PSC Approves Backbone Turbine Project
The Public Service Commission has approved a project from Fair Wind Power Partners, LLC, to build up to 15 wind turbines on Backbone Mountain. There are conditions to the approval, including filing the appropriate reports regarding endangered species, transmission system improvements, and any upgrades to the transmission system. The project will begin construction next spring, and be operational in 2015.
No Autosports Events at Airport
The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority has turned down a request to hold autosports events at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport next year. The Federal Aviation Administration says that holding such events conflicts with its criteria for use, and could interfere with a $2.3 million grant awarded in September. However, president of National Road Autosport, John Felten, says the group may challenge the FAA decision, and is considering another venue, including the Allegany County Fairgrounds.
West Virginia PSC Approves Sewer Rate
The West Virginia State Public Service Commission has ruled on a long running dispute between the city of Romney and the Central Hampshire Public Service District. The PSC has approved a rate of $3.82 per 1,000 gallons, and a rate of $6.89, when at least 75 per cent of the city's wastewater treatment plant is completed. There should be no further action on the issue, and a first reading of the ordinance will take place today. A second and third will tentatively be held on January 6th.
Dog Shot in Bowman's Addition
A dog was shot and killed over the weekend, near the intersection of Amherst Avenue and Brown Hill Road in Bowman's Addition. The gun was a small calibre weapon and the dog was left to die in a ditch, along the road. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Allegany County Sheriff's Department, or other law enforcement agencies.
Man Arrested for B & E, Outstanding Warrant
A Springdale Street man was arrested and charged with the breaking and entering of a residence on Virginia Avenue over the weekend. Thirty-four year old James Cordell Welch had allegedly been in the residence, stealing copper piping. It was also discovered that Welch was wanted in Delaware for manufacturing CDS. He was taken to District Court, and ordered held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.
Ridgeley Closes Center for Winter
The Ridgeley Mayor and Council have decided to close the town's community center for winter. While they had hoped it would become self-sustaining, it was more cost-effective to close for a couple of months. There are plans for form a committee, to promote the building, and to book events that would help cover the cost of utilities and other maintenance expenses.
Pennsylvania Man Arrested for DUI
Seventy-three year old Irwin, Pennsylvania resident David Bittner was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend, after he crashed his car on the Friendsville Road, just north of Buffalo Run Road. Bittner traveled across the south bound lane, striking the guardrail, then traveled back and hit the north bound guardrail. He was not injured, and refused medical treatment. He was later released to a sober driver.
MRHS Holds Honor Society Induction
The Mountain Ridge Chapter of the National Honor Society recently held its 7th annual induction ceremony, and welcomed 61new members into the organization. The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students, having been established in 1921. Keynote speaker for the event was Frances Ann Shaw, retired Mountain Ridge English teacher.
Northern High, Frost Elementary Honored
Both Frost Elementary School and Northern Garrett High School have been recognized as a 2014 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. At a recent awards ceremony, conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Cox and Frost Principal Kim Smith were on hand to accept the award. More than 95 per cent of Frost Elementary School students obtained proficient or advanced MSA scored in reading and math.
Commissioners Establish Scholarship Fund
The Allegany County Commissioners are establishing the Allegany County Oportunity Scholarship, to benefit residents attending either Allegany College of Maryland or Frostburg State University. Funds will be provided from a percentage of the annual gross revenue generated by the video lottery machines at Rocky Gap Casino Resort.
Lung Cancer Screening Tool Available
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the nation, and accounts for the highest percentage of cancer deaths in Maryland. The American Lung Association has launched a new, online tool to help people determine if they should get what's called a "low-dose" screening for the disease. Dr. Elizabeth Gore, a radiation oncologist, explains.The online assessment takes visitors through a series of questions to help determine if they meet guidelines for low-dose screening. Anyone can take the assessment, but Dr. Gore says certain people should make it a point to do so.
West Virginia Replaces GED Exam
West Virgina has replaced the GED test with a high school diploma equivalency exam, provided by CTB/McGraw Hill. The test will continue to be offered for free, and the new test will be administered, starting in January. The McGraw Hill exam will be offered in both the paper-and-pencil and online versions.