COMMISSIONERS ATTENDING MACO CONFERENCE
The Allegany County Commissioners are attending the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference, through Saturday in Ocean City. Two thousand individuals are expected at the conference. Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine serves on two MACo Committees, legislative and education. The theme of the conference is "Ideas and Innovations," and the keynote speaker will be Mark Friedman, of the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Maryland Rural Counties Coalition will also meet during the conference.
CUMBERLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED THEFT
Cumberland resident Dustin Edwards was held on $5,000 bail at the Allegany County Detention Center, after he allegedly tried to steal a lawnmower from a private residence on South Street. He had been seen hiding in a carport at the home, and was arrested there. He was charged with attempted theft of less than $1,000, obstructing and hindering and disorderly conduct.
CSX WORK DELAYED
Work, on the Franklin Street railroad crossing has been delayed. The work was to have begun today, through Friday. However, a scheduling conflict with CSX has prevented that work from being done now. The city of Cumberland and CSX will notify the public when the work will be done.
FSU NAMED ECO-FRIENDLY COLLEGE
Frostburg State University has been listed as number seven of 50 in Best Choice Schools' ranking of the nation's Eco-Friendly colleges, a salute to schools that have unique structures or lifestyle characteristics that make them leaders in sustainability. The online service reviewed more than 300 universities, and only 50 higher education institutions were judged to be the very best eco-friendly schools, under $25,000 a year.
TASK FORCE SEEKING FUGITIVE
The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is looking for a man wanted on a number of warrants. Elan Bell-Veney is wanted on warrants charging him in the June 27th stabbings of five people at the Shipwrecked Bar and Grill near Martinsburg. He also has a federal warrant for violating his federal probation on a charge of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. He was released from federal prison in May of this year. He was previously convicted in the July, 2008 shooting death of the former owner of a club near Martinsburg. He is considered a dangerous, violent offender.
METRO AREA RECOGNIZED AS "RECOVERY LEADER"
The Hagerstown-Washington County and the Martinsburg area are being recognized as a "Rapid Recovery Leader by an online business publication, "Business Facilities." The honors are due to what are being called "impressive surges" in job creation, wages and salaries in the past year.
ALLEGIANT AIR CURTAILS FLIGHTS
Allegiant Air, out of Hagerstown has begun its yearly seasonal shutdown, effective through October 30th. Allegiant flights, from Hagerstown to Orlando-Sanford International airport will resume on Friday, October 31st.
ARTICLE RECAPS O'MALLEY'S VISIT
An article in "Business Insider" magazine has recapped last week's visit by Governor Martin O'Malley, and the preventive health care initiative taken by the state, and in particular, the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The article touched on O'Malley's acknowledgement of the failed health care website, but credited the WMRMC with being the catalyst for changing how hospitals do business.
PUSH FOR MEALS FOR MORE LOW-INCOME KIDS
Anti-hunger groups want next summer to be the best yet for low-income kids. They're backing the new Summer Meals Act of 2014, which would expand access to nutritious meals in high-poverty areas. Maryland Hunger Solutions' Michael J.Wilson says while the summer education gap is addressed with reading programs, learning camps, and take-home study kits, that's not the only need for children when school isn't in session.
Wilson says the bill has bipartisan support, and hopes the state's congressional delegation will be co-sponsors of the legislation.
ROMNEY CAMPAIGNING FOR G.O.P. CANDIDATES
Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in West Virginia next week, campaigning for Shelley Moore Capito, Alex Mooney, and Evan Jenkins. On Tuesday, Romney will be at a fundraiser in Charleston and a jobs rally in Beckley. Romney won all 55 counties in the 2012 election.
WEST VIRGINIA CONSUMER SPENDING HIGHER
Consumer spending in the Mountain State is higher than it was before the Great Recession, but is lagging behind the nation in spending growth. Per capita consumer spending grew 3.2 per cent in 2012, when compared to 2011. As a whole, the nation grew 3.3 per cent. Each resident, on average, spent $30,642 on consumer goods and services, as compared to nationwide per capita spending of $35,498.