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Former Resident Killed By Police Cruiser

A former Cumberland resident was killed and his wife was severely injured when they were hit by a police cruiser, responding to a call of shots fired in Mobile, Alabama last Friday. Sixty-three year old Michael Bragg and his wife Mary were on their way to visit relatives in Florida; they had lived in Kansas City, Missouri. The Braggs had graduated from Allegany High School, and lived in LaVale, when Michael Bragg was employed by Kelly-Springfield Tire Company. They had two children and four grandchildren.


Man Faces Pending Drug, Firearms Charges

What began as Cumberland City Police checking on the welfare of a child, resulted in an Elder Street man being arrested, and he now faces drug and firearms charges. Thirty-year old Kaseem Jahann Whitmyer created a disturbance after officers arrived. They also observed illegal drugs in plain view. As a result of a search, officers found nearly five pounds of suspected marijuana, along with an illegal firearm. Whitmyer faces failure to obey charges, along with obstructing and hindering and resisting arrest. The drug and firearms charges are pending. He is being held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Mineral Board Discusses Student Drug Testing

The inconsistency of student drug testing was discussed at this week’s work session of the Mineral County Board of Education. There has been a drug testing policy for student-athletes for several years, but principals are not notifying coaches, athletic directors or organization supervisors when a student tests positively. One board member suggested that coaches should have the authority to punish students, in conjunction with board punishment implemented by the policy.


Keyser Athletic Complex Cleared for Use


The improvements have been made and the Keyser Athletic Complex has been cleared for use by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office. Minor changes to the facility have been made, including the installation of handrails and sealing some gaps. The Fire Marshal will re-inspect on August 15th. Also, during Tuesday’s meeting the Mineral County Board of Education appointed Susan Ray to the newly created position of assistant director of curriculum and instruction. She had been the Frankfort Middle School principal.


Three Bedford Post Offices Slated for Possible Closure

Three Bedford County post offices are slated for closure: Artemas, Defiance and Riddlesburg, and other, adjacent facilities are being studied. The next step in the process would be to look at retail business at the post offices and how much it has fallen off. No decisions will be made before December; if a specific office is chosen for individual review, customers will be notified and given 60 days to comment on the issue.


Hyndman Health Director Chosen for National Position

The current director of the Hyndman Health Center,  Major Stuart Hickey, has been selected to head the national veterans’ group, American Veterans, or AMVETS. Hickey will be leaving the Hyndman Health position as he assumes his new role. The board of directors at the health center are looking at resumes and are searching for the right candidate to fill the position.


President, Vice-President to Attend September 11th Ceremonies

Vice-President Joe Biden will be in Shanksville on Saturday, September 10th to help dedicate the Flight 93 Memorial. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Somerset County for the 10th anniversary observance of the attacks, and will also travel to the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Arlington. Somerset County Commissioner Jim Marker and other officials says their attendance is a fitting tribute and speaks volumes to the importance of the passenger’s and crews actions on September 11, 2001.


Easement Approved for Great Allegheny Passage

The Somerset County Commissioners have agreed to an easement, sought by wind farm developer, Big Savage LLC, to run power transmission lines over the Great Allegheny Passage at Big Savage Tunnel. Big Savage, LLC wants to build a 60-turbine wind facility on 8500 acres is Southampton, Northampton, Larimer and Greenville townships. The company is paying about $10,000 for the easement.

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