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Congressional Delegation Asks For Federal Aid

Garrett is one of five Maryland counties, seeking aid from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. The Maryland Congressional delegation is supporting an appeal, that would give additional aid to Garrett and four other counties. A letter has been sent to President Barack Obama, asking him to support Governor Martin O'Malley's appeal for individual disaster assistance. The President had approved an initial request for a major disaster declaration, even though the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for individual disaster assistance.


Sheriff Seeking New Office Facility

Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson is proposing a new office, which could be located next to the county office building on Kelly Road. The office is projected to cost about three-quarters of a million dollars, and, according to county engineer Steve Young, it should be at least twice the size of the current facility on Furnace Street, which is 27,000 square feet. The county could save money by a suggestion to use a mix of general contractors and county staff to build the office. The Allegany County Commissioners have made no formal decision on the project.


Fatality Blamed on Road Conditions

A fatal accident that happened last Sunday on Route 46 is being blamed on wet road conditions. Twenty-three year old Curtis Thompson of Keyser was a passenger in a vehicle, operated by George Rohrbaugh, Jr. His vehicle struck a tree on the western edge of the road, and Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene. Rohrbaugh was taken to the hospital, to have his injuries treated. Other aspects of the crash remain under investigation.


Board Approves School Closures

The Mineral County Board of Education unanimously approved the closure of the Keyser Pre-K/Head Start and the Keyser Primary-Middle School. The closures are a necessary step in the restructuring of the schools to include the new Keyser Primary-Middle School, which is currently under construction, and the new Keyser Middle School, which is in the current primary-middle school building. Nobody signed up to speak, nor was there any discussion on the part of elected officials, according to the Mineral News Tribune.


Man Arrested for Second-Degree Assault

One person was injured and a Cumberland man was held on $5,000 bond, following a Tuesday incident on Glenmore Street. Forty-two year old Gregory Maiers is accused of hitting another person in the head, face, and body; the victim had visible injuries as a result of the alleged assault, but did not require medical attention. Maiers was charged with second-degree assault.


Cumberland Man Accused of Assault

Fifty-one year old Carl Stallings faces several assault charges, as well as carrying a concealed dangerous weapon and reckless endangerment, following an incident on North Waverly Terrace. Stallings is accused is striking the victim in the head, with a weighted leather club, more commonly known as a slapjack. The victim refused medical treatment, and Stallings was taken to the police department for processing.


PBS Coals Laying Off More Workers

PBS Coals of southwestern Pennsylvania has announced it is idling two of its mines and laying off 138 workers. This announcement follows a July statement that 255 workers had also been laid off. The company now has about 600 employees, down from about 1,000, before the reductions in force were announced.


Board Recognizes Students, Colleagues

The Allegany County Board of Education made several recognitions at the December business meeting, honoring holiday greeting winners, as well as fellow school board member, Jeff Metz, whose term will conclude at the end of the month. During his eight years as a school board member, Metz has contributed to the educational process of the school system, by giving valuable input, making recommendations and asking intelligent and well-intended questions in the best interest of serving the students of Allegany County.


ACM Graduation Tonight

Allegany College of Maryland will hold commencement exercises this evening at 7 p.m. and will graduate approximately 200 students. The ceremony will take place in the Bob Kirk Arena, on the campus of Allegany College of Maryland. Students who attend the ACM campuses in Bedford and Somerset Counties in Pennsylvania and its nursing program site in Garrett County will be part of the exercises, which will feature about 250 associate degrees and certificates in the school's varied and numerous career and transfer programs. 


Bedford Tavern Burglarized

Pennsylvania State Police at Bedford are looking for the person or persons who burglarized the Jean Bonnet Tavern in Napier Township, Bedford County. Significant damage was done to the building and a $1,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to call police.


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