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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1999
CUMBERLAND -- The fairways are still a bit ragged-looking, and one green could use a dose of Propecia. But come Saturday, the last nine holes at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort will open for play. The roar of lawn mowers and grass trimmers has filled the air this week as groundskeepers primp the hilly, Jack Nicklaus-designed course for its full-fledged debut. "We'll be ready," vowed Jim Bauer, who is in charge of the 220-room rustic lodge on the shore of Lake Habeeb, eight miles east of Cumberland.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Gambling started Wednesday afternoon at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort right after the state approved the opening of its fourth casino, one that Western Maryland leaders hope will lure not only gamblers but also their families to a region eager for more tourist dollars. "It's open and jamming," said Scott Just, the general manager of the resort near Cumberland. "There's a couple hundred people in there. They were pressing up against the ropes. " The $35 million casino, located in what was the lakeside golf resort's conference center, will be open around the clock.
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NEWS
October 5, 2006
What a sweet victory! A state commission standing as the last sentry guarding a precious Eastern Shore river, the Blackwater wildlife refuge and the Chesapeake Bay itself from a 2,700-home golf resort wildly unsuited to the location turned thumbs-down yesterday. Unanimously. Twenty-two zip. A reading of the Critical Areas Commission staff report suggests that outright denial of an application to build at least a third of the project on state-protected land should have been a no-brainer.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
  A plan to rescue the chronically snake-bit resort at Rocky Gap by permitting slot machines there has hit yet another setback. A state commission granted a request Tuesday from the company that was granted a license to operate a Rocky gap casino to scale back its plans by more than one-third after failing to line up a lender for a more ambitious project at the Western Maryland resort. In April, after years of seeking a qualified bidder, the commission awarded a license to Evitts Resort LLC to operate a casino with 850 slots at Rocky Gap, a golf resort and convention center outsize Cumberland that has cost the state tens of millions of dollars since it opened in the 1990s.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1998
The developer of a state-backed luxury hotel and golf resort near Cumberland is seeking an additional $1 million from taxpayers to pay for cost overruns on the project.James D. Fielder Jr., acting secretary of business and economic development, said yesterday that the cost of completing Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort will exceed the original estimate of $54 million by 3 percent, or $1.6 million.Fielder said Maryland Economic Development Corp. (MEDCO), the nonprofit company set up by the state to develop such projects, is seeking $1 million from the Maryland Industrial and Commercial Redevelopment Fund to cover the added costs.
SPORTS
October 25, 2005
Calendar PGA Tour Chrysler Championship Site -- Palm Harbor, Fla. Schedule -- Thursday-Sunday Course -- Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort (7,295 yards, par 71) Purse -- $5.3 million. Winner's share: $954,000 TV -- USA Network (Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m., Saturday, 3-6 p.m.); ABC (Sunday, 2-5 p.m.) Last year -- Vijay Singh became the first player to surpass $10 million in single-season earnings by winning his ninth Tour event by five strokes over Jesper Parnevik and Tommy Armour III. LPGA Tour CJ Nine Bridges Classic Site -- Jeju, South Korea Schedule -- Friday-Sunday Course -- The Club At Nine Bridges (6,274 yards, par 72)
TRAVEL
By Ethan Goldberg | June 14, 2009
Myrtle Beach, the largest city along the Grand Strand, is an ideal vacation destination for families on any budget, attracting nearly 14 million visitors per year. Beyond the white beaches that blanket the coast of the Atlantic Ocean lies a sea of entertainment, activity and nature. Although Myrtle Beach is already firmly established, the variety of new theme parks and resorts prove that the region is still blooming. 1 Ride through Freestyle Music Park : This 55-acre amusement park, formerly Hard Rock Park, features roller coasters, play areas, restaurants, stores and an amphitheater for live shows.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
  A plan to rescue the chronically snake-bit resort at Rocky Gap by permitting slot machines there has hit yet another setback. A state commission granted a request Tuesday from the company that was granted a license to operate a Rocky gap casino to scale back its plans by more than one-third after failing to line up a lender for a more ambitious project at the Western Maryland resort. In April, after years of seeking a qualified bidder, the commission awarded a license to Evitts Resort LLC to operate a casino with 850 slots at Rocky Gap, a golf resort and convention center outsize Cumberland that has cost the state tens of millions of dollars since it opened in the 1990s.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Gambling started Wednesday afternoon at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort right after the state approved the opening of its fourth casino, one that Western Maryland leaders hope will lure not only gamblers but also their families to a region eager for more tourist dollars. "It's open and jamming," said Scott Just, the general manager of the resort near Cumberland. "There's a couple hundred people in there. They were pressing up against the ropes. " The $35 million casino, located in what was the lakeside golf resort's conference center, will be open around the clock.
