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February 10, 1995
For many people in Carroll County, Reese L. Starner didn't occupy the office of Carroll's Register of Wills. He was the office. His death last Saturday, at age 78, marked the end of 28 years of devoted public service.Mr. Starner's dedication to safeguarding the public purse is legendary. During last fall's campaign, in which he won re-election to his eighth successive term, he boasted that his office -- himself and two clerks -- was the same size as when the county was formed in 1837. He adamantly refused to install computers, saying they would cost a great deal and would not improve his staff's efficiency.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Marilyn J. Mosby defeated Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein on Tuesday after criticizing him for failing to live up to promises he made four years ago to win the office. Bernstein conceded shortly before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. "We have left the office in a much better place," Bernstein said, "an office that is more effective, more efficient and more professional. " When Bernstein took office in 2011 after defeating incumbent Patricia C. Jessamy, he promised to boost conviction rates and focus on violent crime in Baltimore.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 10, 2002
Sue Ellen Greenfield of Westminster has filed to run for register of wills for Carroll County. Elected in 1998 to the Carroll County Republican Central Committee, she has served as treasurer and secretary. She was appointed in 1995 to the Carroll County Board of Housing Review. Her professional background includes working in the accounting department at Carroll Lutheran Village. She is a member of New Hope Fellowship in Westminster and volunteers in the county.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
A supervisor at Baltimore's Register of Wills office tried to hide a felony conviction from his or her employer, according to a report by the office of legislative audits. The supervisor, who is not named, had been convicted of felony theft and was ordered to pay back more than $100,000. Acting legislative auditor Thomas J. Barnickel III said his team was tipped off that the person put false information on an employment application. "Unless we were tipped off on this, this wouldn't be something we would look for or typically find," he said.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1995
As expected, Nancy Swartzbaugh Airing has been named to replace longtime Carroll County Register of Wills Reese L. Starner.Despite saying they would not announce their choice to replace Mr. Starner until after his burial yesterday, the county's three Orphans' Court judges actually swore in his chief deputy to the $50,000-a-year position Monday afternoon."
NEWS
February 8, 1998
Donald B. Sealing II has filed his Republican candidacy for the Carroll County register of wills.He ran for the same office in 1994 and lost by a narrow margin to the incumbent, the late Reese Starner.Sealing has been the chief deputy clerk for Carroll County Circuit Court for the past 10 years. Before that he was the jury commissioner for the Circuit Court in Howard County.He said he decided to run for the register of wills to advance Republican Party ideals and to provide quality service to residents.
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April 26, 2006
Ruth R. Startt, a retired Talbot County register of wills and Easton civic activist, died Sunday at Talbot Hospice House. She was 94, and family members said she died of infirmities related to old age. An Easton native and 1928 graduate of Easton High School, she earned a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg in 1933. She taught school for a year before being appointed as a deputy register of wills in 1934. She held that position until 1952, when she was appointed register of wills to complete a term.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | April 27, 1994
The second-highest ranking official in the Carroll Circuit Court clerk's office said he plans to announce his candidacy for county register of wills today.Donald B. Sealing II, chief deputy clerk under Clerk Larry W. Shipley since 1988, confirmed his candidacy yesterday.He said he wants to bring "new blood" to the register of wills office, which has been held since 1966 by fellow Republican Reese L. Starner."I can't say anything bad about Reese," Mr. Sealing said yesterday of the 77-year-old incumbent he will be challenging in the Sept.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | October 11, 1994
For most of the last 36 years, George M. Nutwell, senior or junior, has been register of wills in Anne Arundel County. The younger Mr. Nutwell, 58, hopes to continue that tradition as he campaigns this fall for a third term.Mr. Nutwell, a Republican, is being challenged for the $64,000 a year job by Democrat Candace H. Beckett, a 44-year-old lawyer from Cape St. Claire with four graduate degrees.Their race is among four for courthouse offices, including judge xTC of the orphan's court, where six candidates are running for three positions.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | February 8, 1995
Nancy Swartzbaugh Airing, hired on the spot 17 years ago by Register of Wills Reese L. Starner, is expected to be named his replacement today.Mr. Starner, 78, who held the job from 1966 until his death Saturday, had told Ms. Airing and others that she was his choice to replace him, Ms. Airing said yesterday."
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2011
The Baltmore County Register of Wills has tightened up procedures in response to a state audit that found that during a three-year period it did not report all estates valued at greater than $1 million to the office of the state comptroller, as required by law. The law is intended to help the comptroller to identify estates that should file a state tax return. In a report released Monday, the state Office of Legislative Audits found that in five cases the county register counted the estate's probate assets only, failing to add these to non-probate assets to arrive at a gross value to report to the Comptroller.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2010
Two elected court officials are objecting to plans to temporarily empty Howard County's gray granite Circuit Court building late this year for $4.5 million worth of renovations. "I'm not going to move," said a defiant Circuit Court Clerk Margaret D. Rappaport, who said the thousands of civil and criminal court files she administers in the building's basement would take days to move and the public disruption would be too great. She suggested saving the renovation money for use on a new court building, and just doing some minimal repairs on one section at a time.
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By DAN THANH DANG | December 4, 2007
The Q: Practically everything these days can be done by yourself, from do-it-yourself home renovations to DIY investing. Reader Don McCardell of Baltimore wants to know if this DIY attitude can be applied to writing up his own last will and testament. "Do I have to hire an attorney or can I do this on my own?" McCardell said. "I was wondering if I could write something simple, get two witnesses, maybe a notary and would that be legally binding?" The A: A will is a person's declaration of how he or she wants their property disposed of after their death.
NEWS
August 15, 2007
$1.3 million offered to restore stream The state will provide $1.3 million to restore the natural channel and make other improvements to Cowhide Branch in Annapolis, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced yesterday. The project, which will cost $2.3 million, also calls for removing a fish barrier along U.S. 50, replacing an outfall from a storm-water management pond, improving Weems Creek and the Severn River and reintroducing native wetland plants. The goal is to upgrade the water quality and create a native, scenic habitat.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,sun seporter | November 5, 2006
As Carroll County prepares to head to the polls Tuesday, some voters, in fact many more than usual, have gotten a head start. More than 6,000 county residents have requested absentee ballots for the general election - nearly three times the number of people who submitted absentee votes in the 2002 gubernatorial election, according to Patricia K. Matsko, Carroll elections director. "I kept thinking there was going to be a large number of absentees, indicated by a lot of people interested in the governor and U.S. Senate race," Matsko said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,sun reporter | October 6, 2006
For the first time in two decades, Anne Arundel County will have a new register of wills, as longtime incumbent George M. Nutwell Jr. is retiring. Both candidates seeking to succeed him, Democrat Jacqueline Boone Allsup and Republican Lauren M. Parker, say they have no interest in overhauling an office known for kind and reliable service. The office is a quiet space in the county courthouse where bereaved and often bewildered relatives, along with attorneys and accountants versed in probate law, deal with the intricacies of wills and estates.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,sun reporter | 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.
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April 26, 2006
Ruth R. Startt, a retired Talbot County register of wills and Easton civic activist, died Sunday at Talbot Hospice House. She was 94, and family members said she died of infirmities related to old age. An Easton native and 1928 graduate of Easton High School, she earned a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg in 1933. She taught school for a year before being appointed as a deputy register of wills in 1934. She held that position until 1952, when she was appointed register of wills to complete a term.
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