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June 3, 2012
The Board of County Commissioners on May 24 unanimously approved a $1.066 million bid for construction of the first phase of the planned Leister Regional Park in Hampstead. Commissioner Haven Shoemaker reminisced on the late Bub Leister, for whom the park is named. Leister sold the land to the county more than 10 years ago before his death in 2006. "He sold it to the county for about half of what those guys were offering because he wanted it to be preserved as a green space for his community," Shoemaker said.
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July 15, 2014
Reporter John Fritze's recent article showed what hateful hypocrites the Carroll Commissioners, Del. Justin Ready and Rep. Andy Harris really are ( "Carroll Co. officials push back on shelter for immigrant children," July 11). They are joined by the local tea party group, which suggested in an email blast to its members that the children be met by an armed militia if they are sent to Westminster. The Carroll Commissioners are quite fond of publicly praying for God's guidance at their meetings.
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NEWS
June 11, 2011
In recent days, members of the Board of County Commissioners have given themselves high marks when taking turns mounting the county soapbox. Members have proclaimed themselves successful in keeping campaign promises across the board in their first six months in office — one-eighth of their four-year terms. How enviable it must be to grade one's self. If I had been able to grade myself in high school, I'd have surely graduated cum laude and been offered scholarships from numerous Ivy League colleges, with fraternities competing to have me become a pledge to their house.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
Voters in the Republican primary for Carroll County sheriff have a choice this year and the clear choice for this important office is Chris Fiora. Mr. Fiora has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience at the local, state and national levels - as a patrol officer, Maryland state parole and probation agent, senior inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service and supervisory special agent with the Department of Homeland Security. This is the experience he will draw on to make the sheriff's department a model law enforcement agency.
NEWS
May 12, 2002
County commissioners to hold community meeting The Carroll County commissioners will hold a series of community meetings around the county to hear comments and listen to resident concerns on issues that affect the county. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 20 at Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company meeting hall, 1341 N. Main St. All residents are welcome. Information: 410-386-2043.
NEWS
June 2, 2002
The Carroll County commissioners recently held their 27th annual recognition program for 101 government employees who marked anniversaries and exhibited outstanding performances last year. The Employee Awards Recognition Program included employees marking service milestones with Carroll County government. Honorees included: Five years of service: Thomas Bader, Latisha Mayne, Gail Moscati, Dolores Rhodes, State's Attorney; Dale Baker, Richard Brenner, Karen Brown, Joe Hernandez, Robert Letmate, Melissa Taylor, Sheriff's Department; Beverly Baldwin, Hashawha; Rodney Bupp, Roads Operations; Timothy Burke, Kimberly Millender, Sandra Stultz, County Attorney; Stacy Conaway, Mark Rhoads, Utilities; Jodi Daroja, Housing & Community Development; Verna Lynn Daubert, Rebecca Unglesbee, Accounting/Collections; Jorge David, Facilities; Cindy Eppley, Christopher Letnaunchyn, Engineering; Nancy Grove, Sonia Wimert, Information & Technology Services; Sheree Lima, Budget.
NEWS
September 4, 1998
The County Commissioners will hold a public meeting to address proposed improvements to Monroe Avenue in Eldersburg at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the County Office Building.Residents of Monroe Avenue between Liberty and Ridge roads have asked the county to take steps to reduce speeding.A petition has asked for safety measures along a curve and three-way stop signs at Monroe and Sherryl avenues.County Department of Public Works staff has recommended edge marking and center-line delineation to remind drivers to stay in their lane.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | February 27, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- County commissioners, farmers and citizens jammed an Annapolis committee room yesterday to denounce an administration bill aimed at managing growth and preserving the Chesapeake Bay.While opponents at yesterday's hearing before the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee agreed the bay needs to be protected, most said the administration's bill infringes on property rights, places undue restraints on rural counties and does not...
NEWS
January 29, 1997
The County Commissioners will not oppose a wine festival in Ocean City, even if it comes on the heels of the Maryland Wine Festival, an annual event that draws more than 20,000 to the Farm Museum in Westminster.Worcester County legislators have introduced a bill that would allow the county to sponsor a festival, serving beer and wine, on any weekend other than the dates set for the state event."The Maryland Wine Festival is a big tourist attraction and promotes a state industry," said Richard Soisson, director of the county Recreation and Parks Department, in a meeting with the County Commissioners yesterday.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2004
The Carroll County commissioners said a blueprint presented to them yesterday outlining the future of emergency services is a promising foundation. "This is a comprehensive analysis and serves as a great base," Commissioner Dean L. Minnich said at a meeting with two representatives from the Carroll County Volunteer Fireman's Association. County Chief of Staff Steven D. Powell said that the firefighters' plan will be considered as a resource in updating the public safety section of the county's master plan this summer.
