CUMBERLAND -- The cost to repair flood-damaged sections of the C&O Canal could exceed $20 million, National Park Service officials said.
Last month's flooding caused extensive damage to the length of the 184-mile park, one of Maryland's most popular playgrounds. Much of the canal walk is expected to be closed to the public for several months. But park Superintendent Douglas Faris said Monday that the Hancock and Cumberland visitor centers are expected to reopen in two weeks, and the Williamsport center could open the next week.
The National Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Congress to support parks, is trying to raise $2 million from private sources to help fund reconstruction through the spring. The foundation recently accepted a $100,000 check from the Mobil Foundation of Mobil Oil Corp.
Frostburg woman charged in stabbing of boyfriend
FROSTBURG -- A Frostburg woman was being held without bond in the Allegany County jail yesterday, charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of her boyfriend.
Beverley Ann Nicely, 31, is accused of stabbing Mark Patrick Carroll, 28, of Laurel in the chest during an argument shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, said John McGowan, spokesman for Allegany County criminal investigations.
"They apparently were moving into a new apartment in Frostburg the day of the occurrence and there was apparently some drinking going on. The domestic problems started early in the day and continued through the evening," Mr. McGowan said.
ANNAPOLIS -- The National Governors' Association gave Maryland an award yesterday for the school reform program developed over the past few years by state Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick.
Gov. Parris N. Glendening accepted the Chairman's Award at the winter meeting of governors of the 50 states and territories.
The award cited Maryland's progress toward meeting national goals established for improving public school education. Changes instituted by Dr. Grasmick include setting standards that must be met for graduation and testing all public school students to mark their progress toward meeting the standards.
AMA honors Glendening for strict smoking ban
WASHINGTON -- The American Medical Association yesterday honored Gov. Parris N. Glendening for putting in place one of the nation's strictest bans on workplace smoking.
Mr. Glendening was given the Dr. Nathan Davis Award, named for the AMA's founder, which honors government contributions to public health.
Maryland bans smoking almost everywhere people work indoors except bars and restaurants.