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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Last of Smipkins Seek Elkton Rule; Zeauskas, Gorman Morph into “Zormans,” to Attack Piner, Givens

May 22, 2016

COMMENTARY Cecil County has been there, done that, with several years of political turmoil instigated by the old Smipkin political machine and its cloned “Three Amigos” rule of the old county Board of Commissioners. Now, with that machine broken down and tossed into the political landfill, two cogs in the machine are looking to...
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Cecil County Courts: Smigiel, Rollins, Others Apply for Vacant Court Seats; Lock Up Court Seal?

May 19, 2016

Lock up the official seal of the state Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC): Mike Smigiel, three-time loser in recent political campaigns including a bid for a Circuit Court judgeship in which he misappropriated the AOC seal, is at it again. The former state Delegate has filed applications for a gubernatorial appointment to both...
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New Animal Shelter Chief Tells Cecil County Council of Plans for ‘Sonic Enrichment,’ Lavender Oil Sprays; Budget Questions Remain on Costs of County Shelter Takeover

May 18, 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS The newly hired director of the recently purchased Cecil County government-owned animal shelter made her first public appearance before a Cecil County Council budget workshop on Tuesday 5/17/16, displaying enthusiasm and energy– and practical naiveté– about operating an open-admissions, government-owned animal shelter and animal control program in a rural and lower-income county....
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Sanders Beats Clinton in Local Final Tally; McCarthy Widens Cecil County Exec Margin

May 10, 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS Who knew there were so many “socialists” in conservative Cecil County? Or is that “Hillary haters?” Bernie Sanders, a self-professed lifelong “socialist,” eked out a 28-vote victory in Cecil County over state and national front-runner Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for President in the April 26 election, according to final vote...
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Moore Names New Cecil Co Animal Shelter Head, has Several Months as Baltimore CO Shelter Manager, Hawaii Rescue Role

May 1, 2016

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has selected Abigail Lightning Bingham as the Director of Animal Services that will operate the county’s recently purchased animal shelter as part of Moore’s plan to handle animal care and control with government employees, instead of non-profit humane organization contractors as in the past. Moore praised her choice as...
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CECIL COUNTY ELECTIONS: McCarthy Wins Co Exec Primary; Gregory, Meffley Win Council Seats

April 26, 2016

Cecil County Council Vice President Alan McCarthy won a solid victory in the Republican primary for County Executive in Tuesday’s election, trouncing a fellow Council member as well as two “outsider” candidates for the county’s top elected post. With all 28 precincts reporting, McCarthy had 4,326 votes, or 39.4 percent of ballots cast. County...
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