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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – October 19, 2021

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – October 19, 2021

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown and opened their meeting by presenting  Proclamations in recognition of White Cane Day, Red Ribbon Week – Young Marines, Red Ribbon Week – Health Department and Economic Development Week. The Commissioners then convened...
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Police Recover BB Gun from 14-Year-Old Student at Old Mill High School

Police Recover BB Gun from 14-Year-Old Student at Old Mill High School

On Monday, October 18, 2021, at approximately 1:50 p.m., a student at Old Mill High School notified the administration and the SRO (School Resource Officer) that they may have seen a student armed with a gun a few hours prior. Officers and administration immediately began an investigation and identified the person of interest. A...
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New Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology Building Opens in St. Mary’s County

New Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology Building Opens in St. Mary’s County

A major new academic and research building opened by the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland located at Airport Road in California, will emphasize autonomous systems and robotics innovation in concert with faculty and staff from the University of Maryland. State of Maryland leaders joined University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A....
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Police Respond to Multiple Fights at Westlake High School – One Officer Assaulted

Police Respond to Multiple Fights at Westlake High School – One Officer Assaulted

Principal Diane Roberts of Westlake High School released the following statement on Thursday, October 14, 2021. “Dear Parents and Guardians: The first incident occurred after lunch in the hallway, and the 2nd incident occurred after 6th period outside of the school library. Students got into a fight and staff members and administration intervened and...
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Anne Arundel County Board of Education Approves $7.4 Million in Funds for Public School Transportation Contractors

Anne Arundel County Board of Education Approves $7.4 Million in Funds for Public School Transportation Contractors

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County tonight approved a plan put forth by Superintendent George Arlotto requesting more than $7.4 million in a recurring supplemental operating budget request from the Anne Arundel County Government for funds sufficient for Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ school transportation contractors to provide every one of their...
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Charles County Board of Education October 12, 2021 Meeting Update

Charles County Board of Education October 12, 2021 Meeting Update

The Board of Education of Charles County met Oct. 12, 2021, for its regular meeting. A complete meeting agenda is posted on Board Docs here. Board meetings are streamed live at ccboe.com, and archived on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/c/ccpsmd/featured. Important meeting updates COVID-19 update Superintendent Maria Navarro and Charles County...
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Calvert County Public Schools Bus Driver Shortage Continues As Planned Strikes Reach Second Day

Calvert County Public Schools Bus Driver Shortage Continues As Planned Strikes Reach Second Day

Calvert County Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Curry released the following message. “For Tuesday, October 12, 2021, we do not know if all buses will have drivers for the morning and afternoon routes. On Monday, October 11, 2021, there were 22 busses that did not run, and 8 schools that were impacted by absent drivers....
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Calvert County Public Schools Warns of Bus Driver Shortage Following Planned Strike on Monday, October 11, 2021

Calvert County Public Schools Warns of Bus Driver Shortage Following Planned Strike on Monday, October 11, 2021

Calvert County Public Schools Superintended Daniel D. Curry released the following email on Sunday, October 10, 2021. “Parents and guardians: We have been advised that there will be a number of bus drivers who will call out sick tomorrow in an effort to draw attention to their challenges with pay and benefits. We want...
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Charles County Public Schools Expands COVID-19 Screening and Vaccine Requirements to Students in Extracurricular Activities

Charles County Public Schools Expands COVID-19 Screening and Vaccine Requirements to Students in Extracurricular Activities

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has expanded COVID-19 screening requirements to students in Grades 7-12 who participate in CCPS-sponsored extracurricular activities. The expansion is effective immediately for high school students who participate in school marching bands. Starting Monday, Oct. 25, students in Grades 7-12 who participate in specific extracurricular activities must provide proof of...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – October 5, 2021

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup –  October 5, 2021

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown and acknowledged four significant milestones with Proclamations. The Commissioners proclaimed National 4-H Week, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Case Management Recognition Week and National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Commission on People with...
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Volunteers Sought for Boards, Commissions and Committees in St. Mary’s County

Volunteers Sought for Boards, Commissions and Committees in St. Mary’s County

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County is inviting interested citizens to volunteer their time to the community by serving on various Boards, Committees and Commissions. The county’s website provides detailed descriptions of the various boards and the membership application at https://www.stmarysmd.com/boards/. Applications must include a resume and be submitted no later than Nov. 19,...
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VIDEO: Anne Arundel Police Make Seven Arrests After Assault and Stabbing at Annapolis High School

VIDEO: Anne Arundel Police Make Seven Arrests After Assault and Stabbing at Annapolis High School

On September 29, 2021, at approximately 8:45 a.m., two (2) School Resource Officers (SROs) were walking the hallways of Annapolis High School (2700 Riva Road) when they observed a fight. As the officers quickly approached the fight, a teacher yelled that one party had a knife. The armed suspect was safely disarmed and taken...
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Department of Recreation & Parks Announces Recreational & Middle School Select Youth Basketball & Cheer Leagues

