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September 8, 2012
Carroll and Frederick county residents, civic organizations, schools, groups and property owners are being invited to take part in a stream naming contest to have their suggestions officially designated by the U.S. Geological Survey. The contest, known as "The Monocacy Starts Here," is sponsored by the Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board. Board members said in a press release this week that they recently realized that many streams flowing into the Monocacy still remain unnamed — more than 400 years after the region's first maps were drawn.
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By Kym Byrnes | April 17, 2014
As the county budget process gets underway, three Carroll County commissioners have put two plans on the table to spend $12.9 million FY2014 in budget surplus. In a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Carroll County commissioners Doug Howard and Haven Shoemaker proposed a plan to spend the surplus on education, nonprofits and IT upgrades, among other things. "I think [this plan] will actually allow us to move forward in strengthening some of the areas that have been struggling for the past couple years," Howard said.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1999
At least three people have been killed on Maryland highways since Friday evening, including a Virginia man who was thrown from his car and struck by another driver on Interstate 95 in Prince George's County, police reported.The other fatal accidents happened in Howard and Carroll counties.About 2: 30 a.m. yesterday, two men were traveling south on I-95 near Route 5 when the driver lost control of the 1985 Nissan 300 2X, Maryland State Police said. The car flipped, tossing the driver and passenger onto the highway.
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By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | April 16, 2014
School districts are finding it hard to get snow day waivers from Maryland School Superintendent Lillian Lowery, who has quickly denied some five-day applications. The superintendent got permission from the state board of education last month to give school districts waivers from the law that requires schools to be in session for 180 days a year. The board said she could give districts up to five days, but Lowery said that districts would have to show they had attempted to make up some of the days lost for bad weather.
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May 31, 2013
I was very pleased to read your recent editorial on gun control opponents in Carroll County ("Carroll Co.'s nullification fantasy," May 24). Carroll Country is an integral part of the Baltimore metropolitan area, and despite the current state of denial our five county commissioners are in, Carroll is also connected to the Chesapeake Bay and regional environmental concerns. Despite the moat that the current commissioners have built around their make-believe fortress, the vast majority of Carroll County citizens are embarrassed by efforts such as the commissioners' recent, meaningless resolution to declare Carroll a weapons sanctuary; deprive public schools of funding while creating an unmanageable slush fund for fundamentalist home-schoolers; ignore state ethics law requirements for elected officials and attempt to avoid state planning mandates for responsible growth.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
A Delaware man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Carroll County on Friday night, the county sheriff's office said. The driver of a pickup truck lost control and crashed into a tree in the 4800 block of Woodbine Road in the Sykesville area around 9:15 p.m., deputies said. The victim was identified as Clarence Robert Grimes Jr., 59. No one else was in the vehicle and the circumstances of the crash are under investigation. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Defending Carroll County champion: Century The Carroll County girls soccer picture may be the cloudiest of any in the Baltimore area. Defending champion Century, which went 6-0-1 in league play last year, may have enough pieces to make it two straight. Jaci Buteua, Alyssa Malanik and Hannah Warther are experienced, talent and versatile -- giving coach Sara Figuly plenty of flexibility within their lineup.  Manchester Valley won their second straight Class 1A state crown, but have holes to fill with 11 players lost to graduation.
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February 19, 2012
Arc seeks nominations for Carroll County awards WESTMINSTER — The Arc of Carroll County is accepting nominations for its 2012 Community Awards. Each year The Arc recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The awards will be presented at the Annual Dinner and Community Awards to be held on May 8 at Martin's Westminster. The awards include: Timothy J. Atkinson Award — Presented to a direct care employee of The Arc of Carroll County.
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By Chris Eckard, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2011
When Debbie Buenger, a former elementary school physical education teacher now at East Middle School in Westminster, introduced the game of cricket to her class one rainy afternoon last year, the excitement blew her away. "The kids absolutely loved it," Buenger said. Within the first hour, the class started to grasp the basics and was off playing its first competitive game. There were a few hitches, like remembering to hold onto the bat, but overall Buenger couldn't have been more surprised.
