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Boards Discuss Priorities with Delegation

The Allegany and Garrett County Boards of Education met with the Western Maryland Delegation to the General Assembly yesterday, to discuss legislative priorities. Among the priorities are to support efforts to increase school construction funding; to oppose unfunded mandates; and to support efforts to direct additional gaming revenues towards public education. In Allegany County, members asked for specific legislation to try, as an adult, anyone over the age of 13, who makes a bomb threat, and to sponsor legislation that would allow a local school board to issue citations to parents for outstanding lunch debts that are more than 30 days in arrears.


Man Held on $75,000 Bond for Child Abuse

A Maryland Avenue man is being held on $75,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center,  after an incident on Sunday. Thirty-two year old Mark Smith is accused of hitting his child in the stomach and arms, and on the top of the head. He also is accused of sitting the child in a chair, grabbing him around the neck area, and cutting the child's hair, military-style, with a razor blade. The child had numerous cuts on the head. Allegany County Child Protective Services took custody of the child; he did not require medical attention.


Wisp Finds Buyer

The owners of the Wisp have asked a bankruptcy court judge to approve the sale of the property to a unit of Entertainment Properties Trust, a Kansas City-based real estate investment trust. The amount of the sale was $20.5 million. An approval hearing has been scheduled for December 4th in Greenbelt, Maryland; the resort plans to open for the season the day after Thanksgiving. A job fair was held Saturday, to fill about 350 seasonal openings. The owners of the Wisp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October of 2011, after defaulting on nearly $30 million in loans that had received from BB&T Corporation of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Focus on the Future Being Held

The Allegany County Public School system is hosting the 7th annual Focus on the Future Showcase today and tomorrow at the Allegany County Fairgrounds' Multi-Purpose building. The showcase targets all seventh-grade students and strives to raise public awareness regarding the importance of career preparedness. The event promotes economic growth in the county, by keeping graduates locally employed with the necessary expertise to enter the job market.


Human Remains Found near Meyersdale

Human remains have been found along the Great Allegheny Passage hiking and biking trail in Larimer Township, near Meyersdale. Investigators were on the scene for several hours on Sunday, after someone on the trail reported finding the remains. The Meyersdale area is where a missing 19-year old girl was last seen in mid-September; State Police, however, stressed that there were no new developments in the case of Justine Marie Jackson.  There are few details available, and it is not known whether the remains are those of a man or woman.


Woman Suffers Injuries in Single Vehicle Crash

A Somerset County woman received moderate injuries in a single-vehicle crash this past weekend.  Chelsea Rugg lost control of her vehicle on Listonburg Road in Addison Township; she crashed into a pipe before stopping. Ms. Rugg was airlifted to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center following the crash. The crash remains under investigation.


Largest State Solar Farm in Hagerstown

Hagerstown can boast of being the home of the largest solar farm in the state of Maryland. The facility is located near the Maryland Correctional Institution, off of Roxbury Road. It is expected to power 4,000 to 5,000 single family homes; the solar farm is spread over 160 acres. The state of Maryland has set a goal of generating 20 per cent of its energy from renewable resources by 2022.


Baltimore City Workers Accused of Theft

More than 12 Baltimore City transportation workers could lose their jobs, for misconduct and theft, after stealing thousands of dollars worth of scrap metal. The employees are accused of selling about $58,000 worth of stolen metals over a five-month period. Three supervisors have been suspended without pay, and a full investigation of the case is underway.

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