DEAR READERS: We need certain vaccines because of the ways we live and work — and especially how we raise farmed animals for consumption under crowded and often unsanitary conditions with poor air and water quality. These and other environmental factors increase the probability of infectious…

This week we started unlocking our office doors for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown. I watched through my window as masked individuals ascended the three steps and simply opened the door without knocking. It felt odd. I pondered how we all take the first steps to face this “new no…

DEAR READERS: Authorities in the United Kingdom — like those in the United States and most other countries — have not managed this pandemic following the four pillars of disease control, say two U.K. veterinarians. Those pillars are biosecurity, biocontainment, surveillance and resilience, a…

OAKLAND — CurlyRed, a branding, print and web design firm, is moving its downtown Oakland office from 204 Alder St. to 108 S. Second St. in the historic Republican newspaper building.

CUMBERLAND — Sheetz has served nearly 600,000 free meals through the Kidz Meal Bagz program to children and families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at some of its stores in the wake of the killing of George Floyd that has set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African Americans.

OAKLAND —  Financial Information Systems has announced First United Bank & Trust as one of the winners of its 2020 FIS Impact Awards program. In its fourth year, the program recognizes organizations that have used FIS technology in innovative ways to enhance customer experiences and driv…

Plan helps to develop safe workplaces

CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation announced 14 new online services on Maryland Business Express that will make it easier for businesses to get back into good standing status, a requirement necessary for many types of coronavirus-related relief.

CUMBERLAND — In recognition of the deep toll that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on businesses, Comptroller Peter Franchot is extending business-related tax filing deadlines for a second time.

OAKLAND — Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the vacation rental unit market, Garrett County commissioners have authorized an accommodation tax deferral.

The CARES Act, sometimes called the stimulus act, is the 852-page, $2.2 trillion bill that Congress recently passed to provide relief to individuals and businesses during the pandemic as we all stay away from being with others in this surreal world.

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MEYERSDALE, Pa. - Travis R. Troutman, 32, of Meyersdale, went to be with the Lord, Monday, June 29, 2020, at UPMC Western Maryland. Born Aug. 10, 1987, in Cumberland, he was a son of Vondell E. and Glynnis L. (Hollada) Troutman. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Helen and Ca…