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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,Sun Reporter | November 5, 2006
The night of Oct. 26, the town of Frostburg threw its annual Halloween warm-up parade. School bands, cheerleaders and volunteer firefighters snaked down Main Street. Local politicians rode in pickup trucks, tossing candy into the crowd, talking sweet talk to one another. "See you at the polls November 7th!" shouted Mike Wade, a write-in candidate for the Allegany Board of County Commissioners. Frostburg State University students turned part of a municipal building into a haunted house for kids.
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SPORTS
By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | November 29, 1997
The running of the Bulls continues, as Hereford faces Beall of Allegany County in its first Class 1A state title game in College Park at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium at 1 p.m. today.Hereford (12-0) was a combined 29-63 over nine seasons before going 11-1 last year -- the second coaching season for Steve Turnbaugh and the program's first winning season.The Bulls are seeking Baltimore County's fourth state title and first since 1990 when Randallstown won. Randallstown also won in 1984.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2004
CUMBERLAND - The textile factory closed in 1983, the tire plant in 1987. By the early 1990s, the glass company that once employed 1,300 moved its final 50 jobs out of town. When word came recently that a cabinet manufacturer would bring 500 jobs to Allegany County, the biggest new opportunity in a generation, some residents didn't believe it until the steel skeleton of the plant began rising in a field where cattle once grazed in the shadow of the ever-present mountains. Then the floodgates opened.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1996
CUMBERLAND -- Slot machine gambling is against the law in most parts of Maryland, but you would never know it here.Throughout Allegany County, bars, restaurants and fraternal clubs feature video poker machines that produce cash payouts for lucky players. The machines bear signs "For Amusement Only," but everyone knows that winners can collect their money -- anywhere from $10 to $300 or more -- at the bar.Such illegal electronic gambling is not unique to the county and can be found in many spots across the state.
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By Michael Dresser and Thomas W. Waldron and Michael Dresser and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2000
HOUSE SPEAKER Casper R. Taylor Jr., who needs all the friends he can get these days, has found one in Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Taylor has come under fire in his hometown, Cumberland, for his role in a controversy about school closings. He was the subject of an effusive testimonial by the governor last week in a letter to the Cumberland Times-News. Praising his fellow Democrat's "character and integrity," Glendening defended Taylor against rumors that he had "sold" his vote on the governor's gun-safety bill for $1 million to stave off school closings in Allegany County.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | June 1, 2004
CUMBERLAND - Heroin did not come quietly to the sleepy towns and dusty back roads of Allegany County. Over two months last year, the drug took two of the Western Maryland county's young - a 19-year-old man found dead in a portable toilet at a construction site and a 17-year-old high school sophomore with enough heroin in her veins to stop her heart. By year's end, at least six people would die from an overdose of heroin or methadone, a synthetic narcotic used to treat opiate addiction.
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By Thom Loverro and Thom Loverro,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | November 4, 1990
CUMBERLAND -- Sandra Kay Beeman was 46, divorced, living in a mobile home with an adult son and daughter she fought with, working the graveyard shift on a job she didn't like as a guard at the Allegany County Jail and fighting a losing battle with bills.She was down so low that Edgar Eugene Kerns, one of the most dangerous inmates in the jail, looked like up to her, her friends and co-workers said in interviews last week.So they believe that she traded her worries for life on the run with Kerns, a man who had been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping his girlfriend and her daughter and who had led police on a two-state manhunt, a man who was one of only two inmates confined in the maximum-security area of the jail.
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By Thom Loverro and Thom Loverro,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | March 28, 1991
Sandra Kay Beeman, the former Allegany County Jail guard accused of helping her lover and another inmate to escape from the jail last year, was convicted yesterday of escape charges in Allegany County Circuit Court.Beeman, 47, entered an Alford plea, which means she did not admit guilt but conceded that a conviction would result if state's evidence were presented at trial. She faces up to 10 years in prison.The former jail guard was charged with helping Edgar Eugene Kerns, 30, and James Vernon Barnes, 35, to escape in the early morning Aug. 29. Beeman, who had worked at the jail for 10 years, has publicly admitted a romantic relationship with Kerns, who was awaiting sentencing on bad check charges when the escape took place.
SPORTS
September 8, 1991
1. Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management AreaLocation: 3 miles north of Oakland, Garrett CountySize: 1,763 acresSelect species: White-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, wild turkey, squirrel, cottontail rabbit, wood duck, black duck and mallardMailing address: Mt. Nebo Work Center, Route 1, Box 305A, Oakland, Md., 21550. Telephone: (301) 334-4255.2. Deep Creek Lake State ParkLocation: Thayerville, Garrett CountySize: Hunting is permitted on 1,200 acresSelect species: White-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel and grouseMailing address: Deep Creek Lake State Park, Route 2, Box 70,Swanton, Md. 21561.
BUSINESS
By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2004
CSX Corp., the largest railroad east of the Mississippi, is closing its engineer school in Cumberland and consolidating its training operations in Atlanta as the company prepares to hire thousands of new workers to meet demand for rail transportation. The loss will fall heaviest on Cumberland's hospitality industry, which benefited by selling rooms and meals to the roughly 300 trainees that filtered through the school annually, economic development officials said. It also will affect nine staff members, consisting of one administrator and eight contract trainers.
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