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Baltimore Street Crossing To Be Closed

The Baltimore Street/Baltimore Avenue railroad crossing will be closed on Monday, for about six weeks. The crossing is being closed to allow for crossing improvements, and the length of time it will be closed, depends on the weather. Detour routes will be posted. The new crossing will provide for better traveling conditions for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. During the closure, pedestrians will be able to use the underpass; however, handicapped travelers will have to use the McMullen Bridge over Queen City Drive and Henderson Avenue.


Business Recognition Dinner Honors Four

The annual Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Recognition Dinner was held last night at Frostburg State University's Lane Center. The 2013 Community Service Award went to James "Snake" Robertson, while the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award went to Bennett, Brewer & Associates, LLC of Frostburg. Care Ventures, Incorporated was cited as the Business of the Year, and the Outstanding Young Professional Award went to Cumberland City Council member Nicole L. Wagoner.


Water Main Break Repaired

A 20-inch water main was accidentally broken by contractors working on the U-About on Route 220 yesterday morning. Service was restored several hours later. The incident happened overnight Thursday, and disrupted service to the Bowling Greene and Cresaptown areas, including the prison area. Repairs were completed by about 8:30 yesterday morning.


Pennsylvania Man Arrested on Marijuana Charge

Thirty-four year old Washington, Pennsylvania resident Daniel Bernard White was released on his own recognizance, following a traffic stop early Wednesday morning in the area of Willowbrook Road and Interstate 68 Westbound. White's license had been suspended in Pennsylvania, and he was found to have a small quantity of marijuana. He was charged with driving while suspended and possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.


Keyser Eyes Sewage Fee Increases

The city of Keyser is looking toward increasing sewage fees. The eventual increases will be related to system improvement work planned for the city in the Hawthorne Heights area. The increases will take effect next year, when a substantial portion of the improvements are finished.


NSA Accepting Applications for STEM Program

The National Security Agency's Gifted and Talented Program for high school seniors is accepting applications for the summer, 2014 STEM Program. The Gifted and Talented Program is designed for high school students who have demonstrated an aptitude for Engineering, Math and Science, and provides participants with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the area of STEM. For more information about the Gifted and Talented Program, visit the NSA website at "," or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE.


"Caravan of Reconciliation" To Stop In Cumberland

"We Are One Community: A Caravan of Religious Leaders for Reconciliation" has left Annapolis, and will travel throughout the state over the next ten days. Sponsored by Clergy Without Borders, which trains clergy in conflict resolution, the caravan will be in Cumberland tomorrow evening. An 8 p.m. dinner with local interfaith leaders has been scheduled. The group will remain in town on Sunday, for an interfaith sermon at First Presbyterian Church, and a town hall forum at Allegany College of Maryland, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The group will then travel to Rockville, to attend an interfaith program with the Unitarian Universalist Community of Rockville.


Jenner Township Victim Identified

The man involved in a fatal, single vehicle accident this week in Somerset County has been identified. Sixty-seven year old James Kimmel of Boswell died of natural causes; Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller said Kimmel had died before his truck wrecked into a stream and caught fire.


Fatal Crash in Washington County

One man was killed, and three others injured in a three-vehicle accident on Route 40A at Tom's Road in Washington County on Wednesday. The road was closed for almost three hours. The crash occurred when 71-year old Robert William Semler was waiting to make a turn. Keedysville, Maryland resident Korey Scott McCarthy hit the rear of the Semler vehicle, which was forced into the oncoming traffic lane. It was then struck by a vehicle, driven by Eldon Bowman Keller of Boonsboro. Semler was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 65-year old Deborah Semler was flown to Shock Trauma via the Maryland State Police helicopter. The other two involved in the accident were treated at the Meritus Medical Center.


Maryland Eighth Graders Don't Fare Well in Report

Maryland may have held the top spot in a publication's annual ranking of the nation's schools for five years in a row, but it is far from the top of a new report that compares 8th graders in the United States and 38 countries. Massachusetts was the only state to reach the highest score in math in the study from the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics. In math, Maryland's average score was 514, with a range of 466 for Alabama and 561 for Massachusetts. Maryland is transitioning to what are called Common Core Standards, which is a more rigorous academic standard.

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