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Charles County Public Schools Hosting Second Annual Career Fair on Saturday, March 21

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting its second annual Career Fair Saturday, March 21 at North Point High School in Waldorf. The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and sponsored by the CCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) department. The event is free and open to the public, but targets...
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Charles County Obtains Injunction to Prevent Adult Entertainment Establishment from Opening in Bryans Road

Charles County Obtains Injunction to Prevent Adult Entertainment Establishment from Opening in Bryans Road

On January 24, 2020, Charles County obtained an order to enforce the injunction that prohibits X4B, an adult entertainment establishment, from opening for business this weekend. The establishment had been promoting itself as a nightclub with live entertainment in its online advertising through social media. Charles County Attorney Wes Adams presented evidence that the...
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St. Mary’s College Black Student Union Announces MK Asante as 2020 Barber Walker Lecturer, Lecture to be held Thursday, February 13, 2020

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Black Student Union announces MK Asante as the third Annual Elizabeth Barber Walker Lecture guest speaker. Asante’s lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall on the College’s campus. The event is free of charge and open...
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Charles County Public Schools Currently Looking for Outstanding Volunteer Award Nominees

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is looking for outstanding volunteers who support children by contributing time and resources to schools and the school system. The 2020 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year “Be the Difference” awards program recognizes outstanding school volunteers for their valuable contributions to schools, students, staff and CCPS. There are five award...
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Local Businesses Providing Discounts to Support Student Identification Badge Use

Local businesses are giving Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students incentives to wear their identification badges in school and keep track of the badges out of school by providing discounts for services and products. CCPS began issuing student identification badges during the 2018-19 school year as part of a safety and security pilot program...
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The Spirit of Innovation and Freedom at the Pax River Naval Air Museum to be held on January 30, 2020

Oscar Falco, the new mascot for the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, “spreads his wings” in front of the iconic hangar-style museum building that was opened this past spring. Pax Museum photo by Amy Davis.

Internationally recognized musician Dominic Fragman and NAVAIR engineer Anthony Malatesta will lead a community discussion of innovation in art and science in “A Quantum Case for Innovation in Art & Technology,” at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. The Spirit of Innovation and Freedom (SIF) Ensemble, featuring master drummer...
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St. Mary’s College Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black Winner of the $250,000 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching

Baylor University has named Jennifer Cognard-Black, professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, as the 2020 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. Awarded biennually, The Cherry Award is a prestigious national teaching award – with the single, largest monetary reward of $250,000 presented by a college or university...
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UPDATE: Chopticon Student to Remain in Jail After Bringing Loaded Handgun to Basketball Game at Leonardtown High

UPDATE: Chopticon Student to Remain in Jail After Bringing Loaded Handgun to Basketball Game at Leonardtown High

Update 1/22/2019: Samuel “Sammy” Tony Bryant, 17, of Mechanicsville, the 17-year-old Chopticon Student who was arrested after bringing a loaded gun to Leonardtown High School on January 17, 2020 appeared in District Court in St. Mary’s County on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, for a bond hearing. At the hearing Bryant learned he will remain...
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The Optimist Club of Calvert Prince Frederick International Essay Contest Sets Deadline for February 14, 2020

The Optimist Club of Calvert Prince Frederick is encouraging Calvert County students to contemplate the phrase “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for the 2019/20 school year. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win...
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Stomp Out Stigma 5K for Suicide Awareness and Prevention A 2019 NASPA Outstanding Peer Education Program

A St. Mary’s College’s event, Stomp Out Stigma 5K for Suicide Awareness and Prevention, has been recognized as a 2019 NASPA Outstanding Peer Education Program. Each year, NASPA/Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education honor some of the best undergraduate peer educators addressing health, safety, and well-being issues on college and university campuses. The Outstanding...
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2020 Winter Commencement Pinning Ceremony Celebrates CSM’s 41 Nursing Graduates

During the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) nursing recognition ceremony Jan. 16, as part of the college’s 21st Winter Commencement, 41 associate degree nursing candidates received their nursing pin. The nursing pin is a treasured symbol CSM Nursing Professor Jeanne Hill told the graduates and their families during the ceremony. She explained how the...
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Board of Education Honors Charles County Public School Employees for Commitment to Students and School System

The Board of Education at its Jan. 14 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to student success and support of the school system. Honored by the Board were Barbara Brandau, Keri Mona, Shanelle Savoy, Kimberley Sheckells and Leslie Schroeck. Brandau is a special education teacher at Dr....
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Lisa Scheer, Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts, Presents Finding Form: A Sculptor’s Story on Monday, February 24, 2020

