Local Red Cross Chapter to Close
The local chapter of the American Red Cross on Cumberland Street will close tomorrow. The decision was made, due to downsizing by the national chapter and as a response to the nationwide budget deficit. Two full-time positions will be eliminated, including that of director Bill Crawford, who had served in that capacity for 20 years. Four part-time positions have also been cut. The Red Cross will hire someone to work 20 hours a week in Cumberland, to deal with emergency responses.
Memo of Understanding Executed for Cumberland Meadows
A memorandum of understanding was executed this week, clearing the way for a 64-unit senior citizens housing project, adjacent to Allegany College of Maryland. Cumberland Meadows has been granted a temporary occupancy permit, which will be issued in the next few days. Land adjacent to Old Willowbrook Road was conveyed to the county by Allegany College of Maryland.
Statement Issued on Players’ Death
Frostburg State University has issued a statement regarding the death of football player Derek Sheely, who collapsed on August 22nd, and later died at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The statement recounted the events of August 22nd, when the Bobcat football team was running contact drills. Sheely displayed symptoms, requiring attention, and collapsed as he was being escorted off the field. Media reports have indicated that Sheely collapsed after experiencing a helmet-to-helmet direct hit during drills.
Two Men Arrested in South Cumberland Robbery
Cumberland resident Vernon Anderson and Gavin Chapman Schaaf were arrested following an incident Tuesday evening in South Cumberland. Schaff claimed to have been robbed and positively identified Anderson on South Street, near Second Street; the robbery took place over the purchase of illegal drugs. Officers found drugs on Schaaf, and in his vehicle. Anderson is being held on $15,000 bond, while Schaaf was held on $3,000 at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Sex Offense Charges Filed in Garrett County
A 27-year old Garrett County man is being charged in connection with alleged sex offenses against a juvenile female member of his household. Both the identity of the accused and the victim are being withheld to protect the identity of the victim. The charges stem from the alleged inappropriate touching of a 12 year old member of the household of the accused. The defendant had been awaiting a bond hearing, before a district court commissioner.
Garage Sustains $500 Damage in Fire
A residential garage along Flanagan Lane in Rawlings sustained $500 in damage early Wednesday morning. The structure, owned by Patricia Harris, burned because of an electrical malfunction. Six fire companies responded; it took them about five minutes to control the fire. It was discovered by the owner, and originated inside the garage.
Keyser Residents Oppose Mandatory Trash Service
Over 20 residents attended an informational meeting in Keyser, expressing their opposition to a mandatory, city-wide trash service. The residents noted that they did not want to replace the current system of contracting private haulers to remove the garbage. Mayor Randy Amtower pointed out that municipal service would eliminate garbage hoarders who don’t have regular pick up. The issue will be discussed further at an upcoming Council work session.
Mountain Ridge Student Selected For Boys Nation
Mountain Ridge student John Stark, who recently attended the American Legion Boys State Program over the summer, was selected to advance, to become one of two Maryland representatives at the American Legion Boys Nation. He is the first native of Frostburg to be chosen for this honor. As part of the program, he will given the opportunity to become part of the operation of local, county, and state governments. Students learn the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of franchised citizens and participate in activities, including legislation sessions, court proceedings and the like.
Keyser Pool Closed for Labor Day Weekend
The Keyser Pool has been closed and will not be opened for the Labor Day weekend. Due to declining attendance and ongoing maintenance expenses, the Mayor and Council there decided to close it a week early. It hasn’t been opened on weekdays since school opened last week in Mineral County. The city may consider closing the pool in mid-August in future years.
Unemployment Rate Increases in Bedford County
The unemployment rate in Bedford County rose to 9.3 per cent in July, which is up from 9.1 per cent in June. Those working or looking for work decreased from 26,600 in June to 24,400 in July. There was also a decrease in jobs within the county, almost all of them in local government, which would include the nine-month employees or school districts.