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June 8, 2011
While we're already in a battle to stop in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, the politicians and the Maryland Transportation Authority are trying to increase tolls and abolish the decal system. The decal system lets locals in places like Cecil County pay a small annual fee for unlimited access to enter the county where they live. Many of you have voiced your outrage at the proposed toll increases. I have one thing to say to the elected politicians and the MdTA leadership who want to put their hand in our pockets again: Our money belongs to us and you do not have a right to it. Cecil County is the only county the citizens have to pay to enter.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
NBRS Financial Bank, an independent community bank serving Cecil and Harford counties, has been given 60 days to sell itself or combine with another bank and increase equity by selling shares, federal regulators said. The bank was found to have been undercapitalized as of Oct. 28 but has not filed a required plan to shore up its operations, according to a directive issued Monday by the Federal Reserve System's board of governors. NBRS, founded in 1873 and originally chartered as The Evans and Wood Bank, now has six branches and $199.3 million in deposits.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2010
A Cecil County zoo that got its start as a personal hobby for its owner, survived political controversies and delighted children and other visitors for 24 years has closed its doors. Ed Plumstead, 82, of Rising Sun, the founder and owner of Plumpton Park Zoo, could not be reached for comment, but the county's tourism director, Sandy Turner, said Plumstead had contacted her last week to tell her he would close the zoo because tending its more than 300 animals had become too hard for him. He shut the business down sometime last week, she said.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
State regulators gave the final go-ahead Tuesday to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative to start building a new $675 million power plant in Cecil County. The new Wildcat Point Generation Facility, fueled by natural gas, will help Old Dominion meet the region's growing demand for electricity, CEO Jackson Reasor said. The plant, located next to the cooperative's existing property in Conowingo, is expected to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity each year, power for roughly 390,000 homes.
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December 10, 2009
A Cecil County woman was killed early Wednesday in Arbutus when her car was broadsided by another vehicle as she tried to make a turn, Baltimore County police said. Gail Gwiazdowski, 58, of North East was driving north on Southwestern Boulevard near Interstate 695 in a Subaru Outback station wagon about 6:25 a.m. when she changed lanes in preparation for a U-turn, police said. As she did so, a Dodge van, also traveling northbound, struck the Subaru in the driver's door. Gwiazdowski was killed upon impact, according to Cpl. Michael Hill, a department spokesman.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
A 39-year-old man was killed in a fire that engulfed his Cecil County mobile home early Thursday morning, according to the state fire marshal's office. Shortly after midnight, around 50 firefighters were called to the one-alarm fire in the 600 block of Blue Ball Road in Elkton, and it took them about 90 minutes to get the fire under control. Curtis Lee Church, who was living inside the home, was pronounced dead, authorities said. No one else was injured. The cause of the fire, which resulted in about $50,000 worth of damage, is under investigation.
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By Jonathan Pitts | December 26, 2009
Two construction projects that are expected to cost more than $3.3 million will allow boaters greater access to the waterways of Harford and Cecil counties this year, creating potential boons for the regional economy, state officials say. Harford County will remove more than 20,000 cubic yards of dredge material from the Bush River and Otter Point Creek, improving navigation to two popular boat ramps and a marina. In Cecil County, the town of Perryville has hired a Maryland contractor to build a 575-foot pier, a structure that will provide 12 slips for visiting boaters.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2010
A 62-year-old Aberdeen man died shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday after the vehicle he was operating crashed near the Hatem Bridge in Cecil County, according to Maryland Transportation Authority police. Officer Dawn Tufts identified the man who died as Raymond Rowe. She said he was driving a 2007 Dodge eastbound and it struck the jersey wall, then hit the curb in front of the toll plaza and came to rest in a grassy area by the toll plaza. No one else was in the vehicle. The crash and its cause remain under investigation, Tufts said.
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By Natalie Sherman | January 6, 2014
A 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse in Cecil County leased to Restoration Hardware sold last month between $74 million and $75 million, the latest sign of strength in the area's industrial market, Cushman & Wakefield of Maryland said Monday. In Harford and Cecil counties, the vacancy rate for industrial and flex space was 3.1 percent at the end of 2013, compared to 16.7 percent at the beginning of 2011, according to an end-of-year report by Colliers International. The vacancy rate in the Baltimore region as a whole closed the year at 9.7 percent.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2012
Maryland State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Cecil County man. David Everson, 41, of the 100 block of Elk Forrest Road in Elkton died after being shot in an apparent domestic dispute, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. Police said Everson's ex-wife called 911 to say Everson had pulled into her driveway on Vanderlyn Drive in Chesapeake City and was beating on the door.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
The brother of the man accused of shooting off-duty Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill was ordered to be held in custody on a federal drug charge after a brief hearing Monday. Federal authorities have confirmed that Lamont G. Thomas spoke to city police as officers hunted for his brother Gregg Thomas earlier this month, but have not said whether there is a connection between the two cases. Mcneill remains in critical condition with injuries from the March 14 shooting. After watching the federal court hearing, Gilbert Thomas, the two men's father, said his sons had done nothing wrong.
