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New Page Offered Takeover Proposal

The NewPage Corporation, owner of the Luke paper mill, has declined a takeover offer from Verso Paper Corporation of Memphis, Tennessee. NewPage, which is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, has determined that the merger would have posed significant downside risks to its stakeholders, employees and business. The Luke Mill facility is planning to add nearly $16 million in capital improvements in the future.


State Police Investigate Vandalism

The Maryland State Police are currently investigating a vandalism incident in the area of 40 Main Street in Lonaconing. Several places were sprayed with white spray paint. Police have the surveillance tape, which showed a white male, spray painting several pieces of property at approximately 3:20 a.m. Friday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Trooper Rankin at the Cumberland Barrack. That number is (301)-729-2101.


Repaving Operations Announced

The City of Cumberland will be milling Cumberland Street and Lee Street, in preparations for paving operations. The two streets will be reduced to one lane traffic today, with a flagging operation in place. Parking will also be restricted in the area. Please use caution and obey all traffic control devices and flaggers in the area. Motorists should also expect delays during this period.


Bedford Residents Arrested Following Stop

Twenty-four year old Michael Scott Kovach and 20-year old Michael David Coback, both of Bedford, were arrested, following a traffic stop in the Spring Street/Maryland Avenue area. Kovach was arrested for possession of CDS paraphernalia, and possession of CDS other than marijuana. He was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond. Cobak had two active felony warrants from the state of Florida, and was held, pending extradition to the state of Florida.


State Police Appoint Commanders of LaVale and McHenry Barracks

The Maryland State Police have announced the appointment of Lt. Mike Fluharty to the position of Commander of the Cumberland Barrack, and Lt. Mark Rodeheaver to head the McHenry Barrack. Lt. Fluharty joined the Maryland State Police in 1997; until his recent promotion, he ran the day to day operations of the Maryland State Police Academy and oversaw the successful graduation of 160 new troopers. Lt. Rodeheaver is a 23-year member of the department and has served in many capacities while employed with the Maryland State Police.


SHA To Resurface Maryland Route 36

The Maryland State Highway Administration is beginning a resurfacing project on Route 36, the Mount Savage Road on Monday. They will resurface a 1-1/2 mile section of the road between Parkersburg Road and the and Route 36 at the southern end of Mount Savage, near New School Road. Weather permitting, the project will be completed before school resumes in late August. The approximate $600,000 contract was awarded to Keystone Lime of Springs, Pennsylvania.


Fresh Air Fund Welcomes Children

The Fresh Air Fund is welcoming a group of New York City children to the area on Tuesday, to spend part of their summer vacation with volunteer host families in the area. They are due to arrive in Allegany County on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn on New George’s Creek Road in Frostburg. A total of 21 children are coming to the area. Each summer, over 4,000 children visit volunteer families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.


Insurance Administration to Visit Garrett County

The Maryland Insurance Administration is visiting Garrett County for two days this month, to help answer consumer questions on annuities to title insurance and health, auto and homeowners’ insurance. They will visit the Ruth Enlow Library in Grantsville from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th. On Friday, July 20th, they will be visiting the Oakland Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Aircraft Company Locating in Hagerstown

Mecaer Aviation Group of Italy is opening a maintenance shop at the end of August at the Hagerstown Airport. The Washington County Commissioners approved a cash incentive of $20,000 a year for five years, and in return, the company will provide 18 new jobs, with salaries of at least $50,000. The goal of local officials is to make the airport a center of aerospace employment.


Reports to be Filed by Utility Companies

The head of the Maryland Public Service Commission says that all Maryland’s major electrical utilities will have to file reports on how they managed power restoration, and they have until 21 days after power is restored. Doug Nazarian says the commission will determine whether utilities’ systems should have done a better job, and what, if anything should be done about that.

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