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Charles County Public Schools Launching Text Message Notifications this School Year

Charles County Public Schools Launching Text Message Notifications this School Year

New this school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) parents and staff are text message notifications. CCPS has a new notification system called School Messenger, which is used to send systemwide and school emails, phone calls and text message updates. Text message recipients must opt-in to receive text alerts. The text alert feature...
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Charles County Public Schools Unpaid Meal Charge Guidelines, Procedures

Charles County Public Schools Unpaid Meal Charge Guidelines, Procedures

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has procedures that guide how the school system handles unpaid meal accounts. Superintendent’s Rule 3842 outlines how the school system handles negative meal account balances. The Rule applies only to students who pay full or reduced prices for meals. The guidelines do not apply to children who receive free...
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Blood Drive Planned for Sept. 12

Blood Drive Planned for Sept. 12

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Donors of all blood types are needed, with each blood donation having the potential to save three lives. Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are recommended by calling the hospital’s Health Connections department...
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Health department hosting vaccination clinics

Health department hosting vaccination clinics

The Charles County Department of Health is holding several immunization clinics for children who need vaccines required to attend school. Maryland law requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. Required vaccines depend on the age and grade level of the child and include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B,...
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Building service workers prepare for school year

Building service workers prepare for school year

The hallways of John Hanson Middle School and Thomas Stone High School shine like a skating rink. The scent of shampoo hangs in the air at Arthur Middleton Elementary School before building service manager James Turner revs up a machine that resembles a small, push Zamboni on a mission to deep clean the carpet....
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Organizations Sought to Educate Youth on Health Risks of E-Cigarettes

Organizations Sought to Educate Youth on Health Risks of E-Cigarettes

The St. Mary’s County Health Department is seeking organizations to educate local youth on the health risks of electronic cigarettes. These community organizations may include student groups, faith-based organizations, and civic organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the number of middle and high school age students who have never...
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Country Life Fest Returns to St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds August 19-20

Country Life Fest Returns to St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds August 19-20

On August 19-20, Country Life Fest will take over the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown Maryland with a celebration of all things country. Presented by Winegardner Auto Group, the two-day festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. From live music to exhibitors to a variety of contests,...
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Leading the Way to a Healthier, Stronger Community

Leading the Way to a Healthier, Stronger Community

Now in its 10th class year, Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) aims to educate and inspire a diverse group of leaders from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties through its annual nine-month program. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is proud of its 11 participating associates and the contributions they are making not only to healthcare, but...
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Hidden Cameras Found Under Women’s Desks at NAVAIR

Hidden Cameras Found Under Women’s Desks at NAVAIR

According to documents filed in Maryland District Court, Daniel A, Fasci, 56, of Great Mills admitted to placing video cameras under the desks of multiple females at buildings on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. One document states “Daniel Fasci has been using video surveillance under my desk pointed towards my private areas at...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 8/14/2017 to 8/18/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 8/14/2017 to 8/18/2017

During the week of August 14, to August 18, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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Maryland Gets Ready for 2017 Solar Eclipse on August 21

Maryland Gets Ready for 2017 Solar Eclipse on August 21

One of the most anticipated celestial events of our time happens Aug. 21 when the moon passes between the earth and sun, creating a total eclipse visible through a large swath of the United States. Although Maryland is not in the path of totality, skies will darken that afternoon and there will be plenty...
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Maryland Man Charged With Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIS And Attempted Murder

Maryland Man Charged With Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIS And Attempted Murder

A federal grand jury has charged Nelash Das, age 25, a citizen of Bangladesh previously residing in Landover Hills, Maryland, with attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization; attempting to murder a federal employee; and using and carrying a firearm during and...
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La Plata Man Discover More Than $157,000 in Unclaimed Property

La Plata Man Discover More Than $157,000 in Unclaimed Property

Four Maryland residents – two from Baltimore and one each from Hyattsville and La Plata – have joined the list of this year’s Unclaimed Property recipients who have been identified with accounts as part of Comptroller Peter Franchot’s annual publication. The four separate claims total more than $564,000 from a list published this spring...
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VIDEO: A Father Tearfully Speaks Out About Son’s Fatal Overdose

VIDEO: A Father Tearfully Speaks Out About Son’s Fatal Overdose

John Darling, 58, of St. Leonard speaks to reporters about his son who died of a drug overdose two months. Darling came to the August 9th press conference to ask if cases will be plead down and if they do go to a jury, will the families get to be there and be heard...
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Residents Asked to Reduce Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water

Residents Asked to Reduce Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water

