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PSC Approves Fourmile Project

The Maryland Public Service Commission has given approval to build a wind power project near Frostburg. The project is to be built on Fourmile Ridge and  the western slope of Big Savage Mountain, and Fourmile Wind Energy, LLC hopes the project will be completed by the end of the year.


Garrett County Fire Destroys Business

The cause of a Garrett County fire on Wednesday night is being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Losses, as a result of the fire, which heavily damaged ten vehicles at the Classie Car Company, have been estimated at $300,000. The business was located in a 40-by-80 foot metal structure on Hutton Road in Oakland.


Robbery Conviction Challenged

The West Virginia Supreme Court has heard arguments, challenging the conviction of Charles Edward Bruffey, who was accused of robbing the M & T Bank in Fort Ashby. Bruffey was sentenced to 10 to 20 years. The conviction is being challenged because his lawyer, Nicholas James, argued that a judge improperly accepted evidence in the case that indicated his client was responsible for the robbery of the bank several months after the incident in December of 2009.


Malone Receives Commissioners' Support

The Mineral County Commissioners have voted to write a letter of support for Terry Malone, who resigned in February from the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority. Malone had alleged the airport had been selling possibly contaminated fuel. The meeting between Malone and the commissioners was held in executive session, citing a "legal matter" as the reason. As for the "letter of support," Commissioner Richard Lechliter noted there had been a lot of "bad publicity" surrounding Malone's resignation, and the Commissioners simply wanted to show their support for him.


TGCC To Host Regional Broadband Update

The Greater Cumberland Committee will hold its next membership meeting on Thursday, May 2nd at the Community Aquatic Recreation Center at Garrett College, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The agenda for the meeting will include individual presentations by county leaders on behalf of Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties to provide specific details associated with the successes, challenges, and future goals of regional broadband efforts.


Event to Close Portion of Franklin Street

Franklin Street, from Sylvan Avenue to Holland Street in the area in front of Braddock Middle School, will be closed tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the duration of the Wills Mountain picnic. Traffic will be able to access Holland Street and areas east of Franklin Street via Columbia, Shriver, Shawnee or Sylvan Avenues. Questions and concerns can be directed to the City of Cumberland Engineering Division at (301)-759-6604.


Cardin To Address Democratic Summit

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin will address Democratic activists on Saturday, during the 9th annual Western Maryland Democratic Summit. Cardin, at 9:15 a.m., will speak on the prospects for enacting legislation in the 113th Congress that will keep an economic recovery on track. He will discuss why it is important for Congress to put aside partisan differences and come together to enact policies that will encourage economic growth, expand economic development and boost job opportunities. The event will be held at Hager Hall Conference and Events Center on the Dual Highway in Hagerstown.


Health Care Coverage Rates Could Rise by 25 Per Cent

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield says proposed premiums for new policies for individuals will rise by 25 per cent on average next year. The estimate was made while previewing prices for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The insurer had been looking at a proposed 50 per cent increase, but revised its estimate citing affordability concerns for consumers.


Specialized Probation Officers to Be Sworn In

Eight probation officers, who deal exclusively with sex offenders are being sworn in this week in West Virginia. The officers, who will be available on holidays, nights and weekends, will provide more stringent oversight to those convicted of sex offenses, and will work out of their vehicles rather than an office. The officers will replace those who have resigned or are needed to meet an increase in the number of sex offenders being released from prison. They will be assigned to various locations around the state.PSC

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