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Cecil County Sheriff Adams Advances Anti-Drug Efforts; Elkton, North East Top Drug Bust Areas

March 25, 2015

Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams is advancing multiple new anti-drug initiatives, seeking grants to pay for them, and using new federal resources to go after drug traffickers, the newly installed Sheriff told the County Council this week. Adams, who won an overwhelming victory in the November general election and took office last December 1,...
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Lt. Gov. Rutherford Listens to Cecil County, Shore Officials, Parents on Heroin Crisis; Task Force to Recommend Action Plan

March 18, 2015

The heroin and drug abuse crisis plaguing Cecil County and Maryland will require money, commitment by state and local governments and involvement of medical experts and families affected by drug abuse, local officials and area residents told a new state task force in Elkton...
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Carrie L. Taylor Indicted for Theft, Perjury at Cecil County GOP Committee; State Prosecutor Charges Up to 25 Years in Jail

March 16, 2015

Carrie L. Taylor, the former treasurer of the Cecil County Republican Central Committee and a protégé of the old ‘Smipkin” GOP political machine, has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of theft, embezzlement and perjury involving the elected party committee’s finances....
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Rep. Harris Condemns Legal Pot, Challenges Medical Merits; Backpedals on Pushing Charges Against DC Mayor on Legalization

March 11, 2015

US Rep. Andy Harris (R-1) brought his anti-marijuana campaign to Cecil County this week, challenging the medicinal merits of pot for seriously ill patients and calling the state’s new medical marijuana program a stalking-horse for full legalization for recreational use. And while condemning the...
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Cecil County Medical Marijuana Farm Proposed, Hodge’s Site Considered; State Oversees Facility

March 4, 2015

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT A high-tech medical marijuana farm could be located in Cecil County under a proposal from a Howard County businessman presented to county officials, including local health and law enforcement leaders. A possible site is owned by Cecil County Council...
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Mr. Hornberger Goes to Annapolis: Good Intentions, Rookie Mistakes

March 1, 2015

NEWS ANALYSIS Del. Kevin Hornberger (R-35A) has withdrawn a controversial bill that would have authorized a four-year nursing degree to be offered by the two-year Cecil College, after college officials and members of the Cecil County Council criticized the freshman delegate for storming ahead...
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Cecil County Council Fires Shot Across Budget Bow at County Exec On $1.4 Million Extra Spending

February 24, 2015

Members of the Cecil County Council fired shots across the budget bow on Tuesday, warning the County Executive that they expect stronger cost-cutting steps in her new budget to prevent a recurrence of more than $1.4 million in over-budget expenses this year. At issue...
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CECIL CHATTER: Hogan Green Bag Empty for Cecil County on Key Appointees; Last of Smipkins Depart Cecil GOP Committee

February 23, 2015

Gov. Hogan’s ‘Green Bag’ Appointments Bypass Cecil on Key Posts New Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently announced hundreds of appointments to various state boards and commissions as part of the annual “Green Bag” list of appointees sent to the General Assembly—but Cecil County came...
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Union Hospital Proposes Short Term Drug Detox Center; Could Seek County Subsidy

February 11, 2015

Union Hospital is considering creation of a non-profit entity in Cecil County to operate an 8 to 12-bed short-term drug detoxification program outside a hospital setting and may ask the county government to subsidize the operation, a hospital official told county leaders on Tuesday....
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Hogan ‘State of the State’ Gives Peanuts to Cecil County Road Aid; Tax Relief to Business,Veterans

February 4, 2015

Governor Larry Hogan delivered his first “state of the state” address on Wednesday 2/4/15, promising to reinstate some road aid to the counties—but the fiscal reality is that Cecil County might get just a few extra peanuts and not a substantive boost in state...
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Hogan Budget to Take Back $372,000 from Casino ‘Impact Aid’ in Cecil County

January 29, 2015

Governor Larry Hogan’s recently proposed Fiscal 2016 state budget would cut local impact aid to counties and communities where gambling casinos are located, including a $372,000 hit on Cecil County’s aid from the Hollywood Casino in Perryville. An analysis of the budget proposal by...
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Hogan Budget Cuts $2.1 Million in Cecil County Direct Aid; Gov. Counts Pension Costs as State Contributions to Schools, College

January 26, 2015

A CECIL TIMES Special Report Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s newly proposed budget would cut state aid to a variety of programs and services in Cecil County– but after counting the cost of pensions for some employees, the state calculations try to make the cuts...
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Hogan Becomes Governor, Pledges Bipartisanship and Hope; Budget Blues Begin, Courting Franchot

January 22, 2015

NEWS ANALYSIS Larry Hogan was sworn in as Maryland’s 62nd Governor on Wednesday 1/21/15, with an optimistic view of the state’s future and calls for bipartisanship to solve the state’s economic problems. But it will take much more than hope and optimism to solve...
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Cecil County Budget Obstacles: No Pay Raises, Tax Freeze — Landfill Deficit Awaits Action

January 15, 2015

NEWS ANALYSIS The script for a citizens’ “town hall” meeting this week on the upcoming Fiscal 2016 Cecil County budget was much the same as similar sessions in the past: the majority of speakers advocated for public schools and library spending and predict dire...
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Moore Withdraws Vacation Home Regs; Cecil County Council Backs Water, Sewer Plan Changes

January 14, 2015

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has withdrawn a controversial proposal to impose tough new regulations on single-family homeowners who rent their property to vacationers. And the Cecil County Council endorsed changes to the county’s water and sewer plan to expedite services in the “growth...
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