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Rocky Gap Approval Coming Today

It is expected the Maryland Board of Public Works will sign off, and give final approval for a slots facility at Rocky Gap State Park, bringing both jobs and income to the county. According to the BPW agenda, Evitts Resort, LLC will invest $54.6 million to purchase the resort and construct a 50,000 square foot facility, adjacent to the resort. The Cumberland Times-News says closing is currently scheduled to be on or before August 3rd.


Sewer Rates To Rise in August

Sewer rates will increase for residential users in August, but not as much as initially expected. Residential sewer raters will increase by 7.5 per cent, or an average of $2.36 per month. The original idea was to propose an 8 per cent increase, which equates to a rise of about $2.51 per month, to replenish the city’s depleted sewer fund.


Robbery Suspects Due in Court

Two Somerset County, Pennsylvania residents, who are accused of several robberies in a three-state area, are due in a Pennsylvania courtroom this week. Forty-year old Corbin Will and 24-year old Nichole Durst are currently being held in Cambria County. The FBI says it expects to move the robbery charges to the federal level, after their initial court appearance. They are accused of robbing banks in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the M & T Bank in Friendsville, Maryland.


Superintendent Appoints Leaders for 2012-2013 School Year

Dr. David Cox, Superintendent of the Allegany County Public Schools, has announced the appointment of two interim leaders to assume vacated positions within the school system. Retired ACPS administrator Harry Smith, will replace the retiring Deborah Bittinger as the principal at the Career Center/Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Programs. Karen Bundy will replace Dr. Janet Wilson as Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Wilson was recently appointed Superintendent of the Garrett County Public School System. Both will assume their new roles, effective July 1st, and will serve in interim capacities for one year.


Sleeping Drivers Cause Two Separate Accidents

Two separate accidents, attributed to drivers falling asleep at the wheel while driving on Interstate 68, were reported yesterday. In the first, just before 6 a.m., Washington resident Antoine Moore was taken to the hospital after crashing near the Allegany/Garrett County line. In separate mishap, 34-year old Meyersdale resident Roger Beeman fell asleep while driving on State Route 3011. He ran off the road and struck two trees, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. He was transported to Somerset Hospital, and later charged with careless driving.


Unemployment Increases in 44 of West Virginia’s 55 Counties

Unemployment rose in 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in May. However, regionally, unemployment decreased in six counties, including Berkeley and Mineral Counties. The rate remain unchanged in Hampshire County. Four counties have unemployment rates higher than 11 per cent. Monongalia County-the home of West Virginia University-has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.


Iron Furnace Run Set

The 24th annual Iron Furnace 5K run will be held on Saturday, June 30th at 8 a.m., in conjunction with George’s Creek Days in Lonaconing. The race begins at George’s Creek Elementary School, and finish at the historic Iron Furnace at the north end of town. Race day registration will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the elementary school. Applications are available online at or at Personal Best Athletics. For more information, call (301)-463-6231.


Sheriff Pleads Not Guilty

Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley has pleaded not guilty to two federal charges. He is accused of using unreasonable force against convicted bank robbery suspect, Mark Daniel Haines, who is currently incarcerated at the Allegany County Detention Center. Shirley also faces a charge of falsifying records during a federal investigation. His attorney says he will continue to fulfill his duties as Sheriff; he won the primary election in May and intends to run in the November General Election. If convicted, Sheriff Shirley faces up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.


Giordano Sues over Travel Insurance Claim

Maryland resident Gary Giordano is suing to collect on a travel insurance policy issued in Robyn Gardner’s name. Giordano, who was held for months in an Aruban jail on suspicion of being involved in her disappearance, says in the lawsuit that AMEX Assurance Company is required to pay him $3.5 million under terms of the policy, purchased before last summer’s trip. The policy was issued July 27th, and there is a 365-day waiting period, until a claim can be filed.

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