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IAC Approves Allegany Plans

The Allegany County Public School System has been notified that its official request for the approval of the site acquisition of the Western Maryland Health System’s Braddock Campus for use to construct a new Allegany High School has been approved by the Interagency Committee for School Construction at its recent meeting on April 18th. Dr. David Cox, superintendent of the Allegany County School System, noted that the project has cleared another hurdle and the system is committed to clearing the next one with the Board of Public Works. Grimm and Parker Architects will present the results and recommendations of their feasibility study at the school board’s May business meeting.


Rocky Gap License May Be Approved Tomorrow

The Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission is expected to approve a slots license during tomorrow’s meeting, set for noon in Annapolis. The item is on the Commission’s agenda for tomorrow. The state Board of Public Works would have to take final action on the issue; Lakes Entertainment is expected to be awarded the license.


Two Garrett County Schools To Close

The Garrett County Board of Education has decided to close both the Dennett Road and Kitzmiller Elementary Schools. The county did receive a half million dollars from the Garrett County Commissioners. However, the school system was a million dollars short in its budget. The schools will close at the end of this school year, and students will be directed to other Garrett County schools in the 2012-2013 school year.


ACS to Terminate 100 Employees

ACS in Frostburg has announced that about 100 employees at its facility will lose their jobs, as of May 31st. ACS employs about 400 people locally. Xerox, the parent company of ACS recently announced that 250 jobs have recently been added in Oklahoma City and about 380 in Rochester, New York. Published reports note that the layoffs are due to a loss of a customer contract at the facility.


Drivers Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident

A head on collision sent two drivers to the hospital Monday afternoon. Swanton, Maryland resident Johanna Wilson attempted to pass another car on Route 220 in Rawlings, when she hit another vehicle, driven by Rawlings resident Maryann Shoemaker. Both were transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Route 220 was partially closed for about 45 minutes. Wilson was charged with unsafe passing.


Part of Route 51 to Be Resurfaced

A portion of Route 51 will be resurfaced, beginning Thursday. The Maryland State Highway Administration will remove the top layer of asphalt, resurface, and restripe nearly three miles of Route 51, between the Evitt’s Creek Bridge and Uhl Highway. Weather permitting, the project will be completed by the end of June. Motorists should anticipate lane closures at any time between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and they should exercise caution when driving in the area.


Delivery Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

Thirty-six year old Berlin resident Joseph Deem has been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and open lewdness. He is alleged to have exposed himself to several juveniles at the Glades Pike Trailer Court in Somerset Township. Deem had been driving through the trailer court, when he pulled alongside three juveniles.  On another date, the man was seen delivering pizzas from the same vehicle. A witness contacted the manager of the pizza shop; he, in turn, called police. His hearing is scheduled for May 1st.


Animal Control Board Seeks Members

The Allegany County Animal Control Board is seeking individuals to serve. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Allegany County Commissioners in all matters pertaining to the welfare of domestic animals in Allegany County, and is a volunteer position. Terms begin July 1st. Prospective board members should contact Richard DeVore, Director of the Department of Emergency Services at (301)-876-9155, extension 100, or email at to express their interest.


Traffic Group Reschedules Meeting

The City of Cumberland Traffic Group would like to notify the public that it will postpone its Thursday meeting, until the May 17th meeting at 10 a.m. in the second floor conference room of City hall. Multiple conflicts are causing the group to move the meeting.


Fostion Bail Raised to One Million Dollars

Jarvel Quincy Murice Fostion, accused of pulling a gun on a Hagerstown City police officer last Friday, has had his bond raised from $200,000 to $1 million at a bail review hearing Monday. Ironically, Fostion received first aid from another officer, after being stabbed six months ago. Fostion was the victim of a stabbing in October of last year. Fostion was taken into custody Friday evening at the Super 8 motel on the Dual Highway.

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