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By Justin Fenton and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill, who was off duty when he was ambushed and shot multiple times Friday night, was in critical but stable condition Monday, while his alleged shooter is expected to have a bail review hearing Tuesday. Mcneill was sitting in his car outside a friend's auto repair shop in the 1900 block of Belair Road when the shooting occurred. Police quickly identified 34-year-old Gregg Thomas as a suspect, and on Sunday, Thomas turned himself in to face charges of attempted murder.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
From the time she learned that her husband had lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan's Helmand province until noon Saturday, Morgan Kessler felt as though her world was turning in circles. "It never felt real," she said. But moments before she entered her new home, built by Homes for Our Troops, she felt she finally saw a straight path ahead. "It is so much weight lifted off our shoulders," she said, crying. "Our lives will finally start over. Thank you so, so, so, so much.
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January 22, 2014
Havre de Grace Little League is holding registrations for baseball and softball for one more time this month and twice more in February at Stancill Park. Little League offers T-Ball, baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4 to 16 from throughout Harford County. Registration continues this Saturday and Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the league's Lilley Building. Another registration opportunity is planned Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., also at the Lilley Building.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Del. Don Dwyer, who is serving jail time on weekends after two alcohol-related convictions, apologized Friday to fellow members of the House of Delegates for bringing "undue attention" to the General Assembly. "I ask you for your forgiveness," Dwyer said. "I've made some serious mistakes that I'll regret for the rest of my life. " His colleagues reacted to the apology with silence. Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican, spoke at the close of the morning session, one day after House Speaker Michael E. Busch stripped him of his seat on the Ways & Means Committee.
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By Natalie Sherman | January 6, 2014
A 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse in Cecil County leased to Restoration Hardware sold last month between $74 million and $75 million, the latest sign of strength in the area's industrial market, Cushman & Wakefield of Maryland said Monday. In Harford and Cecil counties, the vacancy rate for industrial and flex space was 3.1 percent at the end of 2013, compared to 16.7 percent at the beginning of 2011, according to an end-of-year report by Colliers International. The vacancy rate in the Baltimore region as a whole closed the year at 9.7 percent.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2010
Volunteers built a modest chapel in a remote area of northeastern Maryland nearly 200 years ago and dedicated it to the patron saint of their homeland. Volunteers today have saved that simple frame building from ruin. Many descendants of those early settlers will gather at the fully restored St. Patrick's Chapel in Cecil County for a rededication Saturday. They will offer prayers of gratitude to their forebears and to those who have preserved their legacy. The 10 a.m. Mass in a hamlet known as Pilottown is expected to draw the great-grandchildren of the Irish immigrants who settled along the Susquehanna River in the early 19th century.
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March 21, 2004
Grove Point worries about APG vibrations GROVE POINT - Residents in this waterfront community in southern Cecil County believe ordinance testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground may be harming the environment. It is not the noise that has residents concerned, but the vibrations. Residents worry that the land between their homes and the water could crumble away over the next few years, damaging septic systems and uprooting trees. Grove Point resident Donald Palmer says a portion of the cliff in front of his house recently collapsed onto the banks of the bay, and he believes testing was the cause.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
A 39-year-old man was killed in a fire that engulfed his Cecil County mobile home early Thursday morning, according to the state fire marshal's office. Shortly after midnight, around 50 firefighters were called to the one-alarm fire in the 600 block of Blue Ball Road in Elkton, and it took them about 90 minutes to get the fire under control. Curtis Lee Church, who was living inside the home, was pronounced dead, authorities said. No one else was injured. The cause of the fire, which resulted in about $50,000 worth of damage, is under investigation.
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Krishana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
Fifty years ago Sunday, mere days before the Christmas holiday, dozens of families from Elkton and north along the northeast corridor to Staten Island, N.Y., were changed in an instant. The mid-air explosion of Pan Am Flight 214 over Elkton became Maryland's largest loss-of-life disaster. The plane, a Boeing 707, returning from San Juan, Puerto Rico, made a stop in Baltimore to refuel before continuing to Philadelphia to drop off the last of its passengers. But, Pan Am Flight 214 never made it past Elkton.
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