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Xerox Adding Jobs in Frostburg

Xerox is adding approximately 375 new permanent and project-based jobs in the Frostburg area by the end of the year. Positions will be for customer care agents for two existing healthcare programs and a new healthcare customer. The Frostburg Center currently employs around 300 agents, who have been supporting the existing customers for more than 8 years. Interested applicants may apply either online, by phone, or in person. About 135 of the new positions will become permanent, year-round jobs, while the remainder will be project-based and wind down  by the end of the year. Xerox employs 1300 Maryland residents.


Building to be Transferred to School Board

The Allegany County Board of Education has authorized its attorney to proceed to closing for the transfer of the Western Maryland Health System’s Braddock campus. The 26-acre site will be used by the school system as the site for the construction of the new Allegany High School. Other renovations at Braddock and Washington Middle Schools could be delayed. During last night’s meeting, it was pointed out that both roofs at the schools are in bad shape, and are at least five years beyond their warranty life. It has been suggested that the board separate the roof projects from the “modernization and addition” projects that have been recommended for both middle schools.


Crew Finds Bones at Demolition Location

A demolition crew, working in the area of 7 North Waverly Terrace, found a set of bones at the location. The crew was in the process of tearing down the residence there. Several agencies responded, including a crime lab technician with the Maryland State Police and the Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner, with an anthropologist with the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore that the bones belonged to an animal.


Man Arrested Sunday Morning

A LaVale man was arrested Sunday morning, following a single-vehicle accident on Baltimore Avenue. Robert Chou’s 2008 Infinity SUV was sitting in the wrong lane of traffic, and was missing its left front tire. It appeared Chou had driven the vehicle without the tire, due to the amount of damage done to it. Chou failed several field sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest. He was charged with driving on a suspended license, driving while impaired by alcohol, and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released pending trial in District Court.


Kenny’s Market Slated to Close

Kenny’s Market in Westernport is closing. Owner Bill Kenny says he has been considering retirement since about 2007. Kenny’s Market has been a part of Westernport for nearly 90 years. Kenny has served in various community posts, including one term as an Allegany County Commissioner. Kenny, who will stay in Westernport, and has plans to sell the store, but hasn’t decided exactly when the store will close, according to the Mineral News Tribune.


Keyser Mayor, Council Member Meet with PSC

Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower and City Council member Terry Liller were in the state capitol last week to state their case for significant hikes in the city’s water and sewer rates. The Mayor and Council voted to increase residential water rates, first by 19 per cent, and then by30 per cent in the second phase. Sewer service was scheduled to be increased in three steps: by 31 per cent in phase one, 20 per cent in phase two, and by 90 per cent in the final phase. However, because of a citizen petition drive and PSC review, the phased increases will not be allowed. The city officials visited Charleston to learn how to win approval for the proposed increases.


Somerset County Commissioner Switches Parties

Somerset County Commissioner Joe Betta switched his party affiliation from Republican to Independent this week, meaning that Somerset County Republicans are no longer represented on the Board of Commissioners. Betta was previously an Independent, but changed it back to Republican for the 2011 Commissioners’ race.


Residents Moved Out of Nursing Home

Residents of Soma Manor Nursing Home have been moved to another facility, while the state investigates a case of alleged neglect. A woman at the Boonsboro facility was injured after she fell through a hold in floor. The owner, Dickson Tabi, acknowledged the incident, but also confessed to trying to cover it up. The victim, Eilene Rindone, is in serious condition at Shock Trauma. According to reports, it happened in the morning, but an ambulance wasn’t called until several hours later.


PSC Hears Complaints About Storm Response

Members of the Maryland Public Service Commission heard from angry BGE customers during a hearing Monday night in Annapolis. The subject was the response from the June derecho storm. Many customers were offline for a week or more, with the average outage lasting almost 40 hours. More than 720,000 BGE customers were without power, and statewide, that number was well over 1 million. Many customers were not reconnected until more than a week after the storm struck on June 29th.



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