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More Traveling Over Holiday Weekend

More Americans, and in particular, more Marylanders are traveling this holiday weekend. Triple “A” says 42.5 million Americans are on the road, a four per cent increase from last Thanksgiving. About 871,000 Marylanders will be traveling this weekend, about a 3.5 per cent increase over last year. As for gas to do that traveling, the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $3.39, about 50-cents more than a year ago, but about 60-cents less than this year’s peak price of $3.98 on May 5th.


Maryland’s Jobless Rate Drops

The state of Maryland’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 per cent in October, from 7.4 per cent in September, according to U.S. Labor Department statistics. The estimates suggest that about 60 per cent of the net gains came from the private sector. The labor force-those looking for work-expanded by nearly 10,000 people in October, the second month of gains. The national rate was 9 per cent in October, significantly higher than Maryland’s rate.


Rock Slide Closes Portion of Interstate 68

A rock slide closed a portion of westbound Interstate 68 between Cumberland and LaVale. The left lane of the interstate was open, while Maryland State Highway Administration crews cleared the blockage. Brief traffic delays were reported Wednesday morning. Travelers can get updates on western Maryland traffic, and other delays, by calling “511.”


Man Arrested on Marijuana Charge

A routine traffic stop on Henderson Avenue resulted in the arrest of 22-year old Justin Michael Skiff of Cumberland. A K-9 scan of Skiff’s car yielded a positive alert for the presence or odor of drugs. A small baggie of suspected marijuana was located under the driver’s seat of the car. He was taken to District Court for an initial appearance, and was released on personal recognizance.


No Action Against Brunswick Player

No action will be taken against a Brunswick football player, who seemingly twisted a Fort Hill players’ leg during their playoff game recently. Ned Sparks, the executive director of the MPSSAA says all parties involved have reviewed the film, and have determined that no action should be taken. The Fort Hill player, Garreett Clay, was limping after the tackle, but was not badly injured.


Two Arrested by NRP for “Spotlighting”

A trial date for two people has been scheduled for January 18th of next year, for “spotlighting” deer on the Old Frostburg Road. Twenty-year old Tanner Hyson of Grantsville and 19-year old Katrina Yoder of Springs, Pennsylvania were charged with spotlighting with a weapon in their possession. The trial will be held at District Court in Garrett County.


Two Attain National Board Certification

Two Mountain Ridge High School teachers recently achieved National Board Certification. Tricia Emerick and Lee Ann Zlomek are among 23 teachers in the Allegany County Public School System, who have earned the certification. National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program, designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers.


Bartlett Named Honorary Chair of Antietam Illumination

Sixth District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett has been named the Honorary Chairperson of the Antietam Naitonal Battlefield Memorial Illumination, beginning with the 23rd annual event on December 3rd. A ceremony was held at the Congressman’s Hagerstown office on November 22nd.


Cardin Encourages Shoppers to Shop on “Small Business Saturday”

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin is urging consumers to shop at local, independently owned businesses on the nation’s second annual “Small Business Saturday. Cardin, who is a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, recently co-sponsored the resolution that designated November 26th as Small Business Saturday.


Maryland Endorses Cutting Athletic Teams

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh is supporting a committee’s recommendation to cut funding for eight sports teams, including men’s cross country, swimming and diving, tennis, and women’s acrobatics and tumbling, swimming and diving and water polo. Savings realized by cutting the programs would be moved to other athletic programs at Maryland. However, he also announced a fundraising program, called “Save The Programs Campaign,’ which would give the teams affected, until June of next year to raise nearly $30 million. The school’s athletic program faces a $4.7 billion budget shortfall.


Mikulski to Co-Chair Abuse and Neglect Hearing

Maryland U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski  is one of three Senators, co-chairing a congressional hearing on abuse and neglect, in the wake of the Penn State child abuse scandal. A December 13th hearing will examine how well the nation is protecting its children from abuse and neglect.


Mother and Son To Face Trial

Somerset County residents, Laura Lynn Hetz and her son, Duane, will go to trial on charges of concealing a firearm used in a double-shooting last April. The Hetzes were tenants of an apartment where the shooting took place. One of the men died in a hospital, and the second is facing homicide charges in Somerset County court. Police said the Hetzes allowed one of the victims to use their residence to sell drugs.


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