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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
A runaway goat that sparked a school closure, rammed a car, leaped several fences to evade apprehension and triggered plenty of buzz in the Sykesville area for nearly a week has been captured and is resting comfortably at an animal shelter in Westminster. Nicky Ratliff, executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County, said an animal control officer found and subdued the goat - a 100-pound ram with black fur, brown horns and symmetrical white markings on his face - late Thursday afternoon after a resident called in to report a sighting.
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Staff Reports | May 16, 2014
The Office of the State Fire Marshal says a propane leak in the basement of the business in northern Carroll County was the origin and cause for an explosion that injured two female employees Thursday. The incident occurred at about 2:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Silver Run Valley Road, an area north of Westminster. According to the fire marshal's office, Heather Bree Harbi, 38, was transported by state police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center with first- and second-degree burns to her upper body.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Carroll County Commissioner Robin B. Frazier will not face punishment for contempt of court after she uttered a prayer to Jesus at a recent meeting, a federal judge ruled Thursday. In March, U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. issued a temporary ban on any prayers that mentioned Jesus or any other specifically Christian figures. After Frazier's prayer and another offered by a resident during a public comment period, the plaintiffs in the case - people who say the invocations alienate them - filed contempt charges.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Two women were seriously injured in a building explosion that led to a two-alarm fire in Carroll County Thursday afternoon, authorities said. A 38-year-old was airlifted from the one-story office building in the 1200 block of Silver Run Valley Road to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with burns to her upper torso and face, Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said. The other, a 39-year-old, was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with trauma injuries from the explosion, Bouch said.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
A member of the Carroll Board of County Commissioners opened the panel's meeting Tuesday with a prayer "in Jesus' name," resuming the controversial practice a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that similar prayers before government meetings in an upstate New York town didn't violate the Constitution. In her short prayer, County Commissioner Robin Frazier asked for "wisdom and guidance as we do the work for the people of Carroll County. " The board had suspended its practice of opening meetings with sectarian prayers in April after two county residents won an injunction from a federal court.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
Ober S. Herr Jr., a retired Carroll County banker and community activist, died Thursday of renal failure at his Westminster home. He was 87. Ober Samuel Herr Jr. was born and raised in Westminster, where he grew up in a home on Ridge Road. He was a grandson of William Roberts McDaniel, who had spent 65 years at Western Maryland College as a student, professor, administrator and trustee. In 2002, college trustees changed the name to McDaniel College in his honor. Mr. Ober was a 1944 graduate of Westminster High School and interrupted his college education at Western Maryland College to enlist in 1945 in the Navy, where he served as an aviation machinist's mate.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Carroll County commissioners said Thursday they will resume giving each commissioner a turn opening meetings with a prayer of his or her choice - including those that name Jesus Christ - after a ruling this week from the Supreme Court. The court ruled in a 5-4 decision Monday that Christian prayers before government meetings in the town of Greece, N.Y., did not violate the constitutional separation of church and state. The Carroll County commissioners, defendants in a separate lawsuit, had watched that case closely.
SPORTS
By Jeff Seidel and For The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
The No. 3 Century boys and No. 7 Liberty girls turned in dominant performances Thursday night as both repeated as team champions in the Carroll County track and field title meet at Winters Mill. Both teams overwhelmed the competition on their sides of the meet. The Century boys won nine events and finished with 183 points to easily beat out Westminster (113.5) en route to a second consecutive championship. The Liberty girls used a similar formula while winning a fourth straight team title.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monday the right of local governments to offer sectarian prayers at public meetings, a decision that clears the way for the Carroll County board of commissioners to restore their Christian observances. In a 5-4 decision, the high court held that the town of Greece in upstate New York did not violate the Constitution's ban on government endorsement of religion when the town board offered prayers before its monthly meetings - even though the prayers often invoked the name of Jesus and focused on other inherently Christian themes.
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May 5, 2014
The Supreme Court's decision to allow explicitly Christian prayer at the start of local government meetings will have the unfortunate effect of alienating those with minority religious beliefs or no religious faith at all. The 5-4 decision turned largely on the long-standing American tradition of prayer before legislative meetings and on the notion that the practice is not inherently coercive. But Justice Elena Kagan is right in her dissent when she argues that the majority's ruling violates the Constitution's promise that "when each person performs the duties or seeks the benefits of citizenship, she does so not as an adherent to one or another religion, but simply as an American.
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