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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1995
In what one commissioner termed "a low point" in the board's history, the Maryland Racing Commission granted an OTB permit to the Port Tobacco Marina in Charles County yesterday despite opposition from residents who live next to or near the facility.The move expands the state's number of horse racing off-track betting outlets to five.Vincent "Cap" Mona, proprietor of the Port Tobacco bar/restaurant/boating and betting facility, said the pari-mutuel part of the operation will start taking horse bets tomorrow.
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May 26, 2011
Kelly and Sean Simone , of Columbia, announce the birth of their son, Elliot Joseph Simone , on April 28, 2011, at 9:19 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces. His sister is Sabrina, and his brother is Jonah. His grandparents are Karen and Gene Shipp, of Columbia; and Patricia and Anthony Simone, of Port Tobacco.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 24, 1991
PORT TOBACCO -- As a major 18th-century port and th cradle of American revolutionaries, Port Tobacco has an illustrious past that few Maryland towns can match.Now add another historic first: Port Tobacco (population 36) has become the smallest town in Maryland, according to the 1990 census.Just how small is Port Tobacco?"Well," said Mayor Frank B. Wade Jr., who heads the town commission, "with five commissioners and only about eight families, there's pretty good representation."At Murphy's Store, just outside the town limits, "You'd be surprisedhow many people come in here looking for Port Tobacco," said Paul Goldsmith, a regular on the store's liars' bench.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2010
The first thing to know about Maryland's Religious Freedom Byway is that religion in Colonial Maryland was rarely free. "It came at a cost to everybody, Catholics in particular," Sheila Smith told us at the courthouse in Port Tobacco, an 18 t h - century shipping center 35 miles south of Washington. "They had to have their prayers and services on the sly. Eventually, there were Jews and Quakers and Methodists. Of course, they didn't have an easy time, either." Smith, the official historian of the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco, was one of several guides to make that point as we made our way across Southern Maryland, following the federally recognized route that traces the peregrinations of the state's early European settlers.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1995
PORT TOBACCO -- Residents living near the Port Tobacco Marina expressed virulent opposition yesterday to the 22-acre restaurant-bar-boating facility becoming the site of the state's fifth off-track betting parlor."
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff Writer | September 17, 1995
Port Tobacco teetered on overcrowding. The Census Bureau said the town's population was 36. But folks say the number is really lower because some of the Volman and Wade kids left for college since the 1990 census was taken."
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May 26, 2011
Kelly and Sean Simone , of Columbia, announce the birth of their son, Elliot Joseph Simone , on April 28, 2011, at 9:19 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces. His sister is Sabrina, and his brother is Jonah. His grandparents are Karen and Gene Shipp, of Columbia; and Patricia and Anthony Simone, of Port Tobacco.
BUSINESS
By Faith Hayden and Faith Hayden,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 29, 2002
PORT TOBACCO - Rose Hill, a mansion overlooking the Port Tobacco River in Charles County, is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Southern Maryland. One of its most illustrious owners was Dr. Gustavus R. Brown, son of the man who built the mansion about 1730. Brown was a friend of George Washington, who visited Rose Hill several times, and was the physician who attended the former president at the time of his death. Today Rose Hill is owned by a couple who also had presidential connections.
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord | August 30, 1995
Harness horsemen have reversed their stand and approved the possible opening of the state's fifth off-track betting parlor, in Charles County near La Plata.The horsemen originally said the site of the proposed outlet at the Port Tobacco Marina and Restaurant is too close to Rosecroft Raceway and could siphon off business from the track.But they changed their minds at a board meeting of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners' Association at Rosecroft on Monday night.Under state law, horsemen and track managements must give their consent if an outlet is within a 35-mile radius of an existing racetrack.
FEATURES
By BOB ALLEN | January 14, 1996
Don't blink while driving south along busy Route 5 in Charles County. If you do, you could easily miss Bryantown.This inconspicuous crossroads, 10 or so miles east of La Plata, the bustling county seat, and 25 or so miles from Washington, was once one of the county's largest mercantile centers -- second only to Port Tobacco, the former county seat. But today Bryantown is barely noticeable from the main highway, which is lined by soybean fields, tobacco patches, subdivisions and strip shopping centers.
BUSINESS
By Faith Hayden and Faith Hayden,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 2, 2003
During the past 250 years, the Colonial home known as the Chimney House in Port Tobacco, Charles County, has served a variety of functions. It has been used as a boardinghouse, a courthouse, a tavern and several antique shops. But during the past 29 years, the Volman family has called it home. And they say a ghost has resided there with them, too. "The previous owners had bought the house primarily for investment purposes," said Kay Volman, "so it was nice to have a family in the home again."
