Gov. Hogan Closes Maryland Public Schools; Expands Emergency Powers as Cecil County Prepares for Virus Impact

March 12, 2020

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced late Thursday (3/12/2020) a series of emergency steps to address the COVID-19 coronavirus, including closure of all public schools in the state for two weeks, effective on Monday 3/16/2020 until 3/27/2020. Hogan’s announcement came two hours after Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy held a press conference, surrounded by local...
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Cecil County Exec Candidate Forum: Politics, Pauses, Policy; Questions on Budget, Land Use, Route 40 Ugliness

March 3, 2020

Unlike national political debates in this election year that have often turned into rhetorical slugfests and personal attacks, a candidate’s forum for the four Republican candidates for Cecil County Executive was a mostly polite question and answer session, with candidates not engaging directly with one another. The most interesting moments came when some candidates...
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Councilor Jackie Gregory, Facing Ethics Order, Attacks Fellow Lawmakers; Council Attorney Paid by Taxpayers Aids her Cause

February 26, 2020

A CECIL TIMES Special Report NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County Council member Jackie Gregory (R-5), faced with an ethics complaint and a directive from the county’s Ethics Commission to stop working as a substitute teacher in county schools while holding an elected Council seat, is pressing subpoenas against three fellow Councilors and County Executive Alan...
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Cecil County Primary Election Ballots Set; Meffley Unopposed for Council, Four GOPs Seek County Exec Post; Crowded US House Race

January 24, 2020

The deadline for candidates to file for the April primary elections passed at 9 p.m. on Friday (1/24/2020) with no last-minute surprises in Cecil County, as two late entrants filed several days ago in the County Executive’s race. Four Republicans are competing in the GOP primary while a Democrat is unopposed in his party...
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CECIL CHATTER: County Exec Race– Coutz Belatedly Dreams Big with Tiny $; Democrat Kase Plays Banjo for Votes

January 22, 2020

BILL COUTZ DREAMS BIG; CAMPAIGN $ SMALL, LATE AND LATENT Cecil County Council member Bill Coutz (R-2) has finally filed his campaign finance report that was due last week, with fines for his tardiness and a new treasurer and campaign chairman to replace two longtime supporters who resigned from his campaign. And while he...
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Cecil County Council Politics: Harmer Has All-Local Donations in Dist. 5 Challenge; Incumbent Gregory Taps Annapolis, Harris $

January 19, 2020

NEWS ANALYSIS The old political wisdom, “all politics is local,” is being turned on its head in the District 5 race for Cecil County Council, with the incumbent, Jackie Gregory, raking in Annapolis and Washington campaign donations while her opponent in the 2020 Republican primary election, Don Harmer, is relying on Cecil County supporters,...
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Cecil County Council Ignores Legal Rules; Taxpayers Pay $ for Jackie Gregory’s Dinner Events, Legal Questions on Dual Jobs

January 6, 2020

A CECIL TIMES Special Report (With legal footnotes) Cecil County Council member Jackie Gregory (R-5) has continued to collect a salary from county public schools in the current budget year, despite questions of county Charter and ethics rules barring Council members from paid employment with other county agencies. And she has also claimed reimbursement...
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Union Hospital Merges with Delaware’s ChristianaCare, After Struggle to Save Local Care

January 3, 2020

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County’s community hospital, the more than century-old Union Hospital in Elkton, is merging with ChristianaCare in Delaware, bringing the struggling local hospital into the fold of the nationally recognized teaching hospital and trauma center that dominates health care in the First State. While many questions remain about the practicalities of the...
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CECIL CHATTER: Cozy Times on Harris, Hornberger Campaign Trail; Andy Builds Political List, Danielle Trolls for Donors

December 19, 2019

HARRIS PSEUDO POLL—YOUR EMAIL FOR YOUR VOTE It was hardly a surprise when Rep. Andy Harris (R-1) voted against both articles of the impeachment resolution against President Trump in the US House on Wednesday (12/18/2019), since he had opposed the process from the outset and holds a staunch pro-Trump voting record. So it might...
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Councilor Gregory Defends Taking Schools $ While Voting on Budget, Cites AG Opinion in Carroll Co; Cecil Charter, Ethics Rules Conflict?

November 5, 2019

A CECIL TIMES Special Report Cecil County Councilor Jackie Gregory (R-5) delivered an impassioned defense Tuesday of her paid job as a substitute teacher in county schools while voting on budgets including education as a member of the Council, saying a state Attorney General opinion in a Carroll County case supported her dual roles....
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State, Exelon Settle Feud on Conowingo Dam, Susquehanna/Bay Pollution; Good News for Eels, Not So Much for Cecil County

October 29, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS Gov. Larry Hogan and Exelon announced on Monday (10/29/2019) a settlement of a longstanding feud over federal licensing for continued operations of the Conowingo Dam in Cecil County, with $200 million invested over 50 years in the Susquehanna River and Upper Bay areas for water quality improvements. But the deal, which will...
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Enterprise Zones, Winners/ Losers: Cecil County Council Falters, Ponders, Reverses Course

October 17, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS Which retirement account investment option would you prefer: 100% of $100,000 or 70% of $1 million? Seems like a no-brainer: $100,000 or $700,000 in your later-years pocket. But it took a while for the fiscal lightbulbs to be turned on at a Cecil County Council worksession on Tuesday (10/15/2019), after Councilor George...
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Danielle Hornberger Finally Declares Run for Cecil Co Exec; Invokes Trump, Harris in Pledge to “Rollback” Taxes

October 7, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS After many weeks of political teasing, including a fundraiser guessing game about her plans, Danielle Hornberger, wife of a state Delegate, announced her plans to run for Cecil County Executive with a pledge to “rollback” tax increases imposed in 2017 by incumbent Alan McCarthy Both candidates are Republicans and will be seeking...
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Cecil County Council: Harmer, Parks Supporter and Businessman, Challenges Incumbent Gregory, Frequent Parks Foe, in Dist. 5

October 3, 2019

Donald Harmer, a local liquor store owner and longtime leader of the county’s Parks and Recreation board, has filed to run for Cecil County Council in District 5, challenging incumbent Jackie Gregory, a frequent critic of county spending for parks and recreation programs. Both are candidates in the 2020 Republican primary. Harmer, chairman of...
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McDowell Officially in Race for Cecil County Exec with “Conservative” Agenda; Guessing Game for Hornbergers’ Political $

September 23, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS It took a week for the official paperwork to be posted in state elections records, but Ewing McDowell’s candidacy for Cecil County Executive is now official: the Rising Sun farm businessman is in the GOP primary race. But another potential rival—Danielle Hornberger—is playing coy as her husband, state Del. Kevin Hornberger (R-35),...
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