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UPDATE: SpongeBob is Doing Some Painting at Dyson Building Center in Callaway

UPDATE: SpongeBob is Doing Some Painting at Dyson Building Center in Callaway

UPDATE 10/13/2020: SpongeBob at Dyson Building Center appeared over the weekend and is dressed up as Bob Ross, there are also a few “happy trees” next to him. Robert Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor and television host. He was the creator and host of...
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Maryland Fraudsters Facing Federal Indictment for Fraudulent $28 Million Investment Ponzi Scheme

Maryland Fraudsters Facing Federal Indictment for Fraudulent $28 Million Investment Ponzi Scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted Dennis Mbongeni Jali, age 35, formerly of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; John Erasmus Frimpong, age 40, of Upper Marlboro; and Arley Ray Johnson, age 61, of Bowie, Maryland on federal charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering.  The indictment was returned on July 27, 2020, and...
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Coast Guard Notes Increase in Illegal Charters Across the Mid-Atlantic, Halts Voyages

Coast Guard Notes Increase in Illegal Charters Across the Mid-Atlantic, Halts Voyages

The Coast Guard has discovered and halted the voyages of at least five illegal charters discovered across the Mid-Atlantic since July. An illegal charter is a pay-for-hire operation where boat owners or someone they hire take passengers on the water without the proper credentials, and in some cases without proper safety gear or inspections....
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SMECO Works to Restore Power following Tropical Storm

SMECO Works to Restore Power following Tropical Storm

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is working to restore power following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. SMECO estimates that more than 40,000 homes and businesses were affected by power outages caused by the storm. As of Wednesday morning, August 5, 2020, SMECO reported that nearly 1,200 members were without power, but those...
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Governor Hogan Announces Expanded Statewide Mask Order, Out-of-State Travel Advisory

Governor Hogan Announces Expanded Statewide Mask Order, Out-of-State Travel Advisory

Governor Larry Hogan today announced, based on the state’s data-driven approach, the expansion of the statewide masking order and a public health advisory for all out-of-state travel. The governor also unveiled contact tracing data showing that family gatherings are the most common high-risk gathering and working outside the home is the most common high-risk...
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Governor Hogan Continues to Stress Vigilance In COVID-19 Fight, State Superintendent Sets Guardrails for Schools to Reopen

Governor Hogan Continues to Stress Vigilance In COVID-19 Fight, State Superintendent Sets Guardrails for Schools to Reopen

Governor Larry Hogan today provided an update to Marylanders on the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery, stressing the need for continued caution and vigilance. The governor was joined by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, who announced that MSDE will extend flexibility to local school systems to determine...
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Governor Hogan Presses Local Leaders to Enforce Public Health Requirements In Bars and Restaurants

Governor Hogan Presses Local Leaders to Enforce Public Health Requirements In Bars and Restaurants

Governor Larry Hogan today directed local leaders to step up enforcement of public health requirements in bars and restaurants across the state. State health officials have connected an increasing number of COVID-19 cases to non-compliance with face covering and physical distancing rules. “The vast majority of bars and restaurants in our state are in...
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Two Liquor Stores in St. Mary’s County Caught Selling to Underage in Alcohol Compliance Checks

Two Liquor Stores in St. Mary’s County Caught Selling to Underage in Alcohol Compliance Checks

On Tuesday June 30, 2020, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol Enforcement Unit conducted 15 covert compliance checks within St. Mary’s County. Two businesses were found to be non-compliant. Police used a male confidential informant under the age of 21 with no identification on them to go into liquor stores in St. Mary’s...
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Governor Hogan Proclaims Freedom of the Press Day

Governor Hogan Proclaims Freedom of the Press Day

Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed June 28 “Freedom of the Press Day” in honor of the five Capital Gazette employees who were murdered in the newsroom on June 28, 2018: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters. “Two years ago today, five Marylanders lost their lives to a heinous and...
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Executive Director of Visit St. Mary’s MD Says he was Terminated Because of his Personal Political Opinions

Executive Director of Visit St. Mary’s MD Says he was Terminated Because of his Personal Political Opinions

Jason Aul was selected by the Foundational Board of Directors of Visit St. Mary’s MD, to lead the tourism organization in July of 2018. Aul came to St Mary’s County from Washington, D.C. where he managed tourism and brand management with Brand USA, an organization dedicated to marketing the United States as a tourism...
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Governor Hogan Announces Next Stage Two Reopenings, Including Indoor Dining and Outdoor Amusements

Governor Hogan Announces Next Stage Two Reopenings, Including Indoor Dining and Outdoor Amusements

With key statewide health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction, Governor Larry Hogan today announced additional safe and phased reopenings through Stage Two of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.’ “This truly is one of the most daunting challenges our state has ever faced, but sometimes the worst times have a way...
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Former Director of the Special Olympics St. Mary’s County, Mary Lu Bucci Receives 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Director of the Special Olympics St. Mary’s County, Mary Lu Bucci Receives 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

The St. Mary’s County Commission for Women is proud to award the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary Lu Bucci. Mary Lu Bucci, the former director of the Special Olympics St. Mary’s County, was unanimously voted as the 2020 Lifetime Achievement honoree by the members of the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women for...
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Governor Hogan Announces Beginning of Stage Two of Maryland’s COVID-19 Recovery, Safe and Gradual Reopening of Workplaces and Businesses

Governor Hogan Announces Beginning of Stage Two of Maryland’s COVID-19 Recovery, Safe and Gradual Reopening of Workplaces and Businesses

