For more than 20 years the Cumberland Times-News has published Regional Update sections to draw attention to the many attributes our area has to offer.
The first of this year’s sections — Religion — appeared in yesterday’s edition.
Other sections and their publication dates are: Recreation — March 4; Real Estate and Development — March 7; Automobile and Transportation, March 12; Lifestyles (Health and Wellness) — March 14; Education — March 18; Commerce — March 21, and Industry and Technology — March 26.
Each section will include feature stories written by Times-News staffers. Additionally, advertisers will be able to tell their success stories in their own words by submitting articles and photos for publication.
Our region has many positives that can be highlighted. Much of it involves small businesses and mom-and-pop stores that are the backbone of the local economy. Those successes are the stories we want to present in our special sections.
Beyond small business, there are other positives. The Rocky Gap casino is expected to draw customers from throughout the tri-state area. Plans for a new Allegany High School are moving ahead. Garrett Memorial Hospital has a major expansion planned. Our higher education institutions continue to offer quality programs and instruction to prepare students for future demands. The Western Maryland Health System is moving forward toward a possible affiliation with hospitals in Frederick and Washington counties to enhance the health care services available in the region. Work continues by local, state and federal officials to keep the U.S. Route 219 north-south highway project on track.
There is a lot to tell about the region’s present and future. We look forward to detailing much of it in our Regional Update sections.