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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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CECIL CHATTER: Polls, Free Lunches and “Green Bags”

February 20, 2011

Poll on Same-Sex Marriage: What’s the Question? Opponents of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland recently commissioned a poll which they claim shows a significant majority of voters oppose legalization. But the questions they say were asked are not the same questions that this reporter was asked when a pollster said to...
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BULLETIN: Analysis/ Mullin-Dunn Diss Budget Advisory Panel

February 17, 2011

The ink was barely dry on the Cecil County Commissioners’ appointment of a citizen budget advisory panel when two Commissioners firmly aligned with the Pipkin-Smigiel political machine released on Thursday afternoon a duo-lateral edict for the county’s budget process, with a proposal that settles several political scores for their mentors. The full five-member Cecil...
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Bay Cleanup Plan Worries Cecil County; Towns-County Fight Looms

February 16, 2011

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan submitted to federal authorities last December will have “a significant impact on everyone” and the burden of enforcement could be dumped on the counties, Cecil County Commissioner Robert Hodge (R-5) told fellow commissioners. Moreover, the program could pit the county against its incorporated towns as they vie for allowable...
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Cecil County Commissioners Name Budget Panel; Mullin Picks Smipkin PAC Donor

February 15, 2011

After weeks of discussion and hand-wringing, the Cecil County Board of Commissioners finally named a five-member budget advisory panel Tuesday, with some Commissioners picking people with impressive credentials while Board President James Mullin (R-1st) picked a major donor to his political allies’ Political Action Committee. The Commissioners have been discussing appointment of a budget...
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Elkton Population Surges in New Census Report

February 10, 2011

The town of Elkton saw significant population growth in the past decade while the rest of the county’s towns saw more modest gains, according to new census data. Elkton grew by 29.8 percent, growing from 11,893 people in 2000 to 15,443 in 2010, according to census data. Elkton moved up a notch, from 18th...
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CENSUS: Cecil County Population Grew 17.6% in Past Decade

February 10, 2011

Cecil County’s population grew by 17.6 percent over the past decade but the increase was slightly less than planners had expected, according to new data from the 2010 Census released Wednesday by federal and state agencies. The minority population also grew, but Cecil County remains an overwhelming white county. The county population grew to...
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ANALYSIS: Cecil County Shouldn’t Count Slots $ Before It’s Hatched

February 9, 2011

Cecil County commissioners are salivating over the potential revenues that the new Hollywood casino in Perryville will generate and, commissioners hope, save them from having to make tough budget choices this year. But the state’s projections of upcoming revenues may be overly optimistic, while gas prices and possible local bridge toll increases may dampen...
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