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Threat of School Shooting at Leonardtown Middle School Deemed Non-Credible

Threat of School Shooting at Leonardtown Middle School Deemed Non-Credible

SMNEWSNET.COM will not be posting a copy of the threat or providing links to it, and ask that the public stop sharing the threat online. The following email was sent to parents of students of Leonardtown Middle School. May 16, 2021 Dear Leonardtown Middle School Families, We have been made aware of a threat...
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Governor Hogan Announces End of Statewide Mask Mandate

Governor Hogan Announces End of Statewide Mask Mandate

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the end of the statewide mask mandate, aligning Maryland with new CDC guidance. This order will take effect Saturday, May 15, along with the lifting of all capacity limits and restrictions that the governor announced earlier this week.  “Today is the day that so many of us have...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Partner with Health Department on High School Prom Activities

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Partner with Health Department on High School Prom Activities

On May 15, 2021, St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS), in partnership with St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD), will provide support to all prom events scheduled for SMCPS High Schools. In addition to precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, prom events will include activities to address young driver safety. Students will also have...
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U.S. Navy to Hold Virtual Public Meetings on Tuesday, May 18, and Wednesday, May 19 for Patuxent River Complex Testing and Training Activities Draft Environmental Impact Statement

U.S. Navy to Hold Virtual Public Meetings on Tuesday, May 18, and Wednesday, May 19 for Patuxent River Complex Testing and Training Activities Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The U.S. Navy invites you attend a virtual public meeting on May 18 or 19 regarding the Patuxent River Complex Testing and Training Activities Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS. The Draft EIS evaluates the potential environmental effects of continuing to conduct military testing and training activities within the Patuxent River Complex needed to meet...
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Charles County Youth Orchestra Celebrates Graduating Seniors on Saturday, May 21, 2021

Charles County Youth Orchestra Celebrates Graduating Seniors on Saturday, May 21, 2021

The Charles County Youth Orchestra proudly announces that its graduating Seniors will attend some of the top colleges in the U.S. and the world this fall. The senior members of the orchestra Evangeline Gilmer, Ella Gerstman, Kyle Anderson, Areini Partis and Autumn Smith will be honored at an outdoor concert on Saturday, May 21,...
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Brendan Sailing Receives $20,000 Grant from the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation

Brendan Sailing Receives $20,000 Grant from the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation

Brendan Sailing is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation.   This grant will support camper scholarships for youth for this summer and beyond who would otherwise not have these opportunities. The cost to provide specially tailored, educational and growth opportunities to LD students continues...
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U.S. Coast Guard Establishes Safety and Security Zone Around Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal

U.S. Coast Guard Establishes Safety and Security Zone Around Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal

The U.S. Coast Guard in coordination with federal, State and local agencies have established a ‘Safety and Security Zone’ for the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. This exclusion zone is necessary to help ensure public safety and security. The zone prohibits vessels and persons from entering a well-defined area of...
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VIDEO: Calvert County Public Schools Announce Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Professional of the Year, and Give Both a New Car!

VIDEO: Calvert County Public Schools Announce Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Professional of the Year, and Give Both a New Car!

Congratulations to Jennifer Rachic, Calvert County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and James Johnson, Educational Support Professional of the Year. The winners were announced during live- streamed surprise visits to each school. Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “Mrs. Rachic and Mr. Johnson are outstanding examples of the fine teachers and support staff...
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Police Investigating Male Shot Multiple Times in Lexington Park

Police Investigating Male Shot Multiple Times in Lexington Park

On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at approximately 9:45 p.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to Flower Drive and Missouri Avenue in Lexington Park, for the reported shooting. Crews arrived on the scene to find an unknown aged male with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Emergency medical personnel transported the patient to...
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Gentle Hands Wildlife Services Rescue Osprey in St. Mary’s County

Gentle Hands Wildlife Services Rescue Osprey in St. Mary’s County

Gentle Hands Wildlife Services Posted the following information about an osprey rescue on their Facebook page. The post stated the osprey that was hanging upside down from the tree tangled in fishing line last night has been safely rescued. The final stages of the rescue operation took place first thing this morning (5/5/2021). Tri-County...
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New School-Based Health Centers in St. Mary’s County Recognized by State Commission and Awarded $650,000 Grant to Address Health Equity

New School-Based Health Centers in St. Mary’s County Recognized by State Commission and Awarded $650,000 Grant to Address Health Equity

The St. Mary’s County Equity Task Force is pleased to announce official state recognition of the two new school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the county, as well as a $650,000 grant awarded to the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) to support clinical service delivery at the SBHCs. Following a review of operational plans...
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U.S. Navy Receives Production Approval for Next-Generation Air Combat Training System

U.S. Navy Receives Production Approval for Next-Generation Air Combat Training System

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office (PMA-205) received Milestone C approval for its next-generation air combat training system, the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS II) on April 27, 2021. Approved by Program Executive Officer for Aviation Common Systems and Commercial Services (PEO(CS)), Gary Kurtz, Milestone C clears the way...
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A Message from Sheriff Troy D. Berry Regarding Body Worn Cameras:

A Message from Sheriff Troy D. Berry Regarding Body Worn Cameras:

