LOCAL NEWS

MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Twenty-one-year-old Abdul Lateef S. Sorrell faces a list of gun and drug charges, following his arrest late yesterday morning on Interstate 68 Westbound, near the 42-mile marker. Allegany County Sheriff’s deputies developed probable cause to search his vehicle, which yielded about 10 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 102 grams of suspected fentanyl. A loaded gun…

ONE PERSON KILLED IN TRUCK ROLLOVER CRASH ON TURNPIKE IN BEDFORD COUNTY

One person was killed early yesterday morning, following a rollover crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County. The tractor-trailer had left the roadway and hit the guide rail before overturning. The driver was found dead inside the vehicle. The identity is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

LOCAL PROJECTS TO RECEIVE PROGRAM OPEN SPACE FUNDING

Program Open Space is providing $2 million in funding for various projects around the county. All 25 projects that were submitted will receive funding. Included are $225,000 for enhancements to the Allegany College of Maryland baseball field, $180,000 for improvements for the Allegany High School athletic field, and upgrades to the Lonaconing Little League Park.…

WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL THREAT DEEMED “NON-CREDIBLE”

There’s been another threat at Washington Middle School. An investigation was conducted yesterday by the administration, and the school resource officer. As a result, the threat was determined to be non-credible, and there was no danger to students or staff.

MAIL IN BALLOTS COUNTED AHEAD OF ELECTION DAY

Mail-in ballots may now be counted ahead of Election Day here in Maryland.  That’s the ruling from a circuit court judge in Montgomery County.  It comes after election officials submitted a request to start counting the ballots on October 1st.  Ahead of the decision, Maryland was the only state that waited to count absentee and…

HOGAN COMMENTS ON BALLOT COUNTING

Governor Larry Hogan is feeling good about a circuit court decision to allow election officials to count mail-in ballots early.  In a statement, the Governor said he welcomed the decision by the Montgomery County circuit court judge.  Hogan said it’s something he’s been pushing hard since the start of the pandemic.  The Governor is now…

WEST VIRGINIA IS WORRIED ABOUT FLU SEASON

It has been a pretty tough flu season in Australia.  That matters because what happens down under during our summer, their winter is often a pretty good indicator for what we have to look forward to.  Some members of the health community are predicting this could be the toughest flu season in our region in…

NEW CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OPENS

The new 150-bed WVU Children’s Hospital will start seeing young patients later this week.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was held over the weekend.  The new hospital adds more beds, and it also expands the neonatal intensive care unit to the point there there are now individual rooms, rather than the previous open ward. 

SNAP BENEFITS EXPANDING TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN PA.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits are expanding for Pennsylvanians.  Starting October 1st, the state is increasing the income threshold for applicants to 200-percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.  Next month, more than 420-thousand additional residents of the state will be eligible for SNAP.  The average amount of money toward groceries per household amounts to…

NORTH MECHANIC WILL BE CLOSED THIS WEEK

North Mechanic Street will continue to be closed this week, from Eutaw Place to Queen City Drive through Friday to allow the contractor to repair a collapsed 18-inch sewer main. The road will be closed the entire time to allow the sewer flows to be pumped around the construction site. Smith Street will remain open.…

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CORONA RELATED NEWS

MARYLAND HEALTH: 1.2 MILLION CONFIRMED COVID CASES

Maryland Health has confirmed well over one-point-two-million cases of COVID-19 to date.  In their latest update, health officials say that one-thousand-and-90 infections were added on Thursday.  Just shy of 450-people are being treated in Maryland hospitals for the virus.  Montgomery County leads the state with 222-thousand-235 cases overall.

HEALTH OFFICIALS, W.V. GOVERNOR DISAGREE WITH PRESIDENT

The official stance from West Virginia Governor Justice and members of the state’s coronavirus tax force is that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over.  Their response came after President Biden’s remarks on “60 Minutes” Sunday night.  Governor Justice admits that the pandemic has changed, but he feels the President’s comments were from “crazyland.”  In West…

COMMUNITY LEVEL REMAINS “HIGH” IN ALLEGANY COUNTY

The Centers for Disease Control has listed the community  COVID level as “high” in Allegany County and “medium” in Garrett County. The local positivity rate is 12.8 per cent. The case rates per 100,000 residents in Allegany were nearly twice that of the state, at 31.65; statewide, the rate is 16.33. The Maryland State Department…

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