Cumberland Times-News


  • Going down Going down

    Allegany County’s census — already expected to show little growth over the next decade — went in the wrong direction in the one-year period of July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013. Estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau said the county’s population declined by 350 during the year.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • City thanked for moving on economic development plan

     I would like to commend the Mayor and City Council of Cumberland for engaging a third party consultant to prepare an economic development strategic plan for the city as recommended by the Economic Development Commission (“New Hampshire firm will give advice on economic development,” March 27 Times-News, Page 1A).

    March 27, 2014

  • Teachers to begin field-testing the new test

    During the past three school years, educators have been making the transition to the full implementation of  Maryland’s College and Career-Ready Standards, developed from the Common Core, set to take place in 2014-2015.

    March 26, 2014

  • Les Miserables production is one that you shouldn’t miss

    The production of Les Miserables at the Church-McKee Arts Center of Potomac State College in Keyser, W.Va., is as good as amateur theater can be.

    March 26, 2014

  • It looks like global warming actually causes carbon dioxide

    The climate change alarmists insist that climate change is due to the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which causes the planet to retain more of the sun’s heat which causes the planet to become warmer.

    March 26, 2014

  • Curtis, Grant stand out in tourney

    The Western Maryland USBC Association Tournament was held at The Bowler over two weekends.  BJ Curtis won the All Events title with 2,213 (an average of  245 for 9 games).  David Yates came in second at 2,186 and Troy Cubbage finished third with 2,148.

    March 25, 2014

  • What’s ahead What’s ahead?

    Local residents will be able to join in a national discussion when a forum on the future of higher education is held April 2 at 5 p.m. at  Allegany College of Maryland.

    March 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • New school is a bad hand; now is time to fold and discard it

    The Allegany County Board of Education needs to learn from the gamblers at Rocky Gap: “Know when to hold and know when to fold.”
    It is time to fold the “base model design drawings” of the new school.
    In the March 9 Times-News (“Board of education justifies new high school,” Page 1A), “Following the announcement of a $6.2 million shortfall for the new Allegany High School ...  Mr. (board member Mike) Llewellyn states that “We are not over budget yet because we have not bid out the project.”

    March 25, 2014

  • Good entertainment coming in schools’ theater productions

    Every year about this time through mid-May, our local schools put on their spring theater productions. This year by coincidence, several of them are on the exact same days. The good news is that with careful planning, you should be able to see them all.

    March 25, 2014

  • Should we force them to violate rights of choice?

    In response to Dr. Kathleen Powell’s letter of March 17 (“Calling act a ‘Bathroom Bill’ misrepresents its purpose”):
    In defense of traditional American family and Christian morals, the spirit of my letter is to defend the family unit and protect further erosion of the blurred sense of defining a man and woman given to us by our Creator.

    March 24, 2014