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Commissioners OK Dirt Track Racing

The Allegany County Commissioners have approved a contract to continue dirt track auto racing at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. A three year lease with an option to renew for an additional two years was executed with Oval Track Promotions of Westminster, Maryland. The previous contract expired ended on January 31st. Also during yesterday’s meeting, County Commission President Mike McKay read a two-page prepared statement, denouncing same sex marriage. Governor Martin O’Malley is proposing a same-sex marriage bill in the General Assembly with the hopes it will pass during this session.


Board Delays Action on Teacher

The Salisbury School Board is continuing to investigate allegations that a teacher called students derogatory names. The controversy centers around an eighth and ninth-grade algebra teacher, who allegedly berated his students in class. The Superintendent, Joseph Renzi, declined comment on whether the teacher in question has been suspended. A group of parents complained to the school board on February 1st,  about the alleged name-calling. There was no word on whether she is still employed by the district, but is “being very cooperative” with administrators.


Firefighters Called To West Side

Cumberland City firefighters were called to 881 Patterson Avenue Wednesday evening to battle a fire found in a control heating unit of a gas furnace at the Shawna Peck residence. The call, at 11:38 p.m., was made by an occupant of the residence. They were on the scene for about 38 minutes. The fire was extinguished and the gas supply was shut off before clearing the scene.


Somerset Man Faces Child Porn Charges

Thirty-eight year old Richard Woy of Lowry Road in Somerset, is facing 19 counts of sexual abuse of children by possessing child pornography, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. All charges are felonies. He is accused of having numerous provocative images, which were captured on Woy’s computer-tower and several CD’s. He is also charged in an unrelated case with sending explicit sexual material over the Internet.


Two Accused of Stealing Electrical Services

Two people from Alum Bank have been accused of stealing electrical service, and will face further action following a hearing in Bedford County Court. Forty-seven year old Harold Lester Ritchey-Zerby and 34-year old Trisha Ann Corle are accused of installing a stolen electrical meter at an apartment they rent; the meter had been installed upside-down, and was noticed by a Bedford Rural Electric employee visiting a family member near the power the apartment.


Two Arrested for Trespassing on CSX Property

Twenty-four year old Steven Grapes and 21-year old Antonio Smith have been issued criminal citations for trespassing on CSX property. Cumberland City Police officers saw the two behind the Auto Zone store at Queen City Center, walking across the CSX main train tracks toward Queen City Drive. Grapes was also found to have an active arrest warrant for driving on a suspended license. He was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $1,000 bond, while Smith was released from custody.


Students Rank Number One in AP Scores

For the fourth straight year, Maryland students ranked first in the nation on their scores for AP exams. The state came in second place in the total percentage of high school students taking the AP exams. Interim State School Superintendent Bernard Sadusky says they are delighted with the news, and adds although the state has very rigorous course in high school, nothing duplicates the college experience like an AP course in high school.


BPW Approves Drug Contract

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $2.4 billion prescription drug contract for state employees during its meeting this week. The Board voted 2-1 to award the five-year contract to Missouri-based Express Scripts, Incorporated, instead of Maryland-based Catalyst RX, which currently provides the service to the state.

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