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Karl Fockler, State’s Atty Candidate, has $2 Million Debts, Wage Garnishment; Court Cites Conflicts in Brothers’ Roles in Assault Case

June 19, 2018

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT Karl.H. Fockler, a candidate for Cecil County State’s Attorney in the June Republican primary, is under court-ordered garnishment of his salary as a prosecutor due to court judgements for millions of dollars in unpaid debts. If elected state’s attorney, he would get a major pay boost and would be...
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Cecil County Council Rejects Last Minute Schools Demand for $1 Million Budget Boost; McCarthy Budget Headed to OK

June 5, 2018

The Cecil County Council unanimously resisted demands from the county schools for a last-minute nearly $1 million boost in its budget on Tuesday morning (6/5/2018), setting the stage for the intact adoption Tuesday night of the Fiscal 2019 budget proposed by County Executive Alan...
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McCarthy Budget on Track for County Council OK; Consultant to Council Commends Budget

May 30, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS It took a last minute impassioned appeal on Tuesday by Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy to defend his budget and his track record on improving the county’s economy, and an independent consultant’s endorsement of McCarthy’s budget, to deflate a belated effort by...
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Cecil County Council Campaign: Miller Top Fundraiser, Larsen Re-Writes History, Wilson AWOL

May 26, 2018

Al Miller, a Republican candidate for the Cecil County Council in District 3, is the apparent top fundraiser in this year’s races for three Council seats, raising more than $24,000 so far in his bid to unseat an incumbent in the June 26 GOP...
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Cecil County Council Candidates Debate at Chamber Forum; C4L Faction Takes Mainstream Postures

May 17, 2018

Republican candidates for the Cecil County Council faced off this week in a polite question-and-answer session sponsored by the county’s Chamber of Commerce, with three challengers aligned with the Campaign for Liberty ultra-conservative group taking more mainstream positions than their social media presence. The...
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McCarthy Withdraws Sewer Fee Boost; Council Political Concerns May Set Back Cecil Exec Drive to Stop Reserve Fund Raids

May 15, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy has withdrawn his proposed major increase in sewer user fees as part of his Fiscal 2019 budget, saying he wants to review alternative rate structures to give small users a break. But the action may signal a...
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Rivals for State’s Attorney, Register of Wills Face Sharp Questions; Judge Race Calmer at GOP Forum

May 10, 2018

There were some tough questions when rival candidates in the June Republican primary for Cecil County State’s Attorney and the Register of Wills office squared off in a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Republican Club of Cecil County last week, putting some candidates on...
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State’s Attorney Candidates Raise Campaign $; A Backer Bashes Rival

May 2, 2018

The three candidates running for Cecil County State’s Attorney in the June Republican primary have drawn very different bases of financial support for their campaigns, with one candidate drawing most of her support from just three aligned donors, another tapping the traditional lawyer donations,...
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More Name’s-the-Same Political Dirt: Larsen Grabs Patchell’s Name for Website to Link to his own Campaign, Donation Site

April 29, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS From nose-biting at a polling place to creating a political club with virtually the same name as a longstanding and well-known Republican group so as to confuse voters, never let it be said that Cecil County politics is clean and above-board. Now...
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Cecil County Fire Companies Aghast at Budget; Spending Rises 5.8% but Equipment $ in Doubt

April 4, 2018

It was just two days after Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy presented his new Fiscal 2019 budget that the county suffered one of its most devastating fire emergencies, when the Owens Landing condo project in Perryville erupted into a fireball that destroyed one building,...
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New Cecil County Budget Freezes Property, Income Tax Rates; Boosts School $, Sewer Fees

March 31, 2018

Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy unveiled his new Fiscal 2019 budget plan on Friday (3/30/2018), freezing property and income tax rates at current levels, boosting school spending slightly, and calling for a major increase in sewage treatment fees in order to balance the wastewater...
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Cecil County Sheriff, Schools Outline Plans to Keep Kids Safe in School Shootings Aftermath

March 27, 2018

As the nation mourns the loss of 17 students recently in the Parkland, FL school shootings, Cecil County schools and law enforcement officials held a public briefing Monday evening (3/26/2018) to detail longstanding, and new, initiatives designed to protect students in county schools. But...
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GOP County Council Candidates Tout Economic Development, Job Skills; Schneckenburger Won’t Commit to Serve Full Term

March 19, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS It was mostly a meeting of the like-minded when four Republican candidates for the Cecil County Council met for a polite discussion of issues at a forum sponsored by the Republican Club of Cecil County on 3/15/2018 in Elkton. But there was...
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Cecil County’s Names-the-Same GOP Politics, Round 2: GOP Club Vs. Sammons’ Soiree

March 14, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS We’ve seen it before in Cecil County politics: a disgruntled lone wolf creates a rump group with a name similar to a well-established organization to confuse the public and launch political attacks on the original group. So, a dissident online presence created...
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Cecil County Exec McCarthy Gets Probation on DWI Charge

March 8, 2018

Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy pleaded guilty Thursday (3/8/2018) to one count of driving while impaired by alcohol and received probation before judgment. If he successfully completes the one-year period of unsupervised probation, his record can be expunged. A trial in Cecil County Circuit...
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