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Restaurant Closed By Fire

The Hen House restaurant is closed because of a fire Friday night, and the re-opening date is uncertain. The fire, which was caused by a suspected propane leak. The Hen House was destroyed by fire in the spring of 2006. Co-owner Gary Warn says the fire could not have come at a worse time; because of the holidays, officials who can give the go-ahead for the restaurant won't immediately be available.

Recount Overturns Bedford Election

Court-ordered recounts have reversed the results of a recount in a Bedford County race, held in November. Kimmel Township supervisor Lester Musselman had lost to challenger Dan Potter by one vote. Musselman filed for a recount, which changed the results of the election. A third recount, held last week, showed that Musselman, in fact, was the winner of the election.

Events Manager to be Hired

The Downtown Development Commission has prepared an ad to officially open the search for a new events manager for the town center. Co-manager Ed Mullaney retired at the end of October. Downtown Manager Jennifer Light says the exact title of the position will be promotions manager. While the wording of the ad must be approved by the human resources department at City Hall, the plan is to begin advertising for the position next Monday.

Woman Rescued in Garrett County

A woman and her two dogs were rescued after becoming lost while hiking in Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County. A "911" was received Friday from the woman, and she was located and airlifted out of the woods by a helicopter. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released. She was reunited with her dogs on Friday evening. Her name was not released.

House Destroyed by Fire in Bedford County

A home on Fairlane Drive, just outside of Bedford Township, was destroyed by fire late last week. The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. Thursday. On arrival, firefighters saw the garage was on fire and flames were spreading to the house. The fire was brought under control, but not before it caused major damage, and was declared a total loss.

Woman Held Following Assault Incident

Forty-nine year old Lili Nelson is being held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after she was charged with assaulting her husband. Cumberland City Police responded to 1607 Bedford Street, following a hang up complaint from "911." Nelson's husband said she had struck him in the face, following an argument. She acknowledged that she hit him, but only out of fear for her safety. She was the arrested and remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center.

Man Arrested in Downtown Assault

Cumberland resident Wesley Eugene Baker II was arrested late last week, following an alleged assault incident in the 300-block of North Centre Street earlier in the week. He was charged with second-degree assault and theft, after an adult female applied for charges in District Court. The 35-year old Baker was charged and was being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $15,000 bond.

Senator Edwards Previews Session

There are several issues on the table for the upcoming General Assembly session, including Common Core educational guidelines, the so-called "rain tax," and the structural deficit. Senator George Edwards, in pointing out that 2014 is an election year, says there may be a corporate tax reduction this year, so that the legislature's leadership can say to its constituents, "We cut taxes."
To him, Senator Edwards says the structural deficit is the biggest problem Maryland is facing. And, he acknowledges that people and businesses, are leaving the state. He says the "wealth factor" in the state will be studied during the next session. Senator Edwards adds that this should have been done two years ago.

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