COUNTY INELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
Allegany and Washington Counties will not be eligible for federal public disaster assistance, as the result of the storms of June 12th. Federal, state, and county officials received a letter from Kenneth Mallette the executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, which stated the county damage thresholds were nowhere near the required $8.02 million in damage, to be eligible for federal assistance.
COUNCIL DEVELOPING STRATEGY FOR USE OF FUNDS
A council, appointed by the Allegany County Commissioners on May 1st is developing a long-term strategy for the use of local impact funds from the Rocky Gap Casino Resort. The state is looking for a long-range plan for the use of the funds. So far, the Allegany College of Maryland Foundation is set to receive 45 per cent of the funds, with the Frostburg State University Foundation receiving 25 per cent. Other beneficiaries of the funds will be the local county fire and rescue units, Board of Education capital projects, and "pay as you go funds," which will receive 10 per cent of the funding.
TRESPASSING INCIDENT LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES
Cumberland resident Seth Thomas was cited for possession of marijuana and trespassing on private property, following an incident at the site of the former Memorial Hospital this past weekend. He and three juveniles were found on the property; two of the juveniles fled the area, but were later apprehended in the area of the Johnson Heights Medical Building on Kent Avenue. Thomas and a juvenile male were found at the former hospital property. The three juveniles face charges, which will be forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Services. For his part, Thomas was issued the citations and later released, pending trial in District Court.
MAN CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE ASSAULT
Thirty-six year old Wesley Eugene Baker was charged with second degree assault, following a Sunday incident at the Ramada Inn on George Street. An argument between Baker and a female victim escalated, and Baker is accused of choking her; she also sustained other injuries. Baker was ordered held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3500 bond.
MAN TAKEN TO RUBY FOLLOWING ACCIDENT
Ridgeley resident David Krampf was taken to Ruby Memorial hospital in Morgantown, following a motorcycle/car accident at Harrison and Mechanic Streets on Saturday. Krampf was injured when his motorcycle was hit by a car driven by Cumberland resident Steven Pullin around 11 p.m. The crash also injured a Ridgeley woman, who was a passenger on the motorcycle. Krampf was flown to Ruby for further treatment.
SHAFT FIRE COMPANY TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING
The Shaft Volunteer Fire Department will receive just over $207,000 in funding and $31,160 will go to the Frostburg Area Ambulance Service, as the result of federal funding through the United States Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters' Grant program. The money will be used by Shaft to buy 32 sets of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and 24 additional facemasks. The ambulance service will use its portion of the grant to buy two automatic chest compression systems, to assist with emergency resuscitations.
MSA SCORES BRING EXPECTED SCORES
The final administration of the Maryland School Assessment yielded mixed results, as schools and teachers shift instruction to the new college and career-ready standards. Elementary students scored 87.9 per cent, as compared to 86.4 per cent in 2013, with the percentage of elementary students scoring somewhat higher as well. Middle school students scoring at the proficient level for reading was 78 per cent this year, as compared to 83.4 per cent in 2013. Complete results of the MSA testing are available at "www.mdreportcard.org."
HYDRANT FLUSHING CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The Allegany County Department of Public Works is continuing fire hydrant flushing this week in the Eckhart, Clarysville and Hoffman areas. Next Monday through Friday, flushing will be done in the McCoole area. Residents may experience some water discoloration during the process, and are advised to run water for several minutes until it is clear, before using it.
NO TRANSIT SERVICE ON JULY 24TH
A reminder, that Allegany County Transit personnel will participate in an Employee In-Service Training Day next Thursday, July 24th. Public transportation services will not be offered by Allegany County Transit. Neither fixed route bus service, nor All Trans vans will operate. Sessions will include CPR Refresher Training, Defensive Driving, Safe Vehicle Operations, and U.S. Department of Transportation CDL changes.
EAST BERLIN MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED
Sixty-five year old Samuel Tauser of East Berlin, Pennsylvania and Orrstown resident Carla Hershey were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, near Chambersburg this past weekend. Tauser was riding on a 2002 Harley-Davidson, and attempted to make a right turn; the bike struck another car's side mirror with his handlebar. The driver of the car was identified as 61-year old Chambersburg resident Gary Hershey. Both Tauser and Ms. Hershey were taken to the Hershey Medical Center for treatment.
DILLEY SELECTED AS JUVENILE CENTER SUPERINTENDENT
Dan Dilly has been named superintendent of the Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center in Tucker County, West Virginia. He had been acting superintendent of the facility since Division of Juvenile Services Director Stephanie bond left that position in February of last year. Dilly is a Tucker County native and a 1982 graduate of Fairmont State University.
SENATORS PRAISE PASSAGE OF C & O CANAL LEGISLATION
Maryland's United States Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski have announced Senate passage of legislation that will ensure the continued involvement of the C & O Can National Park Historical Park Advisory Commission in decisions that affect the C & O National Historical Park. The Advisory Commission was established to provide a vital link between the surrounding communitie4s and the NPS in overseeing the operation, maintenance, and restoration of the park.
MARYLAND RETAINS TRIPLE "A" RATING
Maryland has retained its Triple-A bond rating from the three major Wall Street bond rating agencies. When presenting his last budget earlier this year, Governor Martin O'Malley said his administration had cut spending by 9.5-billion dollars. O'Malley explained areas where state government has decreased, including eliminating the helicopter unit at the Department of Natural Resources.However, O'Malley explained that in spite of spending cuts, the size of state government has grown, as the population grows.
WEST VIRGINIA TO SHARE FEDERAL RECREATIONAL FUNDS
West Virginia is sharing a portion of more than $43 million in federal funds to help states with parks, outdoor recreation, and conservation projects; the Mountain State will receive more than $463,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources and to provide money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water, and wetlands. State and local governments will be able to establish everything from baseball fields to community green spaces.