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McCarthy Backs Down from Challenge to Animal Law as Legal Questions Raised on Cecil County Council Amendment Powers

January 18, 2014

A tempest over Cecil County’s animal control ordinance, and an attempt by Councilor Alan McCarthy (R-1) to change two provisions as an amendment to legislation proposed by the county executive, has highlighted a test of legal powers between the two branches of county government. But under pressure from the county administration, McCarthy said Friday...
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Santa Pipkin Fills Smigiel Political Stocking with $6K; Coal for Jacobs, Hershey, Arentz in 36th District

January 16, 2014

It was two days after Christmas, 2013 and all through the Upper Shore, Republican politicos had visions of sugar-daddy plums coming down the chimney with ex-Sen. E.J. Pipkin, who resigned from his seat and moved to Texas—leaving behind a hefty goody sack filled with political cash. In a newly filed campaign finance report, Pipkin...
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Cecil County Council Splits on Any Pay Raise for new Sheriff; County Exec Asks Smaller Boost than Retiring Sheriff Janney Proposed

January 14, 2014

It must have been a political version of the “polar vortex,” that has turned the weather topsy turvey lately, when Cecil County Council President Robert Hodge (R-5) sided with his two usual foes on the Council Tuesday in opposing any pay raise in Fiscal 2015 for whatever individual is elected sheriff in this year’s...
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Schneckenburger Files for Cecil County Council in Dist. 3; Past Foe of ’3 Amigos’ Pledges GOP Loyalty, Job Creation in ’14 Campaign

January 7, 2014

Dan Schneckenburger, an engineer and past member of numerous county advisory panels and business groups, filed his candidacy on 1/6/13 for the Cecil County Council seat now held by Michael Dunn (R-3). In the recent past, Schneckenburger, a Republican, was highly critical of Dunn and his fellow members of the old “Three Amigos” majority...
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Campaign 2014 Takes to the Towns in Cecil County Council Race

January 6, 2014

Cecil County Councilor Joyce Bowlsbey (R-2) launched her election campaign on Monday, touring the county’s towns to hear first-hand the concerns of the municipalities and pledging to give local communities a voice in Elkton. Bowlsbey, who was appointed to her Council seat last year by County Executive Tari Moore, will be standing for election...
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Cecil County ‘Strategic Plan’ Draft Sets Future Goals; But Short on How to Get There

January 2, 2014

A new proposed “strategic plan” for Cecil County’s future, mandated by the new county Charter, sets five priorities for the county’s next five years but at least in its draft form, it is long on lofty rhetoric and short on concrete steps on how to achieve its goals. The proposal–drafted by a panel of...
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Cecil (Politics) Chatter: Secret PAC $ Pursued by State; Moore Returns to GOP Fold; Early Filers in Local Contests

December 9, 2013

State Threatens Criminal Case against PAC that Paid for other PAC’s Anti-Baynes Flyer Even more than a year after the last election, one of the deepest secrets of the local campaign season—who really paid for a vicious attack flyer against Cecil County Judge Keith Baynes—is still a secret. But the State Board of Elections...
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Cecil County Exec: In First Year of Charter Govt., Moore Claims Accomplishments; Seeks Property Tax Freeze Again

December 6, 2013

A Cecil Times Exclusive Report Cecil County’s first County Executive, Tari Moore, reflected upon her first year in office under the new Charter government in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Cecil Times, saying she plans to freeze property tax rates again next year, may cut future retirement benefits for new county employees, and is...
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State Port Agency Offers $ to Extend Cecilton Town Water to Earleville Homes Contaminated by Army Dump; But Price of Clean Water is Letting Dump Re-Open

December 4, 2013

The Maryland Port Administration, anxious to resume dumping of shipping channel dredge spoils at an Earleville site that has contaminated nearby residential water wells, has told county officials and local residents it is willing to pay for extending a waterline from the town of Cecilton. But there is a big catch: the money, and...
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State Pushes No Cash Tolls at Cecil County’s Hatem Bridge, Fines for non-EZ Pass Drivers; Del. Rudolph to Push Law to Keep Cash Tolls

December 3, 2013

The long battle royale over boosted tolls at the Hatem Bridge that links Cecil County to the rest of Maryland has taken on a new twist: the state wants to eliminate cash toll payment lanes and force motorists to use electronic EZ Pay transponders—or face a $12 fee, including a $4 penalty over the...
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Cecil County Politics: Patchell, YMCA Chief, Files for Council Against Broomell; ‘MAD’ Dawson Withdraws from Senate Race

November 21, 2013

The 2014 Cecil County political contests took an interesting turn this week when George Patchell, executive director of the local YMCA, filed as a Republican candidate for County Council in District 4 to seek the seat held by controversial incumbent Diana Broomell. And Michael A. Dawson—known locally as “MAD Mike”—withdrew his candidacy for a...
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Upper Shore Politics: Arentz Gets Gov. Nod for Vacant Delegate Seat; Keeping Smigiel Delegate Option Open for 2014?

November 15, 2013

News Analysis Gov. Martin O’Malley usually doesn’t come across as a man of few words on any topic, but when he is just carrying out a pro-forma requirement, he can be quite succinct. So it took just two short paragraphs for the governor to announce this week that he has formally appointed Steve Arentz,...
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Animal Control Oversight Panel Eases Kennel Regs; Silences Protests by Bite Victim, Buddy Critics

November 12, 2013

A Cecil County citizen oversight panel on animal control has voted to ease several controversial regulations for dog kennel operators, but the group refused to consider concerns raised by citizens– including the victim of an attack by a ‘foster’ dog placed in her home by A Buddy for Life, the county’s paid contractor for...
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Cecil County Asks ‘Sanctions,’ $40K from Del. Smigiel for Costs of his Losing Lawsuit Against County Exec Over Political Party Shift

November 10, 2013

The Cecil County government is seeking court “sanctions” against Del. Michael Smigiel and repayment of nearly $40,000 the county spent to defend itself against a losing lawsuit by Smigiel challenging County Executive Tari Moore’s post-election shift from Republican to “unaffiliated.” A judge ruled several weeks ago that Smigiel’s case had “no support whatsoever” in...
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State Vet Board to Investigate Buddy Animal Shelter on License Issues; Family Says Buddy Foster Dog Killed Pet, Attacked Woman

November 4, 2013

A Cecil Times Special Report A state veterinary regulatory board will investigate the animal shelter operated by A Buddy for Life, under an animal control contract with Cecil County, amidst questions about lack of proper state licensing and inspection. And an Elkton family is mourning the loss of a pet Chihuahua they say was...
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OUR CECIL COUNTY DELEGATE DELIVERED

*Perryville Dental Clinic

*West Cecil Health Clinic

*Boys & Girls Club Funds

*Fair Hill 4H Building

And More to Come
(Auth: Citizens for David Rudolph, Linda S. Read, Treasurer)

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