The 2014 Ms. United States, who was crowned last week in Washington, D.C., is none other than Garrett County native Crystal Rush, who represented the state of Delaware. Rush spent most of her earlier years in Garrett County before moving to Delaware when she was in the 10th grade at Northern High School. Her father Dana Rush resides in McHenry. Crystal is pictured at right with Whitney Jones, the contestant from South Carolina, just seconds before Rush was declared the winner, making Ms. Jones the first runner-up. See the full story in today's paper by clicking on "Your Virtual Newspaper" above. Today is July 17, 2014.

The Garrett County Arts Council honors community members each year for their work for and support of the arts in the county. This year, the Friend of the Arts Award recipient is Odette Lueck, as announced at the annual meeting of the arts council on June 25. Lueck, who has volunteered over the past 15 years for several local arts organizations, was presented with the award by Joan Lyon, president of the council. Pictured at the ceremony are, from left, Karen Reckner, executive director of the arts council; the honoree; and Lyon. See the complete story on page A-11 after clicking on "Your Virtual Newspaper" above.