Cecil County Virus Count up to 9 Cases, Statewide Tally Rises Sharply; Jobless Numbers Soar in Cecil, State Due to Biz Closings

March 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is expanding rapidly across Maryland, as the number of confirmed cases more than doubled in Cecil County—growing from 4 to 9 confirmed cases– and grew exponentially statewide in just a day. The economic toll of the virus also made its first measurable impact, with soaring applications for jobless benefits in the...
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Public Schools to Remain Closed until 4/24, as COVID-19 Virus Spreads; Cecil Schools Prep Meals, Online Courses

March 26, 2020

Maryland has ordered public schools in the state to remain closed until 4/24/2020, extending for a month an earlier two-week shutdown due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, leaving thousands of Cecil County students at home as school officials prepare to roll out new online learning programs. Standing with Gov. Larry Hogan in Annapolis, State...
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Cecil County COVID-19 Cases Rise to 3, Local ‘Emergency’ Declared; Gov. Hogan Closes “Non-essential Business,” Offers Small Biz Aid

March 23, 2020

Cecil County now has 3 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, prompting County Executive Alan McCarthy to issue a “declaration of emergency” on Monday to accelerate county access to state emergency services and supplies programs. In addition, Gov. Larry Hogan ordered closure of all “non-essential businesses” while announcing several new programs to aid small...
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Reports 1st COVID-19 Positive Patient; Woman in her 20s Quarantined at Home in Western Cecil

March 22, 2020

Cecil County has received the first confirmation of a COVID-19 Coronavirus diagnosis in the county, a woman in her 20s who lives in the western sector of the county, County Executive Alan McCarthy announced on Sunday. He said the woman “has no history of recent foreign travel or known contact with anyone who traveled.”...
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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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