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NewPage Facing Debt Issues

Miamisburg, Ohio-based NewPage Corporation, which operates the Luke paper mill, experienced a $132 million net loss in the second quarter of this year, and may be “exploring various restructuring alternatives,” and Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection has been mentioned in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Standard and Poor’s has lowered the company’s credit rating from “CCC” to “CCC-plus,” and has placed the company on a watch list for the remainder of 2011. A NewPage spokesperson says that operations will remain “business as usual before, during, or after any restructuring.”


Midland Man Arrested After Saturday Incident

Midland resident Harold Nicol faces numerous charges, after he hit several vehicles on Maryland Avenue Saturday evening; two of the vehicles were Cumberland City Police cruisers. Nicol’s vehicle left the roadway and struck the back of a police unit, which pushed it into another. It also struck a 1998 GMC truck, traveling in the opposite direction. He was arrested on driving while impaired charges, along with several motor vehicle violations. Following his arrest, he was released pending trial.


Bowling Green Man Turns Himself In on Burglary, Theft Charges

A Bowling Green man, 26-year old Timothy Walker King,  has turned himself into Cumberland City Police, in connection with the burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property of Walter N. Yoder and Sons. The incident happened on the morning of August 5th, when a person broke into the business and stole a large amount of copper wire and copper fittings. King was identified through surveillance video. He was held on $30,000 bond, pending his next court appearance.


Cumberland Man Arrested on Two Warrants

Nineteen year old David Robert Evans of Cumberland is being held on $8500 bail, following his arrest over the weekend. He was charged with burglary and misdemeanor theft, in connection with an incident from earlier in the month. A second warrant charges him with misdemeanor assault, trespassing, reckless endangerment and disturbing the peace, in connection with a June incident, where he reportedly entered a yard and caused a disturbance and assaulted the tenants. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner, where bail was set.


Trash Service in Keyser To Be Discussed

The city of Keyser will hold a special meeting on Monday, August 29th, to consider a mandatory, uniform trash-collection throughout the city. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at City Hall; Mayor Randy Amtower is looking at instituting the service as a way to help clean up the community and save residents money on their trash bills. Modeled on a plan from nearby Westernport, Keyser would hire a private contractor to provide service, then collect payments from residents.


Police Called to WMHSRMC

A Grantsville man was arrested at the Western Maryland Health System Regional Medical Center early Friday morning. Fifty-one year old John Norman Merrbach of Grantsville was accused of causing a disturbance in the emergency department, and was asked several times to leave. As officers tried to escort him from the building, he began pushing and assaulting them. He faces numerous charges, and was to have received a hearing in Allegany County District Court.


Odell Leaving Provost Post in June, 2012

Kerry Odell has announced he will be leaving the campus provost position at Potomac State College in June of next year. Under his direction, enrollment at the college has grown by 38 per cent over the past nine years. Odell also served as the College’s interim president from 2003 through 2005, and led the transition of Potomac State to a fully integrated division of West Virginia University. A search for the next campus provost will begin this fall.


Pennsylvania Utility Commission to Hold Area Code Hearing

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will conduct a public input hearing on Tuesday, to gather information on what is known as an area code relief plan, or what to do when an area runs out of telephone numbers. The meeting will be held in the Keystone Room of the Quality Inn  along Route 220, near the turnpike interchange. It is set for 6 p.m. The project date when the “814” area code will run out of numbers is the first quarter of 2015. Because the date has been pushed back, the commission will be able to hold further hearings and suspend the timeline to implement the relief plan.

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