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Funding Approved for Garrett County Schools

The Operating Budget Conference Committee has met and approved just over $464,000 in additional funding for the Garrett County school system for this coming year. While the final budget has not been passed, both the House and Senate sides of the committee agreed on the figure. Both Delegate Wendell Beitzel and Senator George Edwards both sit on the Committee, and worked to get the funding approved. Senator Edwards commented that the legislation would help Garrett County Financially, until the wealth study is completed.


Complaint Filed Against Historical Society

A woman has filed charges against the Allegany County Historical Society, charging that wheelchair access provided by several buildings it controls, do not meet state and local disability requirements. Marilynn Phillips filed the complaint with the Maryland Civil Rights Commission. Ms. Phillips has had a mobility disability for 67 years, because of polio, contracted at age 2. The Allegany County Historical Society has been in touch with Ms. Phillips on the matter.


Bids on Sacred Heart Demolition Being Accepted

Bids are being accepted for the demolition of the former Sacred Heart Hospital on Seton Drive, the site of the new Allegany High School. Officials are hoping the school can be built and opened by the fall of 2017. Bids should be submitted by 1:30 p.m. on May 13th. The contract calls not only for the removal of the hospital building itself, but also grading, temporary fencing, and relocation of utilities, among other stipulations.


Entertainment Announced for Downtown

"Cumberland Comes Alive" is the theme for entertainment this spring and summer on the downtown Cumberland Mall and at Canal Place. Sandy Saville, of the Downtown Development Commission, says bands will be coming in from New York City, Richmond, Virginia, and there will also be local talent featured weekly at both locations.


Mount Savage Arrested for Drunk Driving

A Mount Savage man driving in the Cumberland area, was arrested yesterday, and charged with driving under the influence. Joseph Malloy was seen using a cell phone while driving. An Allegany County Sheriff's Deputy determined that Malloy appeared to be intoxicated. An open container of alcohol, as well as several other unopened ones were found. He was charged with driving  under the influence, driving while impaired, violating a license restriction for alcohol, and using a handheld device while operating a motor vehicle.


Two Arrested on Drug Charges

Kevin Eugene Pratt, of Romney and Jeremy Whetzel of Cumberland were arrested by Cumberland City Police Tuesday afternoon, and now face several drug charges. A traffic stop and vehicle search revealed at least two hypodermic syringes, along with a bag, containing 77 large capsules of heroin. The approximate street value was $2300. Pratt was charged with possession of CDS paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle. Whetzel faces counts of heroin possession, possession with intent to distribute, along with possession of CDS paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle. He was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $7500 bond. Pratt was released on personal recognizance.


Wildlands Legislation Passed

The Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation that would expand the state's Wildlands System by 50 per cent. Some of those Wildlands are located in both Allegany and Garrett Counties. Over 22,000 acres of sensitive state-owned lands will be permanently protected, because of the bill. More than 90 per cent of citizens surveyed by the Maryland Greenways Commission have said some parts of Maryland should be left in their natural state forever.


Somerset Inmate Sentenced for Attack

An inmate, who was charged with assaulting a state prison guard has been sentenced to 40 months to 10 years in prison. Fifty-year old Mark Wilson The incident happened last Memorial Day weekend, and he will serve the sentence concurrently with the one he is now serving for robbery.


ACM Sets Open House

Allegany College of Maryland will hold an open house on Saturday, April 12th, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 17th annual event will highlight the more than 60 career programs designed for the workplace. There are nearly three dozen transfer programs in which students can enroll in to continue at four-year colleges. There will also be a random drawing of tuition vouchers, totaling
$3,000. Six, $500 awards will be drawn at 2:15 p.m.


Audit Reveals "Questionable" Purchases

An audit, released this week, shows at least four state employees used state-owned credit cards to buy all kinds of personal items, worth nearly $260 million. The 24-page report from the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits revealed that one employee turned in bogus, or doctored receipts to make it look as if the purchases were legitimate. One State Health Department employee bought several items, including toys. The employee pleaded guilty and spend six months in prison. In another instance, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services bought nearly $40,000 in gift cards. The employee implicated in that also pleaded guilty and spent six months in prison. Additionally, the employee had to make restitution.

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