Zika Virus Info, Precautions Are Issued By GCHD
This week, April 24-30, has been proclaimed Maryland Zika Awareness Week. The campaign is part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s effort to raise Maryland's awareness about the virus and its prevention.
“After reviewing the current facts about what we know and what we don’t know about Zika infection, it is clear that the most certain way to prevent Zika from affecting an unborn child is for a pregnant woman to defer travel to any area with active transmission of the Zika virus,” said Dr. William Pope, deputy health officer for Garrett County. “This would also include persons who are considering pregnancy but not using the most reliable means of deferring pregnancy, and those persons who would be in intimate contact with a pregnant woman...
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Traffic-Related Deaths Increase In Md.; New Safety Plan Launched
With several hundred federal, state, and local traffic safety experts meeting at the 2016 Strategic Highway Safety Plan Summit to develop solutions to save lives on Maryland roadways, officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maryland State Police, and National Safety Council on Tuesday announced that in 2015, 520 people died in traffic-related crashes on Maryland’s roadways.
According to data collected by MDOT, the preliminary figure represents an increase from the previous year when 443 people were killed and follows a trend that has seen roadway deaths increase nationwide....
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Various Conservation Groups To Be Featured At Annual Plant Fest
The third annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival will be held at New Germany State Park on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with various experts from local non-profit conservation organizations planning to be on hand to answer questions about native plants and other conservation topics. There will be a large variety of plants and seeds native to the mid-Atlantic for sale from regional nurseries. Native plants and biodiversity will be the focus during various scheduled programs and activities....
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Tractor Trailer Slips Off Road, Flips Onto Side
A Pennsylvania driver was injured in a tractor trailer accident investigated by Garrett County sheriff's deputies last Friday morning.
Deputies responded to the area just east of Sand Flat Road in time to witness driver Bernard E. Mckenzie, 56, Meyersdale, climbing out of the truck...
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Northern, Silver; Southern, Bronze In Nat'l Report
U.S. News & World Report recently published its 2016 Best High Schools rankings, and Garrett County's two high schools fared well in the list, with Northern Garrett earning a silver ranking, and Southern earning a bronze.
More than 6,000 schools were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals in this year’s national ranking. The Best High Schools rankings are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global research firm....
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Local Voters "Stay With Ray" Strubin As Garrett County Circuit Court Judge
Raymond G. Strubin received 56.7 percent of local votes during Tuesday's primary election in his bid to retain his seat as Garrett County Circuit Court judge, according to the Garrett County Board of Elections' unofficial results. His only challenger, Daryl T. Walters, garnered 43.3 percent of the votes in the hotly contested nonpartisan race.
Strubin was appointed to the position in August 2014 by former Gov. Martin O'Malley, following the retirement of Judge Jim Sherbin. Judges in Maryland circuit courts are elected to 15-year terms, but must retire at age 70...
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