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Postal Facility Loses Bid To Stay Open

The city's postal sorting facility will have Saturday mail sent to Johnstown, Pennsylvania beginning October 1st, and all mail will be sent there by the end of the year. Between 30 to 40 jobs will be affected by the move. Rules have changed to allow for the decision by no longer requiring one-day delivery over large regions, but instead requiring it to be delivered within the same zip code. The county says it will send a letter, opposing the move.


Widmyer Resigns from Board

Orphan's Court Judge Mark Widmyer has resigned from the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority. In his letter of resignation, Widmyer cited ethical concerns. He stated in a letter to the Allegany County Commissioners that he was concerned by recent board decisions which he says compromise his personal and professional ethical standards. Commission President Mike McKay asked for a motion to appoint himself to fill the position. While the commissioners approved that motion, the appointment must ultimately be approved by Governor Martin O'Malley.


Zoo Owner to Appeal Decision

Tri-State Zoological Park owner Bob Candy says he will appeal a recent license suspension from the United States Department of Agriculture. A fifty-page appeal was sent to the agency, which has 20 days to respond. The administrative law judge in the case reportedly found 15 violations. Candy stressed that the park has operated without interruption, despite the USDA ruling.


Fort Hill Incident

At about 10 a.m. yesterday, a threatening note was found in a rest room at Fort Hill High School. Students and staff were evacuated to Greenway Avenue Stadium. Law enforcement officials were on the scene, with bomb-detecting K-9 units also dispatched, to scan the school. Students were given the option to go to Washington Middle School for lunch during the evacuation, and students were dismissed from the stadium yesterday.


Man Arrested in Connection with August Incident

Forty-year old Cumberland resident Robert Kyle Miller has been charged with both assault and disorderly conduct, following an incident last month on Henderson Avenue. Miller is alleged to have assaulted a victim, while in a vehicle on Henderson Avenue. After the assault, Miller pushed the victim out of the moving vehicle. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Miller's bond was set at $3,000.


Woman Charged with Assault, Disorderly Conduct

Twenty-one year old Kaitlyn Long was released on personal recognizance, after police served an arrest warrant on her, for second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property. She is alleged to have assaulted another person and destroyed some of their personal property. The victim did not require medical attention.


Checkpoint Set for Saturday

The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Mineral County, beginning this evening through tomorrow. The Sobriety Checkpoint will be conducted in Mineral County, along Route 28 in Short Gap. The Governor's Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the West Virginia State Police will conduct events and patrols, concentrating on the arrest of intoxicated drivers.


Mathias Post Office Being Considered for Closure

Residents of Mathias and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to comment on the possible discontinuation of the post office there. A survey is currently being circulated to postal customers, and a meeting will be held Thursday, October 25th. Customers have several options, including the realignment of weekday service hours from eight hours per weekday to 6 hours per weekday.


New Congressional Search Engine Introduced

Congress has unveiled a new search engine to help lobbyists, researchers, students, and other interested citizens find legislation working its way through the House and Senate to become new laws. The new website is, and will eventually replace the THOMAS legislative search system, named for Thomas Jefferson. The new site will also be mobile-friendly, built so that the information can fit on a smartphone screen.

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