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GAS PIPELINE PROJECT PUT ON HOLD

A natural gas pipeline, that would have spanned five states, including Western Maryland, has been put on hold for the moment. Spectra Energy says it is suspending development work on the $4 billion project, but will continue to evaluate opportunities in the region. The line would have begun in Bedford, crossing into Allegany County, just west of Flintstone, via Route 220. The terminus of the project would have been in North Carolina. Had the project gone forward, survey work would have begun this month.


FROSTBURG CINEMAS TO CLOSE SUNDAY

Eight employees will be affected by the closure of the Frostburg Cinemas 1-2-3 on Sunday. The decision was made by R/C Theatres of Reisterstown. A petition has been started to keep the theatres open. The facility underwent a renovation as recently as 2012. Frostburg City Administrator John Kirby says the city has not been provided with any information on the closure.


MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE

Twenty-six year old Timothy Rayne Bohn has been charged with second-degree child abuse, among other counts, as the result of an incident earlier this month on Arch Street. Bohn and the mother of the child had been in an argument, and he handled the child aggressively, while putting the youngster in a car seat. He was not arrested then, but was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for an evaluation. Charges were later filed, and he was released pending trial in District Court.


SERVICE CENTER TO RELOCATE FOR ONE DAY

Although the state of Maryland announced it would operate an essential service center for seven days for those affected by the June 12th flooding, it will relocate for only one day-this Saturday. The Essential Service Center will be at the Calvary Christian Academy Gymnasium parking lot from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Essential Service Center will return to the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday. All Allegany County residents impacted by the storm are strongly encouraged to visit the Essential Service Center.


GREENE STREET WORK ANNOUNCED

The city of Cumberland has announced that, beginning Monday, milling and patching work will take place on Greene Street, in the area between the Dingle and Lee Street. Work will last for about six days, and has been scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. Parking will be restricted nightly in the areas of the work. Signs will be posted in advance for the affected areas. Flaggers will be present, and drivers should expect delays during working hours.


FRANKLIN STREET CROSSING CLOSED

The Cumberland Engineering Department and CSX are participating in crossing improvements at Franklin Street. The crossing will be closed today through Tuesday, depending on the weather. The City Street Department will assist in road repairs so the work can be completed in a timely manner.


TWO INJURED IN SEPARATE ACCIDENTS

Two pedestrians were hurt in separate accidents, about a half-hour apart, in downtown Cumberland. In the first, at about 1:40 p.m., a pedestrian was injured at Baltimore Street and Queen City Drive. The second happened about 2:15 p.m. at South Mechanic Street, just past Pershing Street. One of those injured was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The pedestrian in the Baltimore Street area accident refused to be taken to the hospital.


I.R.T. APPOINTMENTS STILL AVAILABLE

Appointments are still available for the Innovative Readiness Training Program, happening at the Allegany County Fairgrounds through next Thursday. The hotline number is (301)-783-1775, and there are still openings available. Courtney Thomas, of the HRDC says that, presently, general medical screening appointments are available, along with vision and pain management sessions. Dental services are full, but with a waiting list. Spaying/neutering for cats and dogs also has a waiting list. But, rabies vaccinations are still available with no appointment necessary.


MOVIE CREW FILMS "MOUNTAIN THUNDER"

A movie crew was in Cumberland yesterday, filming "Mountain Thunder" for scenes for a movie, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The locomotive will be featured in the beginning of the World War II movie, "Ithaca." The movie is based on a 1943 novel," The Human Comedy," and reunites Ryan with her co-star in "Sleepless in Seattle." The movie is scheduled for release next year.


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