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Marching Down The Happiest Streets On Earth
HOF-Bound Gibson, 600 Wins and Counting
           HOF-Bound Gibson, 600 Wins and Counting  
In this, his 31st season leading the Garrett College men's basketball team, Garrett County native Dennis Gibson recently received word that he will be inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame class of 2016. Gibson, who is shown above with this year's Laker squad, reached the 600-career win plateau with a victory over Penn Highlands on Nov. 11. The Southern High alum and former Garrett star was presented with a game ball commemorating the achievement on Jan. 16. “Coach Gibson represents all that’s good about Garrett College and its contributions to our community,” said Garrett College president Dr. Richard MacLennan during the presentation. As MacLennan directed attention to the lineup of current Lakers, he added, "These exceptional young men are a testament to the outstanding job that Coach has done this year, as he has done throughout his career. Thank you, Coach.” Members of this year's team pictured along with Gibson, front row from left, are Jaffar Musa, Jaki Clanton, Adam Wilkinson, Nemo Trexler, Rze Culbreath, and De’Shae Lee. Back row same order are Gibson, Malik Tunc, Sebastien Jean-Charles, Shane Chikerema, Lekan Ojo, assistant coach Kory Gibson, and Wyatt McBee. The Lakers (19-4) will host Prince George's tonight at 7 p.m. in their home regular season finale, before hosting the Maryland JUCO Tournament, which begins on Feb. 11. See a story in today's sports section for details. 

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           "Couples of Comedy" Slated at OTT  
An original production will be staged at Our Town Theatre next week as a members' benefit show, with OTT members admitted free of charge (all others $10 per person). The show will feature the antics of some famous couples of comedy from the 1940s to the '70s, such as Burns and Allen, Lucy and Ethel, Laverne and Shirley, and Abbot and Costello. There will be live music and dance numbers. It will be presented Thursday, Feb. 11, through Saturday, Feb. 13. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the show to follow at 8 p.m. There will be a cash bar. Reservations are requested and persons may do so by calling the theatre at 301-334-5640 or going online The cast is pictured. In the foreground with her back to the camera is Maddy Virts. Jennifer Virts is kneeling. On television, from left, are Cassidy Murphy, Kayla Guthrie, and Madison Dolchan. In back, from left, are Donna Arnold, Erin Peacock, Stacy Wilson, and Brittney Hostetler. 

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Welcome To Our New Launch Page!
We at The Republican newspaper are happy to present our new launch page, which is designed to be far more active and current, not only on Thursdays, but throughout the week. As we receive news items at our offices, we will send along pertinent breaking news items, death notices, sports scores, and other vital information, all presented free of charge to all users.

Have a breaking news item? A non-profit event coming up? Let us know by emailing We will help publicize your information.

More to come on our new site! Thanks for reading!

Superintendent Not Seeking Reappointment

Dr. Janet Wilson, superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools, has notified the Garrett County Board of Education that she will not seek reappointment to her position, and will finish her four-year term on June 30. She cited the opportunity to "entertain and pursue other opportunities" as her reason for moving on. The announcement was made countywide on Tuesday afternoon.

See the complete story in today's issue of The Republican.

Lantz Family Named Maryland State 4-H Family Of The Year
The Lantz family of Oakland – Arlene, Willie, and sons Aaron and Levi, –were recently selected as the Maryland State 4-H Family of the Year. The award was presented at the 7th annual Maryland 4-H Gala held at the Laurel Park Race Track, Carriage Room. The event is sponsored by the Maryland 4-H Foundation and features a series of awards recognizing youth, volunteers, and other supporters of the statewide 4-H program. See the complete story and pictures in today's issue of The Republican.

8th Winter Fest Celebration Set In Oakland
The 8th Winter Fest in downtown Oakland will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, and will again feature the art of master carver Bill Sandusky of Erie Ice Works. The carver will be creating about 25 ice sculptures to be displayed along Second, Alder, and Liberty Streets during the two-day event.

See the complete details in today's issue!

Death Notices
ARNOLD, Margaret A., 86, Thomas, W.Va. Died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Friends were received at Hinkle Funeral Home, Davis, W.Va. A service was held on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Maple Grove Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Shaun Roberts officiating.
BRUENING, Sean S., 23, Oakland. Died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. There will be a benefit spaghetti dinner to help with funeral costs on Feb. 13 at the Southern Garrett Rescue Squad Hall in Mtn. Lake Park from noon to 5 p.m.
BROWNING, Col. Richard C. Sr., 92, McHenry. Died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Visitation will be held at the Newman Funeral Home, Accident (McHenry) on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home on Saturday, with Pastor Michael Saturday officiating.
EVANS, Mary V., 93, formerly of Mt. Storm, W.Va. Died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.  A funeral service was held in the C & S Fredock Funeral Home, Kitzmiller, on Monday, Feb. 1. 
FRIEND, Paul A., 38, Oakland. Died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Friends will be received in the Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, on Monday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial service at the Mt. Top Assembly of God on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Norma Rodeheaver officiating.
GARLOCK, Jacqueline M., 80, Frederick. Died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, at a later date.
GEISLER, Daniel F., 61, Washington, D.C. Died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., at the Cleveland Park Congregational UCC in Washington, D.C.
HARVEY, Helen M., 85, Keyser, W.Va. Died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Friends were received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Kitzmiller, on Thursday, Feb. 4. According to her wishes, there will be no service.  
HOBELL, Shawn R., 48, Frostburg. Died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Services are private.
KING, Mae E., 91, Oakland.. Died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. At Mrs. King's request, her body was donated to science.
LAYTON, Tommy A., 49, Terra Alta, W.Va. Died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Family and friends will be received at the Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta, on Monday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 9, from noon until the 1 p.m. time of service, with Rev. Larry Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Terra Alta Cemetery.
REALL, Opal L., 90, Oakland. Died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. A funeral service was held at C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, on Thursday, Feb. 4.  
RIEBAU, Robert A., 75, Accident. Died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Visitation at Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, Friday, Feb. 5, from 2 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Services at Zion Lutheran Church, Accident, Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Robert Riebau and the Rev. Dr. Douglas Spittel officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services. 
RUBLE, Brian K., 46, Keyser, W.Va. Died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Believer's Fellowship, 155 East Street, Keyser, with Pastor Randy Crowe officiating.
SCHWINABART, Lenora M., 74, Elk Garden, W.Va. Died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.  A funeral service was held at C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Kitzmiller, on Tuesday, Feb. 2. 
SINES, Betty L., 86, Confluence, Pa. died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. A memorial was held Feb. 6 at the Sand Spring Church of God, Friendsville, with Pastor Dana Umbel officiating.
SLOVAK, Levi A., 21, Accident. Died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Services will be conducted on Monday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Dave Marsh officiating.
SNYDER, Shirley A., 81, Grantsville. Died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. A discourse was held at Newman Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 6.
WOLF, Joseph M., 71, Mtn. Lake Park. Died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Oakland, on Tuesday, Feb. 2. 
WOTRING, Gary L., 67, Albright, W.Va. Died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta, W.Va., with visiting from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. time of service.
See full obituaries in the next issue of The Republican.
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