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Water Service Interrupted in Frostburg
Frostburg experienced two water line breaks in just over a 12 hour period Monday night, into Tuesday morning, one in Grahamtown, with the second leak yesterday morning on College Avenue. City Administrator John Kirby says it was an unusual situation, in that the water lines are relatively modern. Many of the lines have been maintained over the years, and repaired when needed. Service was interrupted during that time to a large percentage of homes and businesses.

Woman Charged in Scam Free on Bond
A Meyersdale woman, who is accused of a money soliciting scheme, is free on $5,000 unsecured bond. Twenty-year old Faith Ann Robertson had been in jail since late last month, since she was arrested on a warrant. She had approached several local homes or businesses, looking for donations to help purchase a headstone for Justine Jackson, whose body was found along the Great Allegheny Trail in November. Accused murderer Jonathan William Beal's trial is scheduled for the fall.

Fair Begins Saturday at 3 P.M.
The annual Allegany County Fair and Ag Expo starts Saturday at 3 p.m., when the rides open. The Mud Bog is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The fair features a number of attractions, including Reithoffer rides, entertainment, demolition derbies, and-according to Fair Manager Kevin Kamauff-fireworks twice during the week.For a complete list of fair events, go to alleganycofair.org.

Preston Superintendent Tackling Issues
Two main issues-a $2 million deficit and poor student performance-caused the West Virginia State School Board to take control of the Preston County school system four years ago. Now, with a new superintendent in place, the school system is ready to move forward. Superintendent Rick Hicks notes that student achievement is a critical problem, with one of the elementary schools in  the lowest achieving five per cent of schools statewide. There are six other schools of concern in the Preston system as well.

Frederick Ranked as Most Secure
The Frederick, Maryland area has been ranked as the most secure place to live in the entire country. Sperling's "Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S.," looked at a wide range of criteria, including economic stability, car fatalities and crime statistics. Other factors included housing depreciation. extreme weather, air quality and life expectancy.

Stabbing Reported at MCI
A stabbing was reported at MCI-Hagerstown, but it's unclear whether the victim was an inmate or correctional officer. The victim reportedly suffered multiple stab wounds around 10:30 p.m. Monday. The Washington County 911 Center dispatched medical crews to the prison, located on Maryland Route 65, south of Hagerstown.

Does Maryland Owe You Money?
It's not a question that comes up often, but does the state of Maryland owe you money? The Comptroller's Office has unclaimed records on hundreds of thousands of accounts, and it doesn't take much to find out if you have some unclaimed funds. Simply go to the Comptroller of Maryland website, and if, so, simply fill out a claim form.

Court: Firms Not Responsible for Asbestos Exposure
Maryland's highest court has ruled that asbestos companies, such as Georgia-Pacific, are not liable for illnesses suffered by people who were exposed to the substance. The Court ruled that the company, in particular, was not obligated to warn relatives of those exposed, because the asbestos was not regulated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration until 1972.

First Energy Deactivates Two Plants in Pennsylvania
FirstEnergy Corporation expects to deactivate two coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania by October of this year. The decision to close the plants, in Masontown and Courtney, was made due to the cost of compliance  with current and future environmental regulations, in conjunction with the continued low market price for electricity. About 380 plant employees and related positions are expected to be lost by the move. Eligible employees will receive severance benefits through either the FirstEnergy plan, or as provided by their collective bargaining agreement.

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