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Tourism Funding Announced

The City of Cumberland has received a $40,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant for the Canal Place Heritage Area Plan Update project. The goal is to improve the economic climate within the heritage area of Allegany County. In addition to the ARC funding, other groups will provide funding, including the National Park Service, along with state and local resources for a total of just over $220,000.


Hazmat Team Sent To Home

Hazmat responders were sent to a Fort Avenue home yesterday, when concern was raised about a letter, containing an unknown powder substance. The woman was decontaminated at the scene and was not injured. As the post office uses two screening procedures, officials felt that the white, powdery substance was simply glue from the letter itself.


Over Two Dozen Arrested in Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley Counties

Approximately 25 arrests have been made in Morgan, Hampshire and Berkeley counties, tied to the alleged distribution of prescription drugs in those areas. Two residents of Hampshire and two in Morgan County were taken into custody on felony drug charges. The investigation has focused on several people, who were allegedly distributing Oxycodone and Suboxone in all three counties. Along with currency, prescription drugs, vehicles, tools, and electronics were seized.


County Disavows Tie to Elite Publishing

It has been brought to the attention of the Allegany County Office of Tourism that Elite Publishing and Design, Incorporated, with a post office box in Mossville, Illinois is contacting stakeholders in the area, claiming to represent “The Mountainside of Maryland,” the official visitor guide of Allegany County. The office has no connection to Elite Publishing, and they are not acting on behalf of the tourism office. The Allegany County Office of Tourism will continue to publish “The Mountainside of Maryland,” and will continue to contact stakeholders personally.


No Stopover On 911 Ride

The America’s 911 Ride will not include a stopover in Allegany County, as has been the case in past years, and there will be a new route through the city. The stop is now scheduled for the Prime Outlets in Hagerstown. The motorcyclists will arrive in Cumberland at about 8 a.m. on Friday, August 19th. The route will be from Route 36, through the Narrows, and continue south on Mechanic Street. The route changes when they turn left and travel Frederick Street, until they reach Nave’s Crossroads. They will eventually travel onto Interstate 68 Eastbound, via Ali Ghan Road.


Part of Valley Road Closed Next Week

The Cumberland Street Department is performing a street repair on Valley Road, approximately a half-mile from Henderson Avenue. Weather permitting, the work will take place next Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Valley Road, from Independence Street to Forest Avenue, will be closed to thru traffic during the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. period. Valley Road will open to one-lane traffic at the construction site after 3 p.m.


Man Arrested in Disturbance

A Ridgeley man was arrested, after creating a disturbance at a Baltimore Street business on Wednesday afternoon. Curtis Coover is accused of yelling and throwing items onto the ground. He allegedly refused to cooperate with officers and continued to cause a disturbance. He is charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a law enforcement officer and disturbing the peace.


Committee Forming for World Language Pipeline Project

The Allegany County Public School System has been approved to participate collaboratively with the Maryland State Department of Education’s World Language specialists in Chinese  in the West Side Elementary World Language Pipeline. The school system is currently in the process of forming a steering committee to work together to review, evaluate and make recommendations to the Superintendent on this pilot project. Anyone interested in serving on the steering committee should contact Molly Stewart at the West Side Elementary School at (301)-724-0340.


Man Died Before Fire Destroyed House

A man, whose remains were found in the debris of a burned house in Clear Spring, died before the fire on Fairview Road. Harry McMullen died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It had been determined he had given away money and other property before his death. However, it’s not clear how the fire started. He and his estranged wife had were separating, and she had leased the house. Robin McMullen had been in Iowa for job training at the time of the incident.


Trial Date Set for Couple Accused of Embezzling

Two senior managers of the Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center will go on trial in October. Hassan Mohammad and his wife Yasamane Rowhani, who are husband and wife, are accused of stealing about $17,000 from employees during an insurance scam. The approximately 19 employees were under the impression the money was being put into an account to pay for insurance.


Legislators Study Sales Tax Extension


Members of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee received a briefing last week, on extending the sales tax on 16 different services. Proposals were presented that would impose a 2- per cent sales tax. Some that may included are engineering services, employment placement agencies, cable television, health and fitness centers, golf courses and taxis. The committee is not considering legislation to expand the sales tax in the special session, set for this fall.

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