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Fire in Upper Potomac Industrial Park


Firefighters from throughout the area were on the scene of a fire at the Cintas Corporation yesterday afternoon.  A spokesperson for the Office of Emergency Services says a piece of equipment caught fire at approximately 12:21 p.m.,  at the facility, located off  Route 220 in the Upper Potomac Industrial Park. Four ambulances were on the scene, to treat any of the firefighters for heat exhaustion. The first alarm brought out Bowling Green, Cresaptown, the LaVale Volunteer Fire Department, and Ridgeley. Other departments were called to provide relief for the initial companies, due to the heat. The equipment fire is under control, but there are several companies still on the scene. There were  no injuries reported.




Non-Profits Make Pitch to Council


Several non-profit organizations have made their requests for funding from the county's hotel/motel tax; the requests from 16 groups total $110,000, only about $60,000 is available for funding. The groups will have to look at lower than expected funding this year-or none at all, according to the Cumberland Times-News. Some of the larger requests were from the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, at $42,000; the New Embassy Theatre requested $6,000; and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament is asking for $4,000.



Attorney General Says Ex-Officio Member Can Attend Meetings


Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine will be able to attend executive sessions of the Board of Education, according to an opinion issued by the Attorney General's Office. There was some question about the issue recently, but-even though it is not a formal opinion-it does cite previous formal opinions on similar matters. Commissioner Valentine had attended a portion of the July 9th executive meeting, before being asked to leave by Board President, Dr. Ed Root.




Arrest Made in Meyersdale Meth Case


Yet another arrest has been made in a meth lab and dump site that was found earlier this year in Meyersdale. Berlin resident Cheryl Finzel has been charged with criminal conspiracy to operate a meth lab, and actually operating the lab. Both charges are considered felonies. Ms. Finzel specifically purchased pseudoephedrine, an ingredient for manufacturing the drug. Two other Meyersdale men have also been arrested in connection with the case.




Alleged Robbery Suspect Faces Additional Charges


A man accused of the armed robbery of a person near the Canal Parkway earlier this week, has several other charges pending against him, and was served with a criminal warrant. Jordan Shook is also accused of assaulting a female victim, leaving visible marks. He had previously been notified by the city's Housing Authority that he was not allowed on the West Oldtown Road property. Shook had left the area, but is now being held without bond on both the summons and robbery charges. 




McCoole Meeting Postponed


A public meeting on fire protection services in McCoole has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for this coming Monday.  Director of the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services Dick Devore says the meeting will be rescheduled at a future date.




City Ridding Itself of Blighted Properties


The city continues to rid itself of blighted properties, and has become aggressive in achieving that goal. Mayor Brian Grim says the current fiscal budget includes $125,000 for blight removal. He says it is a quality of life issue, as well as an economic development issue.


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Greenway Avenue Work Set for Today


The City of Cumberland Engineering Department is notifying the public that its contractor, Shaffer Construction, will be making repairs to Greenway Avenue beginning today,  and  they will be completed by tomorrow. During this time period Greenway Avenue will be closed from Kent Avenue to Brentwood Avenue.  Please follow the detour for this closure. 




Development Authority Holding Another Vote


A secret ballot election is not allowed under West Virginia law, so the Mineral County Development Authority will have to hold another election. At June's meeting, such an election was held for the vacant spots of president and secretary; the Mineral County Commissioners, however, informed the Authority that was  not allowable under the West Virginia Open Meetings laws. The results of that election, however, could change due to the new makeup of the board.




Commissioners To Hold Rawlings Water Project Meeting


The Allegany County Commissioners are holding a public meeting on the proposed water projects for Rawlings and Route 20. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Rawlings United Methodist Church. Public Works representatives, along with members of the Rawlings Water Company will be in attendance for the meeting, and all interested parties will be given the opportunity to speak.




Corridor H Authority Wants to Accelerate Project


Three more projects in connection to the Corridor H roadway are ready for bidding, and the chair of the Corridor H Authority wants to look into the impact of  completing the project 14 years sooner. The original plans called for the highway to be completed by 2034, but chair Steve Foster would like to see it completed by 2020. While traffic numbers are increasing in the completed areas, completing the roadway will be dependent on funding.




Hopkins Regains Top Spot


Johns Hopkins Hospital is back on top...U.S. News and World Report has ranked it number one, over both Mass General and the Mayo Clinic. There are five specialty areas at Hopkins, including neurology, and neurosurgery, urology, geriatrics, rheumatology, and ear, nose and throat. The U.S. News and World Report listing also ranked the University of Maryland as second in the state, and listed five nationally ranked specialties.




Over One-third of WV Homes Have No Computer


A new federal study reveals that slightly more than 35 per cent of West Virginia households do not have a computer, the second-lowest ranking of any state. That number could explain why many residents don't sign up for high-speed Internet service, even where it is available. Only 59 per cent of households subscribe to high-speed Internet, which is the eighth lowest adoption rate among the 50 states.

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