County Receives "TEA" Designation
Allegany County has been notified by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development that it has received the designation of being a "Targeted Employment Area." TEA, as defined by law, is a "rural area or an area that has experienced high unemployment of at least 150 per cent of the national average." The geographic area spans from the North Branch Industrial Park, South/Central Cumberland, the Willow Brook Road Corridor to Rocky Gap. The action has opened the door for a federal program to become an option for the developers at Rocky Gap and other areas within the TEA.
County To Receive Money for Recreational Projects
Allegany County will receive a total of just over $110,000 in Program Open Space funding for two recreational projects in the area. Nearly $96,000 will be used to build a restroom facility at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, while Lonaconing will receive $15,000 to design and construct a community building at the 1.4 acre Furnace Park. The building will be used to provide year-round public recreational opportunities for the town's residents and a place for youth groups and other organizations to meet. The projects were approved at Wednesday's meeting of the Board of Public Works.
WMS Determined Safe for Use
Washington Middle School has been determined safe for continued use, after a concrete block became dislodged from its cement and fell from a suspended ceiling in a second-floor classroom on Wednesday. Maintenance crews discovered that, at some time after the original construction of the building, cap blocks were vertically installed on top of the walls between classrooms, apparently for sound reduction. Two more areas with the same post-construction installation of blocks above the ceiling grid were identified. However, as a precaution, crews removed those blocks Wednesday evening and will return to the building to re-examine areas and take additional measures as needed. The removal of the blocks, in no way, compromised the structure.
Pedestrian Hit on Queen City Drive
A 40-year old Cumberland man was injured after being hit by a car yesterday morning in the area of Queen City Drive and Baltimore Street. Neil Anthony Griffith has crossed in front of a car, without looking for oncoming traffic, or using the cross walk lights. The car was driven by Melody Chambers of Mount Savage. Griffith, however, was determined to be at fault, and no charges were filed at the time of the accident.
Wisp Sale Approved
A bankruptcy court judge has approved the sale of the Wisp to a Kansas City-based real estate investment trust, EPT Ski Properties. The amount of the sale was $23.5 million; the golf course and other land was also approved for sale for $6.1 million. Wisp filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011, after defaulting on nearly $30 million loans. The sale will be closed sometime this month.
Woman Arrested on Assault Charge
Twenty-nine year old Arch Street resident Julie Lee Davis was arrested Wednesday morning, after being involved in a physical altercation with her boyfriend. The victim had physical injuries, as a result of the incident. She was placed under arrest, and later taken before the District Court Commissioner, where she was released on personal recognizance, pending trial. She was charged with second-degree assault.
Downtown Traffic Change for Today
South Centre Street will be closed from Salem Avenue, through the intersection of Harrison Street, including the intersection of South Centre/Harrison Streets, today from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. The closure will allow the patching of the water line trench in the area of this intersection. Detours Should be expected during those hours. Follow posted detours and obey all traffic control devices in place. Flaggers will be present in the area, and use caution while traveling in the area of construction.
FSU To Hold Commencement
Frostburg State University will hold its 141st commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, December 19th in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center's Main Arena on the FSU campus. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and will feature FSU President Dr. Jonathan Gibraltar, who will confer degrees on graduates from the colleges of Business, Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Christine Barnes, College of Education; Deborah Wiles, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Brianna "Bobbie" Watson, College of Business are the featured student speakers for the winter commencement exercises.
Man Enters Not Guilty Plea
A State Line, Pennsylvania man has entered a not guilty plea, in connection with the 17-year old female, who had been beaten to death. Jeffrey Miles is charged in connection with the death of Angie Lynn Daley, in a case stemming from 1995. He is also charged in connection of 29-year old Kristy Dawn Hoke, whose body was found in the woods off of Ninth Street in Waynesboro. The trial in the Hoke case is scheduled to get underway on February 4th of last year, while his next appearance in the Daley case will be on February 15th of next year.
Citigroup to Idle 11,000 Employees
Citigroup is cutting 11,000 jobs, or about 4 per cent of the workforce of 262,000 employees. About 6200 of the cuts will come from Citi's consumer banking unit. In Maryland, the Glen Burnie branch will be closing. Other than that, Citigroup did not reveal how many jobs will be cut in the United States, as it will sell or scale back consumer operations in Pakistan, Paraguay, Romania, Turkey and Uruguay.
Attorney General Warns of Scam
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is warning residents about a text messaging scam that falsely suggests recipients have won a gift card to a store. It tells recipients they have won a gift card to a well-known store, worth several hundred dollars. They are then instructed to go to a website, to provide personal information, including credit card or banking numbers. Another type of scam asks consumers to reply to the text with identifying information. If you have been solicited with this scam or any other suspicious scheme, you can file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division. The hotline number is 1-888-743-0023.