Mesneak, Hornberger Backer and Fired County Employee, Belatedly Agrees to Recuse Himself from Board of Elections Decisions on County Exec Race

May 27, 2020

Faced with a vote to force his recusal from any Cecil County Board of Elections decisions on the County Executive race, Scott Mesneak– a county employee fired by County Executive Alan McCarthy and a highly visible backer of his challenger Danielle Hornberger in the Republican primary election– belatedly agreed Tuesday (5/26/2020) to step aside,...
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Conflict of Interest Questions on Cecil Board of Elections: Mesneak Ousted from County IT Job by McCarthy; Became Active Campaigner for Hornberger

May 21, 2020

Scott Mesneak, the former IT director for Cecil County who was removed from his job by County Executive Alan McCarthy and has been an active campaigner for Danielle Hornberger in her election bid to unseat McCarthy, was recently given a seat on the county Board of Elections that will supervise the June 2 election....
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Council Adopts Intact McCarthy Budget, Rejects Gregory Hits on Emergency Services, Library

May 19, 2020

BULLETIN The Cecil County Council Tuesday night adopted the Fiscal 2021 budget proposed by County Executive Alan McCarthy after a lengthy afternoon worksession at which Council members rejected multiple spending cuts proposed by Councilor Jackie Gregory (R-5), including payments for first responders’ and correctional officers’ overtime work. The one cut in the operating budget...
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BULLETIN: Councilor Gregory Targets Emergency Services, Library, Parks for Cecil Co Budget Cuts; Worksession, Council Votes Expected Today

May 19, 2020

Cecil County Council member Jackie Gregory (R-5) has drafted a list of budget cuts for the proposed Fiscal 2021 county budget that will be considered today (5/19/2020), with no advance public notice, that particularly targets county library, parks, and emergency services, including paramedics responding to emergency calls during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Gregory, who...
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Cecil County Re-opens in Line with Hogan Orders; State Slow to Test Nursing Homes Here, Warwick new Virus “Hotspot”

May 18, 2020

Cecil County is re-opening business and social activities to the fullest extent allowed by Gov. Larry Hogan’s limited “Stage One” recovery plan as new hospitalizations for the COVID-19 virus show slight declines in the state. But a cluster of new cases in the Warwick area has emerged in recent days and county health officials...
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Mrs. Hornberger County Exec Campaign Hits Husband’s Political Pals for $; Biggest Donors, Bucks, Benefit from Kevin Hornberger Political Pressure

May 7, 2020

A CECIL TIMES Special Report Danielle Hornberger, wife of state Del. Kevin Hornberger, has raised more than $50,000 for her campaign for Cecil County Executive in the June Republican primary, relying heavily on her husband’s political contacts and campaign funds. And in her most recently reported donations, half of the money came from Port...
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Most Local Virus Deaths at Calvert Nursing Home; Hogan Boosts Aid on Lower Shore as Harris Rallies to “Re-open” Biz in Virus Hot Spot; Cecil County Launches Small Biz “Recovery” Plan

May 1, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in Maryland, new—but flawed—data from the state Health Department shows that a majority of fatalities have occurred in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But the state report fails to accurately depict the tally in Cecil County, where the state claims there was just 1 virus death...
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COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Rise as Gov. Hogan Hopes to Re-Open State; Tests Lag on Shore—Hogan to Shore: “Drop Dead???”

April 28, 2020

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT NEWS ANALYSIS Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has a plan to re-open the state’s economy in a safe, staged fashion while coping with the COVID-19 pandemic but the numbers—rising infections, deaths and miniscule testing rates in the state—are getting in the way. And while most of the state’s virus testing,...
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COVID-19: Schools to Stay Closed to May 15; Cecil County Exec Proposes Emergency Medical Sites, Financed by Budget Cuts

April 17, 2020

Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) will remain closed through 5/14/2020, according to a new state order. And Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy is proposing legislation for up to $450,000 in emergency medical services—financed by budget cuts and cost savings– to treat COVID-19 patients if there is a surge in the virus, which has already...
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State Marks 10K Virus Milestone, Cecil County Has 102; Hogan Orders Facemasks–but Claims Re-opening Business is Near

April 15, 2020

NEWS ANALYSIS Maryland marked a milestone in the spread of the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday (4/15/2020) with 10,032 confirmed cases in the state, and Cecil County’s count reached 102 cases. But Gov. Larry Hogan, while ordering all shoppers and store workers to wear facemasks and predicting that the state is still weeks away from...
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Cecil County Has Second COVID-19 Death: Nursing Home Patient Dies; County Exec Freezes Budget

April 13, 2020

A second Cecil County resident has died of the COVID-19 virus, the Cecil County Health Department reported Monday afternoon, after a man in his 80’s — who was a patient at the Calvert Manor nursing home in Rising Sun—died of the virus after an outbreak among patients and staff emerged in the past few...
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COVID-19 Virus Slams Calvert Manor Nursing Home, National Guard to Help; Elkton, Rising Sun Local Virus Hot Spots, Map Shows

April 12, 2020

A sudden onslaught of COVID-19 cases at Calvert Manor nursing home in Rising Sun, with patients and staff testing positive for the virus, prompted emergency steps Saturday to bring in a special state medical “strike force,” including the National Guard. And new zip code data released Sunday by the state show Elkton and Rising...
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Cecil County Budget: Virus “Crisis” and Revenue Uncertainty Shape Budget; County Exec Avoids Raid on Emergency Funds

April 4, 2020

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy admits putting together the Fiscal 2021 county budget was a bit like being in a hurricane bunker while hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc with the state and local economy won’t overwhelm the fiscal safety measures he installed over the past three years that...
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State Virus Deathtoll Rises; Job Shutdowns Skyrocket Unemployment Numbers; Cecil County Gives Aid to Small Biz

April 2, 2020

The COVID-19 virus pandemic escalated its destructive path on Thursday (4/2/2020) as the Maryland death toll doubled in two days and out-of-work state and local residents filed massive new claims for unemployment benefits. The state Health Department posted new figures on the number of confirmed cases Thursday morning, showing 2,331 Marylanders have tested positive...
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Records First Fatality from COVID-19 Virus; Elderly Man Dies at Union Hospital

March 31, 2020

Cecil County has recorded its first fatality from the COVID-19 virus, which claimed the life of an 80-year old man at Union Hospital on Tuesday (3/31/2020), county sources said. Statewide, the lethal virus had claimed the lives of 18 people as of 10 a.m. on Tuesday (3/31/2020), according to a daily update by the...
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