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Merger of Verso, New Page Likely Will Happen


The proposed merger of Verso and the New Page Corporation will likely happen, because there is no reasonable alternative, according to a New York City-based analyst, Chip Dillon. An article in the Cumberland Times-News further notes that while New Page has emerged from bankruptcy, Verso remains "functionally bankrupt" and has no money to invest in the deal. The article also states that it is likely one or two mills may close, due to overlapping production of paper and paper goods.



Canal Place Officials Testify in Annapolis


Canal Place officials are trying to secure money to cover a shortfall in funding for fiscal year 2014, and traveled to Annapolis recently to secure that funding. One delegate expressed his frustration with the ongoing financial and political struggles, and had referred to the state's effort to "wean" Canal Place off of state aid as "deja vu all over again." It is hoped the heritage area become self-sufficient, without funding from the state, county, or city.



More Parking Planned for Casino


There are an additional 150 parking spaces planned for the Rocky Gap Casino, but it won't involve the use of any park land of the park's current parking spaces. Right now there are 700 spaces there. The president and chief financial officer of Lakes Entertainment, Tim Cope, had also asked for the Department of Natural Resources' approval of the parking lot and kitchen/fitness center projects.



Sheriff Wants Refunds Intercepted from Fugitives


Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson will testify in favor of a bill that would withhold state tax refunds from fugitives who have outstanding warrants. Anne Arundel County has had some success with similar legislation. The Sheriff's Office would provide the Maryland State Comptroller's Office with the names of those with outstanding warrants. Their state income tax refund with then be withheld, and the comptroller will send a letter with instructions on how to collect the refund.



Man Arrested in Oldtown Manor Incident


Twenty-two year old Cumberland resident David Lee Kesler was arrested, following an incident Friday at the Oldtown Manor apartments. Kesler was accused of yelling and banging on an apartment door. Officers found Kesler hiding behind the stairs on the first floor. He created a second disturbance by yelling while being placed under arrest. He received a District Court hearing and is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond.



Man Arrested for CDS Possession


A Cumberland resident, Wesley Eugene Baker, was arrested at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for CDS possession. Baker was seen dropping a cellophane baggie between his legs, and a Cumberland City Police officer determined it was a scheduled narcotic. He was arrested for possession, taken for a bond hearing, and released on his personal recognizance.



Bond Bills, Speed Limits Discussed in Annapolis


Legislation has been cross-filed in both the House and Senate for bond bills, benefiting the Allegany and Garrett County Animal Shelters and the Adventure Sports Complex in Garrett County. State Senator George Edwards says ASCI received a million dollars in bond money last year for upgrades, in preparation for the 2014 World Whitewater Championships. Some of that money was spend on the trial, and that money could not be recouped. The House has voted unanimously to pass a bill that would allow the state to hike the speed limit on interstate highways. including Interstate 68,  to 70 miles-per-hour, according to Senator Edwards. Senator Edwards says this is enabling legislation and not mandatory, even though the interstates were constructed to accommodate speeds of 70 miles-per-hour.




Board to Consider Proposed Calendar


The Allegany County Board of Education will consider approving the 2014-2015 academic school calendar at their March meeting. One key change to note on the proposed calendar could include modifications to the structure of parent/teacher conferences in both October and February. The school system is asking for input on the calendar. A draft of the calendar can be found on the school system's website, at "," under the "Quick Links" section of the main page.



CSX Plans Work Near Lock #74


CSX Corporation will be replacing the railroad bridge, crossing the Potomac River near Lock 74 on the C & O Canal. The work will last for the next year-and-a-half. A temporary, vehicular bridge will be built to serve traffic on the River Road and Provide access for heavy equipment necessary to replace the railroad bridge. Park representatives are asking the public to obey all posted signs in the work area for their safety.



Keyser Has Portion of Annual Payment


Keyser High School expects to have only $46,000 of the annual $279,000 of the payment on the high school athletic complex obligation. The payment has come due every year since 2009, with the school making the payment in the first year. Since then, it has not been able to raise the funding to make the full payment. The track, soccer and football programs have not been contributing, according to Board President Kevin Watson. A suggestion has been made to have those coaches attend a work session to discuss how they might become more involved in fundraising.



WVSDB Improvements from School Building Authority


The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a resolution that states improvements for the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind should come from the School Building Authority. The Romney school, according to the resolution, should not have to provide locally matching money for the building improvements. There are several steps involved in asking the SBA for the money, including the testimony principal Lynn Boyer in mid-March. Children from across the Mountain State attend the school, yet their home counties are not responsible for the cost of their education, nor the maintenance of the facilities.



Data Breach at University of Maryland


A data breach of over 300,000 records was reported at the University of Maryland last week. The cyber-attack affected faculty, staff, students and affiliated personnel from the College Park and Shady Grove campuses who had been issued a University ID since 1998. Maryland is offering free credit monitoring to anyone affected by the breach. Anyone who thinks they may have been affected should call (301)-405-4440.


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