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Virginia Avenue Revitalization Funding Announced

The City of Cumberland has received a $30,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant to revitalize the Virginia Avenue Corridor. The funding is expected to attract two businesses to the Corridor and improve the City’s overall economic health. The grant, announced by United States Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, will help implement the Virginia Avenue Corridor Redevelopment Plan, a multi-year redevelopment initiative for the South Cumberland historic business district.

 

Owners May Sell Wisp Resort

The owners of the Wisp resort in Garrett County are considering the sale of the property to solve financial problems. Selling the Wisp is a last option the D.C. Development would pursue to repay more than $23 million to BB&T Corporation of North Carolina. The group borrowed money about four years ago to build the Lodestone golf course community, but a slump in the housing market caused only about 20 of the 197 planned home sites to be sold. A spokesperson says the Wisp is profitable and is in no danger of closing, but all options are “on the table” if the loan can’t be repaid.

 

State Will Deny Fibred Permit

The state of Maryland does not plan to renew a permit that allows Mexico Farms LLC to dispose of wastewater into the North Branch of the Potomac River and into groundwaters. Its permit is up for renewal, and it’s unclear how Fibred would treat or dispose of its wastewater, should the permit be denied. Mexico Farms LLC is challenging an enforcement action from the state; a motion hearing is set for September 9th. The limited liability corporation filed for bankruptcy on January 28th in the District Court of Maryland.

 

Two Arrested in Scrap Metal Theft

Belinda Davis of Keyser and James Growden of Cumberland have been arrested for stealing scrap metal from an old barn along Route 220, across from the American Woodmark facility. The two were arrested at the scene around 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Both were jailed on bonds of $20,000, pending a bail review hearing. 0

 

School Buildings Checked for Structural Safety

In light of Tuesday’s earthquake, there have been a number of inquiries regarding the structural safety of Allegany County’s school buildings. The Director of Facilities for the public school system Vince Montana says that while administrators reported suspicious cracks, it has been determined they predated this week’s earthquake. There will be follow-up inspections, although in each case, the buildings were deemed safe for staff and students.

 

Accident Closes I-68 for Wednesday

An accident on Interstate 68 westbound Wednesday, blocked the roadway for about three hours. There were no serious injuries in the crash, which occurred when Michigan resident Brian Oneil lost control of the rig, and slid into the westbound lane. The truck had been carrying sugar, and the debris struck a pickup truck, driven by Richard Greene of Severn, Maryland. Also struck by the debris was a car, driven by Deer Park resident Jessica Helton. Oneil was cited for negligent driving. All westbound lanes, and one eastbound lane was closed for about three hours, while officials cleared the scene.

 

Somerset County Girl Killed by Falling Tree

Ten-year old Somerset County resident Kayla Wolk was killed yesterday morning, when a tree crashed through her bedroom and landed on her shortly before 7 a.m. The incident happened during a severe thunderstorm. Kayla Wolk lived on Stepping Stones Road in Somerset County.

 

Man Arrested on Several Outstanding Warrants

Cumberland resident Daniel Erwin Smith was arrested on several outstanding warrants Wednesday, as police were investigating a breaking and entering at a residence on South Waverly Terrace. Smith had originally given officers a false name, but it was later determined there were several warrants out for his arrest. The charges include violation of probation, fraud, possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and possession of marijuana. He was held on a $23,500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Flanagan Death Investigated

The death of 1979 Cy Young Award Winner Mike Flanagan is being investigated. Flanagan’s body was found Wednesday afternoon on his property in Monkton, Maryland. Flanagan, who had later worked as a broadcaster and executive for the Orioles, returned last year as a color analyst for the team-owned Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Flanagan was drafted by the Orioles in 1973, and won the Cy Young Award in 1979, which was his best year in baseball; he had an overall record of 23-9 that year.

 

More Quake Aftershocks Felt

Five, possibly six, aftershocks have been felt since Tuesday’s earthquake in Mineral, Virginia. They ranged from 2.2 to 4.2 on the Richter Scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The number of aftershocks has been termed “remarkably low.” The larger the quake, the longer and greater extent of the aftershock. There still may be more aftershocks on the way.

 

Gas Prices Lower For Labor Day Weekend

Gas prices are dropping, just in time for the Labor Day weekend, but are still nearly one-dollar per gallon more, than they were a year ago. According to the Mid-Atlantic Triple-A, prices are averaging around $3.54; last year at this time, gas was $2.62 per gallon. Today’s prices are averaging 52-cents less than the all time high of $4.11, set in July of 2008. About 31.5 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Labor Day weekend, a drop of 2.4 per cent.



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