MAPLEHURST GOING UP FOR AUCTION
A public auction of the Maplehurst Country Club in Frostburg has been scheduled for next Wednesday, August 20th. A previous auction was canceled, when an unnamed Frostburg businessman was given the chance to buy the property. At this point, the club has debts of over a half-million dollars with First United Bank and Trust. Next Wednesday's sale will take place at 11 a.m. at the Allegany County Courthouse.
CUMBERLAND BENEFITS FROM FINANCING PROGRAM
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is selling more than $41 million in bonds through the Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program. That means, for Cumberland, an influx of about $7 million in cash, to provide much-needed resources for items such as vehicle equipment, ambulance service, and street, water, and sewer system improvements. The DHCD issues bonds on behalf of counties, cities or the agencies, to finance projects that serve the community at large.
FIRE IN FROSTBURG QUICKLY CONTAINED
A fire in the basement of a Tisdale Street home was quickly contained late yesterday afternoon. The fire was first reported around 5:15 p.m. Crews said light smoke was coming from the one-story structure. The occupants were out of the home when firefighters arrived; they took about 10 minutes to control it.
RESIDENT SENTENCED ON METH CHARGES
Dana Russell Stallard of Friendsville was sentenced to 11 years in prison, after having been found guilty on several drug charges in June. Stallard was accused of operating a meth lab in a residence where he was staying. He was arrested last November by the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force, with help from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
BEDFORD COUNTY COUPLE DIES IN CRASH
Everett residents William and Margaret Reyan died in a Sunday morning crash in McConnellsburg. They were traveling on the Lincoln Highway on a motorcycle, when they struck the front end of a Chevrolet pickup truck. They lost control and crossed into the opposite lane. William Reyan was pronounced dead at the scene, while Margaret Reyan died shortly after the crash. The truck driver was not injured.
ASSAULT, MARIJUANA CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN
Twenty-seven year old William Alexander Atkinson was arrested after police were called back to a residence on Independence Street Sunday. A woman had reported that Atkinson allegedly assaulted her; he fled the residence, but was later located in the yard. Officers also found a clear plastic baggie of suspected marijuana on him. He was arrested, processed, and received a hearing before a District Court Commissioner. He was ordered held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $4,000 bond.
KEYSER PARK UNDERGOES INSPECTION
North End Park in Keyser recently underwent an inspection from the Mineral County Health Department, and, contrary to social media reports, the park was not closed. Admittedly, there are rotted posts in a pavilion at the park, but they do not pose a threat to its structural integrity. Right now, the plan is to replace the lower portions of the rotted posts, which will not require the upper roof assembly to be rebuilt.
HILLSHIRE, PINNACLE MERGER OFF
A proposed merger between Hillshire Brands and Pinnacle Foods-the parent company of Snyder's of Berlin-is off. The merger was announced in mid-May, but terminated in June. A new deal, expected to close next month, appears to be the reason for the canceled merger between the two.
SOMERSET ADDS SNOW DAYS TO 2014-2015 YEAR
Instead of using holidays and vacation days throughout the school year, the Somerset Area School District will have days added to the end of the school year. The announcement was made by Superintendent Krista Mathias.
FRANCHOT WANTS TO DELAY SCHOOL OPENING
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is launching a petition drive to delay the opening of Maryland's public schools until after Labor Day. His campaign is entitled, "Let Summer Be Summer," with his goal of collecting 10,000 signatures before the General Assembly reconvenes in January. Franchot believes that starting school after Labor Day would be good for the state's economy, and allow families to spend more time together. A state task force has voted in favor of requiring the state's 24 school systems to push back their start date to September.
TAX-FREE SHOPPING WEEK UNDERWAY
Maryland's annual tax-free week is underway, with certain clothing and footwear items, valued at $100 or less, exempt from the state's 6 per cent sales tax. Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association, says the tax-free week helps to increase traffic. Donoho says the average amount spent on apparel and shoes is $339.52. He adds back to school sales started earlier this year; with its apparent popularity, Donohue commented on expanding the scope of tax-free week.
MOTORISTS PAYING LESS FOR GAS, MORE IN CUMBERLAND
On average, Maryland motorists are paying five cents less, per gallon of gas. However, Cumberland remains at the top of the list for the highest cost in the state. Triple "A" Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gas is $3.48, down from $3.53 a week ago. In Cumberland, however, the price was quoted at $3.59, 11-cents higher. A year ago, the average price per gallon in the state was $3.62.