December 12, 2007
C. Merritt Pumphrey, a retired Howard County clerk of the Circuit Court and volunteer fire department official, died of cancer Friday at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 83. Born in Ferndale in Anne Arundel County, he moved to Howard County at age 13. He worked with his father and brother to establish and operate Dalton Farms, in what is now Columbia. He was a 1941 Howard County High School graduate. As a young man he belonged to the Howard County 4-H Club.
September 1, 2006
The Anne Arundel County clerk of the court is facing his first primary challenger since being elected in 1994, and the race for register of wills is wide open following the retirement of 20-year officeholder George M. Nutwell Jr., in two of this month's quieter political contests. With no Democrat seeking to become clerk of the court, the race will end Sept. 12 with the Republican primary. Seeking a fourth term, Robert P. Duckworth, 66, of Crofton is facing Howard Neugebauer III, 23, of Pasadena.
December 29, 2005
Mabel B. Guertler, a former Baltimore County Police Department clerk and accomplished seamstress, died of heart failure Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 82. She was born Mabel Estella Blackburn in Keyser, W.Va. After graduating from high school in 1941, she moved to Baltimore and went to work in the office at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. After her marriage to Charles F.E. Guertler ended in divorce, she returned to school and took accounting courses at what is now Towson University.
September 25, 2005
VALENTINE, TEXAS--For 19 miles, most of it bumpy enough to shake your bones, Route 2017 runs down to the Rio Grande and the Mexican border. Drug smugglers and illegal immigrants pass through here. So do the Border Patrol agents that pursue them, and cowboys heading to a nearby ranch. The land is sandy and bleak, full of gullies and rattlesnakes. Yet this parched ground is increasing in value faster than any Manhattan duplex or Malibu villa. In February, a California entrepreneur bought 7,408 acres for $65 an acre.
March 12, 2005
Maryland Court bars officials in gay marriage case A group of elected officials opposed to same-sex marriage cannot become defendants in the hot-button lawsuit filed by nine couples who want the state's ban on gay marriage erased, Maryland's highest court ruled yesterday. The decision, issued by the Maryland Court of Appeals a day after it heard arguments and with no opinion detailing its reasoning, returns the lawsuit to Baltimore City Circuit Court, where the same-sex couples sued five court clerks last July who refused them marriage licenses.
September 2, 2004
A scientist's report has confirmed what a mold-detecting dog sniffed out two weeks ago: There are mold growths on the carpeting, ceiling tiles and books in the Howard County circuit clerk's office. A laboratory analysis of five samples collected by the dog's handlers, David and Rondra Marcelli of Westminster, found various types of fungi on four, most prominently on a piece of ceiling tile, according to a report from Oregon-based Mould- Works. The mold found in the tile, Chaetomium globosum, can produce toxins and was the "most prevalent" fungus found in the samples, according to the report.