WORKERS FILE UNDER A MILLION JOBLESS CLAIMS

About 963,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, as initial jobless claims dipped below one million for the first time since mid-March.  In Maryland, just over 13,000 new unemployment claims were filed. Thirty-six new claims were filed in Allegany County; Garrett reported five new claims, and 76 in Washington County.

FORTY MINE EMPLOYEES LAID OFF

Corsa Coal Corporation has laid off about 40 employees at its Casselman Mine near Grantsville. The mine employed about 100 full-time workers, and the layoffs were attributed to a reduction in coal production. Corsa has reported net and comprehensive losses of $41.3 million and $47.1 million. Corsa also operates mines in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The…

BALTIMORE STREET BRIDGE TO BE REDUCED TO SINGLE-LANE

The Baltimore Street Bridge will be reduced to a single lane at intermittent times next Tuesday and Wednesday, to allow a contractor to collect field data, related to the future replacement of the structure. Hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking on the bridge will be prohibited, and each end of the…

MINERAL COUNTY FIRES ITS COUNTY COORDINATOR

The Mineral County Commissioners have fired their county coordinator, Drew Brubaker. The board moved to relieve him of his duties effective July 31st. According to Commissioner Richard “Doc” Lechliter, quote, “we felt that we weren’t getting the work performance we wanted, so we needed to make a change.” Brubaker was hired in December 2016, having…

MAN ARRESTED FOR CONTRIBUTING TO CONDITION OF A CHILD

Thirty-eight-year-old Christopher David Shrader has been arrested in connection with an incident that began nearly a week ago. Shrader provided false information to officers in connection to the case of a missing teen girl. The girl was located and Shrader suffered a medical emergency and was taken to the hospital. Shrader was later arrested and…

SPEED FACTORED IN DOUBLE-FATAL CRASH

Speed is being cited as a factor in a crash that killed two people on Route 93 in Grant County Wednesday afternoon. One of the victims was Tucker Weed of Keyser, and the second was a juvenile female, whose name was not released. A car driven by Seth Workman was traveling at a high rate…

PATRICIA HOMBERG NAMED TO LEAD WVSDB

Patricia Homberg has been reinstated to the position of Superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind by the West Virginia Board of Education. She had served as the Board of Education liaison to the WVSDB. Webster County School Superintendent Scott Cochran backed out of the position just after being named to…

SERVICES SET FOR SHAFFER

Shaffer Ford owner Randy Shaffer passed away on Wednesday. Over the years, he operated Shaffer Ford, and other franchises, including Jeep, Buick, Chevrolet and Toyota. He is survived by his wife, Donna, two daughters, his sister, a grandson, and a niece. Friends are being received at the Upchurch Funeral Home on Greene Street Sunday from…

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CORONA RELATED NEWS

HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS 20 NEW COVID-19 CASES

The Allegany County Health Department reports 20 new cases of COVID-19 since Monday, bringing the county total to 318 cases. New cases include three children under age 10, two females and two males in their teens, three females and one male in their 20s, a female in her 30s, two females and a male in…

FOURTEEN NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IDENTIFIED

The Allegany County Health Department is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the county total to 298 cases. New cases include a male teenager, two women and three men in their 20’s, two women in their 50’s, and one female in her 60’s. None of the individuals have been hospitalized.

GARRETT COUNTY REPORTS THREE ADDITIONAL COVID CASES

The Garrett County Health Department received three more positive COVID-19 cases, bringing that county’s total to 54. Among the positive cases are a man in his 20’s, who has symptoms and is isolating at home; a woman in her 20’s who had symptoms and isolated at home. This case was originally reported in another county…

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