Bobby Shearin, left, warden at North Branch Correctional Institution along U.S. Route 220 in Cresaptown, stands at a podium Wednesday as Sgt. Corey McKenzie and Sgt. Jason Daddysman with the Western Correctional Institution Honor Guard prepare to place wreaths on a new memorial wall on the grounds of the state prison. The wall, which was dedicated during a ceremony yesterday, was built by the NBCI Maintenance Department from bricks salvaged from the Baltimore Coliseum and cleaned by an inmate crew as part of Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Shearin said he wanted a tangible reminder of those who have served America, not only in the military, but in law enforcement, fire and rescue and corrections. Metal letters spell out the sentiment, All Gave Some, Some Gave All.
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Business community wary of minimum wage increases
CUMBERLAND — Allegany County businesses are certain to be impacted by the increase in Maryland’s minimum wage, set to reach $10.10 an hour by July 2018 under a law championed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Tipped workers left behind in pay hike action
ANNAPOLIS — Many minimum wage workers will be getting a raise now that a hike to Maryland’s wage has been signed into law. But while advocates are ascribing the increase as a win, there’s a bitter aftertaste for one group that was left behind.
Views vary among Americans when it comes to hourly rate
CUMBERLAND — Even among those who have worked minimum wage jobs, views on the minimum wage can differ.
“Minimum wage has to exist. There is no question there, so whatever it is, it will be called ‘minimum wage’. But it should not be below a living wage,” said Bonita Quick of Cumberland.
Income guideline change will increase WIC recipients
KEYSER, W.Va. — Raised income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children will increase the number of those served in West Virginia by about 10 percent, according to the state health officer.
Absentee ballots moving online causes security concerns
ANNAPOLIS — Voters may get to skip the lines at the polls this summer by receiving and marking their ballots online, but election officials must first decide if the convenience outweighs the security risks.
Allegany, Garrett emergency responders honored
MCHENRY — The 75 people from Allegany and Garrett counties who were involved with two exceptional emergency medical services calls in 2013 were presented with awards at the recent Night for Stars program held at the Wisp Resort.
Ninth-grader among 30 at inaugural event
OAKLAND — Lexis Trickett, a ninth-grade student at Southern Garrett High School, was among 30 girls who attended Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Leadership Forum for Women and Girls recently in Annapolis in celebration of Women’s History Month.
School immunization requirements change
CUMBERLAND — Changes to school immunization requirements by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene affect students entering kindergarten and seventh grade for the next school year.
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