A Year's Stories

Howard County In 1990

December 30, 1990

Here's a wrap-up of the top stories of 1990 and the issue of The Howard County Sun in which they appeared:


3 -- County Executive M. Elizabeth Bobo releases a no-surprises preliminary 20-year county General Plan.

7 -- Redistricting of boundary lines could affect 1,000 elementary schools pupils who may have to attend different schools to balance enrollment. . . . Criticism of Bobo's General Plan comes from all sides. .

. . The Morning Star Taxi Service, an upscale, "yuppie-style" county cab company, folds after three years.

10 -- At the opening session of the General Assembly, county legislators ask the state for $7.47 million toward a $15 million expansion of the overcrowded county jail.

17 -- Steven's Forest Elementary School opens a salad bar three days a week at the suggestion of fourth-grader Sara L. Eastman of Columbia.

21 -- Three Columbia village associations are considering adding teen-agers to their boards, amid complaints that such a measure would discriminate against other interest groups. . . . Election strategy by county Democrats brings criticism from party members and Republicans who fear a return to machine politics. Three top elected officials -- County Executive M. Elizabeth Bobo; Sen. Thomas M. Yeager, D-Howard-Prince George's; and state Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, D-Howard-Montgomery -- joined on a campaign ticket. . . . A family of beavers builds a dam in Dorsey's Search on the Plumtree Branch of the Little Patuxent River, damaging and felling trees. The county plans to relocate the critters downstream.

28 -- A seven-month probe ends in the arrest of Vernon Lee Clark, an Elkridge factory laborer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Kathleen Gouldin, 23, of Elkridge.


4 -- Dozens of residents protest the proposed General Plan for county growth, fearing car-choked roads, crowded schools, polluted water and the destruction of established neighborhoods.

7 -- County Councilwoman Angela M. Beltram, D-2nd, announces she won't introduce a revised adequate-facilities bill in March, as she promised earlier. . . . The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission upholds racial discrimination charges made by Carroll R. Williams, a black coach dismissed from two coaching postions at Howard High in 1986. The EEOC says Williams, replaced by a white coach, should be reinstated and paid back wages plus interest totaling $15,000.

11 -- Howard County Circuit Court Judge Cornelius F. Sybert Jr. orders the State Board of Education to review the dismissal of three black coaches. Sybert rules that the board did not produce sufficient facts to support its decision that the dismissal of Carroll R. Williams, Vince Parnell and Larry Freeman was not racially motivated. . . . The county PTA Council lobbies to make 1990 the year of the seven-period day.

14 -- The 200-year-old George Ellicott House, last of the 18th-century houses that once lined the Patapsco River in the Ellicott City area, is set for restoration by the fall. Cost: $700,000.

18 -- One-fourth of the office space in Howard County is empty, topping the office vacancy rate of Baltimore-area counties. . . . Because of its estimated $2.5 million cost, the seven-period day is omitted from the budget the school board submits to the county.

21 -- The County Association of Student Councils plans to back a teen-age candidate for the King's Contrivance Village Association board.

25 -- Parents and students from Oakland Mills and Hammond high schools meet to put an end to rivalry among students that has erupted in violence.

. . . School bus drivers voice a possibility of a strike; the school board refuses to schedule talks between driver representatives and board members regarding job benefits. . . . The state chiropractic board investigates the Helschien Center in Columbia after a woman files a lawsuit claiming that unlicensed employees represented themselves as state-licensed chiropractors and therapists.


4 -- The Columbia Association Board of Directors approves a $30.6 million budget. . . . After years of legal haggling, Lynne M. Lewis of Columbia wins the right to run a day-care service in her home. . . . The World Gym & Family Fitness Center fails to open a year after more than 400 people paid to join. The state Attorney General's office takes the center to court.

11 -- County police relieve Zachary, a drug-sniffing Labrador retriever, of his duties after he bit his human partner twice.

14 -- County farmers run a protest "tractorcade" to the County Council's first public hearing on the General Plan. They also protest council member Angela M. Beltram, D-2nd, who said she would try to amend the plan to decrease density in the west to one lot per 20 acres. . . .

Churches, fraternities and sororities raise money to keep the Carter Bus Service in Ellicott City, the county's first black-owned bus service, on its feet.

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