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Two Arrested On Burglary, CDS Charges

Aaron Michael Thrasher of Omara Avenue in Midland was arrested by the Allegany County Sheriff's Office, in connection with a burglary on Paradise Street in August. Thrasher is accused of entering a residence through a kitchen window, and stealing several items. He was uncooperative when being placed under arrest and kicked a large fan, causing it to strike a deputy in the leg. He is being held on a total $40,000 bond. Another person at the home, 25-year old Christin Ann Keating was also arrested and charged with CDS violations. A search warrant was executed and additional CDS was recovered. Charges are now pending against both Keating and Thrasher for the items located during the search warrant.


Fibred May Soon Have New Owners

Fibred Corporation will most likely have new owners. The company was founded by the late Lewis J. Ort. The probable sale was announced during yesterday's Allegany County Commissioners meeting. The county is involved, because it held an option to purchase water treatment lagoons from Mexico Farms, LLC. The commissioners voted to release the option, clearing the way for a potential change of hands. The unnamed buyer is an organization that plans to invest millions of dollars in the facilities at Mexico Farms.


WVSDB To Remain in Romney

The West Virginia Board of Education has decided that the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will remain in Romney. The release stated in part that the "community of Romney is the right place for the schools and students." There had been some question as to whether the school would remain in Hampshire County, and initially, the State Board had tabled the matter until its meeting in January of next year.


Code Officer Hired

Hyndman resident Donald Orr has been hired as a code officer for the downtown Cumberland Mall. Orr, a retired corrections supervisor, will replace Larry Bascelli, who resigned his position.


Acropolis Closing Tomorrow

The Acropolis Restaurant in Frostburg  is closing tomorrow. The owner of the restaurant Bill Diamond says he is closing because of health reasons, and the fact that business has been slow. The restaurant, which served Greek and American cuisine, recently had its seating capacity limited by the State Fire Marshal, because of alleged violations of the fire code.


Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure

A 42-year old Cumberland man, Charles Orville Butler was arrested for indecent exposure Wednesday in the vicinity of the Allegany Highlands Trail near Market Street. Butler, who police say was intoxicated, was seen walking away from three people. The three were confronted by Butler, who exposed himself to them. He was taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners' Office, where he was ordered held on $5,000 bond at the Detention Center.


Chamber Dinner on October 24

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2013 Outstanding Business Recognition Awards dinner on October 24th  at Frostburg State University's Lane Center. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. This year's award winners include Care Ventures, Incorporated, the Business of the Year. Bennett, Brewer and Associates, will be recognized for its Entrepreneurial Spirit, and James R. "Snake" Robertson is the honoree for Community Service. The 2013 Western Maryland Jaycee's Outstanding Young Professional will also be recognized at the event.


Mission of Mercy To Be Held This Month

The Western Maryland Mission of Mercy is being held once again this year, on October 25th and 26th, starting at 6 a.m. each day. The Mission of Mercy provides free dental services to people 19 years or older, who cannot afford dental care. It will be, as it has been, at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in the multi-purpose building. Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, to volunteer, or to donate, please call (301)-722-2700. The website for the event is ""


Fire at Abandoned Home Ruled Arson

A fire at an abandoned home in Jenner Township has been ruled arson. Fire companies were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, and remained there until early Wednesday morning. This is the second arson fire at the home, having been called there the first time in June of last year. Nobody was injured in the second fire, but anyone with information about the arson incident is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.


MSP Conducting Drug Take Back Day

The Maryland State Police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is conducting a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the state police barracks. State Police barracks across the state are participating in the event. In Washington County, the event is being held at the Maryland State Police Barrack on Colonel H.K. Douglas Drive in Hagerstown. During the last initiative, troopers collected over 1200 pounds of prescription drugs. The previous five events yielded more than 2.8 million pounds of prescription medications.


Heating Bills Expected to Rise this Winter

The government predicts heating bills will be on the rise this winter, for those who use natural gas, electricity and propane; those who use heating oil may not be hit as hard, although the price can fluctuate. The state of Maryland, however, may not be hit as hard as other locations. The best way to save money on heating is to turn down the thermostat, and turn off all electrical appliances.


West Virginians Urged to Complete G.E.D. Test

The West Virginia State Department of Education is urging more than 13,000 of its residents to complete their GED for two reasons: upcoming changes in the test, and the fact there will be a $120 charge, when the electronic version of the test debuts in January 2nd. The new version will align with the national Common Core Standards. Those who haven't completed the existing test by December 31st will have to start over. The Department of Education is looking for another company that can offer the equivalency degree at around the original 50-dollar price.

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