA services
All Allegany County HRDC Senior Centers in Cumberland, Frostburg, Lonaconing and Westernport will be closed with no home delivered meals.
Small World Day Care in Fort Ashby and Learning Tree Nursery School, Friends Aware Day Program, Georges Creek and Willow Creek Adult Day Care Centers, Cumberland Covenant House Adult Day Care Center, Mineral County Family Court and Potomac Highlands Guild clinical offices and day programs in Grant, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton Counties and Keyser and Fort Ashby Libraries are closed
Monday All PVTA Routes are Cancelled service will resume with the evening pilgrims pride and Rubbermaid routes.
Liberal leave policy in effect for Maryland State Employees
Catamount Children’s Center will open at 8am
Humpty Dumpty Learning Center will delay opening onMonday, Dec 9 until 9 am.
Accent On Health – Office of Dr. Bohn will be opening today at 2 P.M. for afternoon appointments and walkins
All Allegany County Head Starts and Early Head Starts are open with no transportation
Allegany county transit bus and Alltrans services are delayed until 10am on Dec. 9th due to ice.
Allegany and Garrett Counties District Court will open at 10:00 AM today, Monday, December 9, 2013. The 9:00 AM docket will be rescheduled. The 10:30 DV docket and Bail Reviews will be heard as scheduled.
Morgan County courthouse will open at noon today, December 9th, 2013. To receive updates on weather related closings and other information relating to Morgan County government, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@MorganCountyWV) or call the closing and delay line at 304-285-8555.
Dr Figueroa and Ashker’s offices closed today
Children’s Medical Group will open at 1 pm today
No word yet what sparked an apartment fire in Frostburg. The blaze broke out last night along Bobcat Court which is in a student housing complex.
Three people are hospitalized after a series of accidents yesterday morning. The first happened at about 8:30 on I-68 eastbound at the moose curve. Two people were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Cumberland City Police are investigating the crash. The second accident happened at about 8:40 on Bedford Road. Only one vehicle was involved in that crash near Trinity United Methodist Church. One person was hospitalized following that accident. Allegany County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating
Two people are sentenced in court on heroin charges. A Baltimore man is sentence for possession of heroin. 33 year old Cornelius Allmond is expected to spend 10 years behind bars. The charge is the result of a vehicle stop in the Cumberland area on June 18, 2013. Upon searching Mr. Allmond officers recovered heroin in sufficient amount to indicate intent to distribute the same.Meanwhile 36 year old Qiona David of Windsor Mills is sentenced to spend one year behind bars. The charge is the result of a stop and search at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Cumberland, Maryland. On November 30, 2012 information was obtained, by Agents of C3I Narcotics that an individual would be attempting to deliver heroin to an inmate housed at FCI. Investigation led to search of Ms. Davis who was attempting to visit an inmate at the facility. The search led to the seizure of a quantity of heroin hidden on Ms. Davis’ person.
Lawmakers around the region have released statements about the death of Nelson Mandela.
Governor O'Malley released the following statement in light of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela:"Today, my family and I join millions around the world in mourning the loss of one of the greatest heroes our planet has ever known. Nelson Mandela truly embodied what it means to be our brother's keeper. At every turn, he demonstrated resilience in the face of remarkable odds and a fundamental belief in the dignity of every individual.His life is a testament to the power of one person to not only change the world, but bend the arc of history toward justice. Nelson Mandela taught us that freedom is a concept that can't be contained within a prison cell or a continent. It's a power that animated the human spirit around the globe and redeemed the promise of purpose in each and every one of us.He leaves us a world that much better than the one he inherited, and a work that must be carried through generations and across the walls that separate us."
Lt Governor Anthony Brown says “Tonight, here in Maryland and around the world, we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of justice and freedom’s true champions. Each of us – whether you joined in his long fight to end apartheid or celebrated his inauguration as president – carries a piece of Nelson Mandela inside of us as we fight each and every day to make our communities and our countries worthy of his example. “We are saddened, and yet we remain the grateful inheritors of a legacy which stretches from Soweto to Savannah, from Bloemfontein to Baltimore, and everywhere in between. His search for justice inspired so many, and his message of forgiveness and cooperation even after three decades of captivity showed us all what a heart full of love is capable of.
“When I look at my children, I know that the world they live in – the world that they will one day leave to their children – is a better place because Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to serving others. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they grieve this terrible loss.”
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) issued the following statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela:“I extend my deepest sympathies to his family, and the people of South Africa for this loss. But I know that his journey will continue, and justice will persevere. I join the world in mourning the passing of a visionary leader, Nelson Mandela. He was a tireless champion of justice and peace. His willingness to sacrifice his freedom for the freedom of others was an inspiration to so many – Senators and South Africans alike. Nelson Mandela may have fought for freedom in South Africa, but his moral courage brought hope to people all over the world. The world watched as he sought to vanquish the evils of apartheid, was held captive in Robben Island, and became the first black president of a democratic South Africa. Yet his unimaginable struggles accompany incredible achievements. For as Frederick Douglas said, ‘If there is no struggle, there is no progress.’As we celebrate the life of this incomparable man, we recommit ourselves to the cause of freedom and equality. We look ahead at the promise of a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. We have come a long way. Old obstacles have been demolished. The promise of equality and freedom remain within our grasp. But we have a long way to go, and cannot walk the path alone. As Nelson Mandela knew, there is no easy walk to freedom. But he knew we could do it together.”
