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FRACKING STUDY INCONCLUSIVE FOR TOURISM

A study of the impact of gas drilling in the westernmost part of the state has proven inconclusive. How fracturing would affect tourism in Garrett County was part of a discussion yesterday at Frostburg State University. To be included in a final report will be an admission on the committee's lack of information on the tourism impact, along with the lack of a cost analysis of a potential disaster, such as widespread contamination of drinking water.

 

BRIDGE WORK TO BE FINISHED NEXT YEAR

Work on the Crosstown bridge and other portions of Interstate 68 should be finished by the spring of next year. Workers are currently blast cleaning and painting the bridge in the vicinity of Centre Street. They are also repairing concrete in the area near Canal Place and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. There will be at least one more closure of Centre Street sometime next month.

 

WINIFRED ROAD REPAIRS CONTINUE THORUGH TOMORROW

Repairs to a sewer main in the Winifred Road right-of-way will be extended through tomorrow. The project will replace 80 feet of 10-inch sewer main. The repairs were to have been finished yesterday, but additional work was necessary to finish the repair. Winifred Road will be closed between Oldtown Road and Michigan Avenue.

 

ROUTE 219 BRIDGE OPENED

The Maryland State Highway Administration has re-opened the Route 219 (Garrett Highway) Bridge over Cherry Creek near Oakland. It has been closed since mid-June, and is re-opening earlier than expected. Crews removed the old bridge, and built a new one, in time for the start of the new school year. The original bridge was built in 1922.

 

WATER OFF IN PORTIONS OF WESTERNPORT

Water will be off for about four hours today, in certain areas of Westernport. The water will be shut off in the 300 and 400-block of Vine Street, Division Street, from Vine to Walnut and the 300-block of Rock Street.

 

PHONE OUTAGE FOR MINERAL COUNTY

Repairs will be taking place on the phone communication lines in Mineral County Thursday evening, beginning at about 10 p.m. The outage will last about 8 hours. Frontier Communications says residents in the Keyser, New Creek, and Fountain areas, who are on the "788" phone exchange will be affected by the work. For those customers, there will be no dial tone during the 8 hour time frame. The Mineral County "911" Center has been notified of the outage.

 

MAN HELD ON $50,000 BOND

Twenty-seven year old Demond Scott is being held on $50,000 bond, following a domestic assault incident in the 300-block of Springdale Street. Scott got into an argument with his live-in girlfriend, and as she tried to leave, he is accused of repeatedly kicking her, pushing her against a wall,  and trying to strangle her. He also allegedly assaulted the victim's six-year old daughter. The victims did not require medical attention, but Scott was ordered held at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

VIOLATION OF EX-PARTE ORDER

Cumberland resident Joseph Wolfe was held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following two alleged violations of ex-parte orders. Wolfe violated the order by arguing with two individuals at a Park Street business; each had previously filed separate protective orders against him. He fled the area, but was arrested on Sunday, and taken to the District Court Commissioners' office for a bond review. He has been charged with two counts each of failure to comply with a peace order and disturbing the peace. He was also charged with violation of an ex-parte order.

 

AREA NATIVE BEGINS DUTIES SEPTEMBER 15TH

A native of this area, Michael Martirano will begin his duties as the superintendent of West Virginia schools on September 15th. Martirano had been the superintendent of the St. Mary's public schools here in Maryland. He was contractually obligated there until September. He will earn an annual salary of $230,000. The State Board of Education had lobbied the legislature to remove the $175,000 salary cap for the position. 

 

KEYSER POLICE LOOKING FOR BREAK-IN SUSPECT

The Keyser City Police are looking for 23-year old Thomas Wright, who is wanted on five outstanding warrants, charging  him with two counts of concealing stolen property, once count of fleeing from an officer, and two counts of shoplifting. A recent traffic stop revealed various items, similar to property that had been stolen from parked vehicles. However, no report had been filed on the items found, so he was not arrested. Two days later a resident reported some stolen items; they were similar to what Wright had in his property, and police continue to search for him.

 

WINNING PA. LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN SCHELLSBURG

A "Cash 5" Pennsylvania lottery ticket, worth $225,000, was sold at the Shawnee Country Market in Schellsburg. The store will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket, with the winner facing a 25 per cent federal withholding. The winner should contact lottery officials or visit one of the seven offices across the Commonwealth.

 

GAS PRICES DROP; CUMBERLAND STILL HIGHEST

Gas prices dropped four cents at the pump last week, to $3.44 for a gallon for regular, unleaded gas. Cumberland, however, still has the highest gas prices in the state at $3.53. Hagerstown reports $3.38, while Salisbury was quoted at $3.35. The national average is $3.47, which is three cents more than the state average.

 

HIGHWAY USER FUNDS DISCUSSED

One of the major topics during the MACo summer conference was the continuing loss of highway user funds. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says that both gubernatorial candidates-Larry Hogan and Anthony Brown-have pledged to return highway user funds to the counties. Allegany County has lost 4 to 5 million dollars each year, and that affects the local budget tremendously.


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