GOP Members Oppose Another Special Session

Some Republicans in the Maryland General Assembly are not in favor of another special session, to consider expanded gambling in the state. They say special sessions should be called in times of true crisis, and that any discussion of gambling expansion should be discussed during the regular 90-day session. Governor O’Malley has indicated a special session could be held the week of July 9th, if a work group on the matter reaches a consensus.


Four Arrested for Drug Violations in Interstate 68

Four residents of Golden, Colorado have been charged with various drug counts, following a stop on Interstate 68 westbound. An officer stopped the vehicle, because it had an equipment violation, and a K-9 unit detected the presence of drugs. Taken into custody were 24-year old Reilly Allen; 24-year old Shaina Kubalak, along with 25-year old Joshua Kubalak and Christopher Lamay. The three men were each held on $15,000 bond, while Shaina Kubalak’s bond was set at $2,000.


Upgraded Crossings in Garrett County

The Maryland State Highway Administration and Garrett County officials have announced two upgraded pedestrian safety crossings along Route 219, near the Deep Creek Lake area. The safety enhancements are near Quarry Road and Trader’s Landing. The new $150,000 safety enhancements include advance crosswalk flashers, new lighting and pavement markings for enhanced visibility.


Chase Streeet to be Closed

The City of Cumberland Engineering Department, on behalf of Columbia Gas of MD and its contractor Shaffer Construction, would like to notify the public that Chase Street will be closed between Fayette Street and Cumberland Street Tuesday through Friday June 1, 2012.  A Detour Route will be in place.  Please use caution in the area of work and obey all traffic control signs. 


School System to Offer 2012 Summer School Courses

The Allegany County Public School System is offering a variety of 2012 summer school options, including original credit courses, Credit Recovery Summers School, HAS Prep/Bridge Summer School and Attendance Summer School. The deadline to register is Friday, June 1st. Information and applications can be found on the school system’s website,, or by calling Marsha Miller at (301)-759-2021 or Ben Brauer at (301)-759-2410.


STAR Project Community Workshops Planned

The Sustainable Transformation of the Appalachian Region, or “STAR” project, in partnership with the Greater Cumberland Committee and other groups, will be hosting two upcoming community workshops. The purpose of the program is to prepare a “primer” for economic development planning for Western Maryland. The first workshop will be held on Thursday at the Will O’ The Wisp restaurant in McHenry, while the second will be held on Monday, June 4th at the Cumberland Country Club. To RSVP, contact Juli McCoy at 9301)-722-0090.


Man Bitten By Rabid Fox

A Somerset County man was bitten by a fox that the victim thought was a cat. A group of people attended a bonfire earlier in the month, and the victim believed the fox to be a cat, and tried to push it out of the way. He was bitten and the fox was killed, and sent it away for testing. It turned out the fox was positive for rabies. The man who was bitten is seeking treatment and doing well.


Former President Golfs at Bedford Springs

Former President George W. Bush was a guest for a round of golf at the Omni Bedford Springs resort on Thursday. He took a private jet from Texas to the Bedford County Airport, where Secret Service agents escorted him to the course. He had planned a visit last year, but had to cancel due to bad weather. Bush, however, wasn’t the first U.S. President to visit Bedford Springs. James Polk stayed there in 1848, and nine more-including seven sitting presidents have been to Bedford Springs since Polk’s visit.