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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 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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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 Ian Duncan and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
An Allegany County jury has convicted an inmate at Western Correctional Institution in the fatal beating of his cellmate. Corgiss Ross, 45, was found guilty in the November 2012 murder of Malcolm Jerrod "Rod" Pridget, a prosecutor said Monday. Pridget was taken from the maximum-security Cumberland prison to a local hospital and then to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died of his injuries. Pridget, 19, was serving concurrent 18-month sentences on a drug conviction and probation violation.
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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.
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March 13, 1994
On Page 13 of today's Sun Magazine, the person pictured is not "Miss Annie" Bellinger but "Miss Minnie" Piper, a bridge tender in Oldtown, Allegany County. Above is a photo of "Miss Annie" Bellinger.L On Page 8 of the Magazine, Leon Summers' name is misspelled.The Sun regrets the errors.
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May 25, 2004
On May 23, 2004, ALOYSIUS B. YUCIS, of Delta, PA and formerly of Baltimore and Allegany County. Beloved husband of Diana C. (Wescott) Yucis. Loving father of Christopher L. Yucis. Dear brother of Mary Y. Bernard. For service details, please contact Harkins Funeral Home, Delta, PA at 800-550-5915.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,Staff Writer | July 31, 1992
CUMBERLAND -- Dan McMullen, a lifelong resident of Allegany County, grew up with a regional inferiority complex."You grew up in this community hearing your parents and grandparents say over and over again, 'We're the forgotten. This is the forgotten land,' " he says.That was before the Rocky Gap Country Bluegrass Festival.The three-day festival, which begins today at Rocky Gap State Park, is not the only reason the state's western counties are feeling frisky these days. But Rocky Gap, as the festival is called, more than any other event or happenstance, has drawn attention to this once-forgotten land.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | October 11, 1994
Ruth Bear Levy, an artist and author who drew a lifetime of inspiration from her days growing up in Lonaconing, died Saturday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 95."She always called Lonaconing 'God's country,' " said Elizabeth Ann Malis, a granddaughter who lives in Pikesville.F. deSales Meyer, a retired state information officer and also a native of Lonaconing in Allegany County, said, "Ruth never really left 'Coney' even though she lived most of her life in Baltimore.
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