September 4, 2008
Beverley Francis chosen for leadership program Beverley Francis, president and chief executive officer of the Columbia Foundation, is among those recently chosen for the Leadership Howard County 2008-2009 Premier Program. The program was launched in 1985 to develop capable people committed to planning for community improvement. The program addresses county issues in monthly, daylong seminars, where participants meet with leaders in business, government and community services. Bonnie Heneson wins Bravo!
January 27, 2003
A scholarship fund for graduating female athletes has been established at Mount Hebron High School in memory of Judge C. James "Kit" Sfekas, a Howard County District Court judge who died in June at age 49. The fund, initiated by the Columbia Soccer Association and the Howard County Bar Association, was established by Sfekas' wife, Lauren, and Debra Fieldhouse, a Mount Hebron parent and friend of the family. Sfekas coached his daughters' soccer, lacrosse and basketball teams with the Howard County Youth Program and the Soccer Association of Columbia.
November 8, 2001
Hours have been cut at Baltimore County's land records office, a move that the head of a key county bar association committee described as "catastrophic" with interest rates declining and the demand for mortgage refinancing rising. Circuit Court Clerk Suzanne K. Mensh instituted the new hours Oct. 22, expressing concern over security and what she termed acts of vandalism that have occurred in the office. Mensh cut the daily closing hour from 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. and eliminated the Saturday hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office opens at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday.
September 21, 2001
The Carroll County commissioners agreed yesterday to spend $12,000 to upgrade resources at the law library used by judges and local attorneys. "In order for attorneys to practice, they need to know the most up-to-date laws," said Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier. The county bar association had asked for $22,000. Much of the library's funding is from fines and forfeitures exacted in Circuit Court. Those revenues have declined about 30 percent in the past five years. County funding - about $20,000 annually - has not met the need.
June 6, 2001
A 45-year-old litigator from Towson has been appointed by Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger to the $130,000-a-year post of county attorney. Edward J. Gilliss will oversee a staff of 25 lawyers whose duties range from lobbying for state aid to defending ordinances in federal court. He replaces Virginia W. Barnhart, who resigned after seven years to return to private practice. Barnhart was a key player in Ruppersberger's administration, advising both the executive and County Council on the legal issues involved in day-to-day decisions.
May 1, 2001
County police to offer seminar on ways to burglar-proof a home The Howard County Police Department will offer a free home security seminar on burglar-proofing the home from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the community meeting room of the Howard County Police Station, Northern District, 3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. Registration is required Information or registration: 410-313-3750. Robey will receive honor at bar association event The Howard County Bar Association, in cooperation with the Waring-Mitchell Law Society and the Women's Bar Association of Howard County, will honor County Executive James N. Robey at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Elkridge Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge.