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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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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