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Cecil County Council Election Face-Off: Patchell Flubs Budget; Drugs, Jobs Seen by Most as Key Issues

October 12, 2014

Candidates for the three open Cecil County Council seats at stake in the November general election faced off 10/8/14 in an issues forum at the Cecil College campus in North East, with most candidates focusing on the economy and drug abuse issues as key concerns for the county’s future. But one candidate flubbed a...
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State Senate, House Rivals Offer Views on Issues for Cecil County; Ghrist Attacks Rival in Dist. 36

October 10, 2014

Multiple candidates for state House and Senate seats representing Cecil County in Annapolis answered questions at a forum at Cecil College on Wednesday on a wide range of issues but a Caroline County candidate for a multi-county delegate seat went rogue with an attack on his rival. Carl Roberts, a former superintendent of Cecil...
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Cecil County Election: Sheriff Rivals by the Numbers; Register of Wills Foes on Experience, Christianity

October 9, 2014

There were budget questions and history lessons Wednesday evening as the rivals for Cecil County Sheriff and candidates for Register of Wills faced-off in a question-and-answer session at Cecil College, less than a month before the November general election. The candidates’ forum, sponsored by the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, provided William (Danny) Blackburn,...
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White House Gives Cecil County $125K Drug Prevention Grant; Over Half of $ Goes to Pay, Benefits for Program ‘Coordinator’

October 5, 2014

The White House has awarded $125,000 to Cecil County for programs aimed at preventing drug abuse, especially among youths. But more than half of the annual grant will go to pay salary and benefits for a co-coordinator of a newly-created “Cecil County Drug-Free Communities Coalition.” The grant comes from the White House Office of...
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State Transpo Chief Boasts of Pressing Enviro Agency to OK Pearce Creek Dumpsite; New Railyard in Cecil Co linked to Commuter Trains to Elkton

September 30, 2014

ELKTON–State transportation officials converged on Elkton on Tuesday 9/30/14 to outline state spending priorities in Cecil County, as Transportation Secretary Jim Smith boasted of multi-agency meetings to pressure for quick approval of an environmental permit to allow resumed shipping channel dredge spoil dumping at an Earleville site that has polluted local residents’ drinking water...
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Earleville Residents Demand Expedited Water Service Before Feds Resume Spoils Dumping; State Holds Enviro Hearing

September 28, 2014

Residents of three Earleville area communities told state environmental officials Saturday 9/27/14 that they must receive safe, clean drinking water before the US Army Corps of Engineers gets possible state approval for resumed dumping at its nearby Pearce Creek site, which has polluted area aquifers and drinking water wells. About 100 area residents attended...
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Two Drug Rehab Centers Proposed for Same Earleville Road; Cecil County Backs Treatment Options

September 26, 2014

The Cecil County government has been quietly working with sponsors of two separate drug rehabilitation centers to bring live-in treatment facilities to Grove Neck road in rural Earleville, including a 50-bed medical facility on the site of the Bracebridge Hall mansion and farmland. The first public disclosure of the projects came Thursday 9/26/14 at...
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Taxes, Tears, and Cecil County Council: Lame Duck Quacks, Belatedly

September 24, 2014

“Now, if there’s a smile on my face, It’s only there tryin’ to fool the public… I’m hurt and I want you to know, But for others I put on a show… The tears of a clown, When there’s no one else around.” –Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder: “Tears of a Clown” There weren’t many...
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State Sets Hearing on Renewed Federal Dumping in Earleville; Cecil County Council Backs Free Bottled Water for Residents

September 17, 2014

Earleville residents whose water wells have been polluted by a federal dredge spoil dumpsite will get their chance to weigh in on a proposal to renew dumping at the site at a state public hearing next week, as the Cecil County Council supported demands by local residents that free bottled water be provided by...
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Cecil County Council Dist. 2 Race: Bowlsbey Boots Campaign $, Ulrich Steps Up Fundraising

September 11, 2014

The campaign for the Cecil County Council seat from District 2 has been a polite, so far, contest between the two actual candidates: incumbent Joyce Bowlsbey, a Republican, and challenger John Ulrich, a Democrat. But as both candidates boost their fundraising efforts, shots have been fired from the sidelines by others who lost their...
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Cecilton Water Pipeline on Track as State Agrees to Require Connection of Earleville Homes Affected by Federal Dump

September 3, 2014

A stumbling block to bringing safe, clean water to three Earleville communities with wells polluted by a US Army Corps of Engineers dredge spoil dumpsite has been overcome with a new commitment by state environmental officials to require homes to connect to the water system once it is completed. Without such state action, there...
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CECIL (Politics) CHATTER: Tilghman TV Ads; PAC Still Hides $ Used to Attack Judge

August 27, 2014

CONGRESS RACE TAKES TO AIRWWAVES The longshot candidacy of Bill Tilghman, a Democrat running in November against incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Harris (R-1), recently took an expensive gamble: buying about a week’s worth of heavy saturation over-the-air television ads in Baltimore and Salisbury. The ad, entitled “Any Good Idea,” promotes Tilghman’s message that he...
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Landmark Study Sets Path to Broadband in Cecil County; ‘Once in Lifetime’ Chance to Bring Internet to South County– Will County Govt. Step Up to Plate?

August 18, 2014

A new landmark study by a broadband advisory panel has charted an innovative course for Cecil County to jumpstart Internet services that have so far bypassed much of the county—including installation of fiber optic cable in conjunction with a proposed extension of a waterline from Cecilton to Earleville. The panel also calls for treating...
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New State Data Show Cecil County on Track for Record Drug Overdose Deaths This Year; Heroin Deaths Rise Sharply

August 14, 2014

A Cecil Times Special Report New state figures for the first quarter of 2014 show that Cecil County is on track for a possible record number of drug overdose deaths this year, with 10 deaths in the first three months, and if that pace continues the drug death toll could far exceed past levels....
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Cecil County Councilor/Vet Finds ‘Mess’ at Buddy Animal Shelter, Oversight Chair Questions ‘Overstaffing’ at Govt. Expense

August 4, 2014

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT Cecil County Councilor Alan McCarthy (R-1), who is a licensed veterinarian, made a surprise visit to the Buddy for Life animal shelter in Elkton late last week and found unremoved feces, odors and many dogs with serious “mange” and other skin conditions. “It was a mess,” he said of...
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