June 17, 1992
Witness the corporate sleight of hand: Coca-Cola Enterprises is considering building a bottling plant and regional headquarters off U.S. 1 in Howard County. The media gets wind of the idea. A community near the proposed site in Savage gets up in arms. Poof! Coca-Cola disappears. Or has it?Bruce Jaffe, a consultant representing the owner of the former Freestate Raceway property that the soft drink company was considering, says negotiations have broken off with Coke. Mr. Jaffe says his backers are moving ahead with plans to build a large shopping center at the site instead.
December 27, 2009
Your recent editorial "It's Miller Time?" (Dec. 18) severely misrepresented the impact that raising the tax on beverage alcohol will have on the state of Maryland and its hospitality industry. As a Maryland resident and employee of Diageo, which employs more than 300 Maryland residents at our local bottling plant in Relay, I'm concerned that you are downplaying the potential damage of this tax. It's the hardworking citizens - like those who work on our bottling line - who will bear the brunt of this tax. Raising taxes on consumer products always means job losses.
April 24, 1991
One look at its anchor team lets you know that Channel 45 (WBFF) is going to take a different tack when it puts on its 10 o'clock news.In a city where the memory of years of ratings domination by gray-haired Jerry Turner is still affecting hiring and firing decisions, Fox-affiliated Channel 45 is going with a cast that looks like a new version of "The Rookies."The oldest member of the station's weekday and weekend anchor teams, who were introduced to the press yesterday, is 35. The two main co-anchors are 30 and 33. The two weather people are 25 and 28. There won't be too many gray hairs on the station's still-to-be-unveiled set.According to news director Mark Pimentel, who does have a few gray hairs though he's just 34, it's not a matter of age, but of mind-set.
August 17, 1994
In the race for the state Senate seat in District 13, Democrats have a choice between two distinct political personalities. Incumbent Sen. Thomas Yeager, with 12 years of legislative experience, is a solid, steady-as-you go veteran. He is opposed by Del. Virginia M. Thomas, who has served an equal number of years in the House of Delegates, and is known to emphasize community service. On the whole, we believe Mr. Yeager would be the better nominee.This senatorial district, which covers southern Howard County from Highland to Jessup as well as eastern Columbia and part of northern Prince George's, is the most politically and geographically diverse in the county.
May 10, 1996
WACO, Texas -- They're celebrating a soft drink here at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, a grandly named venture housed in a gussied-up 1906 bottling plant. Actually, they're celebrating the history of all soft drinks.In this yellow-brick Romanesque building ornamented with arches and turrets, Dr Pepper is memorialized as a Texas institution that went big time. Visitors see vintage Dr Pepper advertisements, photos of Russian troops knocking back bottles Dr Pepper, excerpts from a federal court case involving Dr Pepper.
June 1, 1993
Baltimore's long-vacant American Brewery would be renovated as the centerpiece of a $10 million to $12 million revitalization project for East Baltimore under plans developed by the Council for Economic and Business Opportunity.CEBO President Michael Gaines told representatives of the Broadway East community last week that two manufacturing companies have signed letters of intent to occupy the first phase of the mixed-use complex and that he expects construction to begin soon."Shortly, that site will no longer stand as a deteriorated industrial building," he said.
December 9, 1992
The biggest problem in analyzing Howard County Executiv Charles I. Ecker's tenure is getting past the fact that he is an extraordinarily decent and conscientious man.Time and again during his first two years in office, Mr. Ecker has shown himself to be above the muck of petty politics.In his handling of the county's thorny budget problems, he has been almost Solomon-like in his determination to be fair. At the same time, he has delivered in spades on his pledge to make himself and county government more accessible.
January 4, 1996
ONE YEAR into his second term as Howard County executive, Charles I. Ecker is experiencing much the same dilemma he faced upon taking office in 1991. Now as then, his attention has been drawn to the county's financial problems.At this juncture, county officials project a $4 million shortfall in local income and property tax revenues. In 1991, a larger shortfall prompted Mr. Ecker to lay off 40 workers; half of them were later hired back in other jobs. Whether layoffs occur again is an open question, and Mr. Ecker acknowledges the possibility.
September 2, 1997
CHARLES I. ECKER and economic development officials have reason to cheer about Howard County's job growth in recent years. The county has led the state, by far, in the number of new jobs created between 1990 and 1996.When Mr. Ecker, the Howard County executive, hits the campaign trail in his bid for governor, the numbers will give him credibility as a business-friendly leader.Impressively, the county has accomplished this without hitting an economic home run.A few years ago, Coca-Cola Enterprises announced plans to build a regional headquarters and bottling plant in the Hanover section.