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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New $ for First Responders: Cecil Co. Gives $164K to Serve New Biz; Port Gets $407K Federal Aid

September 17, 2019

New Cecil County and federal aid for volunteer fire and ambulance services will boost funds for key first responders in the county, including a major federal grant for breathing apparatus for the Water Witch fire company in Port Deposit and new county funds for all local volunteer first responders to compensate for expanded demand...
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Mrs. Hornberger Dips Toe in Cecil County Politics, McDowell Sees Exec Run; Meffley Files for Council

September 5, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS Over four months before the filing deadline for 2020 primary elections in Maryland, Cecil County politics are taking an interesting twist, as multiple candidates emerge for County Executive, with the potential for a place-holder trying to scare others out of the race. And veteran County Council President Bob Meffley (R-1) has made...
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Cecil County Wants 20 Properties Added to Enterprise Zones for Econ Development; Council Frets Over Elkton Southside Project

September 3, 2019

Cecil County Economic Development officials are asking the County Council to approve a list of 20 properties to be added to Enterprise Zones, which receive property tax breaks and other incentives to promote new business opportunities. But some County Council members worried that citizen objections to the proposed mixed-use Southside/Southfields development should be addressed...
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State Sen. Steve Hershey Condemns “White Nationalist” Terrorism After El Paso Murders; Shows GOP Guts in Callout but Trumpers Shoot Back

August 7, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS The national shock and horror of last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH brought out the usual “thoughts and prayers” for the victims from a bipartisan roster of public officials, but that wasn’t good enough for State Sen. Steve Hershey (R-36), who represents Cecil County and three other...
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Rising Sun Claims Victory in Water Fight with Cecil County as State Oks Possible Lines to Schools; But Maps Still Protect Rural Areas

July 30, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS Many years ago, a crusty, elderly Vermont senator had a solution to end the long Vietnam war: “Declare victory and leave.” But both sides in a war between the town of Rising Sun and the Cecil County government–over town plans for a major expansion of water service to rural areas, to defray...
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Ex City Pharmacy Top Dispenser of Opioids in Cecil County, Third in State, DEA Data Show

July 23, 2019

A CECIL TIMES Special Report NEWS ANALYSIS It almost seems like ancient history in the long battle over opioid drug abuse in Cecil County to see newly disclosed federal statistics on the flood of painkiller pills from 2006-2012, when more than 36 million pills were dispensed in the county—or enough to supply 51 pills...
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Cecil County Council OKs New Budget; Political Tunes Counter Fiscal Harmony

June 4, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS “I don’t care too much for money/Money can’t buy me love.”–The Beatles The Cecil County Council voted Tuesday evening (6/4/2019) to approve County Executive Alan McCarthy’s proposed Fiscal 2020 budget, but not before some grandstanding and the political equivalent of tapping on a calculator with dead batteries. Sometimes, even if the numbers...
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Cecil County Council Punts, So Far, on Budget; No Public Sessions Before 6/4 Vote

May 29, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS In less than an hour on Tuesday (5/28/2019), the County Council reviewed the complex Fiscal 2020 budget proposed by the County Executive, with few questions, no spending cut proposals and just one advocate of raiding “fund balance” reserve accounts to lower the property tax rate by slightly over a penny—a move that...
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Cecil County Schools Get $4M State Aid Windfall but Still Sing Budget Blues; High Costs Limit School Security Upgrades

May 23, 2019

As the Cecil County Council moves into the final stages of its review of the new Fiscal 2020 budget, county school officials told Councilors they still face budget shortfalls despite nearly $4 million in newly confirmed state aid that boosts school spending by even more than the educators asked for. But higher than expected...
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Cecil County Names New Health Officer with Top Credentials; State Opioid Program Cites Cecil as 2nd Highest OD Death Rate

May 15, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County will have a new, non-local Health Officer with impressive educational credentials and experience in public health issues, taking over an agency that has struggled to address the drug crisis even as a new state report shows the county again has the second-worst opioid overdose death rate in Maryland. Cecil County...
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Cecil County Council OK’s $140K for Animal Overspending, Questions Cat Overload; Another Ordinance Ordeal Looms?

May 9, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS The Cecil County Council has approved a $140,000 budget boost in the current fiscal year to cover overspending by the county’s Animal Services agency, despite questions about a massive intake of cats under a policy that is not consistent with county or state laws. And new calls for review of county animal...
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