Week In Review

August 27, 2006

Government Acting director of elections quits

With less than three weeks until the primary election, Harford County's acting elections director has stepped down because of stress and health issues, the county's elections board president said yesterday.

Rena Waggoner's predecessor retired months ago, citing personal reasons.

"There's a lot going on, and most anybody in that position is under an awful lot of stress," said Edward D. Yoder, president of the county elections board. "Because of these extra things being hung onto the program, it's gotten a little more intense than I've ever seen it before."

Directors across Maryland say they are overwhelmed this year by the demands of preparing for early voting and new technology, in addition to other tasks. Officials in Montgomery and Prince George's counties said that they missed recommended deadlines for the distribution of absentee ballots, and Calvert County missed internal training deadlines.

Yoder said working weekends and late nights is not uncommon for the Harford elections board's full-time staff, which has had to meet with a record number of candidates vying for local positions this year and walk them through the process.

Maryland section, Thursday

Aberdeen

Report focuses on growth at APG

After eight months of assessing Harford County's readiness to accommodate the unprecedented growth coming to Aberdeen Proving Ground, county officials delivered a report yesterday that is heavy on challenges and light on solutions.

Calling for continued reviews, development of plans and sustained dialogue, the Base Realignment and Closure Planning and Advisory Commission's 30-page report identified a litany of lingering county issues expected to be magnified as jobs pour into the area over the next decade. If there was a theme that emerged, it was the reinforcement that Harford's needs are staggering.

Maryland section, Wednesday

Broad Creek

Deputy injured in shooting accident

A 39-year-old Harford County sheriff's deputy was injured in what police are calling an accidental shooting that occurred during a training exercise at the Broad Creek Boy Scout Reservation in the northern area of the county.

Sgt. Douglas J. Reppar, an 11-year veteran of the department and a former Marine, was shot in the left elbow about 11:30 a.m. during training for the special-response team. A shot from a 40-caliber weapon shattered his forearm.

"There is nothing to indicate that this is anything other than an accident," said Robert B. Thomas Jr., spokesman for the sheriff's department.

Maryland section, Wednesday

Rocks State Park

Man, 24, identified as victim of fall

Harford park police have identified a 24-year-old man who died Aug. 20 in a fall while hiking in Rocks State Park in Harford County.

Paul Michael Black of Parkville in Baltimore County apparently fell while walking alone along the King and Queen Seats, a rock outcrop with an elevation of about 190 feet, Department of Natural Resources police said.

Maryland section, Tuesday

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