BUSINESS
By Faith Hayden and Faith Hayden,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 29, 2002
PORT TOBACCO - Rose Hill, a mansion overlooking the Port Tobacco River in Charles County, is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Southern Maryland. One of its most illustrious owners was Dr. Gustavus R. Brown, son of the man who built the mansion about 1730. Brown was a friend of George Washington, who visited Rose Hill several times, and was the physician who attended the former president at the time of his death. Today Rose Hill is owned by a couple who also had presidential connections.
NEWS
By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2002
Dick Stethem keeps a fat binder at home in Port Tobacco, stuffed with articles, reports and notes about a man he has never met. Imad Mugniyah is the terrorist who authorities say plotted the hijacking of a jetliner that resulted in the torture and murder of his son. Every few weeks for 17 years, Pat Stethem has been calling the FBI's Washington field office to check on the progress of the hunt for Mugniyah and two henchmen. She keeps the names of the FBI agents assigned to the case in her address book, crossing off those who get transferred, penciling in the new ones.
SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2000
With an eye toward Pimlico and the state's premier racing, Laurel Park closed yesterday after downturns in betting and attendance. Jim Mango, Maryland Jockey Club chief operations officer, attributed the setbacks to nasty winter weather, the temporary closing of two off-track betting sites and the permanent shutdown of a third. Bad weather shouldn't be a problem the next three months as Maryland's thoroughbred racing shifts Wednesday to Pimlico. Its spring meet features two of the nation's top races, the Pimlico Special on May 13 and the Preakness on May 20. The meet ends June 18, when racing returns to Laurel.
NEWS
By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF | June 22, 1998
PORT TOBACCO -- At the old courthouse here, nestled serenely behind the post office and a keno and beer store, Elaine Racey offers a brief history of her town, keeps an eye on her granddaughter Sarah and speaks frankly about this year's elections."
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | November 30, 1997
A woman died early yesterday after a bizarre automobile accident in which she drove off a sea wall and plunged into a Charles County river while tailgating a station wagon that went into the water first.Lorraine Rose Kibler, 50, of Fort Washington, Prince George's County, was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center. Police said they were awaiting autopsy results to determine whether her death was caused by drowning or injuries from the crash.Police said Kibler's 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme overturned in the water.
NEWS
By James Bock | February 24, 1991
A statistical glitch may have made Port Tobacco the smallest town in Maryland, says the mayor of Highland Beach, a tiny Anne Arundel County community that held the position a decade ago."I think we are still the smallest, despite what the figures indicate," said Herbert A. Scurlock, mayor of the waterfront town southeast of Annapolis.The 1990 census indicates that Highland Beach's population skyrocketed from eight in 1980 to 102 last year. But Mr. Scurlock says the town's population has merely doubled to about 16.The mayor thinks a census taker erroneously included the nearby unincorporated areas of Bay Highlands and Venice Beach in Highland Beach's population.
NEWS
April 7, 1994
Howard County police arrested four Columbia men and a Port Tobacco man Tuesday night and found suspected cocaine and marijuana during a raid at a Columbia townhouse.The county's street drug and tactical sections searched the home in the 8900 block of Footed Ridge in the Jeffers Hill community at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.According to police, they found a plastic bag containing 7.7 grams of cocaine; a small vial of cocaine; a small bag of crack cocaine; marijuana; packaging materials and other drug paraphernalia.
FEATURES
By BOB ALLEN | January 14, 1996
Don't blink while driving south along busy Route 5 in Charles County. If you do, you could easily miss Bryantown.This inconspicuous crossroads, 10 or so miles east of La Plata, the bustling county seat, and 25 or so miles from Washington, was once one of the county's largest mercantile centers -- second only to Port Tobacco, the former county seat. But today Bryantown is barely noticeable from the main highway, which is lined by soybean fields, tobacco patches, subdivisions and strip shopping centers.
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1995
In what one commissioner termed "a low point" in the board's history, the Maryland Racing Commission granted an OTB permit to the Port Tobacco Marina in Charles County yesterday despite opposition from residents who live next to or near the facility.The move expands the state's number of horse racing off-track betting outlets to five.Vincent "Cap" Mona, proprietor of the Port Tobacco bar/restaurant/boating and betting facility, said the pari-mutuel part of the operation will start taking horse bets tomorrow.
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