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Cecil County Animal Services Overspends Budget, Asks $140K from Reserve Funds; Choice Between Cat Kibble or Ambulance?

April 17, 2019

A CECIL TIMES Special Report NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County’s Animal Services agency is overspending its current Fiscal 2019 budget and is asking for an infusion of $140,000 immediately, drawn from a county fiscal reserve fund that is supposed to be off-limits for current spending. In addition, the agency is seeking a 41.7 percent operating...
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Cecil County Schools Get Windfall from State Kirwan Aid, Boosting Budget Over Demands for County $; Library Touts Citizen Support

April 10, 2019

Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) will get about a $4.8 million windfall from new state aid, designed to be a “downpayment” on new educational improvement initiatives recommended by the state Kirwan Commission, in its new Fiscal 2020 budget—undercutting school advocates’ claims that students would...
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Cecil County Politics: ‘Robocall’ in County Exec Race Pushes Negative Message; Could Run Afoul of New State Election Regs

April 2, 2019

A CECIL TIMES Special Report A recent political “robocall,” purporting to be a poll of voter sentiment in the 2020 Cecil County Executive race, pushed negative messages about the incumbent in an apparent effort to influence listeners’ votes and potentially float trial balloons for...
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New Cecil County Budget Freezes Property, Income Tax Rates; Boosts Schools by $2.4 Million

March 31, 2019

Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy unveiled his new Fiscal 2020 budget plan on Friday (3/29/2019), freezing property and income tax rates at current levels and boosting school spending by $2.44 million, or 3.6 percent above the state-mandated local aid for the schools. The budget,...
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Delaware Road Takes Heavy Toll in South Cecil: Angry Residents Demand End of Truck Invasion

March 21, 2019

There was anger in the air, and some gallows humor, as about 100 southern Cecil County area residents gathered in Cecilton Wednesday evening (3/20/2019) to question state and local officials on efforts to counteract the invasion of heavy trucks, and speeding cars, in the...
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McCarthy Presses for Local Road Help as Trucks Dodging Delaware Rt. 301 Tolls Invade Cecil County

March 18, 2019

Delaware is considering coming up with money to repair southern Cecil County roads damaged by trucks that have clogged local rural roads while evading new tolls on Route 301 near the state line and Middletown, DE, according to a letter released by Cecil County...
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CECIL CHATTER: Space Aliens and Rocket Science: Conspiracy Theory Fuels Local Politics; Smart Jobs Come to Cecil County

March 6, 2019

WILL SPACE ALIENS CAPTURE RISING SUN? Cecil County politics is known for the wild and weird, from the many misadventures of the “Three Amigos” on the County Commissioners board to a nose-biting incident at a polling place on election day. Just when you thought...
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Amanda Bessicks, Cecil County State’s Attorney, Resigns for Health Reasons; Judges to Name Successor

February 24, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS Amanda Bessicks, the newly-elected Cecil County State’s Attorney, is resigning her post as of 3/15/2019 due to health reasons, according to a letter sent to the county Circuit Court administrative judge.. Her resignation cuts short a promising career as the county’s chief...
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Cecil County Admits Animal Services Failed to Inspect Kennels; Cecil Times Report Confirmed

February 10, 2019

A CECIL TIMES Special Report Cecil County Animal Services failed to inspect multiple kennel businesses in 2018 and is only now scheduling inspections, according to the county attorney, after CECIL TIMES reported previously that many inspections were not conducted or licenses issued as required...
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County Seizes 63 Animals, Citing “Neglect;” Questions on Animal Services Lack of Kennel Inspections, County Oversight

February 5, 2019

A CECIL TIMES Special Report Cecil County’s government-operated Animal Services agency recently raided two locations, in Elkton and Rising Sun, and took into custody 63 animals as part of an investigation of alleged animal “neglect” by a non-profit animal rescue organization, according to county...
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Cecil County Exec McCarthy: No Tax Rise in New Budget; Will Seek Re-election in 2020

January 29, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS The state of Cecil County is “great and getting better,” according to Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy, and he will seek a second term in office in 2020 to continue to promote economic development, job creation and educational improvements in the county....
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Santa Knew Delaware Rt 301 Tolls Would Push Trucks to Cecil County; DELDOT Still the Grinch

January 22, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS It was a snowy December night in Middletown, DE a decade or so ago, when the Delaware Department of Transportation (DELDOT) held a public meeting to showcase its plans for a Route 301 toll road around the rapidly growing town. Mark Tudor,...
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Cecil County Property Values Rise in South County; Home Sellers Benefit, Residents Could Face Higher Tax Bills

January 10, 2019

Home values rose 9 percent in southern Cecil County and parts of Elkton over the past three years, according to new state property assessments– reflecting a resurging real estate economy in the county and a blessing for homeowners who suffered major losses in values...
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Water Park Resort Planned in Perryville; New Era in Cecil County Economic Development

December 18, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS A new $200 milllion water park and resort, planned for Perryville near the existing Hollywood Casino, could mark a new era in Cecil County economic development—with a potential ripple effect to attract other new amenities to the western area of the county...
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Cecil County Schools Get Middling Grades on New State ‘Report Card;’ Three Elementary Schools Shine

December 11, 2018

UPDATED A new state “report card” on the quality of local schools gave top rankings to just three Cecil County elementary schools—Calvert, Charlestown and Kenmore—while most middle and high schools scored the middle rank, with three stars on a five-star rating scale. The new...
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