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Scenic Md. railroad hopes to finish repairs by August

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Repair of a landslide that has kept Western Maryland Scenic Railroad excursions from reaching their Frostburg destination is expected to be completed by Aug. 1. The landslide discovered during routine track inspection in late February was the ...

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Trails bring the world, business to Cumberland

CUMBERLAND — The Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal bring nearly 100,000 tourists to Allegany County each year, contributing more than $2.5 million to the local economy. “This is a worldwide, nationally recognized destination,” said Bill Atkinson, trail program ...

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Officials: No public access to Maryland’s secret state park

CUMBERLAND — The thing about Wills Mountain State Park is that you can’t get there from here, or from anywhere, at least not legally. The park is a 357-acre parcel of state land astride the southern tip of Wills Mountain ...

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Delegate says Md. shouldn’t control Canal Place

CUMBERLAND — A state delegate from western Maryland says the state should give up control of the struggling Canal Place tourism development in downtown Cumberland. The Cumberland Times-News reported Sunday that Allegany County Democrat Kevin Kelly says the state should ...

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Md. rural counties group plans economic summit

CUMBERLAND — A coalition of rural counties is planning an economic summit next month in Annapolis to get the word out about the importance of rural communities to Maryland’s economy. The Cumberland Times-News reports that the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition ...

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Western Md. wind farm developer gets more time

CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Public Service Commission is giving a wind power developer more time to build a proposed 25-turbine project on Dan’s Mountain in Allegany County. The Cumberland Times-News reports that the commission agreed Wednesday to give Dan’s Mountain ...

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Washington’s headquarters remains a tourism draw in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND — The small log building that served as George Washington’s headquarters at the beginning and end of his military career is located right here in Cumberland. The guest book shows that visitors come from all over the world to ...

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Permit official: Garrett Co. wind project in sensitive area

OAKLAND — A Garrett County permitting official says most of a proposed wind farm on Fourmile Ridge lies in areas designated as sensitive by the state. Permit and Inspections Division Chief Jim Torrington says 75 percent of the proposed wind ...

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Homicide added to DUI charges in Garrett Co. fatal crash

OAKLAND — The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office says homicide charges have been added to driving under the influence charges filed against an Oakland man following a fatal crash in December. The sheriff’s office says 24-year-old Bryson Matthew Dixon has been ...

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