COMMISSION RECOMMENDS INCREASES FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

The seven-member 2020 Allegany County Salary Study Commission is recommending annual increases for the Allegany County Commissioners and recommending no increase for members of the Board of Education and others serving on local boards. The county commissioner salaries would start at $36,480 for 2023 for its president, followed by an initial increase to $35,331 for…

WARDEN, DEPUTIES FIRED FROM BEDFORD COUNTY PRISON

Warden Troy Nelson and Deputy Wardens Rocky Bernazzoli and Jason Moore have been fired from their positions at the Bedford County Prison. A review of practices at the prison includes suggestions on how to increase safety and security, improve the workplace environment for correctional facility employees, and enhance the overall facility for the inmate population…

MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

Thirty-seven-year-old Cumberland resident Frank Germaine MacDonald is being held on $10,000 bond, following an incident in the 300-block of Grant Avenue on Saturday. MacDonald allegedly entered a home through a first-floor window; he then initiated an argument with the victim and damaged property inside the home. He then fled. MacDonald had been prohibited from being…

HERITAGE DAYS TO TAKE PLACE IN SEPTEMBER

Heritage Days will make its return in September. The annual festival usually takes place in June, but because of COVID-19 considerations, it has been rescheduled. The dates will be from September 9th through the 12th. Boards of the Allegany Museum, the Allegany County Historical Society and the Friends of Ashby’s Fort will co-promote the activities,…

GRANT COUNTY MAN INDICTED

Maysville, West Virginia resident Phillip Michael Sites was indicted last month on a federal drug distribution charge. He faces one count of possession with intent to district methamphetamine in December in Grant County. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to a million dollars.

FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT MIKE MILLER DIES AT 78

Former Maryland Senate President Thomas “Mike” Miller, who had been battling cancer, died Friday afternoon at 78. Miller had been the longest-serving Senate President in the body’s history, serving from 1987 to 2019, and continued as a state senator through last year, until he retired in December, citing health issues. Governor Larry Hogan has ordered…

REGION SEES LARGEST INCREASE IN OPIOID DEATHS

The Cumberland Times-News is reporting that Western Maryland experienced the largest percent increase in opioid deaths in the third quarter of last year. A state report shows that Allegany County saw a 111.1 per cent increase in opioid deaths in the first nine months of the year, when compared to 2019. Garrett County saw a…

AUXILIARY CANCELS SNOW BALL

The Western Maryland Health System Auxiliary, serving UPMC-Western Maryland has announced the cancellation of this year’s Snow Ball event, which is a first for the region’s black-tie affair. The Snow Ball raises more than $80,000 annually toward projects that support UPMC Western Maryland. The event was cancelled because of COVID-19, with the committee stating this…

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CORONA RELATED NEWS

ONE DEATH, 40 NEW COVID CASES

The Allegany County Health Department reported one additional COVID-19 related death and 40 new cases on Friday. The cumulative case count is now at 5,839 with 165 deaths. The county’s case rate is significantly lower than the state average, at 38.34 cases per 100,000 population; the state average is 51.85. Allegany County’s positivity rate is…

VACCINE ROLLOUT TO ENTER PHASE 1-B NEXT WEEK

Effective Monday, the state of Maryland will enter Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout, but it will take several more weeks for the vaccine to be available to the average resident. Phase 1B includes anyone, 75 or older who wants the vaccine, as well as anyone in assisted living or group home settings. The vaccine…

ONE COVID DEATH, 28 NEW CASES IN ALLEGANY COUNTY

The Allegany County Health Department is reporting an additional death and 28 new cases in the county since Monday. This brings the cumulative case count to 164 deaths, and 5,799 positive cases. The county is now well below the number of cases per 100,000 population; the county’s figure is at 46.46, while the state number…

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