A Message from Sheriff Troy D. Berry Regarding Body Worn Cameras: I want to take this opportunity to let you know exactly where we are in terms of body worn cameras for our agency. The bottom line is we want the cameras as soon as possible. In fact, on April 20, 2021, I gave...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Releases Statement on Suspicious Incident Involving a Child

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Releases Statement on Suspicious Incident Involving a Child

On May 2, 2021, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a case in which a child was approached by a suspicious female in a vehicle in the Chesapeake Beach area. After a thorough investigation and cooperation from Calvert County citizens, police were able to identify and locate the individual in question....
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NAS Patuxent River to Re-Open Gate 3 on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

NAS Patuxent River to Re-Open Gate 3 on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Naval Air Station Patuxent River will reopen Gate 3 beginning Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Gate 3 will be open from 5:30 a.m., to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed weekends and holidays. Pax River had closed Gate 3 after it established Health Protection Condition Charlie and a large population of the workforce moved...
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Effective Immediately, Naval District Washington Returns to Health Protection Condition Bravo / Bravo Plus

Effective Immediately, Naval District Washington Returns to Health Protection Condition Bravo / Bravo Plus

Installations under Bravo include Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Naval Support Activity Washington, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Support Activity South Potomac while Naval Support Activity Annapolis is under HPCON Bravo Plus. This order applies to military and civilian personnel assigned to Naval District Washington. Personnel should continue to follow CDC guidance as well...
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Charles County Last Day of School for Students is Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Charles County Last Day of School for Students is Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The last day of school for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, June 16. The last day of school for teachers is Thursday, June 17. The following is the end-of-year schedule for students. Friday, June 11: two-hour early dismissal for all students (in-person and virtual/report card preparation time...
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Construction of CSM’s New Center for Health Sciences Building Now Underway at Regional Hughesville Campus

Construction of CSM’s New Center for Health Sciences Building Now Underway at Regional Hughesville Campus

Construction of the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) new Center for Health Sciences building is underway at the college’s Regional Hughesville Campus. Construction is currently on track for completion in fall 2022. The Center for Health Sciences will be the second building on CSM’s Regional Hughesville Campus and will serve as a central, convenient...
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PHOTOS: Governor Hogan Celebrates Groundbreaking of Charles County Broadband Expansion Project

PHOTOS: Governor Hogan Celebrates Groundbreaking of Charles County Broadband Expansion Project

Governor Larry Hogan celebrated the groundbreaking of a major $6 million broadband expansion project to provide high-speed internet service to approximately 1,400 residents of Nanjemoy and Cobb Neck in Charles County. “The sudden shift to teleworking, telehealth, and distance learning that we have seen over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic has further...
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Charles County Board of Education Approves First Charter School in Charles County

Charles County Board of Education Approves First Charter School in Charles County

The Board of Education voted on April 26 to approve the first charter school in Charles County. The Phoenix International School of the Arts (PISOTA) will open in the 2022-2023 school year as a middle school serving Grades 6-7 and expand the following year to include Grades 6-8. Located in Waldorf, the school will...
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Governor Hogan Statement on State Board of Education Vote to Require Full In-Person Learning for 2021-22 School Year

Governor Hogan Statement on State Board of Education Vote to Require Full In-Person Learning for 2021-22 School Year

Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement welcoming the Maryland State Board of Education’s unanimous vote requiring Maryland school systems to offer full in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year: “The science supports getting our children back into school for in-person learning, and every student in Maryland should have that opportunity right now. To...
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St. Mary’s County April 27, 2021 Commissioner Meeting Rollup

St. Mary’s County April 27, 2021 Commissioner Meeting Rollup

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The Commissioners recognized important milestones and initiatives by presenting Proclamations for Community College Month, National Law Day, National Travel and Tourism Week and National Afterschool Professionals Week. The Commissioners also recognized the opening...
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Two Charles County First Responders & the “Latham Family” Will be on Family Feud, May 4, 2021

Two Charles County First Responders & the “Latham Family” Will be on Family Feud, May 4, 2021

Justin Lucas posted on Facebook, the following information: This is your 1 week reminder! The Latham Family, Dean, Taylor, Justin, Donald and Jimmy from Indian Head Maryland will be on Family Feud next Tuesday night May 4th at 8:30 on WDCA!!! If you are not in the Washington DC area, go to www.familyfeud.com to...
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CSM’s Robotics Team, the Talons, Are Back in Business at Skills Tournament

CSM’s Robotics Team, the Talons, Are Back in Business at Skills Tournament

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) competitive robotics team – the Talons –participated in the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Inaugural Remote Skills Event April 16-17. The Talons were one of 13 colleges in the national weekend tournament which was Nebraska’s first remote, skills-only VEX U event, hosted by UNL’s VEX U team. The...
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Cruise Aboard the Historic Wm. B. Tennison

Cruise Aboard the Historic Wm. B. Tennison

Enjoy specialty cruises aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison departing from the Calvert Marine Museum. Built in 1899, the Tennison is the only Coast Guard licensed log-hulled, passenger-carrying vessel in the United States. The vessel served as an oyster buyboat until 1978 and has been designated a National Historic landmark. All specialty cruises are...
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