If this competition to beat the ever mutating pestilence that is COVID-19 were a race, it would seem, in the region at least, that we have the necessary fuel and equipment to edge out a win. The only question that remains is, do we have the will power?

Each week the Times-News features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

It’s in our nature to make new again what’s old. Fashion trends blow up and bow out, only to rise again decades later with no lessons learned — e.g. aviator sunglasses.

As Vicki Myron, an author and librarian, once said, “A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need.”

When Verso Corp., owner of the now defunct Luke paper mill, agreed last week to pay $650,000 to clean up toxic pollutants, which have been seeping into the North Branch of the Potomac River, it was a reminder that the axioms of our youths sometimes get lost somewhere along the way.

For the world’s more than 2 billion Christians, Easter is the day that defines their faith.

Each week the Times-News features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

Anyone who knows Shane Riggs can attest to his energy, creativity, compassion and commitment to excellence.

More and more people are receiving their COVID-19 vaccines, including many of us here at the Cumberland Times-News, and a feeling of excitement is building locally and across the nation as a result.

Plenty of television shows are based on makeovers, whether the subject is a house or a person, and based on the steady viewership, people must enjoy watching them.

Just as President Donald Trump turned to Vice President Mike Pence to lead the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden has assigned Vice President Kamala Harris to confront the growing crisis along the nation’s porous border with Mexico.

Each week the Times-News features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

Not many American Indians call Maryland home these days, with only 1% of people taking part in the 2010 U.S. Census identifying themselves as such.

The Dutch are known for the clever ways they have expanded Holland’s acreage into what was the sea over the years, using an intricate system of dikes, canals and pumps. Garrett County may soon witness a different sort of land reclamation project, whereby earth formerly mined for coal may be …

Each week the Times-News features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

Successful businesses should appreciate their customers and express gratitude for their loyalty or they won’t be around for long.

The Times-News, like other newspapers across the country, is taking part in the March 14-20 observance of Sunshine Week, a nationwide effort by the media designed to provide increased transparency in government.

Bloodmobiles usually come to mind when people think about the American Red Cross, but the nonprofit institution does much more than collect thousands of units of that life-sustaining substance, also regularly rendering aid following emergencies, natural disasters and structure fires.

There are lots of trail towns these days, usually bisected or encircled by unused railroad beds converted to recreational routes for hikers and bikers. It turns out that Cumberland is at the top of the heap.

Each week the Times-News features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

Whether you consider it divine intervention, incredibly good fortune or a supersized stroke of luck, there isn’t a shred of doubt that the runaway tractor-trailer accident last Friday in Frostburg could have ended very badly in a variety of ways.

Women’s History Month is much more than a 31-day celebration of accomplishments by females around the world over the years — there is a very long list — it’s also the perfect time to think about women who have helped shape the person you are today.

Time will tell if legislation meant to ease Americans’ financial suffering caused by COVID-19 and reenergize the U.S. economy will be viewed as a rousing success or a colossal blunder.

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