Health Expert Cries ‘Fowl’ on Chicken Farms; Cecil Co Council Questions Science

September 29, 2016

For the past several months, a vocal group of local residents and allies in environmental groups have protested, waved signs and flocked to Cecil County government meetings to protest a proposed new organic chicken farm near Zion that they feel will reduce their property values and cause environmental harm. On Tuesday, they brought a...
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Traffic Deaths Rise in Cecil County, as Transportation Plan Pushes Different Priorities

September 22, 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County registered record numbers of traffic fatalities last year—and pedestrian death rates were the worst in Maryland—but the county administration recently shifted transportation project priorities away from road safety improvements, especially along Route 40 where many fatalities have occurred. Gerry Widdoes, the Chief Deputy for the Cecil County Sheriff’s Department, recently...
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Cecil Co Exec Race: Top GOP Contenders Each Raised $20K, Business PAC did Same; Records Show $60K+ Race

September 8, 2016

The campaign for the Republican nomination for Cecil County Executive drew a total of over $60,000 in contributions and fundraiser ticket purchases for the leading contenders and a business political action committee active in the campaign, according to state Board of Elections records. The latest reports were filed on 8/30/16, covering shortly before the...
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Gov. Hogan Lifts High-Tech Septic Regs, Saves Residents, Business $$$ in Most of Cecil County; ‘Critical Areas’ Near Bay, Rivers Still Under Rules

August 22, 2016

Governor Larry Hogan will rescind regulations that required installation of costly high-tech septic systems in most of Cecil County, and instead will only retain the requirements in the “critical areas,” close to the Chesapeake Bay and tidal rivers feeding the Bay. The action, which repeals a mandate created by former Governor Martin O’Malley, will...
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CECIL CHATTER: Janney Signs on to Pot Farm Bid; Cecil County Council Tours Animal Shelter

July 26, 2016

EX-SHERIFF JANNEY CONSIDERS SECURITY CHIEF JOB FOR PROPOSED POT FARM Former Cecil County Sheriff Barry Janney, who is currently the chief of the Community Corrections unit of the county’s Detention Center, has joined a group of Harford County residents and businessmen in a bid to obtain one of 15 state licenses for a medical...
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Cecil County Sheriff Sees “Scary” Trend of Heroin Laced with other Drugs; Progress Against Drug Epidemic Hard to Track

July 20, 2016

Wearing a mourning band around his Sheriff’s badge to honor the sadly growing roster of recently murdered law enforcement officers across the nation, Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams warned the Cecil County Council on Tuesday that despite gains in preventing fatal overdoses and heightened enforcement efforts against drug traffickers, there are “scary” trends in...
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Gov. Hogan Puts Muscle Behind Conowingo Dam Permit, Considers Susquehanna Sediment Dredging as Bay Cleanup Tool

July 10, 2016

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is convening a top-level task force to seek solutions to pollution of the Chesapeake Bay caused by sediment build-up behind the Conowingo Dam in Cecil County, including possible costly dredging. The governor’s action underscored the clout that the state has through its environmental review powers that could delay or block...
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Gov. Hogan Appoints Will Davis to Cecil County Circuit Court, Names Clara Campbell to District Court

July 8, 2016

It was probably the most momentous 14 minutes of Will Davis’ life when the Elkton lawyer met at the Cecil County Courthouse with Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday. “I was nervous, but probably not as much as I would have been if the interview had been in the governor’s office in Annapolis,” Davis told...
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Cecil County Animal Shelter Opens Quietly; Renovations Cut Number of Kennels from 51 to 40

July 5, 2016
Cecil County Animal Shelter Opens Quietly; Renovations Cut Number of Kennels from 51 to 40

Cecil County’s newly-purchased animal shelter welcomed its first four-legged residents on Friday, with well-wishers dropping off treats and toys even as renovation work continued, including reducing the number of dog kennels available to house strays and limiting the size of a formerly open room for cats to interact with visitors. Milo, a Shepherd mix...
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Cecil County State’s Attorney Ellis Rollins Charged with Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct in Ocean City Sex Case; Legal Community Ponders Local Impact

June 27, 2016

Cecil County State’s Attorney Edward D. “Ellis” Rollins was charged on Monday with four misdemeanor offenses—two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of disorderly conduct—stemming from his arrest last week in Ocean City, after local police responded to citizen complaints of a naked man on a hotel balcony. “Indecent exposure” is a misdemeanor,...
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Cecil County State’s Attorney Rollins Arrested in OC for “Indecent Exposure,” Charges Pending Police Probe; Removal from Office Possible

June 26, 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County State’s Attorney Ellis Rollins, a current candidate for a Circuit Court judgeship appointment from Governor Hogan, was arrested on 6/22/16 in Ocean City– where he was attending a taxpayer-financed conference of State’s Attorneys– for suspected “indecent exposure” and “disorderly conduct” allegedly involving nudity and sex acts in public view. But...
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Bullets, Budgets and Orlando: Cecil County Deputies Get Anti-Ballistic Helmets, Despite Budget Cuts; Helmet Saves Cop in Orlando

June 17, 2016

All Cecil County Sheriff’s deputies are now equipped with anti-ballistic helmets that could save police lives in a confrontation with a mass shooter—such as the recent Orlando murders—despite Cecil County Council budget cuts last year that slashed funds for riot gear. But the county still lacks other equipment that could save lives in the...
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Cecil County Council Tinkers with Moore Budget; Slight Spending Cuts, Tiny Tax Rise– Worries About Reserve Funds Raid

June 8, 2016

The Cecil County Council decided on Tuesday (6/7/16) to approve lame duck County Executive Tari Moore’s final budget with minimal spending cut tinkering– putting just $131,000 back into reserve funds that Moore has raided by over $12.4 million during her tenure. The Council went along with Moore’s proposed property tax rate for Fiscal 2017,...
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Officials Apologize for Delayed Response to Water Issues Near Earleville Dump, Bottled Water Given at Local Meeting; Some Wells Had 1,000 Times Max Manganese

May 31, 2016

For over 20 years, Earleville residents living near a federal shipping channel dredge spoil dumpsite fought for recognition, accountability and an immediate solution for pollution of their drinking water wells. Finally, on Saturday 5/28/16, they got an apology, free bottled water, and the concerned attention of Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration, represented by the Secretary...
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Bottled Water for Pearce Creek Residents as Feds Cite Health Risks; High Manganese Known for Years but Action Delayed

May 25, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT Residents of three Earleville communities, who have been fighting for decades to get state and federal agencies to resolve well water pollution caused by a federal dredge spoil dumpsite, will now get free bottled water after the federal Centers for Disease Control recently raised alarm bells about high manganese...
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