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New Allegany High School Recommended

Grimm and Parker Architects have recommended a new Allegany High School, on a yet to be determined site, along with the modernization and additions to both Braddock and Washington Middle Schools. The Allegany County Board of Education heard the results, during a special session yesterday. Board members voted to follow the suggestions outlined in the report, and make the replacement of Allegany High School their top priority on the Capital Improvement Projects plan. The total cost for a new school would be just over $24 million, with an approximate local cost of between $9 and $15 million.


West Side Fire Yesterday

Crews remained on the scene late last night at a fire on Lefrvre Road on the west side of Cumberland. The fire, in a two-story apartment building, was reported just after 6 p.m., may have originated in the kitchen. The building was home to three families, two of whom were home at the time. Everyone escaped without injury, but there were reports of some firefighters showing signs of heat exhaustion.


Regional Postal Branches on List for Closure

Several regional postal facilities are on a review list for closure, as the United States Postal Services weighs the fate of more than 10 per cent of its retail branches. On the list for review are post offices in Bittinger, Bloomington, Cresaptown, LaVale, Little Orleans and Virginia Avenue. In Hampshire County, branches at Green Spring, Capon Springs, and Points, West Virginia are also on the list. A Postal Service representative stresses that nothing will be decided until a public meeting is held, and there is a period of time for further public comment.


Woman Arrested for Giving False Statement

A Cumberland woman has been arrested for making a false statement to law enforcement. Forty-two year old Ronaele Michele Layman reported her vehicle stolen last Saturday. The incident was investigated by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, and it was discovered she had provided a false statement. She was served a criminal summons and released pending trial.


Student Found Asleep on School Bus

Two people have been suspended after an incident on Monday. A third-grade male student, attending a summer school program at Beall Elementary School, fell asleep while riding the bus. He was later discovered by transportation employees, and the students’ father was also contacted. The student was taken to the school and examined by the health nurse; he finished the remainder of the school day. Both the bus driver and aide have been suspended, pending an investigation of the incident.


City To Conduct Tree Removal

The City of Cumberland Engineering Department will be conducting tree removal work Thursday at the corner of Fayette Street and Gephart Drive. Parking will be restricted in the area needed for the removal. A flagman will direct traffic and parking will not be permitted, while the work is taking place.


School Bus Safety Improvements Funded

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention has announced that more than a half-million dollars have been committed to law enforcement agencies across the state to improve school bus safety. Forty-six agencies will receive the money, which will be used to pay overtime for police to enforce safety laws, as well as for driver education activities. The Maryland State Police will receive $160,000 of the funding.


Tax Free Week Slated

Maryland’s Tax Free Week is coming up the week of August 14th through the 20th, just in time for back-to-school. Qualifying apparel and footwear, $100 or less, are exempt from Maryland’s 6 per cent sales tax.


Governor Hopes To Sign Same Sex Marriage Bill

Governor Martin O’Malley is hoping to sign a same sex marriage law by next year. It was a close vote last time, and O’Malley says that more political weight is being put behind the movement; he added in a recent interview that sometimes, it takes a Governor to push a bill over the goal line.

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