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Woman Killed, Infant Injured  in Accident

A Seneca Rocks, West Virginia woman was killed, but her 11-month old daughter survived a car crash near her home. Dana Nicole Davis was killed in the accident. Ms. Davis and the infant had been in this area,  at Tractor Supply in LaVale, where she had met someone there, to conduct a transaction from a yard sale. She later traveled to Keyser for the same purpose, and was headed home when the crash happened. The wreckage of her Ford F-150 truck was found over an embankment on Route 33, between Riverton and Macksville,  near Seneca Rocks. Sgt. A.D.  Teeter of the West Virginia State Police conducted the preliminary investigation, which is ongoing. The infant was treated for injuries sustained. Ms. Davis and the child had been reported missing by her husband Monday evening.


Missing Couple Located in California

An area couple who had been missing since June 19th, has been located in San Diego, California. Justin Faith and Heather Kernan were arrested yesterday. Kernan is being held on drug charges. It was unclear whether Faith had any charges pending, but both are being held without bond, pending additional charges. They will be extradited back to Maryland to face felony theft charges.


Taylor Comments on Canal Place

Canal Place is struggling "as best it can," according to former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Cas Taylor. State officials told the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority last week that Maryland cannot afford to proceed with the expansion of the Heritage area, since it is too understaffed and underfunded to proceed. Taylor attributes the inability to have the original Master Plan for the area completed, due to a lack of organized leadership at both the state and local level.


Ridgeley Mayor to Face Charges

Former Ridgeley Mayor James Twigg will be tried for the alleged fraudulent use of a government-issued purchase card. A request to have the case dismissed was denied Monday in Mineral County Circuit Court. A status hearing on the case will be held in September.


Middle School Orientations Scheduled

Orientations for students attending both Braddock and Washington Middle Schools has been set for mid-August. Braddock will hold new student orientations for incoming sixth graders, on August 12th and 13th. Students with last names beginning with "A" through "L," are asked to attend on August 12th, with those whose last names begin with "M" through "Z" on the 13th. The program will run from 9 to 11 a.m. At Washington, the first group of students, will be there on August 14th, and the second group, those with last names beginning with "M" through "Z" attending on August 15th. The only difference is that Washington's program begins at 9:30 a.m.


Results Dip Slightly

Maryland School Assessment scores took a slight step back for Allegany County Public School students in 2013. The percentage of elementary students scoring at the proficient levels in reading dropped slightly from 90.8 per cent in 2012 to 88.9 per cent this year. The percentage of elementary students scoring in the proficient levels in math fell from 90.6 per cent to 84.7.


West Virginia Changes Hiring Policy

Seniority won't be as much of a factor when it comes to hiring teachers in West Virginia. Currently, an applicant with the most seniority usually gets advertised positions. The new policy states that the faculty senate at the school may choose to consider, and even interview, applicants for a professional position in their school. If they decide to recommend someone, and the principal agrees with their recommendation, that applicant is forwarded to the superintendent for his recommendation, according to the Mineral News Tribune.


Schools Recognized for PBIS Programs

Fourteen Allegany County public schools were recognized as banner PBIS schools by the Maryland State Department of Education for the 2012-2013 school year. The purpose of the recognition program is to provide acknowledgement to schools in the state that have implemented school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. There are three levels of recognition-bronze, silver and gold.


Former Murphy's Building Demolished

It was the end of an era for Piedmont, as the former G.C. Murphy building on Ashfield Street in Piedmont has been demolished. The demolition was tedious at times, with crews slowly removing the brick wall beside the Presbyterian Church, and at times the wall was removed brick-by-brick. Demolition was completed late last week.


Workers Striking at Somerset Company

Alleging unfair labor practices, workers at Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company are on strike; the business is located in the Somerset Industrial Park. About 270 union members are on strike, company-wide, with other locations in Murrysville, New Stanton, and Clearfield, among others. At issue is an allegation that the company circumvented the union as the bargaining agent, and communicated directly with the employees. A three year contract between the company and the union expired on June 30th.


State Pension Fund Earnings Exceed Projections

The Maryland State Employee pension system grew to more than $40 billion during the last fiscal year, posting a 10.6 per cent return on its investments. The state had predicted it would earn 7.75 per cent. The Maryland Public Policy Institute had criticized the state's investment strategies, contending Maryland could have earned more money by investing in funds that are pegged to indexes such as the Standard and Poor's 500.

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