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City Council Hears Demolition Bond Issue

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council held its first reading of a bond issue, which would authorize $5.25 million, designed to pay for the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital and other city projects. The bonds will be issued through the Maryland Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program. The cost of the Memorial demolition alone could be as high as $3.5 million; if it is lower, then the additional money can be used for other projects in the city. The cost estimate is based on the recent demolition of a similarly sized hospital in Hagerstown.


Dairy Workers On Strike

Members of Teamsters Local 453, employees of Galliker's/Potomac Farms Dairy, went on strike last night. The issue for about 55 workers is a lack of collective bargaining rights and pension fund issues. The employees have been working without a contract since February of last year. Production and delivery ended at 8 p.m. at the plant, located on Industrial Boulevard in Cumberland.


Frostburg Man Arrested in Two Thefts

Thirty-five year old Harry Shanholtz of Frostburg is being held on a total $100,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. Shanholtz is accused of breaking into a person's residence on Arch Street and stealing personal checks, which he fraudulently cashed at various businesses in the Cumberland area. In a second incident, he allegedly took a large amount of currency from a business on South Centre Street, a theft which was recorded by video surveillance. He received a hearing at District Court, before being taken to the Detention Center.


Construction Worker Injured in Mount Savage

A construction worker, who was apparently working with a concrete saw, was injured while working on a project in Mount Savage yesterday. The worker was taken to the Mount Savage fire station by private vehicle for transport to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The victim was working for a construction company in the area when the injury occurred.


Dr. Bambara to be Inaugurated

Although she has been on the job for over a year-and-a-half,  Dr. Cynthia Bambara will officially be inaugurated as the fifth president of Allegany College of Maryland tomorrow at the College Center. The inauguration is intended to celebrate the achievements of the college and recognize those who have contributed to its success, as it honors and officially installs the chief executive officer, who will be leading it into the future. The theme for the inauguration is "Launching a Legacy" as ACM begins its second, half-century in the region.


Keyser, New Creek, McCoole Institute Mandatory Conservation

Because Dam 14 is out of service, and there has been a significant lack of rain, both Keyser and New Creek, West Virginia are instituting mandatory water conservation for its citizens. Presently, Keyser is relying on a water feed from New Creek. Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower says the city is prohibiting things like residential car washing, the watering of lawns and other uses of water. At the request of the city of Keyser, mandatory water rationing has been instituted in McCoole, until further notice. There has been limited rainfall during the summer months and the water table is low.  The length of the ban in both towns will depend on the amount of rainfall received.


Board Recognizes Seven Schools for Early Childhood Programs

The Allegany County Board of Education has recognized seven schools for receiving full validation of their early childhood programs from the Maryland Department of Education. Those schools are Beall, Flintstone, George's Creek, John Humbird, Northeast, South Penn and West Side. The schools are now certified to meet the "Standards for Quality Early Childhood Programs;" additionally, Maryland's Race to the Top Learning Challenge will recognize programs successfully completing the validation process through the Maryland EXCELS program.


Fundraising Continues for Flight 93 Memorial

Earlier in the week, both Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Vice-President Joe Biden stressed the importance of completing the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. On the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Flight 93 National Memorial still needs $5 million to build the planned visitors' center, the learning center and the Tower of Voices. The plan is to have everything completed in four years, so it can be dedicated on the 15th anniversary of the attacks.


Drug Sting Nets 11 Dealers in Morgan County

"Operation Opiate Overdose," the largest drug sweep in Morgan County, West Virginia's history, saw 11 of 24 suspects behind bars. The sting took months to complete. There are 13 more warrants that have been issued, and the Sheriff's Department says warrants are pending for five more suspects. About 120 undercover drug purchases have been made in the past 13 weeks; in the past three years, there have been four similar undercover operations, with 83 arrests made and about $100,000 in drug forfeiture money has been collected. "Operation Opiate Overdose" was named to honor those who have died due to overdoses.

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