FSU Found to be in Violation of Procedures
The Maryland Office of Legislative Audits has found Frostburg State University in violation of established procedures, when it built a new, $2 million Sustainable Energy Research Facility. The report adds the institution also failed to request competitive bids for the building, which was completed last year. The developer of the facility was not ask to solicit competitive bids for the construction, nor did it receive the proper approval from the Maryland Board of Public Works and the University System of Maryland.
Investigation into McCoole Fire Department Continues
No indictments have been handed down in the ongoing State's Attorney's investigation of the McCoole Volunteer Fire Department, but that doesn't mean there won't be any. It is not known whether the case against the former president, Charles Pearce, has been presented. The department was forced to cease operations, and was found to be a million dollars in debt. At the time, there was only one fire truck and four volunteer firefighters left. One aspect of the investigation involves whether there is any wrongdoing in paying $3800 a month in rent to the Hamburger Haven, which is managed by Pearce. Along with that, officials are examining bingo proceeds, other fire department funds and the purchase and selling of fire equipment.
School Progress Index Released
Allegany County Public Schools continue to show continued progress toward proficiency on state exams, even as targets increase and school systems transition to the Common Core State Standards. The Maryland State Department of Education released 2013 results of the Maryland School Assessment exams in science as well as 2013 School Progress Index data. Under the School Progress calculation, nearly 55.6 per cent of Allegany County Public Schools met the increasing targets for this year, compared to 88.8 per cent in 2012. The targets will continue to rise over the next four years.
Woman Held in Stabbing Incident
Keyser resident Sherry Moorehead is being held in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $9,000 bond, following an alleged stabbing incident on Mozelle Street. She is accused of stabbing another person at a residence there last weekend. The victim was taken to Potomac Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police Seek Vehicle-Tampering Suspect
Cumberland City Police are investigating a car-tampering complaint in the parking garage at One Frederick Street. An unknown person entered an unlocked vehicle, and removed several items of value. There are no suspects at this time, but Police are reminding residents to keep vehicles locked and valuables either out of the vehicle, or out of plain view.
TGCC Sets September Meeting
The Greater Cumberland Committee's first membership meeting, following its summer hiatus, will be held next Thursday at the Country Club, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Topics for the meeting include an overview from the Education Work Group, federal core curriculum updates and the highlights of the TGCC's Regional Business Survey and what is still needed from the business community.
Friends Aware To Benefit From Train Pull
Friends Aware is one of four groups, benefitting from the Train Pull For Charities, to be held next Saturday at the Western Maryland Station. Other beneficiaries include the Ali-Ghan Shrine Transportation Unit, The League: A Children's Place, and the Allegany County Special Olympics. Kathleen Breighner, Community Relations Resource Development Coordinator for Friends Aware, says their portion of the funding will help with a capital campaign. The money will be used for building expansion and renovation, and other much needed improvements.
Boswell Blames DEP for Flash Flooding
Officials from Boswell, Pennsylvania are blaming the Department of Environmental Protection's mandate regarding a reservoir, and the potential threat it posed to the town. The dam, which collected water from spring run-off and heavy summer downpours, has was breached last year. The dam is not designed for flood control and is in bad shape. Meanwhile, the town has experienced flash flooding twice in the past two months. A DEP inspector will assess damage to the town, and issue any emergency permits to help with the cleanup process.
Suns May Move to Fredericksburg, Virginia
The Hagerstown Suns are on the verge of moving to Fredericksburg, Virginia, following this week's endorsement of a proposal by the Fredericksburg City Council. The decision to accept the deal is in the court of the minor league baseball team. Fredericksburg is offering several incentives to bring the team there, including construction of a sports entertainment complex, which would include a stadium with at least 4,750 fixed seats.
Baltimore Drivers Ranked Among Worst in Nation
An Allstate Insurance survey shows that drivers in Baltimore are among the worst in the nation...the good news is, drivers in the District Of Columbia are worse. Baltimore drivers experience a car crash every 5.4 years, with the national average being every 10 years. Fort Collins, Colorado topped the list for best drivers. Charm City ranked second to last in the 2012 best driver survey.
New Fire Investigation Support Unit Placed in Service
The Office of the State Fire Marshal has placed in service, the first regional fire investigation support unit, to provide additional equipment at fire scenes. A plan has been implemented to make it available statewide. The first unit has been placed in the Northeast Region, in Harford County. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Express 2500 series van with a tow behind trailer, contains the necessary tools and equipment to perform extensive and accurate fire investigations.