Farmers’ Tractorcade Protests Cecil County Commissioners ‘Tier’ Maps, Property Rights Limits

August 22, 2012
Farmers’ Tractorcade Protests Cecil County Commissioners ‘Tier’ Maps, Property Rights Limits

About 20 tractors, in classic John Deere green and a few blue Fords, formed a political conga line on Route 40 Tuesday afternoon and circled the Cecil County administration building in Elkton, to protest a map adopted by a majority of County Commissioners that would sharply limit many farmers’ property rights. It was the...
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The Bridges of Cecil County: Deja vu Do-Overs

August 15, 2012

News Analysis If you were going to write a Cecil County version of the saccharine popular romantic novel, “The Bridges of Madison County,” it would be more like a rather tedious historical novel, full of the same places and the same characters, doing and saying the same things over and over but at least...
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NOTE to Cecil Times Readers: Gone Fishin’

July 24, 2012

NOTE to CECIL TIMES readers: Cecil Times is taking a summer break for two weeks. So we will be absent from our usual front-row seat at the weekly circus in Elkton, otherwise known as the Commish meetings. We will be checking periodically for comments on the website and info from readers at our Cecil...
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Cecil County Commish Name Two Ethics Panel Members with ‘Secret’ Resumes; Panel Supports Broomell Revisions to Ethics Code

July 19, 2012

SHH—don’t tell anyone. The Cecil County Commissioners named two new members to the county’s Ethics Commission on Tuesday, but their applications seeking appointment, listing their resumes and why they wanted the post, are a secret. For months, the commish have been having closed door meetings to discuss various appointments to boards and commissions, which...
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SPCA Dumps Contract after Cecil County Commish Pass Costly Animal Law Overhaul, on 3-2 Vote

July 18, 2012

The Cecil County Commissioners, by the usual 3-2 vote, Tuesday adopted an overhaul of the county’s animal ordinance that was three years in the making. And within hours, the Cecil County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc., which has handled animal control for the county for decades, notified the county it...
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Cecil County Schools Renew Push for new Votech School at Basell Complex

July 11, 2012

Cecil County Public Schools officials took a first step Wednesday to re-launch their efforts to win county approval of a new vocational-technical high school on their dream site—the vacant Basell science labs and buildings in Elkton— with an appeal to business leaders and a new, cost-sharing proposal that will be presented to the County...
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Cecil County Commish Consider $250K for Long-Stalled Mill Lane Cleanup in Earleville; No Bridge

July 10, 2012

Decades after storms destroyed the aging Mill Lane bridge in Earleville, the Cecil County Commissioners are considering a $250,000 stream “remediation” project that would remove debris of the collapsed bridge and improve water quality as part of a compromise with state environmental officials over unrelated pollution near the central landfill. But some longtime Earleville...
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Casino Grant Requests: Church, Con-Man’s Charity Seek $ from Cecil County Impact Aid

July 6, 2012

Cecil County Commissioners are scheduled on Tuesday to review aid requests from non-profit groups for pieces of a $500,000 pie of local impact aid from the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, including a church seeking a new roof and a youth-oriented group– founded by a convicted federal felon and con-man– that has amassed hundreds of...
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Cecil County Storm Stories: Road, Emergency Crews Weather the Crisis; Sleepless in Cecilton

July 3, 2012

Cecil County’s heroes of the storm told the County Commissioners Tuesday of their long hours to clear roads, assist power companies and help individual citizens trapped by Friday night’s sudden, severe thunderstorm and winds that left downed trees, power outages and damage through a wide swathe of southern Cecil County. And County Health Officer...
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Cecil County Commish Do Charter Cha-Cha On Funds for Transition to New Form of Government

June 26, 2012

The Cecil County commissioners had a dance party Tuesday, performing their version of the Charter Cha Cha as they tried out different steps before deciding to abandon the dance altogether. After tossing around various numbers, the usual 3-2 majority decided that no money should be set aside as a contingency for unforeseen expenses in...
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North East High Scores Budget Touchdown Against Cecil County Commish

June 21, 2012

A concerted campaign by parents, teachers and students at North East High School scored a touchdown Tuesday when the Cecil County Commissioners threw in the flag on a contested play and agreed to pay for new metal bleachers to replaced rickety, splintery wooden seats at the school’s athletic field. After hearing from a long...
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Cecil County Commish Buy McCoy Farm Rights; Hodge, ‘Patriots’ Oppose $1.45 million Deal

June 20, 2012

The Cecil County Commissioners voted Tuesday to give a Rising Sun farm owner $1.45 million in return for agreeing not to allow development of the 483-acre tract, after several hours of often heated public comment led by members of the local tea party group that opposed “government control” of private property. Others objected to...
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Commish Vote to Spent $1.45M on McCoy Farm Preservation; Hodge, “Patriots” Oppose Deal

June 19, 2012

The Cecil County Commissioners voted to use county funds to purchase development rights on a large Rising Sun farm Tuesday, after several hours of often heated public comment led by members of the local tea party group that opposed giving taxpayer money to a landowner when there is no imminent threat of development of...
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Citizens Bark but Cecil County Commish Still Don’t Heel on Proposed Animal Law

June 13, 2012

Cesar Milan, the “dog whisperer,” where are you when the Cecil County Commissioners need you? After a nearly two hour public hearing last week and hundreds of emails and phone calls from pet parents voicing concerns about a proposed new animal ordinance, the Commissioners clashed Tuesday as they attempted to re-write the proposal, yet...
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Cecil County Schools Save $1.6 Million on Construction; Ask to Put Savings to Projects Cut by Commish

June 12, 2012

Cecil County public schools cracked the cost-cutting whip and saved $1.6 million on several school construction and renovation projects already approved and financed by county bonds. So now the schools want to apply a portion of those cost savings to two projects put on hold by the County Commissioners in the recently approved county...
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* I am grateful for your support and I heard your voices on issues that concern you. I will work hard to create jobs, expand economic development, back our law enforcement officers in the fight against crime and drugs, and support strong schools..

*We will work together to make Cecil County "The Best It Can Be."

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