STORM CAUSES MAJOR DAMAGE IN CRESAPTOWN, BOWLING GREENE
Route 220 has been reopened, after last night's flooding in the Bowling Greene and Cresaptown areas. The road had been closed from Interstate 68 to Route 956 in Bel Air. Much of that area was underwater, as the result of heavy rains, which led to flooding in the area. Several other incidents were reported because of the storm including reports of a collapsed structure on Iris Avenue in Cresaptown, and a report of a possible road collapse on Douglas Avenue in Lonaconing. The Greene Street underpass was under water, and several people were rescued from their cars, which became stuck in high water. Other structure collapses were reported, as well as two fires.
GARRETT PLANS MAJOR RESTRUCTURING, CONSOLIDATION
Due to falling enrollment and a shrinking funding base, the Garrett County Board of Education has proposed a major shuffling of students, in a four-year plan to consolidate the school system. Public input will be taken at two meetings, scheduled for next week. The plan includes moving many students to different schools, with families reviewing their transportation options, according to the Cumberland Times-News.
DRIVER JUMPS FROM TRUCK
Lonaconing resident Gary McKenzie suffered minor injuries, when he jumped from his tractor-trailer, which ran off the road on Route 50 near Burlington Wednesday. McKenzie, whose truck was hauling three large bales of stainless steel, swerved to avoid hitting a deer, and the truck ran over an embankment. McKenzie jumped from the cab, and the rig traveled down the embankment and hit a tree. One bale of material came through the cab, crushing it. He was treated at Potomac Valley Hospital.
TORNADO REPORTED IN BEDFORD WEDNESDAY
A tornado reportedly touched down in parts of Bedford County on Wednesday, tracking through Wills Mountain and Evitts Creek past Rainsburg, northeast of Lake Gordon. No injuries were reported, but some major damage was; the National Weather Service toured the area yesterday afternoon, to confirm the tornado.
ACCUSED KILLER HAS HEARING
Somerset County resident Denver Blough-accused of shooting and killing his pregnant girlfriend-received a hearing in court this week. He is accused of shooting and killing Caressa Kovalcik; her baby was delivered by emergency C-section. This week's hearing was to have been a civil custody hearing for the newly-born child, and another 11-month old child, fathered by Blough. After a three-hour hearing in the judge's chambers, Blough was returned to jail. There was no word on the closed-door meeting.
KEYSER MAN JAILED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT
Keyser resident Shaun Ellifritz is in jail at the Potomac Highlands facility, following a domestic incident Wednesday evening. Ellifritz is accused of assaulting a woman in the 100-block of Gilmore Street. He is also accused of holding her against her will, refusing to allow her to leave the residence on Tuesday or Wednesday.
FIRE BREAKS OUT DURING WEDNESDAY STORMS
A fire broke out in Bedford County Wednesday evening, during severe storms moving through the area. The fire was reported in a utility room in Saxton around 7 p.m., and caused extensive damage to one of the apartments. Time response was quick, in that the fire department was already staffed, due to the severe weather. No injuries were reported in the fire, and there was no indication it was related to the storms.
COMMISSIONERS RELEASE STATEMENT ON FUND BALANCE
Allegany County's bond rating was recently upgraded by both S & P and Moody's bond rating services; this will be especially important when the county prepares to borrow money for the new Allegany High School. The better a county's bond rating, the lower interest that is charged on loans. As a result of the upgrade, the county was able to save about a million dollars on its outstanding debt. At present, the county has a fund balance of no less than two months of general fund revenues.
TRAFFIC PLAN ANNOUNCED FOR HERITAGE DAYS
Heritage Days is this weekend, and some changes to the downtown traffic pattern have been announced. A portion of Mechanic and Baltimore Streets will be closed during the event; motorists traveling south on Mechanic Street will be diverted onto Frederick Street, where they can access Queen City Drive to by-pass the closed portion of Mechanic Street. There are other changes, and motorists should be aware of those. Heritage Days is scheduled from 10 a.,. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
MAN ISSUED CRIMINAL CITATION
Fifty-year old Cumberland resident John William Yoest was issued a criminal citation, following an incident Wednesday evening on the downtown Cumberland Mall. Yoest was creating a disturbance, and later threatened to assault a code enforcement officer. His behavior continued after Cumberland City Police arrived. He was taken to Police Headquarters, charged with a citation for disorderly conduct, and released pending further action in District Court at a later date.
PARENT CAFE EVENT CANCELLED
The Parent Cafe, set for next Monday at the YMCA, has been cancelled. Parents are encouraged, however, to attend the Dr. Kluth workshop, "Inclusion: What Every Parent Should Know," at the Ramada Inn of Cumberland on that day, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parent Cafes will return again in the fall.
MARYLAND BRIDGES SUMMER "NUTRITION GAP
"Summer learning loss" is well known among educators, but there's also a slide in nutrition when the school doors close, and low income kids are most affected. Michael J. Wilson at Maryland Hunger Solutions says good food and a good education go hand-in-hand in helping students succeed. The director of the Food Research and Action Center, Jim Weill, says nearly three million children were served nationwide in 2013, about 160,000 more than in 2012.