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March 2, 2021 St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup

March 2, 2021 St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their first regular business meeting for the month, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The first item on the agenda was a Public Hearing for the Department of Land Use & Growth Management Proposed Amendment to the Official Zoning Maps of St. Mary’s...
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Historic Sotterley Growing for Good—Potato Planting Day!

Historic Sotterley Growing for Good—Potato Planting Day!

Volunteers who enjoy the great outdoors, don’t mind getting dirty, and want to help others are asked to join us for a potato planting extravaganza at Historic Sotterley as part of our “Growing for Good” program! For the eighth year running, we are continuing the challenging work of sustainably farming Sotterley’s land while donating...
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Leonardtown Highlights the North End Gallery Guest Artists Invitational

Leonardtown Highlights the North End Gallery Guest Artists Invitational

Leonardtown’s dynamic Arts & Entertainment scene is the focus of its latest virtual series, Leonardtown Arts & Entertainment. This unique series is presented in three parts – Feature Performances, Artist Spotlights, and Special Events and is funded in part by the St. Mary’s County Arts Council and produced by the Commissioners of Leonardtown &...
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Open Letter to The Charles County Board of Education

Latina L. Wilson, Chairwoman Virginia R. McGraw, Vice chairwoman Jennifer S. Abell Tajala Battle-Lockhart Elizabeth C. Brown David Hancock Michael Lukas Dr. Kimberly Hill, Superintendent of Schools Dear Charles County Board of Education Members: On Monday March 1st, 2021 a member of the Charles County Board of Education sent out a message to members...
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Consortium Management Group, Inc. Provides $30,000 to St. Mary’s College Department of Chemistry

Consortium Management Group, Inc. Provides $30,000 to St. Mary’s College Department of Chemistry

The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) once again has been awarded the MD Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). This is the third year that TPP has collaborated with Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). Surprisingly despite the pandemic well over 120 abstracts have been received. The topics...
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Governor Hogan Announces Opening of Three More Mass Vaccination Sites in March

Governor Hogan Announces Opening of Three More Mass Vaccination Sites in March

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the state will open three additional mass vaccination sites in March, giving Maryland at least one in each region of the state. The state’s vaccination rate hit a record high 35,730 shots per day. “The pace of daily vaccination is hitting a new high every day, a third safe and...
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Charles County Board of Education Approves April 19, 2021 Phase 4 Start; Phase 2 Begins March 22, 2021

Charles County Board of Education Approves April 19, 2021 Phase 4 Start; Phase 2 Begins March 22, 2021

The Board of Education of Charles County in a unanimous vote at its February 22, 2021, work session approved an April 19, 2021, Phase 4 start date for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. The Board voted on a recommendation from Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill for CCPS to move forward with its reopening...
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Homeschool Week at the Calvert Marine Museum, March 15, to March 19

Homeschool Week at the Calvert Marine Museum, March 15, to March 19

The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) is a wonderful classroom away from home for homeschool families. This year, in lieu of its annual Homeschool Day event, CMM is extending programs to last an entire week! During the week of March 15 – 19, students can discover paleontology, marine biology, and maritime history in a unique...
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NAS Patuxent River Adjusts Base Entry Procedure to Stop-and Proceed at Gates

NAS Patuxent River Adjusts Base Entry Procedure to Stop-and Proceed at Gates

Naval Air Station Patuxent River will adjust its base entry procedures in February 2021 to institute “stop-and-proceed” entry for vehicles coming on to all of its fence lines. The new procedures will require vehicles to stop at a designated point several feet before the gate until directed forward by gate sentries, and will be...
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UPDATE: Two Arrested On Gun Charges During “Make Waldorf Great Again,” Crime Suppression Initiative

UPDATE: Two Arrested On Gun Charges During “Make Waldorf Great Again,” Crime Suppression Initiative

A cooperative traffic safety and crime suppression initiative nicknamed “Make Waldorf Great Again,” by the Maryland State Police had law enforcement officers from multiple departments in the Waldorf area of Charles County on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, resulted in two arrests on handgun charges and the issuance of more than 200 traffic citations and...
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SOMD Blue Crabs’ Regency Furniture Stadium To Become Mass Vaccination Site

SOMD Blue Crabs’ Regency Furniture Stadium To Become Mass Vaccination Site

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced today the opening of a FEMA-supported mass vaccination site at Regency Furniture Stadium. The site will open no later than March 11, and thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered seven days a week. Since the onset of COVID-19, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have done everything possible to...
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Maryland Residents with a Social Security Number Already on File with the State are One Step Closer to REAL ID

Maryland Residents with a Social Security Number Already on File with the State are One Step Closer to REAL ID

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has modified critical requirements for obtaining a REAL ID as a result of the REAL ID Modernization Act passed by Congress last year. The Act provides updates to the original REAL ID requirements set more than 15 years ago, and will make it easier for some Marylanders...
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VIDEO: St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Identities of Vandalism Suspects at Chaptico Park