FEATURES
By Eileen Ogintz and Eileen Ogintz,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | June 1, 1997
Reggie and Melanie were simultaneously eating hot dogs at the kitchen table of our rented vacation house at Kiawah Island, S.C., and watching the alligators swim by outside.That's right. Alligators. Real ones. Seven hundred alligators, some babies a few inches long and others more than 5 feet, live in the 110 ponds that dot this spectacular, 10,000-acre barrier island resort along the Atlantic Coast.The kids were thrilled to discover our house was just across the road from one particularly well-populated pond.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
Hoping to turn around the struggling resort, Maryland's slots location committee awarded a license Thursday for a casino at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Allegany County. The Video Lottery Facility Location Commission voted unanimously to issue the license to Evitts Resort LLC, the sole remaining applicant after the panel eliminated a group led by former Democratic Party Chairman Nathan Landow in January. The license is contingent on Evitts getting construction financing, but company officials do not expect that to be a problem.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | August 19, 2009
Helmuth Martin Gustav "Ace" Heise, founder and developer of Western Maryland's Will O' the Wisp and Wisp Ski and Golf resorts, died of heart failure Aug. 11 at Garrett County Memorial Hospital. He was 81. Mr. Heise, the son of German immigrant parents, was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He was a graduate of Turtle Creek High School. Mr. Heise first visited Deep Creek Lake with his parents and sister in the late 1930s, when they stayed at Will O' the Wisp, a summer camp with 23 batten-and-board cabins built by Dr. Thurl Bullard, a Garrett County dentist.
TRAVEL
By Ethan Goldberg | June 14, 2009
Myrtle Beach, the largest city along the Grand Strand, is an ideal vacation destination for families on any budget, attracting nearly 14 million visitors per year. Beyond the white beaches that blanket the coast of the Atlantic Ocean lies a sea of entertainment, activity and nature. Although Myrtle Beach is already firmly established, the variety of new theme parks and resorts prove that the region is still blooming. 1 Ride through Freestyle Music Park : This 55-acre amusement park, formerly Hard Rock Park, features roller coasters, play areas, restaurants, stores and an amphitheater for live shows.
NEWS
By JANET GILBERT | April 15, 2007
A lot of families around here come back from their spring breaks with deep tans. We have 217 golf balls. This column is either going to depict my family as inventive and charmingly oriented toward simple pleasures; or expose us as hopelessly peculiar. We went to a golf resort in West Virginia to meet my husband's parents, who are from Indianapolis. None of us plays golf, but we have met there over the years because it is about halfway between our respective homes. But early April is an iffy time to travel to West Virginia, or, I suppose, anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region.
NEWS
October 5, 2006
What a sweet victory! A state commission standing as the last sentry guarding a precious Eastern Shore river, the Blackwater wildlife refuge and the Chesapeake Bay itself from a 2,700-home golf resort wildly unsuited to the location turned thumbs-down yesterday. Unanimously. Twenty-two zip. A reading of the Critical Areas Commission staff report suggests that outright denial of an application to build at least a third of the project on state-protected land should have been a no-brainer.
NEWS
By CHRIS GUY AND TOM PELTON and CHRIS GUY AND TOM PELTON,SUN REPORTERS | August 22, 2006
CAMBRIDGE -- Plans for a billion-dollar golf resort community that has drawn protests from environmentalists won approval yesterday evening from the Cambridge City Council. The 2,700-home Blackwater Resort project - which opponents view as sprawl that would endanger the nearby Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge - now must receive approval from a state commission appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. that reviews construction within 1,000 feet of Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Supporters hope the construction on top of wetlands and farm fields will bring thousands of new residents - and millions in tax dollars - to a city of about 11,000 that has lost population since the 1960s.
BUSINESS
By Lisa Breslin and Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 15, 1998
In Harney you don't have to cut through the city haze to see brilliant stars. Grand, rolling farms frame the community on all sides. The Monocacy River has entertained generations of children who venture there for a quick swim or to fish.Tractors rumble down the road in this place where the residents' sense of community is defined by three things: history, farming and the local fire hall.Called Monocacyville until the late 1850s, Harney rests on the edge of Carroll County, four miles north of Taneytown and almost the same distance to Gettysburg, Pa. The Mason-Dixon Line runs on a hill north of town near the lovely Mountain View Cemetery.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2002
Perched at the edge of the Choptank River, the 400-room Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, with its five restaurants, marina and European health spa, amounts to a $74.4 million gamble. Not only are its developers and investors betting on its financial success, but Cambridge and surrounding Dorchester County, where unemployment hovers near 12 percent, are counting on it for a much-needed economic boost. That was the project's wellspring. "The reason that this project was even conceived was that this project creates a lot of jobs," said Hans F. Mayer, executive director of Maryland Economic Development Corp.
SPORTS
October 25, 2005
Calendar PGA Tour Chrysler Championship Site -- Palm Harbor, Fla. Schedule -- Thursday-Sunday Course -- Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort (7,295 yards, par 71) Purse -- $5.3 million. Winner's share: $954,000 TV -- USA Network (Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m., Saturday, 3-6 p.m.); ABC (Sunday, 2-5 p.m.) Last year -- Vijay Singh became the first player to surpass $10 million in single-season earnings by winning his ninth Tour event by five strokes over Jesper Parnevik and Tommy Armour III. LPGA Tour CJ Nine Bridges Classic Site -- Jeju, South Korea Schedule -- Friday-Sunday Course -- The Club At Nine Bridges (6,274 yards, par 72)
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2004
LOSSES AT THE state-backed Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in the Western Maryland mountains have been mounting at an increasing pace, bringing the total to $25.5 million since 1999. The resort lost $6.6 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2003. That followed a $5.5 million loss in the 2002 fiscal year and a $3.5 million loss the previous year, according to a recent report by the state Department of Legislative Services. Results for fiscal 2004 are not available. The losses have ballooned even though bondholders have agreed to forgo interest payments to give McLean, Va.-based Barcelo Crestline Corp.
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