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Board Commits To Internet Upgrade

The Allegany County Board of Education has agreed to commit $100,000 toward a larger grant to upgrade the county's aging, but reliable, internet service. A letter of support, from the board, will be submitted for an Appalachian Regional Commission grant of $600,000 . The board could be partially reimbursed for its match, depending on which funding sources it uses, according to the Cumberland Times-News.


Fatal Accident in Hampshire County

Few details are available, but the West Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal accident that happened Monday night on Route 50 in the Cooper Mountain area of Capon Bridge. Several area fire and ambulance companies responded to the crash around 8:36 p.m. More details will become available, as they are released.


Police Investigate Breaking, Entering and Robbery

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a breaking, entering and robbery of a residence, at 90 Hampshire Avenue in Bloomington. Sometime between October 4th and the 7th, a person or persons entered the residence, and stole several electronic items, along with a double-barreled shotgun and a large sum of cash. Anyone with information on the burglary or the items is asked to call the McHenry Barrack at (301)-387-1101.


Former Pennsylvania Lawmaker Dies in Bedford County Crash

A former western Pennsylvania lawmaker has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County. Seventy-seven year old Bill Shane, of Indiana, Pennsylvania died after his car ran off the toll road and over an embankment, between Breezewood and Fort Littleton. He died at the scene, and his wife was treated for a broken wrist and other minor injuries at UPMC Bedford. Shane served as a Congressional Representative from 1971 to 1976.


Teacher of the Year Honored

The Allegany County Teacher of the Year, Lee Ann Zlomek, was honored with 23 other Teacher of the Year Representatives last week at Martin's West in Woodlawn, Maryland. Hosted by the State Department of Education, the annual event showcases all 24 local representatives. The 2012-2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year is Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship, an English teacher at Rising Sun High School in Cecil County.


New Lions Club Forming

The North Branch Lions Club, encompassing residents of the Piedmont, Westernport and Luke areas, if forming. Meetings are already being held on alternate Mondays. The tri-towns area club will officially be chartered on Monday, October 22nd.The District Governor will present the members of the new club with their official charter. Lions Clubs, according to the Mineral News-Tribune, are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.


Rockefeller Representative To Visit This Week

Representatives from Senator Jay Rockefeller's staff will be visiting the Hampshire County courthouse tomorrow. The hours will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Residents are encouraged to use the private and confidential visits to discuss concerns with Senator Rockefeller's staff. No appointments are necessary for the mobile office visits, according to the Hampshire Review.


Bottle Bombs Found in Church Parking Lot

About 13 "soda bottle bombs" were found in the parking lot of Hagerstown's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this past weekend; 10 of those devices had been detonated. They were collected for evaluation. It doesn't appear as if there was any malicious intent involved. A spokesman for the State Fire Marshal's Office says that children can discover how to make the bombs via the Internet, not realizing they are both illegal and dangerous.


West Virginia May Experience Negative Revenue Growth

The state of West Virginia may experience negative revenue growth this budget year, as coal production continues to decrease. Most all of the categories of revenue estimates are at, or below, projections, with the exception of coal, which is part of the state's severance tax. Approximately $21.2 million in severance tax was collected last month, nearly $11 million below estimates for the month, and 50 per cent less than last year at this time. The trend for coal is expected to continue downward, which will greatly impact the entire revenue picture this budget year.

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