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City Moves to Demolish Former Hospital

The city of Cumberland is moving forward in securing $5 million to finance the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital building. Estimates indicate the demolition of the structure will be about $3.5 million with any money left over to be used for other municipal projects, such as paving or utilities improvements. The city is looking to borrow the money from other sources such as the Community Development Administration, or through a private sale.

 

Roof Work Completed on Footer Building

Roof work has been completed on the Footer Dye Works Building, and the next priority is weatherizing the building's windows, so that it can be "mothballed" until further improvements can be made. Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority Chair Andy Vick says the group wants to make it attractive for a potential developer.

 

Judge Dismisses Transfer Request

A petition to establish an independent school district in Jefferson Township has been dismissed by a Somerset County judge. The case began in June, when 23 petitioners, who represent 39 contiguous properties near Seven Springs resort, sought to establish an independent school district. It would have been a mechanism for transferring the properties form the Somerset Area School district to the Rockwood Area School District. Property owners there had cited both education and financial reasons for their request, including lower property tax rates and higher standardized test scores in the Rockwood School district.

 

Two Arrests Made During Stop

Delaware resident Jack Gordon is being held on $25,000 bond, after being charged with handgun and drug violations during a traffic stop on Interstate 68, near Rocky Gap State Park. Gordon was originally stopped for exceeding the speed limit. A search of the vehicle revealed a 9-mm handgun and more than 25 grams of suspected marijuana. A passenger in the car, 22-year old Christopher Athey, also of Delaware, was charged with possession of CDS. Both were taken to the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Residents Arrested for Cooking Meth in Imler Area

Two people have been arrested for cooking methamphetamine in a "backpack lab" outside the King Township building and fire hall. Both 29-year old Imler residednt Crystal Lynn Burket and Edward Duane Mack of Crystal Springs allegedly left behind quipment used for the portable "one-pot" method of meth preparation. That involves mixing flammable chemicals and drug compounds in a plastic bottle. Both are charged with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver, possession of red phosphorus with intent to make a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Foreclosure Workshop Slated

The Allegany County HRDC is sponsoring a Foreclosure Solutions workshop for Allegany and Garrett County residents on Friday, November 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. The workshop will be held at the HRDC Building on Virginia Avenue. Call (301)-722-3390 to pre-register for the workshop. Pre-registration guarantees a free legal consultation with a pro-bono attorney. The workshop is sponsored by Senator George Edwards, Allegany Law Foundation and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

Creamery Wins National Award

The Queen City Creamery received two blue ribbons for their submission of Chocolate and Vanilla frozen custard at the 79th annual National Ice Cream Retailers Association. The convention was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina. The vanilla custard scored 33 of a possible 35 points and the chocolate custard received a perfect 35 of 35 points. A select dairy judging team scored for its attributes in flavor, body, texture, color, melt quality, bacterial count and other factors, while being compared to established ice cream standards.

 

Toughman Competition Set for Early January

The 14th annual Potomac Valley Toughman Contest will be held January 4th and 5th at the Frankfort High School Gymnasium. Fighter registrations are now being accepted for the event, which is open to men and women,  ages 18 to 35, with no pro fights and limited amateur experience. Up to $12,000 in cash prize monies will be awarded. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, December 8th at a variety of locations.

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