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House Fire in Cresaptown

About 10 fire companies were on the scene of a working house fire yesterday afternoon in the 14,000 block of McMullen Highway, across from Calvary Christian Academy. The Allegany County Office of Emergency Services received a call around 1:50 yesterday afternoon, and alerted several companies to the fire. The fire rekindled about 5 p.m. Allegany County Fire Police were also on the scene to control traffic on Route 220.  Several companies responded, including Cresaptown, Bowling Greene and Corriganville. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause.


Weekend Fire Investigated

The Maryland State Fire Marshal continues to investigate a weekend fire on Mount Fairview Road, southeast of Cumberland. A dog and three cats perished in the fire, and losses are estimated to be around $30,000. The home is owned by Sol Cohen, and was discovered by a neighbor. It took about 50 firefighters about 30-miniutes to control the blaze.


ACM Students Receive Millions in Financial Aid

The Allegany College of Maryland Board of Trustees announced during yesterday's meeting that students had received over $21 million in financial aid during fiscal year 2013. Assistance was given through over 4400 awards from 80 different programs. A majority of the students, about 84 per cent, received some type of financial aid.


Sheriff's Office Seeking Information

The Allegany County Sheriff's Office is looking for information in identifying a vehicle that hit a parked Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle along National Highway Sunday afternoon. The vehicle was parked in the 300-block when an unknown vehicle, traveling west, struck the driver's door. There was a large volume of traffic at the time and someone may have seen the creash. The suspect vehicle is a Ford that is missing its passenger side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Allegany County Sheriff's Office at (301)-777-5959, or Deputy I.S. Sibley at (240)-580-0907.


WIC Program Changes Vouchers

The federal Women's, Infants and Children program has made some changes. Instead of paper vouchers, participants will have benefits loaded onto an Electronic Benefit Transfer card, which will be called the "eWIC" card. It will allow the purchase of authorized foods, comparable to the "SNAP" card or a debit card, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.


Residents Oppose Sewer Rate Hike

It may be over two years away, but Keyser area residents are already opposing sewer rate increases near 96 per cent, to help pay for a new treatment plant. This, on top of another 15 per cent hike from the West Virginia Public Service Commission that will be applied late next year. Not only are Keyser residents being affected, so will those living in New Creek and McCoole, Maryland.


Piedmont Discusses Use of "P-Cards"

The town of Piedmont is considering the use of so-called "P-Cards" for town business. A representative from the state auditor's office told the town council that one benefit of using the card is the fact that Piedmont could actually get back just over one percent of the money spent. The card is secure, and the town must also agree to pay off the account balance within 57 days. However, no further action was taken on the suggestion. The next town council meeting is set for next Monday at 6 p.m.


Man Receives Prison Sentence on Drug Charges

Burlington, West Virginia resident Donald Tillotson was sentenced to eight years in prison for possession of pseudoephedrine, used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. He was among 8 people who were sentenced in U.S. District Court recently. Tillotson was also ordered to make restitution of over $1,000 to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for the cleanup of the operation.


Charges Filed Against Cumberland Man

A Cumberland man was arrested, following a hit-and-run accident in the area of Valley Street, near Henderson Boulevard. An unoccupied, parked vehicle was struck by a white vehicle, with Wisconsin registration. Twenty-nine year old Timothy Perdew of Cumberland was issued a Maryland Traffic Citation for failure to remain at the scene of a property damage motor vehicle accident. Both the Cumberland City Police and the Allegany County Sheriff's Office were involved in the investigation, and additional related traffic charges are pending through the Sheriff's Office.


More Maryland Kids Living in Low-Income Households

More Maryland kids under the age of 9 are living in low-income households. It's ironic, with Maryland considered one of the wealthiest states in the nation. There has been a double-digit increase in the percentage of kids living in poverty over the last seven years. Al Passarella with the group, Maryland Advocates for Children and Youth, says most of those kids are not in pre-school, and are not prepared for kindergarten. The report, form the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says there are almost a quarter-million kids under the age of nine, growing up in low income households in Maryland. Passarella says for many of them, both parents are working.


West Virginia Legislators Hold Interim Meetings

West Virginia state lawmakers are in the middle of monthly interim committee meetings, which are also scheduled for December and January, just before the beginning of the 60-day legislative session. Several topics are being considered, including the consideration of pay increases for county elected officials, an update on the WVU College of Law, and the issue of funding county boards of education.


Gas Prices Continue to Fall

Gas prices are falling across the country, and in West Virginia they're off more than 5-cents a gallon in the past week. The average price of a gallon of regular, unleaded gas is $3.26, 28 cents cheaper than the same time last year. Nationally, gas prices are at their lowest since February of 2011, averaging $3.18 per gallon.

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