VIDEO: St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Identities of Vandalism Suspects at Chaptico Park

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identities of the persons shown in a vandalism investigation. On Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 between 5-5:30 pm, the suspects illegally entered Chaptico Park by removing a section of the split-rail fence and rode on the BMX bicycle track causing damage to it. Anyone with information...
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Prince George’s County Police Search for Driver & Vehicle Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Prince George’s County Police Search for Driver & Vehicle Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit would like to speak to anyone who witnessed or has information on a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run in the City of Seat Pleasant early Saturday morning. The deceased pedestrian is 32-year-old Curtis Andrew Parker of District Heights. On February 20, 2021, at approximately 1:00...
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Calvert County Woman Wins $100,000 on Scratch-Off at Discount Liquors in Huntingtown

Calvert County Woman Wins $100,000 on Scratch-Off at Discount Liquors in Huntingtown

A Lucky woman wins big after a trip to Discount Liquors in Huntingtown ended up making the Calvert County resident $100,000 richer! The lucky 39-year-old Huntingtown woman purchased her $10 instant ticket, scratched the winning numbers and realized that her game didn’t have any matches. However, she did reveal a 10x symbol. On the...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Thursday, February 18, 2021, Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Thursday, February 18, 2021, Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River is open on a 2-hour delayed arrival schedule for Thursday, February 18, 2021 due to inclement weather. Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled. Civil service employees designated as non-critical who choose to report to work will be granted admin leave for the hours before the set delayed arrival...
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First Responder Urges Motorist to Watch for School Buses as Students Return to School

First Responder Urges Motorist to Watch for School Buses as Students Return to School

As part of its Safe Return to School Plan, St. Mary’s County Public Schools are welcoming back some students on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office advises motorists to be mindful of school buses on the roads and students at bus stops. Students returning to schools this week are...
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NAS Patuxent River FCLP Training Flights Scheduled for February 18, 2021 to March 2, 2021

NAS Patuxent River FCLP Training Flights Scheduled for February 18, 2021 to March 2, 2021

Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place February 18, 2021 to March 2, 2021. Test events are scheduled from 8:00 a.m., to 6:00 p.m. Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare...
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Piney Point Man Arrested For Involvement With Capitol Siege on January 6th

Piney Point Man Arrested For Involvement With Capitol Siege on January 6th

According to court documents, Jamshid Ochilov, a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assigned to the FBI Washington Field Office arrested a St. Mary’s County man for his involvement in the Capitol Siege and Riot on January 6, 2021. John Daniel Andries, 35, of Piney Point, was charged with the following:...
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Police in Charles County Investigating Another Occupied Residence Struck by Gunfire in Waldorf

Police in Charles County Investigating Another Occupied Residence Struck by Gunfire in Waldorf

On Friday, February 12 at 10:30 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1800 block of Oak Drive in Waldorf for the report of the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers discovered bullet holes in the siding of one house. Although there were people inside, no one was injured. A preliminary...
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Police Arrest 57-Year-Old Waldorf Man Who Referred to Child Pornography Images as “Amazing”

Police Arrest 57-Year-Old Waldorf Man Who Referred to Child Pornography Images as “Amazing”

On March 13, 2020, the Prince George’s County Police Department received a Cyber Tip from The Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding a potential image of child pornography. The tip was regarding an incident that occurred on January 24, 2020, where an image was shared over the internet. Police viewed the image and...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival on Friday, February 12, 2021, Due to Inclement Weather

NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival on Friday, February 12, 2021, Due to Inclement Weather

Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled. Civil service employees designated as non-critical who choose to report to work will be granted admin leave for the hours before the set delayed arrival time. Civil service employees may take a combination of unscheduled leave, telework and/or leave without pay (LWOP) for the entire...
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MDOT SHA Gears up for Another Round of Winter Weather

MDOT SHA Gears up for Another Round of Winter Weather

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is gearing up for another bout of winter weather that is expected to impact most of the state today. The National Weather Service expects snow this afternoon, followed by periods of snow and freezing rain in southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore Thursday night...
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St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees Approves Academic Program Changes for Fall 2021

St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees Approves Academic Program Changes for Fall 2021

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, The National Public Honors College, has been engaged in efforts the last several years to ensure its viability and relevancy as the premier public liberal arts honors college. “The critical and analytical thinking skills and the ability to effectively express oneself — the hallmarks of our teaching — take...
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Calvert County Sheriff, Mike Evans Announces he Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2022

Calvert County Sheriff, Mike Evans Announces he Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2022

Calvert County Sheriff, Mike Evans post the following on his Facebook page today: To the Citizens of Calvert County: This year marks my 18th year as your Sheriff. After thoughtful consideration, I believe it is time to pass the torch at the end of my term in November 2022. I will be forever grateful...
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