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD),a senior member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of its Subcommittee on African Affairs, and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela: “Humanity has lost one of its greatest leaders with the passing of Nelson Mandela. My prayers go out to his family and all the people of South Africa. He was a personal hero of mine, and of those who work to uphold human rights around the world. Ten thousand days in prison were not enough to break Mandela’s spirit and his devotion to the freedom of all people. He led his nation not only in overcoming the divisions of racism, but in reconciling and healing. Mandela’s influence does not end with his passing. His story and moral courage has changed countless lives forever. As he once said, ‘the true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning.’ State and federal lawmakers across the U.S. looked to Mandela as an inspiration when crafting laws that mandated divestment from South Africa’s cruel Apartheid regime. I had the privilege of serving as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates when we passed such legislation. Years later, our Nation is still striving to follow in Mandela’s footsteps and fully realize his dream of peace and equality for all of mankind. ”
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela: “I join my colleagues and the constituents I represent in expressing my sorrow at the passage of Nelson Mandela. He was a hero to the world. Today we celebrate his life, reflect on his legacy, and recommit ourselves to taking another step on road to a brighter, fairer, and better world. In 1994, Mandela addressed a joint session of Congress, stating: ‘I do firmly believe that the people of this country, who have done so much to write the history of the world, have the vision, the wisdom and the daring to strive so that what is good shines over the cities and the villages of that world, enveloping man and land.’May we remember these words tonight and continue to strive to meet Madiba’s ideals of promoting democracy and justice.”
Sen. Jay Rockefeller today released the following statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela. “Nelson Mandela was one of the few people in our lifetime who single-handedly changed the arc of history. Mandela’s story seems too remarkable to have happened in real life – imprisoned for decades by his government for fighting apartheid, then rising up to become President of South Africa on an anti-apartheid platform. And even more remarkable is how this man, for whom humility and humor served as his trademarks, became not only a civil rights leader for his people and his country, but for the entire world. Nelson Mandela’s legacy of perseverance and fighting for an equal and just society will live on unmatched, and encourage generations of men and women to change the world through the power of politics and political activism.”
A celebration will be held for the Fort Hill Football Team at the Fort Hill Gymnasium tomorrow at 7pm following their return from the state championship game in Baltimore.
Hamilton Relay, a Telecommunications Relay and Captioned Telephone services provider, will be expanding its workforce at its Frostburg, Maryland center. Hamilton Relay’s Maryland center was established in 2007 and is one of Hamilton’s five centers that process relay calls for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking. The company expanded its Frostburg center in 2012 as captioning assistant positions were added to
begin processing captioned telephone calls. Continued growth of Hamilton’s captioned telephone services on a nationwide basis is now driving the need to once again expand in this location. The company looks to immediately fill over 20 new captioning assistant positions in the Frostburg facility. Additionally, Hamilton has openings for relay operator positions to process traditional relay calls in English, and is looking to hire bilingual English-Spanish speaking individuals to process Spanish relay calls as well. Applications for available positions can be completed online at www.workforhamilton.com, or in person at the Frostburg Center located at 1 Science Park in the Frostburg Business Park. For more information, contact Human Resources via email at HR@HamiltonTel.com or call 301-689-5195.
