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American Woodmark Adding Jobs

American Woodmark is expanding at its Moorefield plant, planning to invest over $15 million in its manufacturing operation at the Robert C. Byrd Hardy County Industrial Park. The expansion means an additional 187 jobs, and hiring for those positions will begin immediately. Once that is complete, American Woodmark will have about 500 employees between that facility, and the one located on Route 220 in Allegany County. In April of this year, the company, located in the Moorefield Industrial Park closed, eliminating 400 hourly and 26 salaried positions.


PSC Recommends Dismissal of Complaint

A West Virginia Public Service Commission staff attorney has suggested that the commission dismiss noise and light flicker complaints, in connection to the wind turbines at Pinnacle Wind Farm at New Page on Green Mountain, because it believes it does not have jurisdiction in the matter. Pinnacle agrees with staff attorney John Auville, with another complaint dismissed last month for the same reason.


Man Held on Quarter-Million Dollar Bond

Cumberland resident Clint Kane Hill is being held on $250,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following an assault incident on Frank’s Lane Wednesday. Hill, who resides on Frank’s Lane with his son and his mother, allegedly threw a rod from a blind at the victim-his three year old son-striking him in the face. The injuries were consistent with the account given, and Hill was arrested. He was charged with second-degree assault.


Chief Hinant Named to Post

Cumberland City Police Chief Charles Hinant has been appointed vice-chair of the Maryland Police Training Commission. The commission has authority to set standards for the initial selection and training of all governmental law enforcement, correctional, parole and probatioin and juvenile justice officers in the state. Hinant was appointed chief of the Cumberland Police Department in November of 2006.


Lee Street To Be Paved Today

The city of Cumberland is notifying the public that Lee Street is being paved today. Lee Street, will be reduced to one-lane traffic, with a flagging operation in place until about 5 p.m. Magruder Street, from Wallace to Lee, will be closed today. Parking will be restricted in areas as posted. Cumberland’s Engineering Department is asking residents and motorists to use caution and obey all traffic control devices and flaggers in the area, and to expect delays during this period of time.


School System Partners With ACM

The Allegany County Public School System has partnered with Allegany College of Maryland through the College Preparation Intervention Grant program, to provide academic preparation and support to help students be successful in post-secondary education. In order to qualify for the program and begin regular credited course study at ACM, students must score at the Math 102 Level or the English 101 level on the Accuplacer test. Counselors are meeting with students at the various high schools both this month and next.


Piedmont Pool Issue Addressed

The Piedmont pool is open again, after being shut down by the Mineral County Health Department. A series of circumstances, including the June 29th storm, and the illness of the town employee who oversees the water quality there, caused the water in the pool to test negatively for chlorine. Keyser Water Distribution Supervisor Sonny Gank has offered to help in future emergencies, and the pool will be open its regular hours, and at 6 p.m. tomorrow for the Homefest Pool party, sponsored by the Piedmont Concerned Citizens.


Keyser Sewer Plant Being Repaired

Another casualty of the strong June 29th storm was the roof of building housing electrical equipment at the Keyser Wastewater Treatment Plant. The metal roof was torn off the brick building, so the Keyser City Council awarded an emergency grant of just over $3300 to make the repairs, with all but a $500 deductible to be covered by insurance. The repairs were to have been completed by yesterday.


Storms Create Havoc at Pendleton, Wood County Fairs

Three people were injured by storms at the Pendleton and Wood County fairs in West Virginia. A storm blew the roof off of a carnival game, and injured a worker in Pendleton County; lightning hit two brothers who were attending the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition in Mineral Wells. The lightning struck Kyle and Keith Townsend as they were putting up an awning on the family camper. They both suffered burns to their feet.


Sheriff’s Trial May Be Delayed

The trial for Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley may be delayed at the request of his attorneys. Shirley is going to trial after being accused of a civil rights violation and one of falsifying records. His attorneys are asking that trial be delayed until the spring of next year. Mark Haines, who had been an inmate at the Allegany County Detention Center, filed the charges against Shirley, following a December, 2010 arrest. The trial was originally scheduled to get underway on August 7th.


O’Malley Promises Gambling Proposal

Governor Martin O’Malley is promising legislation to expand gambling by the end of this week. And, while House Speaker Michael Busch said a meeting held earlier this week with the Governor was “productive,” he wasn’t sure if any minds were changed. O’Malley is still interested in holding a special session so that lawmakers can pass a bill in time for the measure to go before voters this fall. Ballot questions must be finalized by August 20th.

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