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Mayor, Council Vote to Increase Fees

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council voted last night to increase fees for certain fire and emergency services. Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim says the fees will be increased or added for things like fire calls, emergency medical responses and vehicle accidents. Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim says it is a national trend that certain services can be billed directly to insurance companies, and Cumberland will now follow that trend.


Mor For Less Closed

The Mor for Less Market in Rose's Shopping Plaza is now closed. An announcement, posted on the front of the store, noted that they closed, effective yesterday. They will, however, continue to do business at the White Oaks location, and invited their downtown customers to visit that location. The store was unable to negotiate a new lease in Rose's Plaza.


WVU Hospitals To Buy Potomac Valley Hospital

A letter of intent has been signed by WVU Hospitals to purchase Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser. There have been discussions over the past several years between the two entities. A Certificate of Need will be submitted to the West Virginia Health Care Authority for approval, before the sale can go through. A representative from WVU Hospitals says it is also looking forward to working with officials at Potomac State College of WVU.


Tri-County Council Funding Announced

The Tri-County Council for Western Maryland has been granted $250,000  to establish a revolving loan fund for qualified business in Allegany County. According to an announcement from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Allegany County has designated the Tri-County Council to receive and administer the funding.


Southern Middle Funding Deferred

The Garrett County Commissioners have voted to defer funding of nearly $600,000 for the Southern Middle School Project for one year. The commissioners also agreed to continue to work with the Garrett County Board of Education to develop a plan for FY 2015 for the project.

Barrack Commander Named

A new commander has been appointed to the LaVale Barrack of the Maryland State Police. State Police Superintendent Marcus Brown has announced that Lt. H.B. Martz has been named commander. He joined the state police in 1997, and had initially been assigned to the Rockville barrack. Later, Lt. Martz was assigned as a trooper/flight paramedic with Trooper Five in Cumberland.


Keyser Moving Toward Contractor Fees

The city of Keyser is moving toward adopting business permit fees for contractors and service-oriented businesses, following a report from the city staff that such operations are not assessed the fees as other businesses in the city are. A proposed policy would charge contractors and service providers an annual $25 fee, to conduct business in the city. A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for next Wednesday's Mayor and Council meeting.


Man Jailed on Domestic Assault Charge

A domestic assault, which included throwing food and biting the victim's ear has landed a Milton Place man in jail. Forty-nine year old Richard Paul Sacchetti and his wife had been arguing over money, when he threw a plate of spaghetti, hitting her on the side of the face. He also had earlier, bitten through her ear, which required medical treatment. Sacchetti held her phone, so she could not report the injury as an assault. He was also charged with resisting arrest, as he tried to kick the window out of the patrol car. He was held on $2500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Tower To Remain Open Until Next Year

Funding to keep the control tower at the Hagerstown Regional Airport open has been announced. Money has been made available to keep 149 Federal Contract Towers open, and Hagerstown will remain open at least through September of next year. There are ongoing efforts to find a more permanent solution to keep the tower open.


Ocean City Remembers Fallen Officers

Two bodies, recovered from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in Ocean City, have been identified as two off-duty police officers from the Ocean City Police Department. Forty-three year old Thomas J. Geoghegan of Ocean City and 27-year old Joshua D. Adickes from Berlin were found in the water, just off 130th Street in Ocean City. The bodies are at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.


Foods Taxes Eliminated in West Virginia

The financial burden on West Virginia citizens has eased somewhat, through the repeal of the food tax. Residents of the Mountain State will no longer see a food tax on their grocery receipts, and according to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, it is all part of the state's conservative financial approach. He says residents in the state should not worry about putting food on their tables.


New W. Va. Budget Has Little "Wiggle Room"

Times may be tight in the state of West Virginia over the course of the current fiscal year, which began on Monday. Revenue estimates there are "flat," according to Charlie Lorenson, who most recently had worked as the state's Secretary of Tax and Revenue. West Virginia had to close out last fiscal year with a balanced budget, so Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order to cut more than $17 million from the Medicaid budget.


Gun Maker Turns Down Offers

Maryland's recently enacted gun control laws and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin's recent role in the national gun control debate has caused some fallout for both states. Gun manufacturer Beretta USA says it is considering moving its operations out of Maryland; Beretta's concerns with Senator Joe Manchin, has caused the company to turn down offers in the Mountain State to relocate there. Other states "courting" Beretta include Virginia, Texas, and Utah.

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