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January 12, 2013
  Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Brian David Green to the district court for Carroll County. Green has served as attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Carroll County for the past 23 years, according to a press release from the governor's office. An adjunct professor for the Criminal Practice Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Green has also worked for the Shemer Bar Review since 1999, according to the release. He began his legal career as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore City from 1987-1990.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
A Delaware man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Carroll County on Friday night, the county sheriff's office said. The driver of a pickup truck lost control and crashed into a tree in the 4800 block of Woodbine Road in the Sykesville area around 9:15 p.m., deputies said. The victim was identified as Clarence Robert Grimes Jr., 59. No one else was in the vehicle and the circumstances of the crash are under investigation. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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April 11, 2014
I implore you to stop giving coverage to the two commissioners in Carroll County who have monopolized the discussion in our county with their smoke screens about United Nations drones and prayer in public places while they hack away at social services for our most vulnerable citizens and support for public schools ( "Carroll commissioners vote to halt sectarian prayers," April 8). They do not represent the vast majority of Carroll countians who value our way of life but wish for our taxes to be used reasonably and justly.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
As of 10:30, the Maryland Department of Transportation is reporting that an earlier police activity in Carroll County has been cleared, and Route 32 is reopened south of Gamber. The incident had all but blocked Route 32 in the area of Miners Ridge Road. MDOT is still reporting roadwork being conducted on southbound Interstate-895 in Baltimore, near exit 8A at Shell Road. It's affecting the left shoulder and left travel lane. The Maryland Transit Administration reported no MARC train delays, but is reminding commuters that shuttle buses are still working in the area of BWI where they are repairing a light rail infrastructure issue.
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April 9, 2014
Easter Eggs hunts will be going on throughout Carroll County starting on Saturday. Area residents are invited to bring their children to the following: April 12 • A children's Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. for children age 3 to fifth grade, at Westminster Baptist Church, 354 Crest Lane, Westminster. 410-848-6330 • An Easter Adventure Egg Hunt will be held at Charlotte's Quest Nature Center, 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester, at 10 a.m. for children up to age 12. There will be four age groups - walking to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 8, and 9 to 12 - with a prize egg in designated hunt areas.
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April 9, 2014
It's a shame Carroll County's board of commissioners felt it had to hold a formal vote in order to prevent members from violating a federal court order against sectarian or denominational prayers at the opening of its meetings. Is it too much to ask for elected officials to act like grown-ups and not deliberately break the law? Apparently it is for some Carroll County board members, who seem unable to conduct the public's business without going on about their religious convictions as if they were in a revival tent.
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April 8, 2014
I, too, have followed with some interest the Carroll County commissioners' escalating debate over Christian prayer at their meetings. However, I have a different opinion than Commissioner Robin Frazier and Bruce and David Holstein ( "Free speech challenged in Carroll," April 6). I am a member of a "mainstream" Christian church, a regular and active participant. But I have never heard of, nor can I find, any teachings in the New Testament about First Amendment rights, or to be sure, rights of any kind.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
The 7,000 households in Carroll County that receive public water from Liberty Reservoir are expected to see a slight increase in the water and sewer bills. The county is expected to adopt the new rates as part of its budget on Tuesday, May 28, said Roberta Windham, a county spokeswoman. New rates would take effect July 1. Carroll County buys water from the Baltimore Department of Public Works, which announced Monday it will seek a 15 percent increase for city water and sewer customers.
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April 8, 2014
Two years ago, the General Assembly passed a law requiring Maryland's 10 largest jurisdictions to begin imposing a stormwater fee to cover the costs of reducing pollution that results when rain sweeps dog droppings, pesticides, motor oil and other harmful muck into streams and rivers. Worsened by the rising amount of impervious surfaces (driveways, parking lots, rooftops and so on) in the region, such runoff is a major source of pollution into the Chesapeake Bay, and the fee's adoption was hailed as part of a banner year for the environmental movement.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Amid a storm over prayer at government meetings, Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier leaned back in a carved wooden rocking chair in the Taneytown public library and quietly gave voice to her fears about the direction of the country. What happened to freedom of speech and the biblical principles the United States was founded upon, she asked a handful of constituents who gathered for one of her monthly discussions Saturday. The current commissioners, all voted into office in 2010, decided that they would open their meetings with prayers because "we believe that guidance from God would be a good thing in making the decisions before us," Frazier said.
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