Cumberland Times-News

Latest news

July 25, 2013

Casino may build parking garage sooner rather than later, says commissioner

CUMBERLAND — The popularity of the casino at Rocky Gap is leading to a crowded parking lot and casino officials are considering moving sooner rather than later on a parking garage, Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine said.

Valentine said he discussed the Rocky Gap Casino Resort  with Scott Just, the resort’s general manager, on July 12. No exact timetable for building the parking garage was available. Potentially building a parking garage was part of the original package the casino’s owners, Lakes Entertainment, planned in the application to build a casino.

Valentine spoke at Thursday’s Allegany County Commission business meeting at county offices on Kelly Road. Valentine said that the lodge was having a number of return visitors who came back not just to gamble again, but enjoy Lake Habeeb, the trails and other park amenities.

“I think we got the complete package (with the casino),” Valentine said.

The Rocky Gap Casino Resort reported earnings of $2.5 million in its first full month of operation, according to June revenue figures released Friday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

At Thursday’s meeting, commissioners also recognized Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Sabrina Elizabeth Frost, who attends Mountain Ridge High School. In two weeks, Frost heads to Orlando, Fla., to compete for the national title.

“It’s definitely crunch time,” Frost said. She said her scholarship money from the pageants will go toward her plan to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and study biochemical engineering. She thanked commissioners for their support of her efforts.

The Miss Maryland organization is an “official preliminary of the Miss America Organization, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women,” according to the organization’s website.

The commission’s main piece of business Thursday was approving a contract for inmate meals at the county detention center. Commissioners unanimously ap-proved a contract with Aramark Inc., which has been providing food service at the jail since 2000. The contract is based on an average population off 165 inmates per day and the estimated value of the agreement is for $336,598, according to  a memo from Sheriff Craig Robertson.

The cost represents a 1.5 percent increase in the cost of the meals over last year’s agreement, but that doesn’t take into account negotiations with the company to reduce a proposed increase of more than 2 percent, said Capt. R. Lee Cutter, the assistant administrator of the detention center.

“ACS (Aramark Correctional Services) prepares well over 1 million meals a day for state and municipal facilities, partnering with our clients to meet the unique challenges of the corrections environment,” according to the company’s website. The company provides food service at more than 600 correctional facilities nationwide, according to its website.

Commissioners also ap-proved a vehicle transfer from the county to two towns, Barton and Westernport. The only limitation placed on the transfer is that the towns can’t sell the dump trucks for three years without the written authorization of the county.

The trucks were declared surplus property at the July 11 commission meeting. Both trucks are 1995 Fords. Commissioner Creade Brodie Jr., said he plans to drive the trucks to the towns himself.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.

1
Text Only
Latest news
  • Orndorff.jpg Hampshire man sentenced to 40 years plus in child death

    ROMNEY, W.Va. – Hampshire County Circuit Court Judge H. Charles Carl III sentenced Cory A. Orndorff, 23, of Green Spring on Wednesday to 40 years for one count of child abuse resulting in the death of an 18-month-old child

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wills Mountain wild fire 70 percent contained

    CENTERVILLE, Pa. — Fire on Wills Mountain that began Saturday reportedly covered more than 800 acres by Wednesday morning and was 70 percent contained, according to a public information officer with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

    April 23, 2014

  • 10 things to know for today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
     

    April 23, 2014

  • West Virginia flags lowered for former congressman

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State and U.S. flags at state facilities are at half-staff in honor of former Rep. Mick Staton.
    Staton died April 14. He was 74.
     

    April 23, 2014

  • Truck catches fire on city bridge

    CUMBERLAND — Cumberland firefighters doused a pickup truck fire on the Baltimore Street bridge spanning Wills Creek about 11 a.m. Tuesday, but not before it destroyed the engine compartment and damaged the passenger area of the Chevrolet.

    April 22, 2014

  • Carbon monoxide causes evacuation at Ramada

    CUMBERLAND — High carbon monoxide readings at the Ramada Inn on George Street resulted in the evacuation of the first floor at midday Tuesday and caused a senior citizen prom to be moved elsewhere.

    April 22, 2014

  • picketing 2-1.jpg Workers begin picketing outside WV Schools for Deaf and Blind

    ROMNEY, W.Va. – Child care workers and union reps began picketing outside the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Tuesday morning.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Romney firefighters get federal grant

    ROMNEY, W.Va. — The Romney Fire Company will receive $67,925 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

    April 22, 2014

  • Sgt. Walter May.jpg Sgt. Walt May earns Award of Merit

    CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Natural Resources Police honored Sgt. Walt May of Westernport during its annual awards ceremony held last week at Chesapeake College.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police charge woman with false statements

    CUMBERLAND — A Cumberland woman was charged with giving two false statements to police after they investigated an alleged assault and robbery.

    April 22, 2014

Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads
NDN Video
Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County
NDN Video
Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County