Money for Pothole Repair Released
Allegany County will benefit from a $10 million state fund to fix potholes and repair roadways damaged by this past winter. Allegany County will receive just over $228,000, while Garrett has been allocated nearly $293,000. The funding amount was based on the number of roadway miles maintained by each local government. This funding is separate from the state's Transportation Trust Fund.
Klan Plans Cumberland Rally Tomorrow
A noon rally has been set for tomorrow by the Ku Klux Klan. The gathering will take place in front of the courthouse on Washington Street. The Traditional Rebel Knights of the KKK, from Braddock Heights, Maryland, announced plans for the rally on its website; the event will conclude at 1:30 p.m. The group informed the Cumberland City Police of its plans several weeks ago. Operations Supervisor, Captain Greg Leake says they will hold banners and demonstrate their right to do so, and that they have assured law enforcement they won't cause any problems.
Bear Den Fire Mostly Contained
Crews have been able to extinguish most of the hot spots in the Bear Den Fire on Will's Mountain. The fire began last Saturday, and crews continued to patrol and extinguish the remaining hot spots, as well as conduct rehabilitation work along the control line. Crews were working to repair the hand and dozer lines that were cleared down to the bare mineral soil. Despite the massive fire, which destroyed hundreds of acres, injuries were limited to cuts and scrapes sustained by the firefighters.
Pennsylvania Woman Arrested in Keyser
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania resident Linayia Kithcart was arrested, following an altercation at the Sheetz store in Keyser last weekend. She and another woman were involved in an altercation, and had left the store, heading toward Keyser. They were arrested during a traffic stop on South Mineral Street, near Lincoln Street. Ms. Kithcart was charged with second-offense DUI and driving without insurance. She was taken to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.
Man Charged with Assault Counts
Independence Street resident Amos Victor Tichennel was charged with second degree assault, after Cumberland City Police were asked to check on his welfare. During the check, Mr. Tichennel became combative and assaulted the officers. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following the incident. Charges were filed a District Court, and he was released pending his trial date.
Possible Project to be Discussed
A possible future water project for the Barrelville/Sunnyside area will be discussed next week at the Mount Savage Fire Hall. The Allegany County Commissioners and Public Works officials will be on hand for the 7:00 p.m. meeting. Again, this is a possible future water project, and residents of the area and all interested citizens are invited to attend.
Water Projects Funded in Pennsylvania
The state of Pennsylvania has announced an investment of more than $40 million in water projects across the state, including some in this region. For example, West Providence Township in Bedford County, and Upper Yoder Township in Cambria and Somerset counties will get money for wastewater treatment projects. Lawmakers say the projects could bring more jobs to the region.
Field to be Named After Former Principal
Bishop Walsh School will be dedicating its new softball field on Monday at 2 p.m. The field will be named in honor of Sister Phyllis McNally, former president/principal at the school. She will be in attendance and is expected to throw out the first pitch, as the Girls' Softball Team plays its first game on the new field.
Area Schools Make Top 40 in State
Allegany High School in Cumberland is among the top 40 high schools in the state, according to a study published by U.S. News and World Report. Allegany ranked 27th, while several Washington County schools made the list. The number one rank went to Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. In West Virginia, several regional schools ranked near the top. They include East Hardy, Moorefield, Pendleton County, and Tucker County High Schools.
USS Somerset Arrives in San Diego
The USS Somerset arrived at its home port in California, several weeks after its commissioning. The ship was commissioned on March 1st and traveled through the Caribbean Sea and Panama Canal to reach its port in San Diego. The ship was named in honor of the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County on September 11, 2001.
Committee To Welcome Comptroller
The Greater Cumberland Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, May 1st at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center in Accident. The program speaker will be State Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is expected to cover a wide variety of topics such as economic development, transportation, energy, education and leadership. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m.
Another Guard Sentenced in Beating Case
Michael Morgan, a former correctional officer at the Roxbury Correctional Institution, has been sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison, in connection with the beating of a state prison inmate there in 2008. Morgan was sentenced earlier this week in Baltimore.
SHA Seeking Project Proposals
The Maryland State Highway Administration is seeking proposals for transportation-related projects, funded through the Transportation Alternatives Program, or "TAP." Charlie Gischlar, public information officer for the SHA, says the deadline for submitting proposals is May 15th. Gischlar says the SHA is inviting local governments and government-sponsored community groups to submit applications for projects.
Task Force Seeking Two on Drug Charges
The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is looking for two people who had been charged in Berkeley County By the Martinsburg Police Department for operating a clandestine drug lab. A trailer fire occurred on April 1st, which led authorities to look for James Exline and Amy Burcker. Exline is 5 feet, nine inches tall with brown eyes and hair. Ms. Burcker is 5'3" with hazel eyes and blonde hair. Both have ties to Berkeley County, along with Maryland and Florida, and both are believed to still be in the area, and are being helped by family and friends. They should be considered armed and dangerous, and tips are being treated as anonymous. Information can be forwarded to Deputy Mike Ulrich at (304)-267-7179.
Coal Company Laying off Miners
Patriot Coal is expected to lay off at least 100 miners at its Boone County location, which is devastating news for that community. There are nearly 850 workers at two mines in the area. Boone County lost nearly a million dollars last year in its budget, with coal severance accounting for half of that. However, a spokesman for Patriot says he can see metallurgical coal making a comeback sometime next year.