Cecil County Orphans Court Seats Filled in GOP Sweep

November 6, 2018

In one of the few contested races on the November general election ballot in Cecil County, voters returned Carolyn Crouch to the Orphans Court, where she has served for 12 years, and filled two other seats with new judges. There were four candidates—three Republicans and one Democrat—seeking three available seats on the court. Crouch,...
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Early Voting Surges Statewide; Colvin Fires Up TV Ads, Harris Hangs on Hogan Coattails in 1st Dist. Congress Race

October 29, 2018

In the first four days of early voting for the November general election, statewide turnout surged over the last mid-term national election four years ago, while in Cecil County, where few local races are contested on the ballot, early turnout was sluggish. But if the local-only contests drew yawns, and the top-of-the-tickets gubernatorial race...
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Colvin, Harris Debate Health, Money, in House Dist. 1; Colvin Tops GOP Incumbent in $, Letters

October 19, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS Jesse Colvin, a former US Army Ranger and the Democratic challenger in the Dist. 1 race for the US House, was polite and respectful, even as he delivered political body blows to his Republican opponent, incumbent Rep. Andy Harris during a candidates’ forum on a CECIL.TV delayed broadcast on the Internet. For...
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County Council Frets on Bond Rating, Sewage Fees; Compromise to OK Exec’s Fee Boosts for 2 Years

August 21, 2018

The Cecil County Council heard a strong pitch from an outside expert on the county’s bond rating on Tuesday (8/21/2018) to demonstrate fiscal responsibility on the county’s sewage funds, which have been running a deficit for years. In response, Council members indicated support for a compromise to give the county executive his request for...
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Cecil County Health Dept. Considers Addicts’ Needle Exchange, After 3 Years of Talk; County Council Politically Wary but County Exec Backs Effort

August 14, 2018

The Cecil County Health Department is considering creation of a “clean” needle exchange program for intravenous users of illegal drugs, as a way to prevent HIV and Hepatitis C infections and reach addicts with treatment options. The idea was first broached to the County Council three years ago but no action was taken by...
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Familiar Jockey Rides New Horse: Schools Chief Questioned on $, Security by County Council as Exec McCarthy Offers $1 million Aid

August 9, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS Jeffrey Lawson is a familiar face in local government circles, as a nine-year veteran of the county public schools’ administrative staff. But that experience was like being an exercise rider at the racetrack before a recent elevation to the top jockey position: Superintendent of the Cecil County Public Schools. In his first...
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Sewage Fees: Another ‘Holy Crap Moment’ Faces County Council; Will They Punt Again?

July 18, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS The three water-filled jugs placed in front of the witness table at the Cecil County Council worksession on Tuesday (7/17/2018) were a graphic show-and-tell representation of what has been described in the past as a “holy crap moment” in the long and politically torturous saga of providing and paying for adequate sewage...
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ELECTION: Miller Ousts Schneckenburger on County Council; Patchell Re-Elected; Coutz Wins GOP Nod

June 27, 2018

Al Miller ousted incumbent Cecil County Councilor Dan Schneckenburger on Tuesday, as George Patchell retained his Council seat and Bill Coutz won the Republican nomination for an open seat in District 2. In all three contests, the winners also scored major victories over candidates aligned with the ultra-conservative Campaign for Liberty group. In Districts...
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ELECTION: Lyn Nickle Wins Register of Wills Race, Returns to Office

June 27, 2018

Making a strong comeback, Allyn “Lyn” Price Nickle won a commanding victory in the hotly contested race for Register of Wills, unseating Michael W. Dawson who had scored an upset victory over Nickle four years ago. This year’s fight was on different political turf: Nickle ran as a Democrat last time but switched her...
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ELECTION: Amanda Bessicks Wins State’s Attorney Office

June 26, 2018

Amanda Bessicks, a first-time political candidate who promised to shake up the State’s Attorney’s office and make it more responsive to crime victims, won in a three-way contest in Tuesday’s Republican primary. There was no Democratic candidate in the race. Bessicks, 34, has been prosecuting cases involving crimes against children since January and was...
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Incumbent Judge Will Davis Wins Cecil County Circuit Court Seat

June 26, 2018

Judge William W. Davis, Jr., known locally as “Will” in his work with youth groups and charities to aid troubled children, won election to a 15-year term on the Cecil County Circuit Court bench on Tuesday, as voters confirmed Gov. Larry Hogan’s choice of Davis for an appointment to the bench in 2016. To...
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CECIL CHATTER: Schneckenburger Toots Immigrant Whistle Again; Dead Trees V. Shoe Leather in Dist. 36

June 24, 2018

CECIL CHATTER: TODDLER TERRORISTS INVADING CECIL COUNTY IN COUNCIL RACE? Another local campaign by Dan Schneckenburger, another pitch against “illegal immigrants”—despite Census data showing minimal foreign-born population, including legal residents and citizens, in Cecil County—in his campaign flyers orchestrated by a Harford County political consultant. In his latest campaign for re-election to his District...
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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 McCarthy. In a letter from Dr. D’Ette Devine, the Cecil...
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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 one Council member to trim a few budget items. As...
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