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Man Dies in Single Vehicle Accident


Thirty-one year old Roy Holliday of Grantsville was killed in a single vehicle accident Saturday night. The crash happened on Route 495, south of Interstate 68, and Holliday was ejected from the vehicle. He was flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, where he eventually died of his injuries. Route 495 was closed for about two hours on Saturday. The investigation is continuing.



Car Rental May Locate at Airport


The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority has given permission to airport manager Ryan Shaffer to negotiate with a car rental business, to locate there. Allegany County Commissioner Creade Brodie, Jr., says he has been in contact with Hertz Corporation, about operating at the airport. Brodie says Hertz has been trying to establish an airport location for years, but were never allowed.



ARC Funding for Communication Infrastructure


The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced funding to improve and upgrade digital communication infrastructure, through the AllCoNet Backbone Microwave Link Upgrade. The project will be locally funded at a level of $300,000, bringing total funding to $600,000. The AllCoNet network currently provides broadband service to numerous public entities, including schools, 911 call centers and local first responders.



Garrett Receives Adventure Sports Funding


The Appalachian Regional Commission has granted funding to Garrett County, to improve the educational facilities of the Adverturesports Institute of Garrett College. The project will be locally funded at just over $279,000, with an additional $50,000 in other federal funds. The announcement was made by Maryland's two United States Senators, Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.



Man Released Following Domestic Incident


A Cumberland man has been charged in connection with a domestic incident with his wife. Fifty-four year old Vernon Bowman allegedly assaulted his wife at their Shriver Avenue residence; police arrived to speak with Bowman, but were unable to locate him. He later turned himself in, and was released on his own recognizance, following a hearing in District Court.



Man Charged with Harassment


Cumberland resident Chad Wilson Struntz has been charged with harassment as a course of conduct, following a complaint from a citizen. The victim claimed that Struntz had harassed them, by misusing the phone, and through e-mail. He was served with a summons and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.



Allegany County Fair Begins July 13th


The 117th Allegany County Fair and Ag Expo will be held from Saturday, July 13th through July 20th at the fairgrounds. The fair will have animals and exhibits,rides, fireworks, a great selection of food and beverages and special musical entertainment. Allegany County Government has sponsored the fair for 28 years. For more information on this year's fair, go to ""


Gas Tax, Tolls Rise In Maryland, Beginning Today


Maryland's first gas tax increase in 20 years goes into effect today, adding about 3.5 cents to a gallon of gas. There will be no change to the state's 23.5 cent per gallon excise tax, the state will begin applying a sales tax of about one percent to a gallon. This is the first of several increases scheduled over the next several years. Tolls for driving on many of Maryland's roads will also increase, beginning today.



Panel Meets to Discuss Contraband


The head of the Maryland Corrections Department says it is prepared to keep running the Baltimore City Jail, despite some lawmakers questioning whether a state agency responsible for prisons should be running a jail facility that has different needs. A panel, studying the contraband conspiracy there, includes Maryland State Senator George Edwards. An audit made public in June, notes the Baltimore facility has not fully transitioned to a local jail operational philosophy.



Ocean City Beaches Ranked Among Nation's Cleanest


Ocean City, Maryland's beaches are among the 11 cleanest in the nation, according to an annual survey by the National Resources Defense Council. The survey gives Ocean City beaches five stars, following tests of eight sites along the beach, that are tested on a regular basis. The lower the harmful bacteria count, the higher the score.



State Fire Marshal Suggests Attending Public Fireworks Displays


The State Fire Marshal is suggesting Maryland residents attend public fireworks displays this Independence Day, but says, if you must set off your own, he has some safety suggestions. William Barnard says that you should follow all label warnings and instructions; do not allow small children to use fireworks; do not consume alcoholic beverages; and, have a bucket of water or a host available to extinguish them.


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