Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

February 5, 2009

Old favorites coming soon

Two popular Times-News features — the Who We Are section and an eight-part Regional Update series — will be appearing soon.

Who We Are drew about 1,000 responses from readers last year. A questionnaire for this year’s edition ran several times last week. The section will be part of the Feb. 24 newspaper edition.

The Regional Update sections will appear over eight days at the end of March. The sections are Real Estate and Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Tourism; Industry and Technology; Commerce; Auto and Transportation, and Religion...

Many residents in the vicinity of the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown said they were unaware of last month’s prison escape until long after it occurred.

Kandelario Garcia-Ramos, 23, scaled two fences between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 17. He was captured five days later when a clerk at the Sheetz store at U.S. 40 and Md. 66, east of Hagerstown, called 911 to report a suspicious man loitering in the store.

Prison officials said a siren was sounded to alert people in the surrounding area of the escape. But many people said they did not hear the alarm....

The Hold the Presses feature in the February edition of Reader’s Digest featured a Cumberland Times-News headline: County Nursing Home Holding Second Annual Old Bags Tea.

The Old Bags Tea is the name of a social event held at the Allegany County Nursing Home....

The Baltimore Sun is no longer available in our area — at least not at newsstands.

The newspaper stopped delivering papers in much of Western Maryland last month. Dealers were told that it was too costly to have the paper transported here....

Faithful viewers of WJLA-TV (Channel 7) in Washington have no doubt noticed the absence of several familiar faces. The station laid off 26 staffers Jan. 23, including several prominent on-air reporters.

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