Senate Approves Gambling Bill
The Maryland State Senate voted to approve table games like blackjack and a casino site near Washington, D.C. in the first day of the General Assembly special session. The House will vote on the bill today. The new casino could open in Prince George’s County in 2016 with 3,000 slot machines. Those opposed to the site believe it would drain revenue from some of the other surrounding casinos downstate.
ARC Grants $200,000 For Local Project
The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded the city of Cumberland an additional grant for $200,000, to complete construction of an access road to the Central Business District. The money will be used to widen approximately .62 miles of Baltimore Avenue and will include the repaving of the roadway, with new curbs and sidewalks to enhance pedestrian usage. The grant will also be used to install new traffic signs and control devices in an effort to increase efficiency and improve safety. The grant was announced by both U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.
County Opts Out of Sprinkler Plan
Allegany County will not participate in a statewide mandate to install automatic sprinklers in new one and two-bedroom homes, including mobile and modular homes. The county, however, wants to come up with an incentive plan to encourage residents to install the systems. Sprinklers will be mandatory throughout the state in 2015.
Wisp Wins Extension
The Wisp resort has more time to come up with a bankruptcy reorganization plan. It will now have until September 10th to come up with a new plan; the original deadline was today, but the owners had requested a two-month stay. Officials at the Wisp, Maryland’s only ski resort, say they have been talking with two potential buyers. Wisp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. Financial problems are to blame, as they say they couldn’t sell enough home sites at a nearby golf course to make their loan payments.
Juvenile Falls From Bridge
A male juvenile reportedly fell from the Romney bridge that crosses the South Branch of the Potomac River. The call came in around 3:26 p.m. Tuesday; Trooper Five from Maryland was called in to transport the juvenile to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland. He was injured when he fell, while apparently trying to climb the abutment that supports the bridge.
Accused Killer May be in Eastern Panhandle Area
Accused killer Nate Summerfield may be in the areas of Randolph, Tucker or Grant County, West Virginia. He is wanted in connection with the strangulation and stabbing of Lynn Jackenheimer, who was reported missing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in July. Her body was found on July 14th. Officials couldn’t say why U.S. Marshals believe he is in West Virginia.
Two Frostburg Residents Arrested
Two Frostburg residents were arrested in downtown Cumberland Tuesday morning. They were originally stopped for a registration violation, but a scan of the vehicle resulted in a positive alert. Marijuana and a device used to smoke it were located in the car. Taken into custody were both 26-year old Brianne Marie Gonzin and 22-year old Anthony Wayne Miller. Both were charged and released on personal recognizance.
Local Woman Fulfills Wish on “Bucket List”
Ninety-seven year old Dot Yeager has been a Baltimore Oriole fan all her life, and last night, she fulfilled an item on her “bucket list.” Ms. Yeager met some of the Oriole players during batting practice, and was able to throw out the first pitch. The event was made possible through the “bucket list” program at the Kensington Algonquin, where she is a resident. She was able to attend a game in 1972; however that game was called because of rain in the second inning.
Hampshire Superintendent Leaving
The superintendent of the Hampshire County School System, Robin Lewis, has accepted a job as the new executive director for RESA I, headquartered in Beckley. The start date of her new position has yet to be determined. RESA, or regional educational service agency, primarily provide support services and training for county school systems. Hampshire is part of RESA 8.