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Cecil County Commissioners: Zoning, Decision-making Feud Erupts Anew

March 30, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners escalated a feud over property rights and their decision-making process Tuesday, with angry exchanges at a morning worksession followed by three commissioners voting in the evening to reject Planning Commission-recommended zoning changes on four properties because they are owned by Commissioner Robert Hodge (R-5). Hodge recused himself from the actions....
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Cecil County Commissioners Pick Ed Cole for Last Seat on Charter Transition Panel

March 29, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners Tuesday selected Ed Cole, a former county commissioner and current Orphans’ Court judge, to a seat on the new Charter government advisory panel. His selection came on a unanimous vote, after past contentious discussions on who should help guide the county’s transition to Charter government in the next two years....
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Cecil County Census: Criminals Add to Population; Possible Redistricting Impact

March 26, 2011

Cecil County’s criminal element costs taxpayers a lot of money, from the harm they inflict on the community by their crimes to the costs of bringing them to justice in court and incarcerating them. But now 179 of our least productive citizens have done us a small favor: a slight boost in the county’s...
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Cecil County Commissioners: Silent Stall on Hodge Zoning Request Divides Panel

March 24, 2011

Several Cecil County Commissioners refused to act Wednesday on two rezoning requests by fellow Commissioner Robert Hodge (R-5), who had recused himself from voting on his properties in accordance with an opinion he requested from the county Ethics Commission. Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) moved to reject the proposals, while Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) moved...
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Rep. Andy Harris Tele-chats; Blasts Delay on W. MD Gas Drilling

March 23, 2011

Rep. Andy Harris (R-1st), chatting with constituents in a teleconference Wednesday, opposed state legislation that would delay a controversial gas drilling proposal for Western Maryland and suggested investment of some US government funds in foreign bonds, including those of China. He also opposed raising the wage base on which Social Security taxes are assessed...
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Cecil County Charter: Commissioners Diss Bowlsbey, Seek “New Face” on Charter Panel to be Run by Old Faces

March 22, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners voted Tuesday to create a Charter Government Transition advisory panel including the three newest Commissioners, several county government senior staffers, and an unnamed “new face” from the Charter Board that drafted the county charter approved by voters last November. But Commissioner Board President James Mullin (R-1) and Commissioner Diana Broomell...
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Cecil County Politics: A Tale of 3 Mayors in Port Deposit

March 18, 2011

Cecil County’s smallest town, Port Deposit (population 653 in the latest census) is gearing up for a vigorous campaign for mayor, with one current and two former mayors contending for the post in the upcoming May town election. It is a study in contrasts between small town dedication to service and some of our...
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Cecil County Commissioners: Quick Airport “Decision” but Procrastination on Charter Panel

March 15, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners again postponed a decision on creating a charter government advisory panel Tuesday but the Board President moved quickly to kill an airport authority proposal that had not been voted on by the full board. The perennially polite Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) became angry at the attempt by Commissioner Board President...
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Cecil County Commissioners: Got a Minute? Let’s Re-Write History

March 15, 2011

The Cecil County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to revise history, deleting or rewriting from the minutes of previous meetings statements that were made in public but some commissioners did not want in the printed record of their work sessions. The Commissioners have been arguing for weeks over the minutes of public and closed...
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Cecil County GOP Soap Opera Returns: Central Committee Vacancy Highlights Splits

March 13, 2011

The 2010 Cecil County political soap opera, “as the Republican Central Committee turns,” is back for an encore performance this year. James W. Hutchinson, a member of the former Cecil County Republican Central Committee who was elected to the panel in the September GOP primary election, resigned from the committee on Thursday, and within...
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Cecil County to Lose State Jail Aid; Higher Costs to County But Some Commish Want More Budget Cuts

March 8, 2011

Cecil County is about to lose key state funds to support part of its jail operations, leaving open the prospect that the county could be forced to pick up about $1 million a year in operating costs for the facility. Part of the problem was disclosed Tuesday during a work session of the Cecil...
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Cecil County Slots $ Up in Feb.; Local Aid Totals $2.4 Million So Far

March 7, 2011

The Hollywood Casino in Perryville saw increased per-machine slots revenues last month, resulting in a total of $2.4 million in “local impact” aid for Cecil County and the Town of Perryville in the current fiscal year. The Perryville slots parlor has generated a total of over $44 million in revenues, including $14.6 million in...
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Note to Cecil Times Readers

March 2, 2011

Cecil Times readers will now be able to share articles posted on Cecil Times with friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and the “Share this” option. At the end of each news article, there are now icons (that’s pictures) that you can click on to share with friends or your social networks. The first option...
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Cecil County Commish Split on Pipkin Teacher Pensions Bill; “Patriots” Protest Pipkin Mandate

March 1, 2011

The evolving political split among the Cecil County Commissioners came into play Tuesday when two commissioners tried to get the Board go on record against proposed state legislation, sponsored by state Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36), to transfer some financial responsibility for teacher pensions from the state to the counties. But a three-member majority of...
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CECIL CHATTER: Gush, The Bus, and Water Wings Redistricting

February 26, 2011

Gov. O’Malley, USDA Secretary, Gush Over Grant It sounded like a political lovefest when Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in a conference call with reporters a few days ago to announce $5 million in “hunger-free community” grants in eight states, including $923,000 for Maryland. Vilsack is a former...
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