Department of Recreation & Parks Announces Recreational & Middle School Select Youth Basketball & Cheer Leagues

St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation & Parks welcomes youth to participate in the Youth Basketball Program. Registration for children in grades first through 10th will open Monday, October 4, 2021. The last day for walk-in and online registration will be Wednesday, November 3, 2021, or until filled. Some age groups will fill before...
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CDL Testing Appointments Still Available for Bus Drivers’ Day at the MVA

CDL Testing Appointments Still Available for Bus Drivers’ Day at the MVA

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is reminding bus driver trainees of the many CDL testing appointments that are still available for Bus Drivers’ Day at the MVA on September 25, 2021. Last week, Governor Larry Hogan directed MDOT MVA to take steps to make sure school bus drivers are...
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Final Free Drayden African American Schoolhouse Open House of the Season, Scheduled for October 2, 2021

Final Free Drayden African American Schoolhouse Open House of the Season, Scheduled for October 2, 2021

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division, in partnership with the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC), will be offering the final free Open House for visitors and the community at the Drayden African American Schoolhouse in Drayden, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. The monthly open houses will resume at...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – September 21, 2021

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – September 21, 2021

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The Commissioners recognized Constitution Week, Underground Railroad Month and National Senior Center Month with Proclamations. The Commissioners received a briefing from County Attorney David Weiskopf on 10 legislative proposals. Funding agreement requests from...
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Prince George’s Community College Forgives $2.87 Million in Debt for Students Enrolled during COVID-19 Pandemic

Prince George’s Community College Forgives $2.87 Million in Debt for Students Enrolled during COVID-19 Pandemic

Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) announced that it will forgive more than $2.87 million in outstanding account eligible balances from the 2020-2021 academic year for students enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic impact period. Debt relief from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund will assist approximately 3,893 credit and continuing education students at...
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More Families Offered Space in CCPS Virtual Learning Programs

More Families Offered Space in CCPS Virtual Learning Programs

As Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) enters the second week of school, additional families have been offered opportunities for their children to participate in virtual learning programs. Kindergarten through Grade 8 Virtual Learning Program As of Wednesday, Sept. 8, only 247 students were enrolled in the kindergarten through Grade 8 Virtual Learning Program. Live...
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Department of Recreation & Parks to Take Over Operations of CSM Leonardtown Campus Wellness & Aquatics Center

Department of Recreation & Parks to Take Over Operations of CSM Leonardtown Campus Wellness & Aquatics Center

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved a lease agreement with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) designating the Wellness and Aquatics Center, located on the Leonardtown Campus be managed by the Department of Recreation & Parks. The facility is scheduled to open to the public Monday, September 13, 2021. “We are excited...
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Indigenous Heritage Day at Historic St. Mary’s City on Saturday, September 11, 2021

Indigenous Heritage Day at Historic St. Mary’s City on Saturday, September 11, 2021

Join Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) for Indigenous Heritage Day from 10:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021. The annual event will be filled with ongoing demonstrations at the Woodland Indian Hamlet that highlight how experimental archaeology is used to further learn about traditional methods in hide tanning, pottery, and cooking....
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6-Year-Old Dropped Off at Wrong Bus Stop After First Day of School in Charles County

6-Year-Old Dropped Off at Wrong Bus Stop After First Day of School in Charles County

A six-year-old student from Billingsley Elementary School, in Charles County was found wandering by himself after he was dropped off at the wrong bus stop on the first day of school. Another bus driver saw the student wandering, looking lost and upset, and drove the child back to Billingsley Elementary School. Charles County Public...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – August 24, 2021

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – August 24, 2021

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, August 24, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The Commissioners began the meeting by presenting proclamations for Child Support Awareness Month and Women’s Equality Day. The Commissioners presented Alice Allen of the Department of Aging & Human Services with a retirement...
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Governor Hogan Announces $400 Million Initiative to Ensure Universal Broadband For Maryland

Governor Hogan Announces $400 Million Initiative to Ensure Universal Broadband For Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan announced the launch of Connect Maryland, a transformative new initiative to supercharge the State of Maryland’s broadband investment with a total new investment of $400 million to fully address the digital divide. The governor made the announcement in Snow Hill, where he was joined by Senate President Bill Ferguson, House Speaker...
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Southern Maryland Sierra Club announces recipients of 2021 Scholarship Award

Southern Maryland Sierra Club announces recipients of 2021 Scholarship Award

The Southern Maryland Sierra Club announced today that three of local students have been selected to receive awards for it’s first annual Scholarship Program. The Southern Maryland Sierra Club Scholarship Program selects students in Southern Maryland that combine upstanding character with academic achievement, and who have shown a dedication to community service with an...
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Police Urge Citizens to Be Alert for School Buses as Children Return to Classes

Police Urge Citizens to Be Alert for School Buses as Children Return to Classes

Motorists in St. Mary’s County are reminded that students are heading back to school, starting next week, and to be prepared to stop for school buses as they pick up and drop off children. Private and parochial schools reopen to students on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and St. Mary’s County Public Schools reopen to...
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