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Maryland Unemployment Rate Falls Below National Average To 4.2%

Maryland Unemployment Rate Falls Below National Average To 4.2%

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released state jobs and unemployment data earlier today. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland’s job totals decreased by 1,600 jobs in May, a decrease of 0.1%. Public sector jobs decreased by 300 and the private sector decreased by 1,300 jobs. Since January 2015,...
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Sagepoint Receives $1,256.43 Donation From Welburn Organization

Sagepoint Receives $1,256.43 Donation From Welburn Organization

Sagepoint Senior Living Services is pleased to announce that it has received a donation of $1,256.43 from the Welburn Organization which operates the two McDonald’s in La Plata and one in Waldorf. Sagepoint was selected as the McCafe for a Cause recipient for the month of May and this donation is the result of...
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Southern Maryland Film Festival to Partner with Indian Head Black Box Theater

Southern Maryland Film Festival  to Partner with  Indian Head Black Box Theater

The Steering Committee for the Southern Maryland Film Festival announced its 2017 Charles County Mini-Fest, made possible through a partnership with the Indian Head Center for the Arts and Black Box Theater. The Inaugural partnership is being held Saturday, July 15, 2017, with a family-friendly block from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and a block...
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2017 SMILE Expo Features Livestock, Learning and Fun

2017 SMILE Expo Features Livestock, Learning and Fun

The annual Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo (SMILE) for youth takes place on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 2017, at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. The SMILE show features youth competitors (ages 6 through 21 years) from around Southern Maryland and more than 300 show animals (beef and dairy cows,...
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Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Receives Home Depot Foundation Landscape Makeover

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Receives Home Depot Foundation Landscape Makeover

The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home was recently selected to receive a “landscape makeover”, valued at over $24,000 by The Home Depot Foundation! On Thursday, June 8, 2017, over 80 volunteers trimmed, planted, and mulched around all 3 entrances, the pavilions, and the courtyard. Volunteers worked through the day and truly enjoyed their time with...
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Calvert County Farmers Markets Feature Fresh Local Food, Products

Calvert County Farmers Markets Feature Fresh Local Food, Products

Not only is Calvert County home to four outdoor farmers markets each week, but there are an abundance of roadside stands from which to shop for fresh local produce. Right now customers are enjoying freshly harvested asparagus and potatoes. Toward the end of June, zucchini will start hitting the stands and so will blueberries,...
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Suspects Linked to 10 Robberies Facing Charges

Suspects Linked to 10 Robberies Facing Charges

Four suspects are charged in connection with armed robberies in Prince George’s County and are believed to be linked to several other such crimes in the region. Over the span of just four weeks, detectives believe these same suspects targeted 10 separate 7-Elevens in three counties. The convenience stores are in Prince George’s County,...
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SMECO Refunds Capital Credits

SMECO Refunds Capital Credits

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is issuing capital credit refunds totaling nearly $3.8 million. Of that total, a general refund of approximately $2.2 million will be issued in early July. Active eligible customer-members will receive credits on their bills and checks will be issued to eligible former members. Special refunds of about $1.6 million...
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NAVAIR Accepts Russell Naval Aviation Flight Safety Award

NAVAIR Accepts Russell Naval Aviation Flight Safety Award

NAVAIR Assistant Commander for Corporate Operations and Total Force Stephen Cricchi accepted the 2016 Adm. James S. Russell Naval Aviation Flight Safety Award June 15 during a modest conference room ceremony. The award, which Cricchi accepted on behalf of NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, was one of two top naval aviation safety awards...
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Klein Enterprises Announces National Tenants at St. Mary’s Marketplace

Klein Enterprises Announces National Tenants at St. Mary’s Marketplace

Baltimore-based developer Klein Enterprises announced today that national chains, Café Rio, Great Clips, Mod Pizza and Nail Trix, as well as Maryland-based Bay Country Liquors, have signed leases at St. Mary’s Marketplace in California. “We’re excited to bring these prominent brands to St. Mary’s County in the newest, premiere shopping center in this market,”...
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McDowell assumes command of Air Combat Electronics program office

McDowell assumes command of Air Combat Electronics program office

Navy Capt. Christopher McDowell, the former deputy program manager for the Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209), assumed the role of program manager during a May 25 change of command ceremony at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. As PMA-209’s program manager, McDowell will be responsible for the Navy’s development, integration and cradle-to-grave sustainment for common...
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Home Healthy Checklist for this Summer

Did you know there are easy steps you can take to help eliminate hazards within your home? It can be as simple as checking, replacing, or cleaning an area in your home to prevent an accident or illness. SMO Energy is helping homeowners like you identify a few areas in the home to check...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announces 34th Annual National Night Out celebration

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announces 34th Annual National Night Out celebration

