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Mineral Board Approves Projects

The Mineral County Board of Education has approved refurbishing the tennis Courts at three separate locations; it has also given the go-ahead to installing three-phase electrical service to machinist equipment at Keyser High School. The cost of the tennis court work is just over $100,000, and will be done by Carl Belt, Incorporated; a second contract, for $47,000 was awarded for some of the work. The cost of installing electrical service for the machinist equipment was $21,500, and was awarded to S & S Electric.

Keyser Woman Charged with Battery

Fifty-three year old Keyser resident Darlene Blankenship is being held on a $700 bond, for a charge of domestic battery. Keyser City Police responded to a disturbance in the 20-block of Porter Street, and saw evidence of an assault on an adult male victim. They had been at the same address the day before, for a similar incident. No charges were filed then, because there was no evidence of an assault.

Lane Closures Set for I-68 Next Week

The State Highway Administration will perform routine inspections on the I-68 bridges over Maryland Route 55, the Vale Summit Road near Frostburg next week. Motorists should expect single-lane closures on eastbound I-68 on Monday and Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and on westbound I-68 on Wednesday and Thursday, during those same hours.

Board Addresses Alternative Education Programming

The transition to Common Core state standards have inspired changes in the Allegany County school system. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, public information officer for the board, says previously, alternative school settings had different methodologies and processes, which were followed. The ideas created some issues when alternative school students returned to their home schools.

Open Registration for Women in Engineering Program

Enrollment is now underway for the Women in Engineering Program, to be held at the University of Maryland on November 16th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program, a science and technology mentoring program for female students aged 11 to 13, provides the opportunity to work alongside undergraduate engineering students to complete a variety of engineering activities. For more information, contact Vanessa Medley at (301)-405-0315. Her email address is

FSU Vice-President Named to Cancer Society Leadership Team

Dr. Rosemary Thomas, Frostburg State University's vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation, Inc., has been appointed as the South Atlantic Division Liaison for the American Cancer Society's Nationwide Leadership Training Team. National trainers help spread the ACS messages at the national, divisional and regional levels.

Hagerstown Man Held Without Bond

Shakeem Tradwell Miles of Hagerstown is being held without bond on first degree murder charges. He is accused of stabbing 18-year old Jalonte Thomas-Leach early Sunday morning. Miles was on parole and probation for drug charges at the time of the stabbing. A disturbance, that began as a fight among a group of women, led to the stabbing. Thomas Leach was stabbed around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, and later died at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown.

Family of Developmentally Disabled Man Sues

The family of Robert "Ethan" Saylor, a developmentally disabled man who died after being handcuffed at a Frederick County movie theater have sued Regal Cinemas and Frederick County. The lawsuit also names the county sheriff's office, three deputies and the theater's property management company as defendants. A medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, and found that Saylor had died of asphyxia. A grand jury has since declined to indict the sheriff's deputies.

Unemployment Tax To Drop By 70 Per Cent

About half of Maryland's employers will see their unemployment insurance tax drop by about 70 per cent next year. The state plans to drop rates to the lowest of five possible brackets under Maryland's jobless tax system. This is the second year the rates have fallen. As an example, a top-rated employer with 100 workers that paid $18,700 in 2012, will pay only $2550 in 2014. Maryland employers paid some of the highest rates in the country during the three years after the economic collapse of 2008-2009.

O'Malley Approval Rating Drops to 48 Per Cent

Governor Martin O'Malley's approval rating has dropped to 48 per cent, down from 54 per cent in January of this year. The survey was conducted by Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies from October 1st through the 14th. About 819 registered voters were surveyed; the margin of error in the poll is a plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. A majority of those polled approved of the gun control laws that were passed and just under half approved of the death penalty repeal. Only about a fifth of the voters approved of the gas tax passed this year, with 59 per cent saying they strongly "disapproved" of it.

Bail Denied for Morgantown Girl

Bail has been denied for a 17-year old Morgantown girl, who is charged with the pre-meditated murder of her former best friend. Sheila Eddy will remain in jail as her case moves to trial, now set for the week of February 11th. Her defense attorney is asking for a change-of-venue and he also wants to suppress the confession of her alleged co-conspirator, Rachel Shoaf, in the death of Skylar Neese. Eddy is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and conspiracy, while Ms. Shoaf pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case.

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