BUFFALO FIRM CHOSEN FOR DEMOLITION
The bid from, a Buffalo, New York firm to demolish the former Sacred Heart Hospital on Haystack Mountain was accepted during a special meeting of the Allegany County Board of Education yesterday. Total Wrecking and Environmental, LLC bid $1.4 million for the job, which is being done to clear the way for the new Allegany High School. The bid was far below the projected cost in the $2.2 million to $3.5 million range.
LILLER ELECTED MCDA PRESIDENT
Terry Liller has been elected as the new president of the Mineral County Development Authority; he replaces Tom Braithwaite, who had been serving as interim president following the resignation of then-president Dave Boden. Also on the agenda this week was a discussion about lowering the value of the shell building, located in the Fort Ashby Business and Technology Park, therefore saving about $1,000 in annual insurance costs.
SHA TO CLOSE PORTION OF ROUTE 135 NEAR NEW PAGE
The Maryland State Highway Administration will remove part of a rock outcrop that extends over the edge of Route 135 (Pratt Street) near the New Page mill in Luke, Maryland next week. The work will require lane closures with a flagging operation between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The SHA says you should either allow extra time, or consider alternate routes for that three day period.
NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS
There are new immunization requirements for students entering the 7th and 12th grades in West Virginia. Parents should make an appointment with their child's doctor before the start of the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, go to the website, "www.dhhr.wv.gov."
MAN SERVED WITH SUMMONS FROM MAY
Forty-eight year old Robert Paul Simpson has been served with a criminal summons, stemming from a theft investigation that was reported to Cumberland City Police on May 1st. Simpson is charged with theft of less than $100.00.
ANIMAL SHELTER BREAKS GROUND
The Allegany County Animal Shelter held a groundbreaking for its newest building, on Furnace Street yesterday. Becky McClarren, of the Animal Shelter board, says the hope is to have a portion of the newest building completed before winter. She also credited Maryland State Senator George Edwards, who sponsored a $100,000 bond bill to help with construction, during the 2014 General Assembly session. The current shelter was originally designed to be a "kill" shelter. Ms. McClarren noted that the county has donated the Sheriff's Office building, which will be used for administration, when the new Sheriff's Office is completed on Kelly Road. The current animal shelter building will be used for animal control.
SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT NEXT THURSDAY
The Maryland State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint next Thursday, at an undisclosed location in the county. Allied police agencies will take part in the checkpoint, designed to reduce the number of drunken and impaired drivers on the road. Saturation patrols will also be conducted by the Cumberland barrack during the July 4th holiday weekend.
GARRETT BOARD TO MEET TUESDAY
The Garrett County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday to consider, in part, the School Attendance Area Committee updates and recommendations. Action may be taken on the issue during the special business meeting. It has been scheduled for 6:00 p.m., when the board will meet in executive session. The public portion of the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
CUMBERLAND HOSTING MOTORCYCLISTS
The city of Cumberland is hosting anywhere from 500 to 700 Harley bikers, coming to town for the Maryland/Delaware HOG Rally. They will be in town through Monday. Tonight, the group will be showing off their bikes as part of Cumberland Comes Alive. The city is also expecting at least 200 or more bicyclists on Sunday for the Bike Sojourn on the Great Allegheny Passage. They'll return to the area on June 27th.
PETERSBURG WOMAN INDICTED
Petersburg, West Virginia resident Beth Harman Ours has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Elkins on several drug counts. Ms. Ours was charged with one count of distributing ecstasy, two counts of distribution of oxycodone, one count of distribution of diazepam, and one count of the distribution of hydrocodone. If convicted of all charges, she could face up to 35 years in prison.
HAGERSTOWN PLANT SHUTTING DOWN
The Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown is closing, displacing about 100 employees. A 153 to 66 vote favored the restructuring and phasing out the operation at the Hagerstown location. Some of the employees could be transferred to the Pacific Press Publishing Association. The company reported a nearly $1 million loss in 2013.
EARLY VOTING ENDS IN MARYLAND
Despite predictions of a low voter turnout for early voting, the Maryland State Board of Elections reports that more people have voted early this year, compared to any primary election. More than 74 per cent of those casting ballots have been Democrats, with more than 24 per cent, Republicans. In Allegany County, early voting was set at around 1 per cent of registered voters. Early voting ended last night, and experts say they expect around a 20 per cent voter turnout next Tuesday.