Allegany Decision Next Month
The Allegany County Commissioners will decide as soon as next month, whether to build a new Allegany High School. Commission President Mike McKay believes, that with 93 per cent of the funding for the school coming from the state, there is no better time to move forward with the project. The Allegany County Board of Education and the Commissioners met yesterday in a public work session to discuss the issue; county approval is needed to move forward on the project. There is still no decision on where the school would be built, should the project be approved.
No Buildings Damaged in Water Main Break
Unlike last month’s water main break, Monday’s rupture did not affect any buildings in the Bedford and Independence Street areas. This break is only 50 feet from the last one, and repairs were to have been finished by now, and the McMullen Bridge has since been re-opened to traffic. There are no estimates as to how much water was lost from Monday’s incident. In July, a 24-inch main burst in the same area, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the Adams Family Funeral Home.
Minor Grease Fire Affects Denny’s
An accidental grease fire caused only about $100 damage to Denny’s Restaurant on National Highway yesterday morning. The fire was out by the time the LaVale Fire Department arrived on the scene. The incident was reported around 5:42 a.m.
Bedford Man Arrested In Domestic Incident
A Bedford man has been arrested in connection with an alleged domestic assault in the 600-block of North Mechanic Street on Monday, August 1st. A female victim said she had been in an argument with 22-year old Charles Douglas Cobak. Officers observed physical injury to the victim’s arms, chest, and face. Police applied for charges at Allegany County District Court. Cobak was released on personal recognizance, following an initial appearance at Allegany County District Court.
Tri-Towns Meeeting Set
The Tri-Towns Homefest Planners will meet at the Westernport City Building this evening at 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to coordinate a community celebration for the weekend of September 9th through the 11th. If you have any questions, contact Jim Mertz at (301)-268-2895.
Bedford Jobless Rate Rises
The unemployment rate in Bedford County rose a half-percentage point from May to June. Even with seasonal adjustments, the rate went from 9.5 in May to 9.9 in June. About two-thirds of those entering the labor force in June found jobs, according to the Department of Labor and Industry.
Fatal Accident on I-70
One woman was killed Monday afternoon, when she stepped outside of a tractor-trailer to make an adjustment on the rig. The crash occurred along Interstate 70, near the Frederick County line. The unidentified woman was thrown into a guardrail, when the trailer was struck from behind by a tow truck. She was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical Center. Her co-driver was not injured.
O’Malley Urged to Not Back Gay Marriage
Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O’Brien privately urged Governor Martin O’Malley to not support gay marriage, saying it was a “goal that so deeply conflicts with your faith.” However, soon after that meeting, O’Malley said he would introduce legislation next year to allow gay couples to marry. The Governor, who is Catholic, opposed same-sex marriage when he first ran for the office in 2006.
Man Charged With Lying to Investigators
Anthony Lambert, who is charged with lying to investigators and hiding a fugitive is expected to plead guilty in the case. In February of this year, Charles Smith shot and killed Elkins native Derek Hotsinpiller, a deputy marshal who was serving a search warrant. Smith was also killed; his wife, Sherry, is accused of hiding her husband and lying to authorities. Lambert is her daughter’s boyfriend. He could be sentenced to five years in prison.
Unclaimed Property Online Auction Continues
An online unclaimed property auction is underway until August 18th. West Virginia State Treasurer, John Perdue, is encouraging West Virginians to check out the latest items available. Dozens of jewelry, watches, coins and other collectible items found in expired safe deposit boxes are available online for public bid. To view the auction items, go to www.westvirginiaunclaimedproperty.org.