Garrett County, Maryland was named a leader among county governments nationwide in a recent study by the National Association of Counties (NACo). The study highlighted various counties throughout the country that take innovative approaches to bolster economic growth and improve the quality of life within communities. Garrett County, the westernmost county in Maryland, is celebrated for its small population, natural beauty and rich agricultural economy. The study applauded Garrett County for its long-term economic planning, support of targeted industries and entrepreneurs, and education and workforce initiatives. The county suffered from high unemployment rates after the loss of a major employer in the 1990s. In the years following, Garrett County revised its outreach strategy and welcomed new industries and companies on the move. With an economic foot firmly planted in agriculture and manufacturing, Garrett County sharpened its focus on tourism, commerce, construction, value-added agriculture and the arts to diversify their economy.“We had to focus on more than one major industry to keep Garrett County competitive and resilient,” says Mike Koch, Director of the Garrett County Department of Economic Development. Thanks to a variety of inspired growth initiatives, Garrett County’s economy is on the rise in a variety of industries. Today, tourism and recreation thrive in Garrett County, which welcomes 1.2 million visitors each year. Investment in commerce, construction, agriculture and the arts continues to grow. Koch attributes the county’s economic competitiveness to the collaboration between county staff, elected officials, community members, businesses, schools, non-profits and the county’s new ‘Reinventing Rural’ campaign, highlighting the benefits of living and doing business in a rural county. “Our aim is highlight the many advantages of our rural setting, which offers attractive incentives for business looking to start, or relocate, their company here in Garrett County, specifically those in the recreation, technology, manufacturing and commerce industries.” The NACo study also praised Garrett County for fostering an educated, technologically advanced workforce through partnerships with local schools. One such initiative is the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center (CTTC), which helps students develop skills essential to the area workforce.Another initiative that encourages workforce readiness is the Garrett County Scholarship Program (GCSP). The scholarship provides two years of tuition at Garrett College to any county high school graduate. Since its inception in 2006, the high school graduation rate and matriculation to post-secondary schools are on the rise. Growth, according to Koch, is in what you know. “It’s become increasingly important for communities to focus on and embrace the strengths that are already present,” says Koch, an idea that is further enforced through Garrett County’s ‘Reinventing Rural’ campaign. “We focused on education, our dedicated workforce and dividing our attention between various emerging industries in our county.”Boasting 90,000 acres of parks, trails, and lakeside amenities, life in Garrett County is worth the climb. Year-round recreation abounds from slope to shore. Visit www.reinventingrural.comand elevate your lifestyle today.
The Allegany County Commissioners Michael W. McKay, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., and William R. Valentine discussed a draft resolution at the commissioner’s public work session on Thursday, Dec. 5, establishing the Allegany County Opportunity Scholarship, designed to benefit Allegany County residents attending either Allegany College of Maryland or Frostburg State University.Funds for the scholarship will be provided from a portion of Allegany County Government’s share – 2.25 percent – of the annual gross revenue generated by the video lottery machines at Rocky Gap Casino Resort. The county receives revenue on a monthly basis from the state. Less than one in five Allegany County residents, 16.3 percent, have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. The county ranks 22 of 24 of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. The commissioners intend to use a portion of these funds for the Allegany County Opportunity Scholarship for ACM and FSU students, understanding the impact of ACM and FSU on the education and career preparation and career advancement opportunities the two institutions provide to members of this community. The resolution will be voted on at the Dec. 19 commissioners’ public business meeting. The commissioners have determined that the future well-being of Allegany County depends on having an educated and skilled workforce. However, many county residents face financial barriers to pursuing post-secondary education. Funding through the Allegany County Opportunity Scholarship will provide additional financial resources to increase educational opportunities, enhance economic development and support the continued well-being of the community. The scholarships will be administered through ACM’s and FSU’s respective nonprofit foundations, Allegany College of Maryland, Foundation, Inc., and the Frostburg State University Foundation, Inc. Specific criteria will be determined by each institution. The first awards are scheduled to be made for the fall 2014 semester.ACM enrolls more than 1,700 credit and over 5,000 continuing education workforce development and professional development students from Allegany County per academic year. Of FSU’s 5,474 total students (fall 2013), 738 undergraduate students and 183 graduate students are Allegany County residents. Allegany College of Maryland, a county-supported institution, meets wide-ranging needs in the communities it serves through credit program offerings in career and transfer areas and courses and training programs in continuing education workforce development. More information can be obtained at www.allegany.edu, the college website, or by calling 301-784-5005.Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman awarded grants worth $2 million to 40 recipients today through the REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) Recycling Assistance Grants program.
Region VIII Solid Waste Authority $140,000
To assist with the construction of two metal buildings for recycling at both transfer stations.
Potomac State College of WVU $7,829.87
To purchase recycling containers, promotional items, weight scale, fuel, advertising and bags for the campus-wide program
Morgan County Solid Waste Authority $24,880
To assist with personnel, cardboard hauling and to purchase operating supplies, safety clothing and education materials for the county-wide program.
Kingwood, City of $25,695.92
To purchase recycling bins and tires for the truck and skidsteer for the city-wide program
The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three burglaries. Sometime from the beginning of November to November 26th several items were stolen from three homes on Westernport Road. A reward is being offered for anyone with information about the burglaries. Anyone with details is asked to log on to www.garrettcountycrimesolvers.org or call the Sheriff’s Office at 301-334-1911.
Garrett County Sheriff’s officials want to warn residents of a new phone scam. An Oakland couple lost close to two thousand dollars after a phone scam. The scammer called the couple on November 26th and claimed to be their grandson. The scammer then claimed he was in a car accident and needed money. Detectives learned the money was sent out of the country and the caller was not the couple’s grandson. Other scams attempt to get victims to pay up front fees or taxes after the scammers claim the victim has won a prize. Other scams involve the suspects claiming to be a family member in need of bail money. Sheriff’s officials want to remind citizens to not send money, wire money or provide any banking information to anyone calling them. Also don’t provide any personal information such as your social security number or date of birth. And if you are purchasing something online make sure the company is reputable.