The best way to prevent mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases is to get rid of mosquito breeding habitats. Because it is the height of mosquito season and the area just endured a significant 24-hour rain event, the Calvert County Department of General Services Mosquito Control Program urges residents to assist with mosquito control by...
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Charles County Leaders Discuss Economic Development Challenges and Opportunities at the 2017 MACo Summer Conference

Charles County Leaders Discuss Economic Development Challenges and Opportunities at the 2017 MACo Summer Conference

This year’s Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference will allow county elected officials, county staff, state and federal officials, and business representatives to discuss Maryland’s workforce growth and wealth of opportunities in a variety of industries. The 2017 MACo Summer Conference will be held Aug. 16-19 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in...
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Public Hearing in Calvert County for Proposed Sign Regulations Scheduled for Aug. 22, 2017

Public Hearing in Calvert County for Proposed Sign Regulations Scheduled for Aug. 22, 2017

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Calvert County Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing to consider proposed amendments to several zoning ordinances regarding sign regulations. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at the Calvert Pines Senior Center, located at 450 West Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick....
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Waldorf Parole and Probation office remembers legendary employee

Waldorf Parole and Probation office remembers legendary employee

Parole and Probation employees from the Waldorf Field Office held a special ceremony to dedicate an interview room to the late Carlton Bell, Sr. Mr. Bell, a longtime Drinking Driver Program monitor, had just retired when he was murdered earlier this year. Mr. Bell’s wife Lynn, Deputy Secretary J. Michael Zeigler, Special Assistant Martha...
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St. Charles Residential Land Sold to Lennar Corporation

St. Charles Residential Land Sold to Lennar Corporation

In one of the largest acquisitions in the State of Maryland in recent history, Lennar Corporation, d/b/a Lennar purchased the membership interest in St. Charles Community, LLC, an entity that owns the St. Charles Planned Unit Development (PUD) in Waldorf, Maryland. The acquisition of the 2,400-acre development, which includes residential, commercial, and industrial properties,...
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Wednesday’s Pet is ETHEL

Wednesday’s Pet is ETHEL

Wednesday’s Pet for 8/9/2017 ETHEL Featured Pet: Ethel Rescue Group: Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland Breed: Beagle Sex: Female Size: Small Vetted: Spayed and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $300.00 Donation Ethel is between 6 and 9 years old. She is a gentle dog that has thrived since her rescue from the shelter...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Request Public’s Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Request Public’s Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

On Friday August 4, 2017 at 2:15 p.m., the suspects loaded a cart full of merchandise and pushed it out the exit of the California, Walmart without paying for any of the items. The California, Walmart is located at 45485 Miramar Way. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects and/or about this...
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Maryland Lottery and Casinos Break Multiple All-Time Records in Fiscal Year 2017

Maryland Lottery and Casinos Break Multiple All-Time Records in Fiscal Year 2017

Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced numerous record-breaking figures for Fiscal Year 2017. The Maryland Lottery set new all-time marks for total sales, prizes to players, retailer commissions and instant ticket (scratch-off) sales. Meanwhile, the opening of the state’s sixth casino predictably spurred record casino gaming revenues. For the second consecutive year, combined Lottery and casino gaming contributions...
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Six Suspects Indicted on Murder Charges in Connection to Drug Overdose Deaths in St. Mary’s County

Six Suspects Indicted on Murder Charges in Connection to Drug Overdose Deaths in St. Mary’s County

Pursuant to a long term investigation conducted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Maryland State Police Identified certain drug dealers who caused the death of six citizens throughout the distribution of illicit drugs in St. Mary’s County. As a result, State’s Attorney Richard Fritz...
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Leonardtown Woman Indicted for Murder in Death of Mary Nell Miller

Leonardtown Woman Indicted for Murder in Death of Mary Nell Miller

Christina Granados McCauley, 58, of Breton Bay Farm Road, in Leonardtown, was indicted on the following charges COUNT I (POSSESSION OF CARFENTANIL) For that on or about the 23rd day of June, 2017, in Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County, Maryland, the Defendant, CHRISTINA GRANADOS MCCAULEY, did unlawfully possess a controlled dangerous substance of Schedule II, to...
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UPDATE: Name Released in Fatal ATV Accident in Leonardtown

UPDATE: Name Released in Fatal ATV Accident in Leonardtown

UPDATE 8/8/2017 @ 1:oo p.m.: On Monday, August 7, 2017 at approximately 5:35 p.m., Troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to a wooded area in the 22,000 block of Newtowne Neck Road, in Leonardtown, for a subject not breathing. Investigation revealed Kristopher B. Gray, 30, had been operating an ATV (4 wheeler) on private...
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