OUTAGE NUMBERS DWINDLING
As of today, there are still 3,710 residents in Allegany County without power, due to Tuesday's storm. In Garrett County, there are a little over 1,000 residents. In West Virginia, Mineral County has 245 homes without power; other numbers are 449 in Hampshire County, 1,068 in Morgan, 829 in Preston, and 250 in Hardy County. Potomac Edison, in cooperation with Martin's Markets were distributing three gallons of water and 2, 10-pound bags of ice for the utility's customers.
INVESTIGATION INTO INFANT DEATH CONTINUES
The autopsy on the infant whose body was found in Hardy County last weekend has been completed and the West Virginia State Police are awaiting the results. The parents of the child, Joseph Christy and Summer McDaniel could face more charges, depending on autopsy results. Right now, they are charged with four counts each of felony child neglect.
MARTIRANO WELCOMED AS STATE SUPERINTENDENT
Dr. Michael Martirano has been welcomed as the new State Superintendent of Schools in West Virginia. Martirano, from St. Mary's County, was originally from this area, and he spoke to members of the state board and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin about the importance of the hiring process in education, recruitment, and the importance of the attendance rate and on education outside of the classroom.
WOMAN ARRESTED ON POSSESSION CHARGE
Thirty-two year old Cassandra Kay Porter of Cumberland was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, after being approached by Cumberland City Police for allegedly trying to sell alcohol to juveniles. The incident allegedly happened in the area of the Western Maryland Train Station. When police asked her for identification, she declined. She also declined when police asked to check her purse. She did admit she had an aluminum marijuana pipe inside her purse. She was issued a criminal citation and later released, pending a District Court trial.
ROTRUCK CHOSEN AS MINERAL COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT
Craig Rotruck has been unanimously chosen as president of the Mineral County Board of Education; he was nominated by outgoing president, Kevin Watson. Rotruck was first elected to the board in 2008, and re-elected in 2012. He will serve as president for the next two years. He had served as vice-president for the past four.
WMSRR TO RECEIVE B & O LOCOMOTIVE
The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will be receiving a locomotive next week, donated by the B & O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. CSX Transportation and Trailer Train Corporation are donating their equipment and time to bring the 1949 steam train to Cumberland. Mike Gresham, manager of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, says the current Baldwin steam train will be "going down" for repairs at the end of next season.The "1309" locomotive from Baltimore was built in 1949, and holds the distinction of being the last steam locomotive built for a railroad in the United States. Gresham says the Scenic Railroad is seeking donations, both corporate and private, to help with the restoration. Gresham also notes that ridership is up by 10 per cent already this year; last year, ridership rose by 4 per cent. The website to make donations to the train restoration is "www.wmsrf.org/join."
CANAL PLACE TO SHOW "FROZEN"
The Disney movie, "Frozen," will be shown on the festival grounds at Canal Place this Saturday, at dusk, or approximately 8:45 p.m. The movie is open to the public, free of charge, and is sponsored in part by Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, and Nick Scarpelli's Campaign for the House of Delegates, District 1-C. Music Express will be performing before the movie and various food and beverage vendors will be on site. Attendees should plan on bringing their own chairs, if they're not comfortable sitting on the lawn.
TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Hedgesville High School teacher Erin Thomas has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Thomas says the 31-year old teacher allegedly had a relationship with a female student that began last year, when she was a freshman. The alleged victim's boyfriend says Thomas harassed them both on Facebook. Thomas is currently on administrative leave.
CHILD KILLED AT CARROLL COUNTY CAMP
A child was killed during Tuesday evening's storms in Carroll County. Eight other members of a Christian summer camp at the River Valley Ranch were injured when a tree crashed onto a group of campers. Counselors tried to rush the children to safety, from an open-air pavilion to an enclosed area at the top of a hill. All of the other campers and counselors have been accounted for.
W. VA. PRESIDENT TO EARN $775,000 ANNUALLY
West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee will be earning an annual salary of $775,000 under his new contract. His base earnings will be $650,000, with a $125,000 supplement to be paid by the WVU Foundation. He will also be eligible for annual raises under the two year contract. He began his duties this week. Gee had earned around $2 million annually as Ohio State's president, before returning to WVU, where he was president in the 1980's.
STATE-OWNED PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS SEE TUITION HIKE
Students at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will see an approximate three per cent tuition hike in the coming school year. Tuition will go up by about $99 a semester, to $3,410, the cost for full-time students who are Pennsylvania residents. The State System of Higher Education is experimenting with flexible pricing plans, and will evaluate effectiveness after two years.