Edith Knight was named chief executive officer of the Annapolis-based Community Action Agency yesterday by the nonprofit group's 21-member board.
Board President Eleanor Harris said Ms. Knight, an Annapolis resident, has been with the agency almost 20 years, serving in various financial positions and as interim chief executive officer since Dallas Evans resigned in October.
For more than 25 years, the agency has been funded by federal, state and local grants and has operated weatherization, nutrition and other programs for needy county residents.
Annapolis students celebrate black history
Annapolis Alderman Sam Gilmer danced and sang a few bars, and Annapolis Housing Authority Director Harold Greene quoted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
But a group of Annapolis Middle School students preferred XPD, a local rock band.
All were brought together at the school yesterday for a celebration of the final day of Black History Month.
"It's Black History Month today, but once the month is over, we have to join together because we all need each other," said Joseph "Zastrow" Simms, a community relations specialist with the Housing Authority who organized the event.
The band played a 40-minute set that included "I've Got Work to Do," "Everyday People" and "Sir Duke."
Mr. Gilmer, a Democrat representing the city's Ward 3, told the students to consider jobs in law and government.
"Someone has to follow me to make the laws you live by," he said.
School Superintendent Carol Parham urged the students to be good role models for younger children.
Mr. Simms asked other black leaders to come to the front of the auditorium "so the youngsters can see what you can do."
Among those present were Annapolis Fire Department Lts. Tony Spencer and Clarence E. Johnson and Annapolis police Officer George Kelly, Lt. Norman Randall and Col. Joseph A. Johnson.
Edgewater man faces marijuana charges
An Edgewater man was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana Friday after county police said they found 13 grams of the suspected drug in the trunk of a car.
Michael Brian Newport, 23, of the 1600 block of Shore Drive was driving south on Solomon's Island Road at 1:31 a.m. when a police officer stopped him because one of his headlights was broken, police said.
The police report said that as the officer talked with Mr. Newport, he noticed the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.
According to the police report, when the officer searched the car, with Mr. Newport's permission, he found a folded piece of paper under the passenger front seat with 0.5 grams of suspected marijuana in it.
The police report said the officer also found a bag in the trunk containing about 13.7 grams of suspected marijuana inside it.