Cecil County to Buy SPCA Animal Shelter, Staff With County Employees at Unknown Cost; Moore Cancels Competitive Bids

March 14, 2016

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has decided to bring all animal control services under county government, buying the Cecil County SPCA shelter in Chesapeake City for about $400,000 and also apparently hiring an unspecified number of new county government employees— potentially with full county pay and benefits—and without yet telling the public or County...
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Deadly Dog Virus at Buddy Shelter, but Cecil County, Citizens Not Told; County Imposes Belated Quarantine but Shelter Kept Open

March 10, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT The animal shelter operated by A Buddy for Life, Inc. under contract with the Cecil County government has had at least three cases of a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus—resulting in two deaths—but kept it a secret from county officials and citizens who continued to visit the Elkton...
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Republican Cecil Co Exec Candidates Spar on Issues; MacDonald, Newly Unemployed, Would Abolish Economic Development Efforts

February 25, 2016

The four Republican candidates for Cecil County Executive sparred on multiple issues in a political forum Wednesday night as two current County Council members emphasized the need for enhanced economic development, a frequent critic of county government urged unspecified spending cuts, and a political newcomer who has lost his job over his campaign finance...
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CECIL CHATTER: (State Edition) Empty ‘Green Bag’ and $ for Cecil; Hogan Arts Grudge Match

February 22, 2016

HOGAN ‘GREEN BAG’ has CECIL COUNTY HOLE; STATE CAPITAL $ to CECIL LAGS The annual rite of Annapolis, the governor’s “Green Bag” of appointments to various influential and inconsequential state boards and commissions, came out recently and as usual Cecil County was bypassed for anything of consequence. Just one local name was put forward,...
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Cecil Co Exec Moore Demands $500K to Buy Animal Shelter, Won’t Say Where or Who Would Run it; Singing Secret Tune?

February 15, 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS ‘You just slip out the back, Jack (Robert Hodge) Make a new plan, Stan (Alan McCarthy) You don’t need to be Coy, Roy (Dan Schneckenburger) Just get yourself free Hop on the bus, Gus (George Patchell) You don’t need to discuss much Just drop off the key, Lee…(Joyce Bowlsbey)’ –Paul Simon, “50...
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Tome Files for Cecil Co Exec, Assuring November Face-Off with GOP; School Board Seats Contested

February 4, 2016

Wayne Tome, Sr., a former Cecil County Commissioner, veteran firefighter and president of the county’s volunteer fire company association, filed on Wednesday as a candidate for County Executive. Tome was the only Democrat to file for any county office in this year’s election, and his entry assures voters they will have a choice of...
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Cecil County Loses 192 Jobs; Outgunned by PG County, with State Aid, to Save 700 Jobs There

February 3, 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County will lose 192 jobs in March at the C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. distribution center in North East, catching local officials off-guard, while Prince George’s County fought aggressively and obtained state aid to save over 700 jobs with the same business that were facing elimination there. In essence, Cecil workers were...
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Cecil County Roads Mostly Clear, County Council Divided on Snow Response; South County Shines

January 26, 2016

Cecil County suffered a record or near record snowfall last weekend and county roads crews and contractors toiled around the clock to clear hundreds of miles of roadways and bridges, but the County Council was divided Tuesday on just how good a job was done and whether social media should have been used more...
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Cecil County Exec Options Two Kennels, $400K each, for County Owned Animal Shelters; Council Balks at Boosts for Buddies Extended Animal Control Contract

January 17, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has signed options to buy two animal kennels—one a small private facility in a residential area in North East and also the much larger Cecil County SPCA shelter in Chesapeake City—at $400,000 each, but has not decided which site, or both, to buy at...
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Cecil Co Exec to Give Buddies More $ Despite Council Budget Cuts, No Spending Audit; Option to Extend Kennel Lease Through 2017

January 10, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT Cecil County Executive Tari Moore’s proposal to give an extra $24,000 to her preferred animal control contractor, A Buddy for Life, Inc., for a six-month extended contract actually gives the group a net fiscal gain over their past pact and removes requirements for an independent audit of how taxpayer...
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Cecil Co Exec Moore Wants More $ for Unbid Animal Control Contract for Her ‘Buddies'; Council Budget Snubbed

December 30, 2015

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT Cecil County Executive Tari Moore will ask the County Council next week to approve a $24,000 budget increase to give her preferred animal control contractor, A Buddy for Life, Inc., an extra $4,000 a month on their six-month extension of a three year contract. Moore unilaterally extended the Buddies’...
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Cecil County Has Record Drug OD Deaths But Health Officials Say Don’t Know Numbers; Sheriff Has Stats on Getting Inmates off Drugs

December 15, 2015

Cecil County health officials told the County Council on Tuesday they don’t know how many drug overdose deaths there were in the county last year and don’t know how many heroin addicts there are locally—but state statistics show the county is second only to Baltimore City in drug deaths. In contrast, county Sheriff Scott...
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Schneckenburger to Run for Cecil County Exec in Face-Off with McCarthy; Biz Community Divide

December 7, 2015

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County Councilor Dan Schneckenburger (R-3) has announced he will run for County Executive in the 2016 Republican primary, setting up a face-off with Council Vice President Dr. Alan McCarthy (R-1) that could divide the local business community and split the mainstream GOP vote. So far, one politically unknown ultra-conservative “liberty” candidate...
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CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT: Moore Seeks to Buy Kennel in Residential Area; RFP, Oversight Panel, Buddies Questions Loom

November 30, 2015

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT Cecil County Executive Tari Moore– who has unilaterally suspended county laws governing an Animal Control Oversight panel, extended a controversial 3-year animal control contract and signed a kennel lease for six months, all without County Council approval—is considering taxpayer purchase of a private kennel business that some local residents...
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CECIL CHATTER: No $ for Candidates or Properties; Stolen Political $ Yields Taylor Wrist Slap

November 27, 2015

CLARK TURNER, DEVELOPER AND POLITICAL DONOR, FILES BANKRUPTCY Clark Turner, a major area developer and significant financier of Cecil County political candidates, has filed for personal and business bankruptcy. As a result, continuation of some significant developments in the county and future sources of campaign funds to county candidates in the upcoming 2016 elections...
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ALAN McCARTHY for COUNTY EXEC

*THANK YOU, Cecil County, for your support in the recent primary election. I hope to have your support in the November general election.

*With your support, we will move Cecil County forward, with job creation, education, and preserving our quality of life

* Cecil County has lost too many jobs, without creating new employment opportunities. I will work hard to bring the jobs home, create new local work opportunities and job training for our youth.

*My administration will save local jobs— with casino 'impact aid' money directed to create a local fund to keep jobs here.

(Auth: Friends of Alan McCarthy, Roger Owens, Treas.)