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One man was found dead after a fire in a log cabin about 6 miles south of Bedford yesterday morning.  Firefighters were called to a 2 story log cabin on Warmuth Lane, just off of route 220 at Miller Quality Recycling.  The roof collapsed and the structure was destroyed. The victim’s identity has not been released, but authorities confirm the man died of smoke inhalation. He was apparently an employee of the company. Firemen were hampered by frigid temperatures and blowing snow, as well as the remote location of the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.
Legislators Meet
Local legislators met with constituents for about two hours Monday night at their annual pre-session meeting.  The District 1 Delegation  About 30 people attended the meeting with Sen. George Edwards and delegates Wendell Beitzel, Kevin Kelly and LeRoy Myers Jr.  Topics of discussion included Freedom of speech, community schools, matters pertaining to safety of correctional officers, limitations on practice by nurse practitioners and the potential for slot machines for veteran’s organizations. The meeting took place at the Allegany College of Maryland Auditorium.
Arrests were made following searches at residences in Friendsville and in Mountain Lake Park last month. 38 year old Jaynelle DeWitt of Friendsville and 37 year old Sarah Greene of Mountain Lake Park face numerous drug possession and manufacturing charges. The search warrants were executed by the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force, C3I Narcotics investigators, the Garrett County Sherrif's Department, MD State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the MD State Fire Marshal's office.
The origin of a fire Saturday that displaced 6 tennants in an apartment building on Central Avenue in Cumberland has been determined.  The Cumberland Fire Department says the blaze was caused by improperly discarded smoking material.  Fire damaged one of the apartments, causing 15 thousand dollars in property damage, while two other apartments sustained smoke damage. No one was injured in the fire.
Garrett County Money Woes
Garrett County is facing a 5.4 million dollar loss in 2015, according to a news release. A previous estimate of a $2.5 million projected loss of real property tax revenue has increased to $3.2 million. The Garrett County Public School System is facing a loss of 2.2 million dollars.  The school system is attempting to alleviate some of the pressure by going ahead with plans to close three elementary schools. Grades in the Northern schools would be reconfigured, and school boundary lines would be adjusted to accommodate the closings. County officials have yet to determine a date to publicly release a budget proposal.
For the 10th consecutive holiday season, two area businesses have made donations to the Allegany County Public Schools’ Project Y.E.S. (Youth Experiencing Success) program.  The money will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for several deserving high school students, and the non-monetary contributions will be wrapped for opening on Christmas morning. Kelco Federal Credit Union , and The Final Touch sports shop donated cash or products to the project. The Project Y.E.S. program offers in-school support, tutoring services, and guidance in career planning to all qualifying ACPS students in grades six through twelve.  Other donations are still being sought.  Interested parties should contact any of the area high schools for more information. 

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