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce that on Tuesday, August 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., neighborhoods across St. Mary’s County can join in the celebration of National Night Out. “You don’t have to have a lot of money, if any, to organize a National Night Out celebration in...
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Maryland Acquires Lowest Cost in History for Electricity Rates for State Buildings and Facilities

Maryland Acquires Lowest Cost in History for Electricity Rates for State Buildings and Facilities

The Hogan-Rutherford Administration today announced the Department of General Services’ successful implementation of a reverse auction for energy purchases, which will save Maryland taxpayers $25 million over the next four years through 2021. The commodities procurement will provide a significant portion of the state’s electricity supply to state-owned facilities. “By pooling the state’s future...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Summer Interns

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Summer Interns

This week marks the beginning of the 2017 summer internship program for four college students, all residents of St. Mary’s County, who have aspirations of a career in law enforcement. Sheriff Tim Cameron and Civilian Administrator, Pam McKay, kicked off the intern orientation by welcoming the new interns to the Sheriff’s Office, prior to...
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Navy Summit Connects Vets, Wounded Warriors with Employers

Navy Summit Connects Vets, Wounded Warriors with Employers

As part of an ongoing commitment to wounded, ill or injured service members, the Navy hosted its 7th Annual Veteran and Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit in Seattle, Washington, May 23-24. The two-day event gathered panelists, moderators and experts to share resources and information with employers and invited veterans and wounded warriors to...
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Independence Day Celebration to be Held at Regency Furniture Stadium

Independence Day Celebration to be Held at Regency Furniture Stadium

Spend your Independence Day with family and friends at the 2017 Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth on Tuesday, July 4 at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf) from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Event schedule:  4:30 p.m.       Best of Charles County Marketplace opens Celebrate Charles Family Fun Zone opens...
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St. Mary’s College receives River Champion Award

St. Mary’s College receives River Champion Award

On Sunday, June 4, on behalf of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, President Tuajuanda C. Jordan was given the River Champion Award by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association during its annual “A River Affair” celebration. The celebration took place on the State House lawn overlooking the St. Mary’s River. This is the seventh...
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29 students participate in 2017 Master of Arts in Teaching Commencement Ceremony at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

29 students participate in 2017 Master of Arts in Teaching Commencement Ceremony at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the state’s public honors college, graduated 29 students with Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on Friday, June 2, in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall. The commencement address was delivered by Elias Vlanton, a retired Prince George’s County teacher and freelance journalist. In 2009 Vlanton was awarded...
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La Plata Native Honored with Dr. George W. Patterson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment

La Plata Native Honored with Dr. George W. Patterson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) recognized top individuals and teams who contributed substantially to the command’s mission success.  The annual Honorary Awards ceremony was conducted recently at Indian Head, Maryland. Mr. John Cox, a Virginia Tech graduate, and 13-year employee of NSWC IHEDOTD with the Systems...
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Police in Charles County Investigating Armed Robbery of 4 Teens in Bryans Road

Police in Charles County Investigating Armed Robbery of 4 Teens in Bryans Road

On Monday, May 29, 2017, at approximately 1:55 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office  responded to the 3100 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road for the report of an armed robbery to the rear of Safeway. Investigation revealed four juvenile males were seated on the trail leading from the Safeway...
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Tiki Bar Owner Fires Employees and Apologizes for Memorial Day Weekend Incident

Tiki Bar Owner Fires Employees and Apologizes for Memorial Day Weekend Incident

The following was posted on the Tiki Bar Facebook page: To all veterans, active or retired, I was deeply saddened by the post that Tiki security asked patrons to remove any military affiliated motorcycle attire, especially on Memorial Day Weekend when it’s our turn to show special thanks to those who have served. It...
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Charter Captain Given Certificate of Appreciation

Charter Captain Given Certificate of Appreciation

The Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Charter Captain Lee Tippett. On Friday, April 20, 2017, at approximately 7:20 p.m, a 32-foot powerboat exploded and caught fire at the fuel dock at the Solomons Yachting Center in Calvert County As flames began to spread to the dock, people cut the lines and attempted to...
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C-130T Hercules Upgrades Reduce Maintenance, Improve Reliability

C-130T Hercules Upgrades Reduce Maintenance, Improve Reliability

It’s true.  Good things really do come in small packages. This was recently proven out by the Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) C-130T Electronic Propeller Control System and Engine Instrument Display System (EPCS/EIDS) team. The three person EPCS/EIDS team’s actions resulted in installations of the systems in 19 KC-130 aircraft in record time —...
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Refunds Now Available from Amazon for Unauthorized In-App Purchases

Refunds Now Available from Amazon for Unauthorized In-App Purchases

The FTC’s law enforcement action against Amazon for unauthorized billing recently settled, leaving two key takeaways: 1) Consumers are eligible for more than $70 million in refunds; and 2) Businesses need to get customers’ express consent before placing charges on their credit or debit cards. Amazon.com, Inc. has begun offering refunds to consumers for...
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