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland will begin to move into Stage Two of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ with a safe and gradual reopening of workplaces and businesses, along with additional personal services. This comes after the state’s positivity rate dropped to single digits, and total current hospitalizations fell to their...
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Board of Charles County Commissioners Announce Charles County Phase One to Reopen May 29

Board of Charles County Commissioners Announce Charles County Phase One to Reopen May 29

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Board of Commissioners met to discuss implementing phase one guidelines of Maryland’s “Roadmap to Recovery.”  They voted 3-2 to institute phase one of Governor Hogan’s order beginning May 29. The Stay-at-Home Order will remain in place in Charles County until that time. After that, Charles County will begin...
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Stage One: Governor Hogan Announces Gradual Reopenings With Flexible, Community-Based Approach

Stage One: Governor Hogan Announces Gradual Reopenings With Flexible, Community-Based Approach

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the beginning of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes moving from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory and the gradual reopenings of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services. Stage One will be implemented with...
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State Department of Health Fines SagePoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center $10,000 per day for Widespread Deficiencies During COVID-19 Pandemic

State Department of Health Fines SagePoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center $10,000 per day for Widespread Deficiencies During COVID-19 Pandemic

The State of Maryland Office of Health Care Quality Said the Conditions at SagePoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Posed Immediate and Serious Jeopardy to the Health and Safety of Their Residents The State of Maryland Office of Health Care Quality sent the following letter via email to SagePoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Administrator, Ms. Andrea...
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Large Response to “Pizza Pick Up Special” at Nicolletti’s Pizza in California Backs up Traffic on Three Notch Road for Hours

Large Response to “Pizza Pick Up Special” at Nicolletti’s Pizza in California Backs up Traffic on Three Notch Road for Hours

When Nicolletti’s Pizza on Three Notch Road, in California wanted to thank everyone who had supported them and every other small business through these difficult times. The decided they would make dinner a “little more affordable and easier” for everyone. So on Tuesday, April 28th, they hosted a drive through pizza pick up. It...
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“Old Gal” Takes a Victory Lap as VX-20 Sunsets the C-2A Greyhound

“Old Gal” Takes a Victory Lap as VX-20 Sunsets the C-2A Greyhound

A noteworthy chapter of Naval test flight came to an end last month at Naval Air Station Patuxent River when C-2A Greyhound BuNo 162142 made its final flight, taking to the air with a crew of veterans who had flown the aircraft countless times over its nearly 30-year career with Air Test and Evaluation...
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Owner of Sparkle Car Wash in Waldorf Criminally Charged with Violating Governor’s Executive Order Violation

Owner of Sparkle Car Wash in Waldorf Criminally Charged with Violating Governor’s Executive Order Violation

On April 24, 2020, at approximately 7:0 p.m., the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack received a citizen complaint by phone stating that the Sparkle Car Wash located at 3380 Leonardtown Road, in Waldorf, was still open for business contrary to Governor Hogan’s Executive Order. Troopers have responded to the same business days prior...
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McDonald’s Gives Free Meals to First Responders and Healthcare Workers in Southern Maryland

McDonald’s Gives Free Meals to First Responders and Healthcare Workers in Southern Maryland

The special meals will be available at no cost for those in uniform, or those with valid ID, during breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating locations, the hamburger chain confirmed in a press release. “In appreciation for the healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who are committed to our health and safety, McDonald’s...
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Health Order Requires Masks in Charles County Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, Retail Establishments, and Public Transportation

Health Order Requires Masks in Charles County Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, Retail Establishments, and Public Transportation

The Board of County Commissioners, in partnership with the Charles County Health Department, announced that beginning Wednesday, April 15, the public will be required to wear face coverings in grocery stores, pharmacies, retail establishments, and public transportation. The order is aimed at protecting shoppers, employees, drivers, and passengers from the spread of COVID-19. A...
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As of Wednesday, April 15, Customers and Employees at All Retail Establishments in St. Mary’s County Will be Required to Wear Face Coverings

As of Wednesday, April 15, Customers and Employees at All Retail Establishments in St. Mary’s County Will be Required to Wear Face Coverings

Meenakshi Garg Brewster, Health Officer for St. Mary’s County, finding it necessary for the control and medical containment of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“SARS­Co V-2”) and the disease that it causes – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), hereby direct the following measures to be implemented to ensure consumer and employee safety in grocery stores (including farmers’...
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Employees from J.F. Taylor, Inc. are Working Around the Clock to Donate Much Needed PPE to Emergency Personnel

Employees from J.F. Taylor, Inc. are Working Around the Clock to Donate Much Needed PPE to Emergency Personnel

J.F. Taylor, Inc. of Lexington Park is leveraging its engineering and manufacturing resources to provide our local emergency management heroes with needed Personal Protection Equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon hearing of the communities need for face-shields, their Additive Manufacturing Team, led by Mr. Doug Sundheim and Mr. Samuel Silva, J.F. Taylor’s 3D printing...
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Two Lexington Park Businesses Make Donations to Local Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office

Two Lexington Park Businesses Make Donations to Local Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office

Don and Nam Nguyen from County Liquors and Adam and Kim Dennis of Pawnit both made donations recently to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department. Don and his wife Nam who own County Liquors in St. Mary’s Square moved to Southern Maryland in 1996 from Virginia, they...
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Kidz Meal Bagz Available at Sheetz to Help Feed Children and Families in Need

Kidz Meal Bagz Available at Sheetz to Help Feed Children and Families in Need

Kidz Meal Bagz is a program providing free meals to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals will be available all day starting Thursday, April 2nd and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink. Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz...
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