Garrett County officials are bracing for a 5.4 million dollar loss in revenue for fiscal year 2015. The decline includes a loss of about 3.2 million dollars in property tax revenue and a loss of 2.2 million dollars in revenue for the Garrett County School System. The drop in property tax revenue over the past three fiscal years is about 6 percent. Garrett County officials are working on long term budgetary planning and will release a budget proposal publically.
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved more than 128 million dollars in funding for several projects around the state including the Jennings Run Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project A $200,000 Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund loan to Allegany County, in addition to a previous $1,187,042 Chesapeake Bay Water Quality grant, will help fund the rehabilitation of the existing Jennings Run sanitary sewer system. The project involves the relining and replacement of sewer pipes and manholes and other ancillary infrastructure.
Officials with Cumberland Neighborhood Housing Services will host an open house at the office located in the historic Firehouse located at 400 N. Mechanic Street, Cumberland, on Thursday, December 5, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. All city residents and those in the area interested in purchasing a home or exploring the services offered by CNHS are invited to visit this free open house. For additional information, please contact CNHS at 301-722-6958.
Police in Berkeley County are looking for two men involved in a bank robbery Tuesday morning in Martinsburg. Sheriff’s deputies said one man demanded money from the teller at the CNB Bank on Apple Harvest Drive while the second suspect served as a lookout. They got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbery happened at just before noon at the bank that’s located at the Food Lion/Kmart shopping center. There were no injuries.The man who approached the teller appeared to be in his 40s. He was wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap and a heavy coat. The man serving as a lookout appeared younger. He was also wearing a heavy coat.
Bishop Walsh Hosts "Why Walsh?" Forum for Parents of Prospective High School Students Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland will hold an interactive forum for parents of current BW and prospective 8th grade and high school students on why their children should consider enrolling in Bishop Walsh. The program entitled "Why Walsh?" will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 pm in the school's auditorium at 700 Bishop Walsh Road. The meeting will include discussions with faculty, administrators and current parents and students about the benefits of a BW high school education. Topics to be discussed include BW's recent AP test scores which outranked national and global averages; how BW graduates continually earn significant scholarships to the colleges and universities of their choice; a look at the school's many clubs and activities; how all families can afford a BW education; and other subjects. For more information on the forum, contact the school at 301-724-5360.
Get in the Christmas spirit tonight Tri-Towns Christmas Parade will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00. Line up will be in Piedmont at 6:30 p.m. To sign-up please call the Westernport City Building at 301-359-3932
What’s THE ONE THING about Cumberland…that made you stay? That made you leave? That made you…return? Share you story on the website Cowbird http://stateofthereunion.com/the-one-thing/, and possibly you and Cumberland could be featured on the award-winning NPR program “An Exploration of Small town America” with State of the Re:Union in 2014! Cowbird, and the interactive documentary Hollow on NPR are working together to gather stories of small town America, and the narratives behind both the exodus and the forces that keep people from leaving. There are so many things we love and hate about where we’re from… Share your ONE THING! http://stateofthereunion.com/the-one-thing/
The FSU Dept. of Music hosts a performance by the FSU Percussion Ensemble in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Free & open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
The Hampshire county chamber still has Christmas train tickets available. 10:30 am and some 12:30 pm..Dec 21st....get yours now before you miss the opportunity to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the north pole....kids get to write a personal letter to Santa and give it directly to him...homemade hot cocoa and cookies for everyone and a special goodie bag for children 12 and under.tickets cost $15 for children 13 to 113, and children ages 12 and under pay $5. Contact Melanie Watts at 304-822-7221 if no answer leave your name, amount of adult tickets and amount of children tickets, specify time of trip and a return number.
A Cumberland man charged with murdering his girlfriend is sentenced to spend 20 years behind bars in a plea deal. Stephen Schleuniger admitted to second degree murder in the brutal killing of Lisa Simmons. She was reported missing in September. Law enforcement officials found blood stains in the home the couple shared on Browning Street. Schleuniger was arrested a short time late. Last week he confessed to killing Simmons and led investigators to her body which was found in Winchester, Virginia buried in a remote location. The plea agreement was reached only because of Scleuniger’s cooperation in locating Simmon’s body to give her family some peace before the holidays. As a second part to the plea has agreed to speak with law enforcement from Washington County, Maryland, regarding the death of his prior girlfriend in 2010. That cause of death of that case was ruled as undetermined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland and the investigation was closed by law enforcement.