NEWS
May 23, 2014
I am pleased to see that The Sun recently acquired the Carroll County Times ( "Baltimore Sun Media Group buys The Capital in Annapolis and the Carroll County Times," May 1). The Times has done an outstanding job as a local newspaper for decades, and it's my hope that the purchase by The Sun will restore statewide coverage of Carroll County politics as it once provided when The Sun maintained a local bureau here. Commentary and coverage of Carroll County to a statewide audience is important to those outside the county so that everyone in the region is aware that our current county commissioners and legislative delegation would as soon secede from the state as participate in coordinated efforts restore the Chesapeake Bay or even increase its recycling rates.
NEWS
May 19, 2014
In response to the letter, "Keep church and state separate" (May 16), prayer was an everyday occurrence when I was growing up and attending public school in the 1950s and early 1960s. A student read a passage from the Bible, then the Lord's Prayer was recited ending the morning ritual with the Pledge of Allegiance to follow. Nobody I know was adversely affected by this practice. Whether it took place in elementary, junior high or high school, no child was scarred negatively. At the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, children from many religious backgrounds attended with no negative reaction to the morning prayer.
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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.
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Dan Rodricks | May 6, 2014
Let me present a hypothetical situation that gets to the heart of the Supreme Court's unfortunate decision on prayer at local government meetings. I'll make the setting Carroll County because that's where elected officials eagerly invoke Jesus Christ at meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. Let's say you own a piece of property in some increasingly suburbanized section of the county. You want it rezoned so you can build a convenience store and gas station. You have to convince the commissioners that the area has changed enough to warrant rezoning.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Carroll County officials said Tuesday the county will pay a $1 million penalty to get out of a deal to build a waste-to-energy incinerator with Frederick County. In 2009, the previous Board of County Commissioners signed a pact with Frederick County and the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority to build an incinerator in Frederick capable of handling 1,500 tons of waste a day. The current commissioner board decided in 2012 they wanted out of the deal, citing concerns with the cost of building the incinerator and hauling costs.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1996
Everyone from a circuit judge to a Westminster radio announcer hailed state Treasurer Richard N. Dixon, Carroll County's favorite son, as a role model for African-Americans and others.Mr. Dixon, the first black elected to a state constitutional post, was honored by the County Commissioners Thursday for his "13 years of service" as a member of Carroll's State House delegation.The event at Martins Westminster marked one of the rare occasions when the commissioners have honored a resident. About 150 people attended the dinner.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1998
Hunters and gun enthusiasts who practice their firearms skills at Carroll County's increasingly popular gun range will soon see improvements to the rough outpost deep inside the county's Northern Landfill.In a unanimous decision, county commissioners voted yesterday spend $36,000 to run power lines to the Hap Baker Firearms Facility off Route 140 just outside Westminster.The electricity will be used to power lighting and ventilation systems needed to improve safety and comfort, said Richard J. Soisson, director of the Department of Recreation and Parks.
NEWS
By Louise Vest | December 18, 2013
50 Years Ago Roosting habits From the 4-H Highlights: "The committee presented the 1964 program to the members and they accepted it. Each member selected the topic of the month which she would like to prepare. "Barbara Brunk gave the following demonstrations: 'Dog Care', 'Dos and Don'ts of Washing Clothes', and 'Eating and Roosting Habits of Chickens.' " "New Highways Listed In five Year Program "The State Roads commission today announced construction of 12.49 miles of new highway in Howard County as a part of a five year program to cover the period from July 1, 1964, to June 30, 1969.
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By Louise Vest | December 10, 2013
50 Years Ago A park is born In a Times article: "The first area to be acquired in the Howard County Parkland Plan, the Bethany area, has been approved by the park board and the commissioners and steps will be soon underway toward purchase. "The commissioners were asked to approve an engineering study to be made in the Middle Patuxent Area to determine the feasibility of the construction of a future water supply reservoir. "This was the suggestion of Senator James Clark, who pointed out that this is the last section suitable for a dam to supply Howard County with water.
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