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CLEARVILLE WOMAN DIES IN CRASH

Clearville, Pennsylvania resident Mary Clark was killed in a single-vehicle accident Monday on Clear Ridge Road in West Providence Township in Bedford County. Ms. Clark's car became airborne and rolled over. EMS personnel tried to resuscitate her at the scene and later at UPMC hospital in Bedford. She was pronounced dead just after 9 a.m.

 

MINERAL COUNTY TO NAME SUPERINTENDENT

The Mineral County Board of Education is expected to name its superintendent today, following a series of interviews on Monday. The final four candidates for the position are Susan Ray, David Tupper, Michael Lewis, and Shawn Dilly. A citizen committee interviewed the candidates on Monday, following by questions from the Board in executive session.

 

RESIDENTS REQUEST WATER ADJUSTMENTS

Several Piedmont residents have requested adjustments to their water bills; one citizen had asked that a total amount of $6900 be removed from their bill; other requests were for several hundreds of dollars. The adjustment requests are a regular agenda items at council meetings. As for the $6900 water refund, Water Supervisor Tim Jackson said that amount would equal over 130,000 gallons of water usage, and denied the request.

 

FROSTBURG TO CONTRACT FOR INSPECTIONS

The city of Frostburg is expect to contract with an independent housing inspection firm to ensure the city's more than 1900 rental units are inspected at least every three years. Frostburg is expected to have at least four or five independent inspection firms for the work; currently there is only one inspector to handle the entire workload.

 

GARRETT BOARD RELEASES CALENDARS

The Garrett County Board of Education is accepting comment through tomorrow on its proposed calendars for the coming school year and the next. One parent expressed concern, because the calendar proposes to start and end the school day an hour later in the winter. In addition, the calendar does away with Thanksgiving Monday, and the Friday of the Autumn Glory Festival. A meeting to take action on the calendars is scheduled for tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at the Board Offices.

 

MARTINSBURG MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION

Martinsburg, West Virginia resident James Bayer was arrested by the Maryland State Police on I-68, near Friendsville for marijuana possession. He was processed, charged, and released on a criminal citation.

 

MAN HELD ON $2500 BOND

Maryland Avenue resident Garrett Ketterman was held on $2500 bond, following an assault incident Tuesday morning. Ketterman is acused of throwing a victim to the ground, choking her, and trying to kick in the door of the residence, once the victim was able to escape. The victim did not require medical attention, but Ketterman was charged with second-degree assault and destruction of property.

 

MAYOR DISCUSSES BLIGHT, BALTIMORE AVENUE PROJECT

Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim has made the removal of blighted properties a priority in his administration, and says more are being demolished every day. He says the city is working to improve the faces of neighborhoods and streetscapes. He cited several specific properties on Independence Street, Davidson Street, and some along the Baltimore Avenue corridor. The properties are being raised because they've gone through a tax sale, and nobody has bought them. A tax sale occurs when taxes on the property have not been paid in three years. As for the Baltimore Avenue project, it should be opened to 2-way traffic by late summer or early fall.

 

GCMH SCHEDULES GROUNDBREAKING FOR SERVICES

Garrett County Memorial Hospital will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, four-story addition, followed by the grand opening of the hospital's new Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. The ceremonies will take place on Monday, June 2nd. The hospital's construction/renovation project includes an over 19,000-square foot expansion, along with renovations to one-third of the current hospital space. Most of the patient care services will be impacted and improved as a result of this $22 million expansion project.

 

WESTERNPORT TO HOLD MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

The town of Westernport will be holding its regular municipal election on Tuesday, May 27th, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The elections will be held to vote for the office of Mayor, which will be for a period of two years, and two commissioners, who will serve four-year terms.

 

TASK FORCE RECOMMENDS POST-LABOR DAY SCHOOL START

A state task force has recommended a longer summer break for students, a move which was praised by Comptroller Peter Franchot, who said it would be good for families and Maryland tourism businesses on the Eastern Shore and here in Western Maryland. Extending the summer vacation would have a net effect of an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity, according to the Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates.

 

MARTINSBURG MAN TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER

Martinsburg, West Virginia resident Rickie L. Greenfield will go on trial June 10th for the murder of his wife, Jill. She was found dead in her bed,  in August of last year, with severe trauma to her face and head; a blood-stained hammer was recovered from the scene.

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