Cecil County Property Values Rise in South County; Home Sellers Benefit, Residents Could Face Higher Tax Bills

January 10, 2019

Home values rose 9 percent in southern Cecil County and parts of Elkton over the past three years, according to new state property assessments– reflecting a resurging real estate economy in the county and a blessing for homeowners who suffered major losses in values during the recession that left them with mortgages higher than...
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Water Park Resort Planned in Perryville; New Era in Cecil County Economic Development

December 18, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS A new $200 milllion water park and resort, planned for Perryville near the existing Hollywood Casino, could mark a new era in Cecil County economic development—with a potential ripple effect to attract other new amenities to the western area of the county and revive past development dreams that were dashed by the...
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Cecil County Schools Get Middling Grades on New State ‘Report Card;’ Three Elementary Schools Shine

December 11, 2018

UPDATED A new state “report card” on the quality of local schools gave top rankings to just three Cecil County elementary schools—Calvert, Charlestown and Kenmore—while most middle and high schools scored the middle rank, with three stars on a five-star rating scale. The new state system is designed to broaden measures of school quality...
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Back to School Time for Cecil County Council; Meffley Goes to Head of the Class

December 6, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS It was a bit like the first day of school when the new Cecil County Council met this week for its first worksession with two new members and, at least for a few minutes, no teacher in charge of the classroom. There was also a nearby hall monitor, trying to lay down...
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Cecil County Councilors, School Board, Judges Inaugurated: County Exec McCarthy Appeals for Civility, End to “Animosity” in Politics

December 4, 2018

Two newly-elected members of the Cecil County Council took their oath of office on Monday (12/3/2018), marking a transition to a new generation of senior officials under Charter government, and a new roster of members on the county’s school board and Orphans’ Court. A highlight of the inaugural events was an impassioned...
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Harris Defeats Colvin for Dist. 1 US House Seat; GOP Incumbent Battled Young Veteran, Democrat

November 6, 2018

Andy Harris, the incumbent Republican for Maryland’s First District US House seat, won a bitterly contested fight against Jesse Colvin, a Democrat and first-time political candidate, as the overwhelmingly Republican district held to its majority party roots amid signs of discontent and an erosion of Harris support in some key areas. The District, which...
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Coutz Wins Cecil County Council Seat, President’s Chair Open; Hawley Takes School Board Seat

November 6, 2018

Bill Coutz won the only contested seat for the Cecil County Council in Tuesday’s general election, scoring a landslide victory over a political newcomer, Cody Kirk. Coutz, a Republican. will take the District 2 seat to replace the retiring Joyce Bowlsbey. All seats on the five-member Council are now held by Republicans. Coutz, who...
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Cecil County Orphans Court Seats Filled in GOP Sweep

November 6, 2018

In one of the few contested races on the November general election ballot in Cecil County, voters returned Carolyn Crouch to the Orphans Court, where she has served for 12 years, and filled two other seats with new judges. There were four candidates—three Republicans and one Democrat—seeking three available seats on the court. Crouch,...
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Early Voting Surges Statewide; Colvin Fires Up TV Ads, Harris Hangs on Hogan Coattails in 1st Dist. Congress Race

October 29, 2018

In the first four days of early voting for the November general election, statewide turnout surged over the last mid-term national election four years ago, while in Cecil County, where few local races are contested on the ballot, early turnout was sluggish. But if the local-only contests drew yawns, and the top-of-the-tickets gubernatorial race...
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Colvin, Harris Debate Health, Money, in House Dist. 1; Colvin Tops GOP Incumbent in $, Letters

October 19, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS Jesse Colvin, a former US Army Ranger and the Democratic challenger in the Dist. 1 race for the US House, was polite and respectful, even as he delivered political body blows to his Republican opponent, incumbent Rep. Andy Harris during a candidates’ forum on a CECIL.TV delayed broadcast on the Internet. For...
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County Council Frets on Bond Rating, Sewage Fees; Compromise to OK Exec’s Fee Boosts for 2 Years

August 21, 2018

The Cecil County Council heard a strong pitch from an outside expert on the county’s bond rating on Tuesday (8/21/2018) to demonstrate fiscal responsibility on the county’s sewage funds, which have been running a deficit for years. In response, Council members indicated support for a compromise to give the county executive his request for...
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Cecil County Health Dept. Considers Addicts’ Needle Exchange, After 3 Years of Talk; County Council Politically Wary but County Exec Backs Effort

August 14, 2018

The Cecil County Health Department is considering creation of a “clean” needle exchange program for intravenous users of illegal drugs, as a way to prevent HIV and Hepatitis C infections and reach addicts with treatment options. The idea was first broached to the County Council three years ago but no action was taken by...
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Familiar Jockey Rides New Horse: Schools Chief Questioned on $, Security by County Council as Exec McCarthy Offers $1 million Aid

August 9, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS Jeffrey Lawson is a familiar face in local government circles, as a nine-year veteran of the county public schools’ administrative staff. But that experience was like being an exercise rider at the racetrack before a recent elevation to the top jockey position: Superintendent of the Cecil County Public Schools. In his first...
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Sewage Fees: Another ‘Holy Crap Moment’ Faces County Council; Will They Punt Again?

July 18, 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS The three water-filled jugs placed in front of the witness table at the Cecil County Council worksession on Tuesday (7/17/2018) were a graphic show-and-tell representation of what has been described in the past as a “holy crap moment” in the long and politically torturous saga of providing and paying for adequate sewage...
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ELECTION: Miller Ousts Schneckenburger on County Council; Patchell Re-Elected; Coutz Wins GOP Nod

June 27, 2018

Al Miller ousted incumbent Cecil County Councilor Dan Schneckenburger on Tuesday, as George Patchell retained his Council seat and Bill Coutz won the Republican nomination for an open seat in District 2. In all three contests, the winners also scored major victories over candidates aligned with the ultra-conservative Campaign for Liberty group. In Districts...
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