A Cumberland man faces rape charges.24 year old Marlon Hawkins was arrested and charged with 2nd degree rape following an investigation into a sexual assault at a party in South Cumberland in October.Hawkins posting $10,000.00 bond, is free pending his next court appearance. The charge stems from an investigation that began on 10/06/2012 when the Cumberland Police responded to a private residence in south Cumberland for a reported sexual assault. After initial interviews with the 18 year old female victim and witnesses, the Cumberland Police requested the assistance of C3I, and Investigators responded to assist in the investigation. Investigators learned that there had been a party at another location earlier in the evening. Party attendees were drinking alcohol and there were varying levels of intoxication. The victim, some friends, and several other people left the party and ended up at another location for the remainder of the evening. The suspect was one of the people with them. Early the next morning, the Cumberland Police were contacted about the sexual assault. C3I Investigators obtained evidence from the scene and also obtained a DNA sample from Hawkins. The evidence was forwarded to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab for testing, which took several months to analyze. Evidence collected from the victim matched the DNA sample from Hawkins. With this information, the case was presented to the Grand Jury who determined that there was enough probable cause to indict Hawkins for 2nd Degree Rape.
The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a code orange air quality alert Wednesday for Western Maryland, Jay Apperson with MDE explains. “It is basically the function of the weather patterns and the fact that is has allowed particle pollution to build up. Particles are produced by burning of fuels and it can cause irritation to the respiratory system which can cause coughing, chest irritation and chest pains. For orange this is for sensitive groups like children and the elderly and those with respiratory conditions and they should limit their time outdoors.”For more information on ground level ozone and fine particles log on to www.mde.state.md.us/air.
More than five thousand dollars in stolen items are recovered after Cumberland Police arrest a robbery suspect. 19 year old Levi Metzner was arrested yesterday. On November 22nd the owner of a business on Market Street reported that someone broke in and took the merchandise from his business. Metzner allegedly entered the business after hours and took the items. Metzner was released pending a trial.
Allegany Arts Council Executive Director and Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority chair Andy Vick will be leaving his posts at the end of the year. Vick has accepted a job as executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs. Vick served as the Arts Council Executive Director for more than 10 years and as the Chair of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority for more than five. Vick says as someone who is not from this area when he and his wife moved here 15 years ago they were welcomed with open arms and they will miss the community and friends they have made here over the years. He says he is confident the staff at the Arts Council and Canal Place will handle the transition well and he expects continued success from both organizations.
Maryland Humanities Council is excited to announce that it has chosen the five sites which will host Hometown Teams, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition to tour Maryland from February 2015 to November 2015, adding Maryland stories that celebrate role sports have contributed to American culture and heritage.The Allegany Museum has been chosen as a Hometown Teams site and will partner with the Allegany County Historical Society, Frostburg State University, Allegany College, the Allegany County Library System, the C. Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, and the Frostburg Museum in Cumberland.
The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a code orange air quality alert today for Western Maryland. A code orange air quality alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups including children, those suffering from asthma or heart disease or other lung diseases and the elderly. For more information log on to www.mde.state.md.us/air.
Hunter Douglas in Cumberland is expanding and that means new jobs for the region. According to Human Resources Division Director Rick Farr and Organizational Development and Community Relations Manager Lisa McIndoe they will be adding 250 to 300 new jobs at their facility in Mexico Farms. With those new jobs Hunter Douglas will soon employ about one thousand people from around the area making the company the third largest employer in Western Maryland. An onsite job fair will be held December 10th from 9am until 5pm. Hunter Douglas has continued to grow in Western Maryland since 1990. The facility in Cumberland is the largest Hunter Douglas fabrication facility in the world. Farr is new to the area and is retired from the US Air Force. He says they will be reaching out to the veterans community and will have a strong focus on hiring veterans as well.
The cause of the fire that destroyed a Lonaconing home on Thanksgiving day has been ruled accidental. The blaze broke out at about 1:30 afternoon Thursday in a two story single family home on Robin Street. An electric malfunction inside a second floor bedroom sparked the blaze that caused close to 100 thousand dollars in damage. About 100 firefighters were on the scene for more than an hour. The home was a total loss and the family is being helped by friends and family.
Two people face charges following a hit and run crash in Cumberland. Yesterday two people were arrested in connection with the hit and run on November 13th. Cumberland Police had been called out to Maryland Avenue where the victims were walking in an alley behind Maryland Avenue when one of the individuals was allegedly struck in the shoulder by the passenger side rear view mirror of a pickup truck. After striking the victim, the truck sped up, spun out where the second victim was struck in the hip area by the rear bumper of the truck. The two occupants of the vehicle then fled the area. As a result of the investigation, Robert Deter III, age 34 was identified as the driver and Alicia Royer, age 25 as the passenger. After being served, Deter and Royer were released pending trial at the Allegany County District Court. Both victims were treated for their injuries at the Western Maryland Regional Center.
West Virginia State Police are searching for the suspects in an armed robbery. On Friday two black men in their 20’s wearing dark colored jackets armed with a handgun stole money, cigarettes and a cell phone from a Dollar General Store in Falling Waters. They were last seen driving a gray or silver metallic Ford F-150 truck (2006-2008 model) heading North on Interstate I-81, toward Maryland. Anyone with information related to this crime is requested to contact their nearest detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
A Pennsyvlania man is ok after a crash along I-68 at about 1 am yesterday 20 year old Malcolm Satchell of Butler, PA, was traveling westbound on I-68 near mile marker 5, when he fell asleep. His car then went off the roadway and hit a guardrail and went down an embankment about 75 feet. Satchell was not injured and refused treatment at the scene.
