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One Killed, One Hurt in Single-Vehicle Accident


Twenty-three year old Keyser resident Curtis Thompson was killed, and 22-year old George M. Rohrbaugh, also of Keyser, was injured in a single vehicle accident Sunday night on Patterson Creek Road. The crash occurred about three-tenths of a mile from Route 46. Rohrbaugh was operating a truck, with Thompson as a passenger; the vehicle traveled out of control off the roadway and struck a tree. Numerous first-responders were on the scene, along with the Hardy County Medical Examiner’s Office.



Garrett County Woman Ejected, Dies From Injuries


Twenty-one year old Swanton resident Samantha Gibson was killed early Sunday morning, in a single vehicle accident in the 6,000-block of George Washington Highway in Garrett County. She was a passenger in a car, driven by 24-year old Bryson Dixon of Oakland. The car hit an embankment and overturned. She was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where she died from her injuries. Dixon was arrested at the scene and charged with several DUI-related offenses. The crash remains under investigation.



ATK Receives Contract


ATK has received a five-year production contract from the U.S. Army Command for the production of the MK 437, multi-option fuze, Navy. The contract has a maximum total value of over $84 million. ATK’s first order on the contract, valued at approximately $13 million. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November of next year. The MOFN increases the overall mission capability of 5-inch gun ammunition used on U.S. Navy ships,by providing proximity, precision time, delay and point detonating impact functions in a single fuze.



Fire Cause Undetermined


The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is still trying to determine the cause of Saturday evening's fire that damaged an apartment building at 14 to 18 Broadway, and caused damage to the Triangle Printing Company. Two people, who were able to get out of the building, were treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following initial treatment at the scene. A number of occupants of the building were displaced by the fire. Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray is asking anyone who may have information on the fire to come forward.



Delegation Meets with Public


Members of the Western Maryland delegation to the General Assembly heard from the public last night, in advance of the 2013 session of the legislature next month. Two items-taxes and fees-dominated the meeting at the Allegany College of Maryland auditorium. The so-called "flush tax" and the proposals to increase the gas tax were discussed, including the amount residents in this area were, in effect, paying to subsidize mass transit in urban areas. Also, raising taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, as one person observed, simply drives residents to other states and kills Maryland business.



Keyser Girl Returns Home


A 14-year old Keyser high school freshman, who was originally reported missing to the West Virginia State Police on November 27th, has been found and has returned home. Michelle Campbell had been sighted by someone, who had notified the police. She says she is happy to be back home with her mother, Melissa.



Chamber Elects New Officers and Board Members


The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce recently elected a slate of new officers and board members. Stacey Bingaman, the president and CEO of First People’s Community Federal Credit Union, will serve as chairman of the Chamber for the coming year. James J. “Snake” Robertson will serve as First Vice Chairman and Robert Garner, the executive vice president of CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Service will serve as second vice-chairman.



PACE Reception, Breakfast Dates Announced


The annual PACE Reception and Breakfast, sponsored by the Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation and Garrett County Economic Development Corporation, will be held in Annapolis at the Loew’s Hotel on Thursday evening and Friday morning, January 24th and 25th. The theme for this year is “Energizing Maryland.” Tickets are now on sale at $130 per person, if payment is received on or before Wednesday, January 2nd. The reception is not by invitation only. Checks, which should be made payable to PACE, should be mailed to PACE, P.O. Box 3273, Lavale, Maryland 21504-3273.



Fracking Conference Held in Baltimore


About 300 people attended the first statewide conference on “fracking” in Baltimore. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” is a method of finding natural gas in Marcellus Shale, Oil and gas companies are leasing vast amounts of farm land for fracking, but the question addressed was, “Is it safe?” Fracking is currently banned in Maryland; farmers in western Pennsylvania and Ohio have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for drilling rights on their land.



Manchin Asks MTV to Cancel “Buck Wild”


West Virginia State Senator Joe Manchin is asking the MTV network to cancel the West Virginia-based reality show, “Buck Wild,” that is set to begin airing on January 3rd. Manchin has sent a letter to the network, noting the show profits off of “poor decisions of our youth,” and that the show plays to “ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia.” The network has ordered 12 episodes of the show, which was filmed in Sissonville and Charleston.


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