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Attorney Files Open Meetings Response

Allegany County Attorney Bill Rudd, in filing a response to an Open Meetings Act complaint, from the Cumberland Times-News, offered little explanation on how the decision came about to expend county funds on behalf of Little Orleans students. The request asked for more information on whether the Allegany County Commissioners violated the Open Meetings Act when the decision was made to send Little Orleans students to Hancock schools.


Backbone Mountain Project Opened

The first commercial wind farm in Maryland began operation yesterday, amid protests at its ribbon cutting ceremony  on Backbone Mountain. Constructed by Constellation Energy, the wind farm consists of 28 wind turbines, and is expected to produce enough renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of 23,000 homes in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.


WMHS To Open Two Centers

The Western Maryland Health System is set to open two primary care centers later this year in Cumberland. One will be known as Vista Towers on Glenn Street and the South Cumberland Marketplace on Industrial Boulevard, at the site of the former Ames building. The health system has agreed to lease 2,950 square feet in Vista Towers and 2,100 square feet in South End. Fourteen new jobs have been created by the primary care centers. .


Ohio Man Sentenced for CSX Property Theft

Gloucester, Ohio resident Robert Cook has been sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing steel plates from a CSX railroad storage location. Cook had entered an Alford plea in July of last year and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Cook had failed to appear last August, and he was arrested on an outstanding warrant.


Two Teens Arrested on Drug Charges

Two teenagers were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, following a traffic stop on Bedford Street Monday evening. Officers detected a possible drug violation after making contact with the occupants of the car-a 16-year old from Westernport and a 17-year old from Barton. Both teens were charged in the incident.


Burglaries Investigated

Two burglaries in the North End area were investigated by the Cumberland City Police Department. In the first, A Pearre Street resident was awakened by the sound of breaking glass; a purse was discovered missing from the residence. In the second, a window was broken and a purse was stolen from a Valentine Avenue home. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600 or Crimesolvers at (301)-722-4300.


Romney Experiencing Water Problems

There has been a water main break on Wirgman Avenue in Romney, and service in the area is temporarily being interrupted. There is no timetable to restoring service. Water will be provided at the water plant, located at Indian Heights. Residents are asked to bring containers. If there are any questions, call the city office at (304)-822-5118.


Fire Damages Breezewood Motel

Three rooms in the former Penn Aire Motel in Breezewood were damaged by fire early Monday morning. Firefighters were on the scene for about 2-1/2 hours. The fire went through the ceilings of three of the rooms. The Pennsylvania State Police Fire marshal is expected to investigate the cause of the fire. The Everett and Bedford fire companies assisted at the scene.


Future of Bedford Speedway Up In the Air

Promoters of the Bedford Speedway say this may be their last season. The two promoters-JR Keifer and Jim Maybury- say they are losing a third member of their promotion team and unless a major investor steps forward, there will be no racing at Bedford next year. There will, however be racing during the Bedford County Fair and on Labor Day weekend.


Special Olympics Golf at Rocky Gap

The Allegany County Special Olympics will begin its second golf season Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort will play host to the local athletes. Rocky Gap offers a full practice facility, complete with a putting green and short game practice areas, as well as their driving range. Anyone wishing to contribute golf equipment to the Special Olympics golf program, or any local golfers interested in being a unified partner is asked to contact Dottie Turner at (301)-689-5590.


Braddock to Hold Registration

Braddock middle School will host an open registration on Tuesday, August 9th at 9 a.m. In addition, the school will hold its 6th grade orientation on August 15th and 16th from 9-11:30 a.m. each day. Students whose last names begin with “A” through “L” should attend oriuentation on the 15th; those whose last names begin with “M” through “Z” should attend orientation on the 16th. For more information, contact the school at (301)-777-7990.

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