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City Hires Consultant for City Market

The Cumberland Mayor and Council voted 3-0 last night to hire consultants FranPoint Partners to help find a location for the proposed City Market. FranPoint is the same group hired by the city of Annapolis to reopen its historical downtown market. The City will pay half of a $2500 fee to bring a representative of the group to town to officially take a look at possible sites for the City Market, according to the Cumberland Times-News.


Bear Hunt Underway This Week

The black bear hunt is underway in Garrett and Allegany Counties. This is the seventh year for the hunt, during which time, 343 bears have been killed. A harvest of 55 and 80 bears is expected this year, and it is expected to last only a few days.


Cumberland Has Highest Gas Prices in Maryland…Again

Cumberland has, once again, topped the list for the highest average price for a gallon of unleaded, regular gas. Last week’s price of $3.55 is fourteen cents higher than the state average, and nine cents higher than the national average of $3.46. Gas prices have been on the rise for the past week or so. Last week, Cumberland’s average price per gallon was $3.50, and again was the  highest average price in the state.


Chamber Holds Business Recognition Dinner

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce presented its 24th annual business recognition awards last night at Rocky Gap State Park. The Outstanding Young Professional Award was presented to Evan Offstein. The Community Service Award went to Kim and Marion Leonard; Life Fitness Management earned the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, while TWR Communications was named the Business of the Year by the Chamber. Executive Director Stu Czapski served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.


Slots Revenue Estimates Adjusted Downward

While the state’s slot machine commission considers locations in Baltimore and at Rocky Gap State Park, analysts are adjusting estimated slot machine revenues downward, because of the economy and increased competition from neighboring states. Maryland’s two operating casinos in Perryville and near Ocean City report an estimated revenue drop of $56 million, to $161 million.


Fire Caused By Unattended Food on Stove

Monday afternoon’s fire on Maryland Avenue was caused by food, left unattended on a kitchen stove. The call came in at 4:49 p.m. at the home of Tracy Turner, and was confined to the apartment, located at 916 Maryland Avenue. Damages were estimated at $15,000 to the building and $5,000 to its contents. There were no injuries.


Cumberland Woman Charged with Assault

Thirty-seven year old Cumberland resident Brandolyn Michelle Simpson was arrested Monday in the 1800-block of Bedford Street. The victim advised the officer that he had an argument with his girlfriend, Ms. Simpson, and that she had struck him in the face. She was released on personal recognizance, following an appearance in District Court.


Task Force Arrests Twenty Suspected Dealers

The Bedford County Drug Task Force has arrested twenty residents who are suspected drug dealers. Residents, ranging in age from 18 to 50 were taken into custody during “Operation Scarecrow,” culminating an eight-month investigation. Most were arrested for heroin offenses, although some were taken into custody for allegedly dealing other substances, such as mushrooms and marijuana.


Serge Babo Reunites with Family

Serge Babo, who was deported to Cameroon, Africa over a year ago, was reunited with his family in Ridgeley recently. He had been arrested and deported in August of last year. Now, he is a legal permanent resident of the United States and in three years, can file for citizenship. His wife, Brittney, credited the community in having her husband returned, and expressed appreciation for its support.


National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Approximately 32,000 homes in Allegany contain lead; nearly a quarter of a million children, living in the United States have blood-lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from a 2003-2004 national survey. This is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and the Allegany County Health Department notes that lead poisoning is entirely preventable. For information and home lead testing kits, call Tina Tindal, RN, Lead Coordinator at (301)-759-5077.

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