FSU Student Dies in Kayaking Accident
The body of 20-year old Frostburg State University student Robert Knorr has been recovered in the Blackwater River in Tucker County, West Virginia. Knorr, from Gaithersburg, had been with a group of friends kayaking on the water, when he became pinned under a rock. The boat came to the surface, but Knorr did not; swiftwater rescue teams were on the scene quickly, but had difficulty freeing him from the entrapment. His body was recovered about 9:30 Monday morning. Knorr was a junior at Frostburg State University.
Powell Appeals Death Sentence
A former Cumberland resident, accused of killing a Delaware police officer in 2009, is appealing his death sentence. Lawyers for Derrick Powell argued that the trial should have been moved out of the county, because of the publicity and that the judge erred by allowing the death penalty to be on the table. Officer Chad Spicer was killed on September 1, 2009. Powell was convicted in February of last year and sentenced to death in May.
Funding for ACM Announced
The Appalachian Regional Commission has given a grant of $54,000 to Allegany College of Maryland, to purchase computers and printers for its Workforce Training Lab Equipment Update. The award, jointly announced by Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, will be used to purchase the equipment for a number of programs, including Office Technology, Respiratory Therapy, and Automotive Technology. Estimates are that over 550 students will benefit from the new computers.
Cumberland Among America’s Ten Poorest Cities
Daily Finance magazine has rated Cumberland among the ten poorest cities in the country. According to the article, the median household income is just over $38,800; the unemployment rate was set at 8.6 per cent; and, 17.7 per cent of the population is living below the poverty line. Five of the top ten cities with the highest poverty rates are also among the ten cities with the lowest median income. Cumberland ranked 6th out of 10. Other cities in the top ten include Laredo, Texas; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and, Albany, Georgia.
Two Fires Ruled Suspicious in Nature
Two fires, occurring within a two-block area early yesterday morning have been determined to be related and suspicious in nature. Both fires happened out doors, with the first reported at 315 Williams Street, where a mattress and box spring were set on fire. The second was reported at 3:10 a.m., where firefighters found a box on fire in the vicinity of Emily Street and Central Avenue. Both fires remain under investigation.
Trees To Be Collected Friday
Christmas trees will be collected for recycling on Friday in the city of Cumberland. Residents wishing to recycle Christmas trees are asked to remove all decorations and place the tree at the curbside Thursday evening. For additional information, contact the Public Works Department at (301)-759-6620.
Dorsey Named Acting Planning Coordinator
David Dorsey will serve as the County’s Acting Planning Coordinator, filling the position left by Phil Hager, who has accepted a position with Carroll County. Before joining the county, Dorsey was employed by the Maryland Department of Planning’s Maryland Historical Trust in Greater Annapolis. He is a graduate of Frostburg State University, with degrees in both Urban Geography and one in History.
Keyser’s Center Street Closed Indefinitely
Center Street in Keyser is being closed indefinitely for the construction of the new Memorial Bridge. The street is a heavily traveled access point to U.S. Route 220 Northbound. The street was blocked last week to allow for work to begin on the southern approach to the bridge. Motorists, however, can access Route 220 by going one block south, on East Piedmont Street.
General Assembly Begins Today
The 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly begins today in Annapolis. The 90-day session will deal with several issues, including “Plan Maryland” which some legislators say is a “war” on rural Maryland. And, when the session convenes, House Speaker Michael Busch will become the longest-serving Speaker at 10 years. Busch says the most important issues this session will be same-sex marriage and the possibility of an increase in the state’s gas tax.