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Mass Schedules Announced, Leaders Chosen for New Parish

Five local churches, which are being consolidated into one, known as “Our Lady of the Mountains,” have announced a new Mass schedule and leadership. Father Gregory Chervenak will be the pastor of the new parish; it was also announced that Saints Peter and Paul Church will no longer have a Sunday mass, but will celebrate during the week, and on Saturday, along with St. Mary’s and St. Ambrose. Both St. Patrick parishes in Cumberland and Mount Savage will have Mass on Sunday. The new schedule will take effect the weekend of September 10th and 11th.


Industry Reps Urge for Accelerated Marcellus Shale Timeline

A committee of energy industry representatives recently met at Rocky Gap State Park to discuss a three-year timeline to study the benefits and risks of natural-gas drilling for Marcellus Shale in the region. Many feel that a study of over three years is not needed, does not require an executive order from the Governor, and would consider an environmental baseline study in return for an accelerated timeline. Drilling production is already underway in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


Man Charged with Filing False Police Report

A 34-year old Cumberland man has been charged with allegedly filing a false report of an assault on Davidson Street, which he said took place on August 1st. Lawrence Scroggins is also charged with making a false ambulance report, making false statements to police and obstructing an hindering. He is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $8500 bond.


Disturbance at Greene Street Store

A Cumberland man was arrested in the 200-block of Greene last Thursday, after he created a disturbance. Charles Robison II is accused of becoming irate at a store clerk, and began to scream obscenities. He is further accused of throwing items from the counter onto the floor. He was taken to Police Headquarters and issued a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.


Breaking and Entering at Pepsi Plant

Cumberland City Police are looking for information on the breaking and entering of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Works Warehouse on Paca Street over the weekend. A person or persons entered the building, ransacked the office area, and stole the video surveillance recording system, along with a small amount of cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or Allegany County CrimeSolvers at (301)-722-4300.


Keyser Pre-Construction Studies Nearly Finished

Preparation for the construction of the new Keyser Primary School was to have started in June of this year, but the completion date is still set for the fall of 2013. An archaeological study has shown that there are no significant artifacts that would have prevented digging at the site. A flood plain study is due to be completed next week.


Westernport Man Arrested in Connection with Assault

Westernport resident Eric Wayne Whetstone  is being held on $20,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after he was served an arrest warrant and protective order. The arrest stems from a domestic assault that had taken place earlier. Whetstone received a bond hearing at the Allegany County District Court Commissioners’ Office.


Students Enrolling in Hyndman Charter School

A total of 297 students have signed up to attend the HOPE for Hyndman Charter School, with just over 20 days until classes begin. That number is somewhat short of the 320 who filled out preliminary forms to attend, and Principal Malynda Maurer is urging parents to complete enrollment documents, or risk being placed on a waiting list for filled classes. Of the 297 registered, 101 are signed up for elementary school and 196 are for the high school.


Another Possible Special Session for West Virginia

West Virginia is hoping to finalize a bill that would implement comprehensive regulations for natural gas drilling in Marcellus Shale areas. The Senate Finance Committee, which is overseeing the issue, has only one more meeting. Lawmakers are laying the groundwork for future permanent regulations.

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