The Morgan County Commission is now accepting applications for a full time Animal Control Officer at $10.00 per hour. Qualified applicants will have a valid driver's license and be willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Applications are available at the County Commission office or they are available online atwww.morgancountywv.gov. Applications will be accepted until 1pm on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013. The Morgan County Commission is an equal opportunity employer.
A pancake dinner will be held Tuesday December 3rd to benefit Sarah’s House Child Advocacy Center. The dinner will be held from 4-8 pm at Grace United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. The cost is $5 for all you can eat wheat pancakes or $6 for build your own pancakes with various toppings. The price includes a beverage also sausage will be available. Children under 5 are free. Santa will be on hand for the event.
Governor Martin O’Malley, First Lady Catherine O’Malley and a delegation of Maryland business leaders, educators and government officials will travel to Brazil and El Salvador for a nine-day trade mission in December. The trip will strengthen economic and cultural ties between Maryland and South and Central America as Governor O’Malley and the delegation meet with top officials, and potential business and investment partners. The world’s 7th largest economy, Brazil is home to one of Maryland’s 11 foreign trade offices. In 2012, Brazil was Maryland’s 11th-largest export market, with exports to the country more than doubling from $143 million in 2009 to $308 million in 2012. In addition, the Port of Baltimore imports more cargo tonnage from Brazil than any other country in the world. Brazil is the Port’s fourth-largest market for exports. In 2012, the Port of Baltimore handled 1.5 million tons of imported goods from Brazil and exported 1.4 million tons to Brazil. The delegation will include more than 30 Maryland companies, including Lockheed Martin, Premier Rides, Respira Medical, Cambridge International and Earth Networks; Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker; and representatives of University of Maryland, College Park, Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Secretary of Business and Economic Development Dominick E. Murray, Secretary of State John P. McDonough, Secretary of the Environment Robert M. Summers and Maryland Port Administration officials will also be part of the delegation.During the mission, Governor O’Malley and the delegation will promote Maryland as an ideal place to invest and do business. The mission will begin Dec. 1 in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. There, Governor O’Malley will meet with U.S. diplomats and executives with companies that do business in Maryland and Brazil. The Governor will also address a number of regional business organizations including the Federation of Industries of Sao Paolo and the Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro, which each represent more than 30,000 industrial companies. Later, in Rio de Janeiro, Governor O’Malley will meet Governor Sergio Cabral, as well as with members of Brazil’s biotechnology industry.
The trade mission will conclude with two days in El Salvador, Dec. 8 and 9. There, Governor O’Malley and members of the delegation will meet with top Salvadoran elected officials, business groups and cabinet ministers that oversee the country’s ports. Maryland’s trade with El Salvador, a country of 6.1 million people, totaled $60 million in 2012.Maryland’s Office of International Investment and Trade works to stimulate foreign direct investment in the State, offers export assistance for small and mid-sized Maryland companies and coordinates international trade and investment missions and trade show opportunities for Maryland companies. For more information on resources available to business that want to market their products or services globally, visit www.choosemaryland.org
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a fatal crash. 40 year old Beth Ann Morris was heading eastbound on State Route 30 yesterday morning around 3 am when she lost control and hit a rock embankment on the north side of the roadway. Her car traveled up the embankment then slid back down. She was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Several fires over the weekend are under investigation. A blaze broke out Saturday in a structure on Detrick Road in Mineral County near Lakewood. Crews were also called out to a fire in a cabin in Mineral County. And no word yet what sparked a house fire in Lonaconing on Robin Street Thanksgiving day.
One person is recovering after a crash shut down Route 220. At about 4:30 on Saturday afternoon Cumberland Police were called out to Route 220 at the Park and Ride. 52 year old Joseph Rotruck was driving when he got distracted and ran into a ditch. The car flipped onto its roof and came to rest in the southbound lane. Rotruck was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. No charges were filed.
A Virginia man wanted in Worchester County is arrested after a traffic stop in Garrett County. At about 10:30 Saturday morning Maryland State Police troopers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on I-68 near Grantsville. Troopers searched the vehicle and found suspected marijuana. 31 year old Christopher Dibenedetto was arrested for drug possession.
Cumberland Police are investigating several burglaries and thefts. On Friday Police were called out to Virginia Avenue for the theft of a Yard machine tractor and two push mowers were stolen from the rear yard of the residence. There are no suspects. Also on Friday police were called out to Mt Royal Ave in reference to a Breaking and Entering complaint. The suspect entered the home by breaking out a glass window on the rear door. The suspect then entered the residence and began going through items. And yesterday officers were called out to Columbia Street for a theft complaint. Upon arrival Officers contacted the victim who had a flat screen television still in the box stolen from the rear seat of a vehicle sometime overnight. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Dept at 301-777-1600 or Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300.The Cumberland Police Dept would like to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and to take items of value into their residences and not to leave them in plain view in their vehicles during the Holiday Season.
