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St. Mary’s County Public Schools to Host Town Hall Meeting on Substance Abuse Prevention

St. Mary’s County Public Schools to Host Town Hall Meeting on Substance Abuse Prevention

Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, will be hosting Monthly Town Hall Meetings during the 2019-2020 school year. These conversational meetings will focus on topics that are important to the school system and community, meetings will be held at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, 24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown,...
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Dr. Mudd Elementary School Officially Rededicated After Recent Renovation and Expansion

Dr. Mudd Elementary School Officially Rededicated After Recent Renovation and Expansion

School system, county and state officials joined together on October 10, 2019, at the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School to officially rededicate the school, which recently underwent a complete renovation and expansion. Dr. Mudd first opened in 1967 with about 45,000 square feet of space, a combined cafeteria and activity area, indoor courtyards...
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MetCom Reports 1,500 Gallons of Sewer Overflow on St. George Island

MetCom Reports 1,500 Gallons of Sewer Overflow on St. George Island

The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission is reporting a sanitary sewer overflow that occurred on October 11, 2019 at 16668 Point Lookout Road. The sanitary sewer leak occurred as a result of a tidal surge and flooding on St. George Island. The total volume of the overflow is estimated to be about 1,500 gallons....
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Walk, Run, Roll or Fly to the Race 4 Heroes 5K on, Saturday, October 12, 2019

Walk, Run, Roll or Fly to the Race 4 Heroes 5K on, Saturday, October 12, 2019

Please join us on October 12th for Race 4 Heroes. After the race we will hand out awards, but like last year, we will honor some local children and give them gifts as well as a local veteran who will be receiving our largest gift ever!!! This gives attendees a chance to witness the...
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UPDATE: College of Southern Maryland in Leonardtown Resumes Normal Activity After Lockdown

UPDATE: College of Southern Maryland in Leonardtown Resumes Normal Activity After Lockdown

UPDATE: Police search has ended. No threat to campus safety. Resume normal activity. 10/10/2019: On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at approximately 12:50 p.m., police located a wanted subject in Leonardtown, the subject fled on foot towards the College of Southern Maryland and witnesses reported he may have entered the building. A spokesperson from the...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Death at Power Substation

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Death at Power Substation

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department responded to a SMECO power substation located at the 12000 block of Substation Road in Waldorf for the report of an explosion and fire. Representatives from SMECO responded and assisted first responders with entering...
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CSM Hosting Teacher Education and Open House on Thursday, October 10, 2019

CSM Hosting Teacher Education and Open House on Thursday, October 10, 2019

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) invites high school and college students interested in a career in education to a Teacher Education Open House Oct. 10 at the college’s Leonardtown Campus. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about local options for teacher education,” said CSM Teacher Education Program Coordinator Professor Beth Settle....
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Prince George’s County Delegate Facing Federal Wire Fraud Charge

Prince George’s County Delegate Facing Federal Wire Fraud Charge

A federal criminal information was filed today charging Maryland State Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines, age 67, of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, with a federal wire fraud charge. An initial appearance and arraignment is expected to be scheduled later this week in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for...
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Attorney General Releases Statement on Charging Library for Police Presence at Drag Queen Stories Event

Attorney General Releases Statement on Charging Library for Police Presence at Drag Queen Stories Event

Kathryn M. Rowe, Assistant Attorney form the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland sent the following letter to Brian M. Crosby. Dear Delegate Crosby: You have asked for advice concerning a Drag Queen Stories event at the Lexington Park Library in St. Mary’s County (“the library”). Specifically, you have asked about the First...
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Waldorf Air Force Veteran ‘Flying High’ with $50,000 Scratch-off Win

Waldorf Air Force Veteran ‘Flying High’ with $50,000 Scratch-off Win

Thanks to a $50,000 scratch-off win, an engaged couple from Charles County can now start hunting for a new home sweet home. “Flying High,” an Air Force veteran, found her $50,000 fortune with the 88 Fortunes® game. She had stopped by White Plains Wine and Spirits in Waldorf to pick up a bottle of...
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St. Mary’s County Public Safety Open House Day on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Leonardtown

St. Mary’s County Public Safety Open House Day on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Leonardtown

The public is invited to join the Department of Emergency Services, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police for a Public Safety Open House Day, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each agency will offer fun and educational activities at their facility and have representatives on...
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UPDATE: 24-Year-Old Man Charged with Attempted Murder Turned Himself into Police

UPDATE: 24-Year-Old Man Charged with Attempted Murder Turned Himself into Police

UPDATE 10/2/2019 @ 10:45 p.m.: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement. “The suspect, Deon Johnson, turned himself into authorities just a short time ago. He is now in custody and will be charged with attempted first-degree murder. Thank you for your help.” UPDATE 10/2/2019 @ 6:00 p.m.: On October 2, 2019,...
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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack to Host Open House

Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack to Host Open House

The Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, in conjunction with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Emergency Services will host a Public Safety Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 19, 2019 Members of the community are invited to attend this free event, which will take place at the...
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See Some of the New Maryland Laws That Go Into Effect Today

See Some of the New Maryland Laws That Go Into Effect Today

Hundreds of Maryland laws are going into effect today, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to medical cannabis. A generous number of the bills fall under the subjects of criminal justice and health. Senate Bill 707, which passed in the 2018 legislative session but is going into...
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St. Mary’s County Drug Dealer Charged with Murder

St. Mary’s County Drug Dealer Charged with Murder

In May of 2018, Christian Scott Ellis, 25 of Leonardtown, died of a Fentanyl overdose. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division conducted an investigation into Ellis’ death, and identified Andrew Gordon Duncanson, 24 of California, as the distributor of the fatal dose to the decedent. The investigation determined the distribution of...
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Leonardtown Woman and her Husband Claim $50,000 Scratch-off Prize

Leonardtown Woman and her Husband Claim $50,000 Scratch-off Prize

Her tears started to flow when a grateful Leonardtown player entered the Maryland Lottery Winner’s Circle on Thursday when she heard the welcoming applause and cheers of Lottery employees. The 53-year-old was still floating on clouds after scratching off a $50,000 win on the DEAL OR NO DEAL™ game the day before. The St....
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The Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums Offer Membership Levels to Benefit Major Developments

The Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums Offer Membership Levels to Benefit Major Developments

Since their founding, The Friends of the St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums have supported historic sites in the care of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. Recently, because of the backing of membership, the organization has helped preserve the Charlotte Hall and Drayden School houses, worked to build and expand the permanent...
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No Fire at Chopticon High School, Just Smoke After Water Pump Malfunctions

No Fire at Chopticon High School, Just Smoke After Water Pump Malfunctions

  On Thursday, September 26, 2019, at approximately 11:50 a.m., firefighters responded to Chopticon High School in Morganza for the report of smoke in the building. Firefighters from Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department responded, and after arriving on scene reported a water pump in a boiler room had malfunctioned. Students, teachers, and staff had evacuated...
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On October 1st, the Statewide Sales Age Increases to 21 for all Tobacco Products in Maryland

On October 1st, the Statewide Sales Age Increases to 21 for all Tobacco Products in Maryland

Effective October 1, 2019, the statewide sales age increases to 21 for all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes, vapes, pod-based devices such as JUUL and their e-liquids, and component parts and accessories). Important changes impacting tobacco sales: There is no “grandfather,” phase-in, or grace period​ for individuals who are 18 years of age prior to...
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Charles County Public Schools Fall Chess Tournament Registration Now Open for Saturday, October 26, 2019

Charles County Public Schools Fall Chess Tournament Registration Now Open for Saturday, October 26, 2019

Registration for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) annual fall chess tournament, set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at Thomas Stone 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/ccps-2019-fall-chess-tournament/ by Wednesday, Oct. 23. The registration window closes...
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Jeremy Testa an Invited Lecturer in Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquia Series

Jeremy Testa an Invited Lecturer in Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquia Series

St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Biology Department presents Jeremy Testa to discuss “The Long Road of Chesapeake Bay Restoration: Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery” as part of the Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquia series. The talk takes place on Oct. 30 at 4:45 p.m. in Schaefer Hall 106. Testa, visiting the National Public Honors College...
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Historic St. Mary’s City Offering Hide Tanning Workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Historic St. Mary’s City Offering Hide Tanning Workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Registration has opened for a hide tanning workshop scheduled on October 26, 2019. Hunting season is upon us, and Historic St. Mary’s City is offering a workshop to help learn the native art of taking a deer hide and turning it into soft buckskin. This program, designed for beginners, takes the participant through the...
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UPDATE: Sobriety Checkpoint in Charles County Yields Eleven DUI Arrests and Nine Drug Violations

UPDATE: Sobriety Checkpoint in Charles County Yields Eleven DUI Arrests and Nine Drug Violations

9/23/2019: On Saturday, September 21, 2019, from Midnight to 3:00 a.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack in conjunction with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrol on N/B Rt. 301 at Jefferson Farm Place, Waldorf, Charles County. During the...
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Point Lookout Offers View to Civil War History

Point Lookout Offers View to Civil War History

History buffs of all ages are invited to the annual Civil War Artillery Weekend event Sept. 28-29 at Point Lookout State Park. Programs run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Point Lookout is a peninsula in St. Mary’s County where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay,...
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St. Mary’s College to Host “From Invisibility to Remembrance” Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, October 2 and 3, 2019

St. Mary’s College to Host “From Invisibility to Remembrance” Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, October 2 and 3, 2019

The African and African Diaspora Studies program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will host its second annual fall symposium, “From Invisibility to Remembrance: Commemorating Slavery at St. Mary’s and Beyond,” on Wednesday, Oct. 2 beginning at 8 p.m. in Cole Cinema, Campus Center, and on Thursday, Oct. 3, beginning at 6 p.m. in...
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