RESTORATION PROJECT ANNOUNCED
Allegany County officials are beginning a $60,000 restoration project, to repair damaged caused by recent flooding in the Braddock Run area, near the LaVale Lions Club field. Excavating Associates of Ellerslie will complete the project of repairing about 125 feet of the stream.
"DIRTY COAL" SENT ABROAD
President Barack Obama has initiated a strategy for reducing gases blamed for climate change, but the United States is shipping so-called "dirty coal" to other countries, thereby shifting the blame for cleaning up the environment on them. By doing that, it makes the United States appear to be making more progress than it is on the global warming issue. Locally, Western Maryland produced 2.2 tons of coal last year. There are 14 surface mines in Allegany County, and 13 in Garrett. The state's westernmost county also claims four deep mines, which produced over 933,000 tons in 2013.
RECYCLING POSSIBLE FOR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
A Hampshire County group says they have enough signatures to put the recycling issue on the November ballot. The Hampshire County Recycling Co-Op says more than 560 signatures, well above the 395 required, have been turned into the Hampshire County Clerk's office. Ninety-per cent of the signatures on the petition are those of registered voters.
SUSPECT WAIVES PRELIMINARY HEARING
A Somerset County man, who is charged with killing his girlfriend and their infant child, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Denver Blough is charged with two counts of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault, along with one count of attempted homicide and reckless endangerment.
MAN SERVED WITH SUMMONS FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT
Thirty-year old Jeremy Combs was served with a criminal summons, in connection with a domestic incident in Cumberland last week. A female victim claimed she had been assaulted by Combs, and suffered minor injuries. Combs was not located then, but was later served with the summons and released, pending trial in District Court.
MAN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION
Oakland resident John Tucker remains in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital, after his motorcycle struck an SUV in Garrett County Saturday evening. A 2013 Mercedes SUV, driven by John Hanna of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, turned into the path of Tucker's motorcycle on Route 219, ejecting him from the bike. Hanna, who suffered minor injuries, was determined to be at fault, although no charges have been filed, pending consultation with the Garrett County State's Attorney's office.
MINOR INJURIES IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY CRASH
An Augusta man suffered minor injuries when his car collided with a flagpole outside of the front entrance of the Augusta Bank of Romney entrance. Police say mechanical issues may have contributed to the crash. Some of the bank's shrubbery and the outside of the building suffered minor damage. The case remains under investigation by the West Virginia State Police.
WESTMAR STUDENTS HOLD FOOD DRIVE
Westmar Middle School once again exceeded its goal for the "Hunger is No Game" food drive. The project is part of Sheila Riggleman's Math Service Learning Project. The group's annual goal is 500 items, and collections took place twice a week, from April 15th through May 30th. Sharee Pensyl's homeroom won this year's drive, with students donating more than 600 items. In total, 1,198 items were donated to the George's Creek Food Bank in June of this year.
FRESH AIR FUND WELCOMES GROUP
The Fresh Air Fund is welcoming 14 children from New York City tomorrow. The children will arrive at the Hampton Inn in Frostburg, and will be spending one or two weeks with volunteer host families in Oakland, Cumberland, Ridgeley, La Vale, Swanton and other cities in the region. Arrival is expected at 3 p.m. The Fresh Air Fund has hosted more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.
FORMER CHIEF SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT
The former chief of the Halfway Volunteer Fire Company has been sentenced for stealing money from the department. Fifty-four year old Jeffrey Ringer was sentenced to 18 months for one count of theft of less than $500, and 18 months for one count of theft scheme for less than $500. Six months were suspended from each sentence, meaning he will spend a year in the Washington County Detention Center.
O'MALLEY TO MEET WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Governor Martin O'Malley met yesterday with religious leaders to discuss potential housing for thousands of children who have come to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Republican Baltimore County State Delegate Wade Kach says the administration is encouraging the situation, and is using the Archdiocese of Baltimore to further its agenda. Kach says the situation is unacceptable.
PARK SERVICE ASSESSES ECONOMIC IMPACT
The West Virginia National Park Service is assessing the number of visitors to the state's scenic attractions, in an effect to see how many dollars they drive to local communities. The report looked at 2013 attendance at three different attractions, with total attendance topping 1.2 million visitors. They spent more than $51 million and helped to support 673 jobs in the state. Overall, there were about 1.5 million visitors to national park sites, and they spent $63 million.