Lisa Scheer, Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts, Presents Finding Form: A Sculptor’s Story on Monday, February 24, 2020

St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Lisa Scheer, professor of art and Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts, will present Finding Form: A Sculptor’s Story, on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 4:45 p.m., in Cole Cinema, Campus Center. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public. Scheer’s one-and-only Steven Muller Distinguished...
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Governor Hogan Announces 2019 Award of $9 Million in Tax Credits for Student Loan Debt

Governor Hogan Announces 2019 Award of $9 Million in Tax Credits for Student Loan Debt

Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder announced the awarding of nearly $9 million in tax credits for 9,600 Maryland residents with student loan debt. “It is critical that we look for ways to help those in our state crippled by student loan debt,” Governor Hogan said....
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The College of Southern Maryland Announces Keynote Speaker for the 21st Winter Commencement on January 16, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland will recognize 508 candidates for 465 degrees and 255 certificates during its 21st Winter Commencement Jan. 16 at the La Plata Campus. The graduates range in age from 19 to 62 with nearly 33 percent from Charles County, 32.5 percent from St. Mary’s County, 26 percent from Calvert County...
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Financial Literacy Course Available at Stethem Educational Center in Pomfret, Starts February 11, 2020

Eligible Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) sophomores, juniors and seniors can take financial literacy for original credit this spring at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. The course is a mix of online material and in-person requirements for completion. The course begins Feb. 11 and ends May 26. Cost is $300 and payment is...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Announces Opening on Ethics Panel

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. J. Scott Smith, is seeking applicants to serve on the St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ Ethics Panel. The Ethics Panel is the advisory body responsible for interpreting the Ethics Policy and/or Ethics Regulations, subject to review by the Board of Education, and for advising persons subject to the Ethics Policy...
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Calvert County Animal Control Seeks Information in Animal Cruelty Case Where Chocolate Labrador Retriever was Killed

Calvert County Animal Control is seeking information related to a possible case of animal cruelty. The Friends of the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. On Dec. 16, 2019, Animal Control officers responded to the...
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UPDATE: Public School Worker Charged with Sexual Child Abuse was Shuffled from School to School for Years Prior to Arrest

George Andrew Taylor, 34, of Waldorf

UPDATE 1/9/2019: On December 10, 2019, Victim 1, a seven-year old female, disclosed to her mother that an adult male had been sexually abusing her, with the most recent incident happening around Thanksgiving, 2019. Victim 1 identified her abuser as “George”, George Andrew Taylor, 34, of Waldorf. Police responded to the Center for Children...
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Girl Powered Connects Students with STEM Activities

Mary Anne Onianwah has always been interested in how people connect, it could be why she enrolled in North Point High School’s Cisco Networking Academy Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. “My parents come from a third world country and I see how technology connects people around the world,” said Onianwah, a senior who...
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UPDATE: Waldorf Substitute Middle School Teacher Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Production of Child Pornography

UPDATE: Waldorf Substitute Middle School Teacher Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Production of Child Pornography

UPDATE 1/08/2020: Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Keith Allan Krikstan, 32 of Waldorf, to 25 years in prison for two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Production of Child Pornography, and Visual Surveillance of a...
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Calvert County Public Schools Will Open Two-Hours Late – Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

Calvert County Public Schools will be opening on a 2 hour delay today, Jan 8, 2020. There will be no a.m. Pre-Kindergarten. 12-month employees, including emergency personnel, report on time. No Child Nutrition Workers are to report prior to 8:00 a.m. The workday for 10- and 11-month employees will begin 2 hours after their...
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Charles County Public Schools Will Open Two-Hours Late – Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools will open two-hours late today, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. The AlphaBest program at county elementary schools will open at 8 a.m. today and all morning prekindergarten classes...
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Registration for Charles County Public Schools Winter Chess Tournament Now Open

Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual winter chess tournament, set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at Henry E. Lackey High School, is now open for students. The tournament is for students in kindergarten through Grade 12. Interested participants must register online at https://ccpsregistration.wufoo.com/forms/2020-ccps-winter-chess-tournament/ by Wednesday, Feb. 19. The registration window...
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FDA Ban Sale of E-Cigarette and Cartridge-Based Flavored Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

Amid the epidemic levels of youth use of e-cigarettes and the popularity of certain products among children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Under this policy, companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale...
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