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Bill Increases Registration Fees


The Maryland House of Delegates voted 76-63 on Friday to boost gas taxes to pay for roads, bridges and mass transit. What you may not know is that the legislation also increases vehicle registration fees, by $3.50; and, there is also an emergency medical services surcharge that will begin to appear on the registration. Registration for most cars would increase from $128 to $131.50 every two years. As for the gasoline taxes, they will go up at least 20-cents a gallon withing four years. Local Republican Delegates Wendell Beitzel and LeRoy Myers voted against the measure, as did Democrat Kevin Kelly.



Man Assaulted on Mall


An unidentified, 25-year old man was assaulted outside of the New Embassy Theatre over the weekend. A City Police Officer encountered a disturbance outside of the theatre, when he saw a man on the ground, unconscious and bleeding from a head wound. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medica Center for treatment. Anyone with information, or those who may have witnessed the assault, is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.



Delays Expected on Armstrong Street


The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced the motorists travelling on Armstrong Street in Keyser can expect delays later this week. A construction company will be taking beams off of the old Keyser-McCoole Bridge over Armstrong Street on Thursday and Friday; the work could continue on Saturday, if necessary. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic. Motorists should plan ahead and allow for extra travel time.



Woman Arrested on Heroin Possession


A Cumberland woman was being held on $3,000 bond, following her arrest for heroin possession. Forty-one year old Starla Agena Wirtley was stopped in the 400-block of Maryland Avenue for an equipment violation; a K-9 scan resulted in a positive alert. Heroin was located in her purse, and she was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving an uninusred motor vehicle.



McKay Joins Rural Maryland Council


Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay has been appointed to represent the Maryland Association of Counties on the executive board of the Rural Maryland Council. He joins Worcester County Commisisoner Louise Gulyas. He is serving his first term as an Allegany County Commissioner. The Rural Maryland Council "brings together citizens, community-based organizations, federal, state, county, and other municipal government officials as well as representatives of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to collectively address the needs of Rural Maryland communities." It leadership includes representatives from government, business, and other sectors who claim interest in rural issues across the state.



Mountain Ridge Receives Top AFS School Award


Mountain Ridge High SChool has been selected to receive the "2013 Top AFS School" award from AFS-USA, a leading international high school student exchange program that has been active in the local region since the mid-1960's. Since Mountain Ridge opened five years ago, the school has hosted 17 students from 15 countries. Schools honored with this inaurgural award have partnered with AFS in a variety of ways to foster global citizenship through intercultural learning-both inside and outside of the classroom-through hosting international students and working with AFS-YSA to incorporate intercultural learning opportunities in the classroom.



County Budget Hearings Set for this Week


Allegany County has completed two of three weeks of budget requests. This Thursday, the commissioners will hear from Allegany College of Maryland, the Allegany County Board of Education, and the Public Library System. Various, other preliminary budget hearings will take place throughout April and May, and the budget is scheduled to be adopted on Thursday, June 6th.



Senator Introduces Protective Order Expansion Bill


Senator Christopher Shank of Washington County has introduced a bill that would increase the scope of a protective order to better protect some victims of domestic violence. It has cleared the Senate and is now headed for the House of Delegates for consideration. The bill would protect victims who are in, or who were formerly in, intimate relationships, but would not otherwise be eligible for a protective order.



West Virginia Considers Tax Hike on Tobacco


The state of West Virginia is considering a hike on tobacco products. A bill, introduced by Boone County Senator Ron Stollings, would increase the state tax on a pack of cigarettes from 55-cents, to $1.55. For other tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the tax would go from 7 per cent to 50 per cent. Current state taxes on cigarettes in Pennsylvania are $1.60 and $2.00 in Maryland.

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