Cecil County Economy: Two Employers Contrasts, Florklifters vs. Skilled Tech Jobs; Store Cashiers Top Future Job Growth

January 20, 2017

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County had some good economic development news this week, for a change, with the formal announcement of 700 jobs with online retailer Amazon coming to a mega-warehouse near Perryville. But enthusiasm should be tempered with a dose of economic reality on the shortcomings of the local workforce and the paucity of...
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Amazon to Open Huge Warehouse in Principio Park; 700 Jobs Expected in Cecil County

January 14, 2017

“Alexa, bring 700 jobs to Cecil County, ASAP.”—Cecil County government “Of course. My Pleasure.”—Amazon Echo’s “Alexa” virtual assistant Online retailer Amazon will open a $90 million mega-warehouse, employing up to 700 full-time workers, in the Principio Business Park off Route 40 near Perryville. State loan/grants of over $1.2 million and a Cecil County government...
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Cecil County Crime Stats Drop in 2015, but Drug OD Deaths Still High in 2016

January 8, 2017

Major crimes in Cecil County declined significantly in 2015, according to new data submitted to state and federal authorities, but the number of murders increased and separate health reports showed drug overdose deaths continued to be a serious problem in the county for most of 2016. The Maryland State Police compiled data from its...
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Cecil County State’s Attorney Rollins Clings to Job, Files for New Trial on Sex Case Convictions; Court Record Raises Questions

January 3, 2017

NEWS ANAYLSIS Cecil County State’s Attorney Edward D.E. “Ellis” Rollins III has filed a motion for a new trial after his jury conviction on two sexual misconduct-related charges– thus prolonging the taxpayer-funded agony and embarrassment of having to continue to pay a salary and benefits to a disgraced prosecutor who hasn’t appeared in Cecil...
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Property Values Rise 6% in New State Assessments; Some Help for Cecil County Budget, Home Sellers

January 2, 2017

Cecil County home and business property values rose by a combined rate of about 6 percent in new state property tax assessments in northern areas of the county in 2016, providing some welcome news for homeowners looking to sell their houses as well as a potential boost in revenues to the Cecil County government...
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CECIL CHATTER: Cecil County Annapolis Clout; Cheers to Cheryl

December 20, 2016

COSTS OF LOCAL CHANGE, STATE CLOUT for CECIL The Cecil County Council is considering a proposed $157,000 budget amendment for severance pay costs to three ousted department heads under the new administration of Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy and to hire lobbyists in Annapolis to get the state government to pay more attention to...
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Cecil County State’s Attorney Rollins Convicted on 2 Counts in Sex Case; Next Legal Steps, Removal from Office, Unclear

December 12, 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County State’s Attorney Edward D.E “Ellis” Rollins III was convicted of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct on Friday 12/9/16 in Worcester County Circuit Court, stemming from nudity and sex acts observed while he was at an Ocean City hotel during a taxpayer-financed visit to a state legal conference. But the next...
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Cecil County’s Next Era: Alan McCarthy Sworn-in as County Executive, Pledges to Govern with ‘Respect;’ Two New County Councilors Take Seats

December 6, 2016

(WITH EXCLUSIVE CECIL TIMES VIDEO) Alan McCarthy– a local veterinarian, businessman and former Vice-President of the County Council–was sworn in as Cecil County Executive on Monday 12/5/16, pledging to treat all taxpayers with “respect” and to work hard to bring jobs and economic development to the county. McCarthy and two new members of the...
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CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT: County Budget Bleaker Than Rosy Report to County Council; New Executive Faces Fiscal Challenges

November 21, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County’s fiscal picture looked rosier than expected recently as county finance officials presented a detailed accounting of the recently completed budget year and projected a positive forecast for the rest of the current fiscal year. But buried in the numbers were enough caveats and concerns to...
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Final Vote Tally Confirms Manlove Wins Cecil County School Board Seat; Sen. Van Hollen Gets Plums, Rep. Harris Lemons

November 20, 2016

William C. Manlove narrowly retained his seat on the Cecil County Board of Education, according to final vote counts, and he slightly widened his election night winning margin over challenger Kevin Emmerich. Although the contest was officially non-partisan, the closeness of the race indicated there was spillover from the national political climate. Manlove, a...
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Cecil County Mirrors National Trump Support; Clinton Carries Maryland in Presidential Race

November 9, 2016

Cecil County delivered a sweeping margin to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, reflecting national sentiment, while statewide Maryland voters strongly supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Trump carried Cecil County with 27,579 votes, or 64.4 percent of the total, while Clinton received 12,651 votes, or 29.6 percent. The Libertarian ticket received...
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Alan McCarthy Wins Cecil County Executive Race by Wide Margin; Manlove Holds On at School Board

November 8, 2016

Alan McCarthy, the current Vice President of the Cecil County Council, won a solid victory Tuesday in his race to become only the second County Executive under Charter government. McCarthy, a Republican, defeated former County Commissioner and Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome, a Democrat, by about a two-to-one margin. McCarthy tallied 27,229 votes from...
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Early Voter Turnout Soars in Cecil County but Lags Statewide Rate; 16% of County Votes Cast

November 6, 2016

Cecil County voters took advantage of eight days of early voting for the 2016 presidential, state and local election as 10,809 ballots were cast, or 16.6 percent of “active eligible” voters, according to the state Board of Elections (BOE). Republicans cast a slightly higher proportion of their votes than Democrats. Early voting was conducted...
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Early Voting Begins Thursday; Cecil County Republican Party Registrations Rise Again

October 26, 2016

Early voting in the Presidential, state and local elections begins in Cecil County on Thursday 10/27/16, as Republicans continue to widen their voter registration edge over Democrats in the county. State Board of Elections statistics show a small uptick in the total number of registered voters in the county since the April primary election...
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On the Bus, not the Rails, for Cecil County Commuters: State Stalls MARC Plans Again

October 3, 2016

Cecil County commuters will get a new bus service—and maybe even a seat if Delaware travelers haven’t snagged them all—to reach the commuter rail station in Perryville, but extending the rail line to Elkton and beyond is being stalled yet again, state transportation leaders told Cecil County officials recently. And state officials dismissed a...
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