An Allegany County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering after a crash on Thanksgiving day. At about 7pm on Thursday Cumberland police were called out to Henderson Avenue for a report of a crash. 48 year old Mary Ann Clegget was driving westbound on Henderson Avenue and tried to make a left turn onto Mechanic Street. When Cleggett turned left she failed to yield the right of way to the police cruiser causing the crash. Cleggett's vehicle sustained damage to the driver side of the front fender. Cleggett was initially complaining of neck pain but refused treatment by the Cumberland Fire Department at the scene.The Allegany County Sheriff's Deputy stated that he was traveling east on Henderson Avenue when Cleggett turned and crashed into the driver side of his police cruiser. The Deputy believes that he injured his back and was going to seek medical treatment by personal transport to the hospital later.Cleggett was found to be at fault for the crash and was issued a traffic citation charging her with failing to yield the right of way.
Congratulations goes out to two women in Western Maryland. The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center announced that this year’s Maryland Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner Award recipient is Frostburg dentist Diane D. Romaine. The Board of Directors of Western Maryland Area Health Education Center announced that Executive Director Susan Stewart was presented the Outstanding Rural Health Achievement Award during Maryland’s Rural Action Assembly in Aberdeen
(posted July 29th 8am) Garrett County will get 250 thousand dollars in federal funds to strengthen the broadband network. The money comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the announcement was part of a western Maryland visit by ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl. The funding will go to the Last Mile Wireless Broadband Network and will bring broadband almost 800 residents and businesses in Garrett County. Gohl also made several stops throughout the region to talk about the importance of locally grown food for the economy. He visited the Cumberland Farmer’s Market to take a look at a locally grown market’s impact on the downtown region, the Evergreen Heritage Center to learn about programs to teach students about environmental science and wellness including local foods. He also stopped by the award-winning FFA chapter at Northern High School in Accident and took a tour of the cheese-making facility at FireFly Creamery and Market in Accident; The Frostburg Grows greenhouse at Frostburg State, a plant breeding business outside of Oakland and DeBerry Farms, which sells to farmers markets and grocery stores and produces specialty foods.
(posted July 22nd 8am) A Keyser man is one of the first in the area to develop his own video game. Right now the game is available for download on Google play. John Berg the owner of His Light Game Studio says Galactic Disintegration is a 2D space shooter type of game. Berg says he hopes to get the game on the Apple App store soon.https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.hislightgamestudio.GalacticDisintegration&hl=en
(posted July 22nd 8am) A group of about ten children are back home today after getting to spend a week with their fathers who are inmates at two local prisons. Thanks to Camp Hope the children spend one on one time with their fathers who are incarcerated either at WCI or NBCI. Michael Page and his son Michael explain what they enjoyed most about the experience.
(posted Feb 21st 8am) Alliant Tech Systems at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center West Virginia also know as ATK at ABL will soon start work on a 17 million dollar contract for theUnited States Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Pat Nolan ATK’s Tactical Propulsion and Ordnance Vice President and Site Manager at ABLsays this is an important contract. “It’s no secret that as the US Department of Defense deals with sequestration and budget pressures that monies from the Department of Defense will become tighter and so the foreign market is an attractive market for us and this is a push into that market space.” Nolan says this new contract adds some stability at the plant which is a major employer in our region.
(posted Feb 21st 2013 )Desiree Boullard, a volunteer for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network discusses the upcoming event FRACK NO! and why fracking is such an issue, specifically for this area.
On Saturday, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network is hosting a free, open to the public, event to discuss fracking. Boullard says that there is a clear goal of this event, “we’re trying to generate awareness and get some people together who are concerned about fracking in Maryland, trying to connect and build a grassroots movement—nothing extreme—we just want to protect our natural resources”.
The event will feature local bluegrass band Grand Ole Ditch, lots of dancing, fun, and refreshments! Donations are accepted at the event, but not expected. The event starts at 8:00 p.m at the New Embassy Theater in Cumberland.
Boullard says that fracking is an issue all over the country, but specifically affects this area, “it’s a big issue for our area and any area really because it’s an incredible invasive practice. And, between the millions of gallons of water that are used for each frack well, and the chemicals that are required to complete the operation—it is incredibly damaging. Water itself is quickly becoming a scarce resource, as we have seen over the last couple years with all the droughts we’ve had across the country. It takes up to 7 million gallons of water per well. I don’t think we can really afford to sacrifice all that water—water is something we need to survive, but we don’t need gas”.
Garrett County is particularly affected by fracking, because the county relies so much on tourism for their economy, Boullard explains. The area is where tourists go to escape the city and enjoy the natural world, and Boullard says that fracking operations in Garrett County could greatly affect the whole landscape of the county, thus affecting the tourism industry in the county, “my guess would be that a lot of people would decide to vacation elsewhere and it would be really damaging to the Garrett County economy”.
