Today’s weather will be snow and freezing rain before 11am, then freezing rain between 11am and noon, then rain after noon. High near 37 and low around 24. Breezy, with a southeast wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight, rain before midnight, then rain and snow likely between midnight and 3am, then snow likely after 3am. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Garrett County Public Schools are closed today with many other organizations having delayed openings. Check before you travel out today.

There’s free TIPS Training this evening from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Uno’s Restaurant.  Attend and you can learn more about maintaining a safe and responsible environment at your licensed events. Why not refresh your knowledge of how alcohol affects people, signs of intoxication to look for, and relevant information about alcohol you can use to serve more responsibly.

It’s free Trivia Night at MoonShadow this evening from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. They run a few rounds as we explain in our Events post. They will also be running Happy Hour all night long for Trivia that means $2 off draft beers and glasses of wine, $1 off bottled beer, and a Trivia Night special of $1 off liquor.

Bill’s Marine Service is hosting an Open House this Saturday, February 16th, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  They will have Boat Show Pricing, wine from the Toasted Goat and local brews from Mountain State Brewery.  Here’s a link to some more information, which is worth a click if just to see the family boating on the lake on a warm Summer day!  Ahhh…

The County Commissioners have announced the agenda for their next public meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, February 19th at 3:00 pm at the Courthouse in Oakland. There are a number of topics on the agenda and note that the public portion starts at approximately 4:00 pm.

This is interesting: Garrett College’s Mountain Top Driving Institute was able to acquire a “new” dump truck with the assistance of a Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund grant, to aid in instruction for the Class B CDL truck driver training program. So, why is a dump truck so exciting you ask?  Well, in one word, JOBS! The trucking industry is experiencing a crisis – there are simply not enough workers to fill jobs. The latest data reports a national driver shortage of approximately 48,000 drivers. And, the Maryland Motor Truck Association, known as MMTA, recently reported the trucking industry in Maryland alone provides over 116,000 jobs, or one out of 18 in the state.  Total trucking industry wages paid in Maryland exceed $6.1 billion. Keep on truckin’ dear readers…

A man wanted for two recent Garrett County bank robberies, and more, is arrested in California.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a great partner to Garrett County, just released Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia, which identifies factors common across communities experiencing persistent economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 economic recession and other economic disruptions.  The research includes a statistical analysis of key factors common to economic resilience, as well as a guidebook featuring ten communities that have rebounded after experiencing significant economic shocks.  The study found some key findings that drive economic resiliency in Appalachia, including:

  • Investing in education, technology, infrastructure and broadband;
  • Engaging the community over the long-term;
  • Growing youth engagement and next generation leadership;
  • Identifying and growing the assets in the community and region;
  • Building networks and fostering collaboration;
  • Moving multiple sectors forward for economic development and growing value chains; and
  • Cultivating entrepreneurs and developing resources for business start-ups.