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Dropout Rates Decline in Allegany County

Data released from the Allegany County Board of Education shows continued progress, and rising graduation rates locally. The graduation rate increased from 87.21 per cent in 2010 to 89.84 per cent in 2012, well over two percentage points. All graduation rates surpass the state's rates by 5.24 per cent in 2010 to 6.27 per cent in 2012. The dropout rate is currently at 6.88 per cent, down from 10.36 in 2010, and 9.46 per cent in 2011.

 

Volunteer Charged with Felony Counts

A volunteer at the Frostburg Village Assisted Living Center, Matthew Scott Boore, is being charged with 21 felony counts and three misdemeanor counts. Boore is accused of obtaining a resident's debit card and pin number, withdrawing a total of $4900 from the victim's account. He also made several fraudulent charges of approximately $600. In all, Boore is accused of stealing about $5500 between the months of March and October. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond, and is currently in the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Growth Predicted for Eastern Panhandle

Economic projections indicate the future of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is bright. An annual report from the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics notes the area's economy has rebounded from the recession; employment is up, with nearly 4300 jobs added over the last three years, a ten per cent increase. Over the past two decades, the population has increased by 58 per cent. And, unemployment is at its lowest rate in five years.

 

Boden Resigns from Authority

The President of the Mineral County Development Authority, Dave Boden, has resigned. The action took place during a Tuesday meeting, in which the authority discussed the strategic plan. He is the third person to resign from the authority. Boden handed in his resignation letter and emailed it to the Mineral County Commissioners and other authority members who did not attend the meeting. The board will, most likely, nominate vice president Tom Braithwaite as the new president and take a vote later this month.

 

Keyser to Relocate Christmas Tree

The city of Keyser hasn't decided where to place the city's Christmas tree, but it will be at a location where electricity is readily available. Last year, the tree remained unlit, because the location-near the former Reed's Drug Store-electrical service was not adequate to keep it lit. A number of complaints about the unlit tree has caused the Mayor and Council to consider relocating the display.

 

Dome Work in Somerset Nearly Finished

Repairs to a stained glass window that fell from the dome of the Somerset County courthouse and shattered are nearly finished. The contractor, who was making repairs to the structure, accidentally broke the historic stained glass when caulking around the round windows of the dome, when the glass came loose. The contractor, C. J. Diirner and Sons of Ephrata, made the repairs. The funding for the repairs came from the 2013 county budget, and were issued from a maintenance fund and the general reserve fund.

 

Men Charged With Burglaries

Two Johnstown men have been charged in connection with two separate burglaries in Windber on October 11th and 14th. Michaelson Phillip Ferdinand and Shawn Raymond Everetts are being held on bond in the Somerset County jail. They are accused of numerous items from a home in October, including a chain saw, valued at $300.00. The second burglary involved the theft of numerous tools, valued at nearly $1,000. The two are also charged with thefts that occurred in Conemaugh Township in August of this year.

 

Man Indicted on DUI Causing Death Charges

A Dailey, West Virginia man has been indicted by a Randolph County grand jury on charges of DUI, causing death. Nineteen year old Cole Edmond was allegedly driving drunk last June 20th, when he lost control of his car on Route 219 near Tygarts Valley High School. Fifteen year old Bo Hornick of Mill Creek was killed in the accident. Edmond is to be arraigned on the charges next week.

 

Mullaney Honored for Service, Dedication

Retiring Downtown Cumberland Mall manager Ed Mullaney was honored at a retirement reception this week at the Saville Gallery. Business owners, along with state, county, and city government representatives were on hand. Cumberland City Council member Dave Kauffman credited Mullaney with starting the summer event, "Friday After Five," as one of his many accomplishments. Councilman Kauffman said that when he and his wife moved to Cumberland in 2000, he believes they saw what was the first Friday After Five event.

 

Bench Warrant, Summons Issued

The Cumberland City Police arrested 36-year old Cumberland resident Daryl Lemar Powell on a bench warrant for failure to appear. Following a hearing in District Court, he was released on personal recognizance. A criminal summons for disturbing the peace was served on Krista Lynn Collins. A private citizen applied for the charges.

 

Salad Kits Recalled

Taylor Farms Maryland, Inc., in Jessup and Taylor Farms Texas are recalling nearly 23,000 pounds of broccoli salad kit products, due to possible Listeria contamination. The Food and Drug Administration has recalled the salad, shipped to distributors and retail locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania and several other states. The company is recalling these products in addition to over 5,000 pounds of similar products that were recalled on October 25, 2013. No reports of  illnesses have been reported.

 

Flood Insurance Hikes Delayed

Potentially skyrocketing flood insurance premiums have been delayed for now in West Virginia.  A bipartisan deal has been reached to delay the implementation of what is called the "Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act" for four years. The National Flood Insurance Program is in debt to the tune of about $25 billion. In one West Virginia county,  for example, residents' flood insurance could have gone from $1200 per year to $12,000.

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