Police Investigating Church Breaking and Entering
Cumberland City Police are investigating the breaking and entering, theft, and vandalism at the White House Church of God Prophecy on Wallace Street. Entry was gained to the church sometime after the service on Sunday. Several items were stolen, and the inside the of the church was vandalized. The total value of the stolen items is approximately $2650.000. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland City Police or PFC. Ashley Athey at (301)-7771600.
School Board Asks for Security Funding
The Allegany County Board of Education will be asking the state of Maryland to consider establishing a fund to help pay for increased security in area schools. The Board has hired three retired Maryland State Police officers for full-time school safety duties. The annual cost is about $150,000 annually. The request for assistance in funding is one of several priorities the board has announced as legislative priorities for the District 1 delegation, when they meet next month.
County Tourism Numbers on the Rise
If the county's hotel/motel tax is any indication, tourism in Allegany County continues to grow. Barbara Buehl, executive director of tourism, says more people are staying overnight in the county. To date, the hotel/motel taxes are nearly $976,000, not including the Rocky Gap facility. Comparatively, in 2011, the total for the year were $980,911, according to the Cumberland Times-News.
Woman Charged with Disturbing the Peace
Twenty-seven year old Krystle Rose Gallen of Queen City Pavement has been charged with disturbing the peace, following an incident at a Williams Street residence on Monday afternoon. Although she was warned to stop creating a disturbance under the threat of arrest, she continued to yell and curse at one of the people in the house. She was arrested, charged on a criminal citation, processed and released pending trial in District Court.
DNR Awarded Funds for Accessibility Improvements
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been granted over $541,000 to create more accessible campsites and pathways at Rocky Gap State Park. The money is from the Maryland Department of Disabilities, through its Access Maryland Program. Funding will be used, in part to repave and expand nine loops of pathways to connect accessible cabins, campsites and shower buildings; to repave and improve curb-cuts and pathways; and, to add accessible features to four cabin facilities.
Hampshire Won't Hire Third Prosecuting Attorney
The Hampshire County Commissioners have denied the hiring of a third prosecuting attorney, citing low revenue. After receiving financial information, the commissioners decided against the move. County Prosecutor Dan James says his office is being inundated with the number of cases there. The Commissioners will revisit the idea, when a new fiscal budget is set.
Work Continues on Three West Virginia Roads Projects
Ten more miles of the east-west, four-lane highway across West Virginia, known as Corridor H is being constructed near Davis in Tucker County. That highway is designed to link Interstate 81 in Virginia, directly to Interstate 79 in Lewis County. Corridor H is moving slowly but surely, with about $40 million being made available each year for the project.
Maryland Judiciary Produces Video on Courtroom Behavior
The Maryland Judiciary has produced a series on online videos to help those who represent themselves in court, to know what to expect and how to prepare for their day in court. One of the videos is entitled, "Tips for Your Day in Court," and offers common sense advice, including dressing appropriately and professionally. The videos and other self-help materials can be viewed by going to the Maryland Judiciary website, which is "http://mdcourts.gov" and clicking on the Video Library tab.
Groups Commit to Teaching STEM in High Schools
More than two dozen businesses, government organizations and universities, including Frostburg State University, are sending specialists into 49 high schools to help teach science, technology, engineering and math, or "STEM" classes. Jane Streckfus, executive director of the Maryland Business Roundtable says specialists will be "co-teaching" STEM classes in those 49 early adapter schools. Schools have been identified in each district, with businesses looking to inform students what is out there, and what kind of work is available in Maryland's workplace. Ms. Streckfus says it is interesting to see who has signed up to help facilitate the classes, including everything from small to large businesses, from individuals to huge companies.
WVU President to Clemson
Jim Clements, who has been the President of West Virginia University since 2009, is now the President of Clemson University in South Carolina. He is replacing outgoing Clemson President James Barker, who had held that post since 1999. Clements has received praise for his role in WVU fundraising, and promised to help Clemson meet its capital campaign goal. AS WVU President, Clements has chaired the boards of the West Virginia United Health System, the WVU Hospitals and the WVU Research Corporation.