For more information on the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Saturday’s event, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChesapeakeClimate. Boullard says that the public needs to stay informed, “especially when it comes to something like fracking that could so heavily impact this area.
Motorists might not be looking forward to the winter weather today and tomorrow but the folks at Nemacolin could not be happier. On Monday the new Sundial Lodge opens to the public. General Manager Chris Plummer says the timing is perfect. Whether you are an adventure sports fanatic or a foodie there is something for everyone at the new Sundial Lodge at Nemacolin. A fire destroyed the original lodge earlier this year. Plummer says the new facility takes on a more modern look than the old building which was modeled after some European chalets. After breaking ground in July the new facility is ready for guests. Features include a breath taking view, bowling alley and arcade, ski shop and rentals and a 200 seat indoor outdoor dining facility that will include live entertainment. Plummer says he thinks the view from the Sundial is the best feature looking over the Laurel Highlands.
(posted Oct 1st 7am) Seven time Olympic Medalist and part of the 96 gymnastic dream team and Ovarian Cancer Survivor Shannon Miller says she is amazed by the turnout at the Vicki Linn Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk. Miller says her main message is that everyone needs to take charge of their health. Michaela Linn daughter of Vicki Linn says having Miller speak at the event is very meaningful. Linn says the money raised from Saturday’s walk will go to fund ovarian cancer research and will go to help cancer patients in our area.
Bells ring out with the reading of the names of 40 men and woman Amidst the cow pastures and the corn fields in southwestern Pennsylvania there is a boulder that serves as a marker and a headstone. It marks the site of the United Flight 93 crash on 9-11 2001 where 40 passengers and crews members lost their lives. Today Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar walked with the family members of those passengers through a new ceremonial gate that leads through two marble walls inscribed with the names of those victims through a field to their last resting place. Biden calls the field in Shanksville hallowed ground made sacred by the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. In addressing the families Biden said “ As you live in this moment that Yates only wrote about ‘Pray I will and sing I must but yet I weep’ my personal prayer for all of you is that in each succeeding year you are able to sing more than you weep.” Biden says it is an honor to be back at the site but like all of the families we wish we were not here and did not have to commemorate this and it is bitter sweet moment for the nation. He says today is just as a momentous day in their lives regardless of the anniversary they experience for at least an instant the terror of that moment returns along with a sense of disbelief. Biden says his hope is that as every year passes the depth of their pain recedes. He says he hopes the families find solace in the fact that all the people attending have not forgotten the bravery of those men and women and what they did is still etched in the minds of Americans forever and that’s why it is important for the Shanksville Memorial to be preserved. Jerry Bingham father of passenger Mark Bingham who was the last to board the plane says he comes to the site from Tennessee because he feels closer to his son and when you love your kids it’s what you do. He says walking through the gate this morning he felt that closeness with his son. Work continues on the memorial . National Park Service officials say more than 100 thousand people have donated to help build the memorial. They still need five million dollars in private funds to build a learning center and the Tower of Voices which will include 40 unique bells representing each passenger and crew member. About 1400 people visited the crash site memorial for the ceremony this morning.
(posted Sept 5th 7am) Two people are hospitalized and a state prison inmate is back in custody after a stabbing and carjacking early yesterday morning. At about 7:30 yesterday morning emergency officials were called out to I-68 near Grantsville for a reported assault. 37 year old Larry Johnson an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution was part of an inmate work crew. He entered the passenger side of the Division of Correction van and stabbed Correctional Officer 47 year old Robert Goss Senior repeatedly with a pair of pliers. Goss was in the driver’s seat but Johnson was able to get behind the wheel and after being pepper sprayed by Goss jackknifed the van. Johnson then ran to the side of I-68 and flagged down an Mitsubishi Lancer driven by 22 year old Alan Gnegy of Morgantown, WV. Gnegy told officers he stopped because he thought someone needed help. Johnson then allegedly used the same pliers to stab Gnefgy in the head as he pulled him out of his vehicle. Johnson then drove off in the stolen car. After a 12 mile pursuit Johnson was stopped in an area known as Sky Valley just off Route 495 after he lost control and hit a tree. He was not injured in the crash. He is being charged with attempted murder, assault, carjacking, motor vehicle theft, escape and fleeing and eluding. Both Goss and Gnegy were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center where they are being treated for their injuries.
Goss is a 17 year veteran of the Department who has been recognized for his distinguished service and is highly regarded by both institution staff and area State Highway personnel that have worked with him on road crew details. Johnson a minimum security inmate, was nearing the end of a 20 year sentence for carjacking and a handgun violation. DPSCS continues to coordinate with Maryland State Police, who will lead the criminal investigation, and local authorities
There are no games scheduled for today.
There are no games scheduled for today.