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Rural Tax Incentive Bill Fails To Pass For Second Year Straight

April 28th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

For a second straight year, State Senator George Edward’s rural tax incentive bill didn’t pass but the Garrett County Republican is hopeful after some tweaking the third time will be the charm.  Senator Edwards has the backing of Michael “Mike” Gill, secretary of the Department of Commerce, who voiced support last year.  Maryland’s rural incentive bill would target areas that have the highest unemployment and the lowest median income. The main areas of Maryland targeted for the program would be Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, and the lower end of the Eastern Shore. The rural development program features two parts. The first portion will offer tax incentives to companies that want to locate a business with 20 employees or more to a rural area. The incentives will also be available to a business that is expanding and adding 20 or more new jobs. Edwards said that there were any number of economic development bills up for consideration- but they were all rejected…

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Western Conveyance Project Update

Section II of the Western Conveyance Project (the end of Marsh Hill Rd, Shingle Camp Ter, Shingle Camp Rd, Sandy Shores Rd, Sandy Beach Ln and Stockslager Rd to Penelacres Ln) is set begin on May 2, 2016.  The Contractor is planning to start working at the end of Marsh Hill Rd and proceed south to Shingle Camp Rd at the beginning of their work.  Weekly updates of work progress and anticipated work will be posted on this website.

Read More Here:  https://www.garrettcounty.org/public-utilities/news/western-conveyance-project-update

Deep Creek Lake panel getting updates on lake use issues

– Associated Press – Monday, April 25, 2016

SWANTON, Md. (AP) – The Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board is getting updates on some issues affecting users of the lake in far western Maryland.

The agenda for Monday’s meeting in Swanton includes a presentation about personal watercraft restrictions and a discussion of lake water levels.

The board appointed a subcommittee in January to study the current prohibition on personal watercraft use from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on summer weekends.


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Northern and Southern Garrett High Schools in US News and World Report School Rankings

Last Updated on Apr 21, 2016 at 9:05am |

U.S. News & World Report recently published its “2016 Best High Schools” rankings. 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.  In addition to the national rankings, the 2016 edition of Best High Schools includes new rankings of the top schools in each state, as well as the Best STEM Schools, Best Charter Schools, and Best Magnet Schools. The report also shows detailed information on more than 21,500 public high schools. That information includes school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type, and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.

Northern Garrett High School received the 2016 “Silver”national ranking as one of the best high schools in the United States by US News and World Report.  Northern High was ranked #64 in the state of Maryland (out of 244) and #2483 (over 21,500 schools reviewed nationwide) in the country.  Click the link below to see further details concerning Northern High:


Southern Garrett High School received the 2016 “Bronze”national ranking as one of the best high schools in the United States by US News and World Report.  Southern High was ranked within the top 85 schools in Maryland.  Click the link below to see further details concerning Southern High:

For more information click here:  https://garrettcountyschools.org/news/2016/04/-northern-and-southern-garrett-high-schools-in-us-news-and-world-report-school-rankings