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Governor Larry Hogan Submits Emergency Legislation

Governor Larry Hogan Submits Emergency Legislation

With the 2018 Legislative Session officially underway, Governor Larry Hogan introduced several pieces of emergency legislation that will provide paid leave benefits to our citizens, combat violence across the state, and ensure accountability in our schools, including the Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018, a compromise proposal to fix a deeply flawed bill passed by...
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: will be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Code 2 for staff. Please visit www.smcps.org for additional details and updates. Stay safe out there. St. Mary’s County Government: Normal Calvert County: Calvert County Public Schools: has now revised it’s decision. Schools are now CLOSED on January 9, 2018....
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Charles County Public Schools Closing Early on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Charles County Public Schools Closing Early on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Due to anticipated inclement weather this afternoon, including the strong possibility of freezing rain, all Charles County public schools are closing two-hours early today, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Schools will dismiss students two hours earlier than the standard afternoon dismissal times. There will be no bus pick up for afternoon prekindergarten students, and all...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 1/8/2018 to 1/12/2018

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 1/8/2018 to 1/12/2018

During the week of January, 8 to January 12, 2018, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at McDonough High School Middletown Road at Westlake High School Cameras are activated Monday through Friday,...
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HIV Positive Charles County Track Coach & Instructional Assistant Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

HIV Positive Charles County Track Coach & Instructional Assistant Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf, pleaded guilty Friday, January, 5, 2018, to sexually abusing students and filming child pornography, prosecutors said. Bell, signed a plea agreement admitting guilt on 27 counts, including sexual abuse of a minor, porn charges and attempted transmission of HIV, the state’s attorney for Charles County, Tony Covington, said....
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Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Friday, January 5, 2018

Weather Related Closings, Delays, and Information for Friday, January 5, 2018

St. Mary’s County: St. Mary’s County Public Schools: are closed for Friday, January 5, 2018, with a Code 3 for employees. No employees should report to work. Administrative leave will be provided for twelve month employees. Operations and Maintenance Emergency personnel will follow the established protocol. St. Mary’s County Government: Administrative Offices will open at...
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Water Main Break to Close Leonardtown Library

Water Main Break to Close Leonardtown Library

The Leonardtown branch of the St. Mary’s County Library will close at 11 a.m. and remain closed until further notice due to a water main break. Patrons with questions can contact the Library locations in Charlotte Hall at 301-884-2211 or Lexington Park at 301-863-8188.
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Official St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Press Release on Sick Students at Spring Ridge Middle School

Official St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Press Release on Sick Students at Spring Ridge Middle School

On January 2, 2018, school staff at the Spring Ridge Middle School located at 19856 Three Notch Rd. Lexington Park, were alerted to a child not feeling well after ingesting food they brought from home. It was later determined the child had shared the food with four friends during the morning and several children...
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Charles County Government January Holiday Schedule

Charles County Government January Holiday Schedule

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of January.  All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours. Monday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day) • All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville are closed. • VanGO services will...
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UPDATE: “ALL CLEAR” Given at Huntingtown High School

UPDATE: “ALL CLEAR” Given at Huntingtown High School

UPDATE 12/18/2017 @ 11:30 a.m.: On December 18, 2017 at approximately 9:12 a.m. the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a threat at Huntingtown High School. While deputies were responding another call was made to the Maryland State Police. The school was placed into a modified lockdown while Deputies and K-9 units cleared...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 12/18/2017 to 12/22/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 12/18/2017 to 12/22/2017

During the week of December 18, to December 22, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 12/11/2017 to 12/15/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 12/11/2017 to 12/15/2017

During the week of December 11, to December 15, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Smallwood Drive at Wade Elementary School Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Marshall Corner Road at James Craik Elementary School Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 12/4/2017 to 12/8/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 12/4/2017 to 12/8/2017

During the week of December 4, to December 8, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Oliver’s Shop Road at T.C. Martin Elementary School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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Brutal Beating Caught on Tape at Leonardtown High School Results in Arrests

Brutal Beating Caught on Tape at Leonardtown High School Results in Arrests

On Monday, November 27, 2017, at approximately 12:45 p.m., police responded to Leonardtown High School for the report of a fight. Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, were first to arrive at the scene and assumed the investigation. According to a spokesman from the Maryland State Police, three juveniles have been charged, and...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 11/27/2017 to 12/1/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 11/27/2017 to 12/1/2017

During the week of November 27, to December 1, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Oliver’s Shop Road at T.C. Martin Elementary School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 11/20/2017 to 11/24/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 11/20/2017 to 11/24/2017

During the week of November 20, to November 24, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at McDonough High School Middletown Road at Westlake High School Cameras are activated Monday through Friday, all...
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Thirteen-Year-Old Student Flown to Medical Center After Fight at Esperanza Middle School

Thirteen-Year-Old Student Flown to Medical Center After Fight at Esperanza Middle School

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at approximately 11:40 a.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to Esperanza Middle School located in Lexington Park, in reference to a student leaving school grounds. During the investigation, it was determined a fight had occurred resulting in injury to a juvenile student who was kicked...
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CSM Student, Veteran Thanks Scholarship Donors for Financial Assistance

CSM Student, Veteran Thanks Scholarship Donors for Financial Assistance

College of Southern Maryland student Scott Teed, 43, of Lexington Park is pursuing two associate degrees — one in electrical engineering and another in math and physical sciences. A veteran, Teed brings to his studies a particularly rich set of skills and experiences. “I served as a fire controlman, a weapons control systems technician,...
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CSM Salutes Veterans

CSM Salutes Veterans

St. Mary’s County Commissioner John O’Connor was “preaching to the choir” in his remarks at the annual Veterans Breakfast and Open House on Nov. 9 at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata Campus. O’Connor served more than seven years in the U.S. Army, and he spoke about the bond that people in the...
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Higdon’s Café Skillz is Buzzing with Business

Higdon’s Café Skillz is Buzzing with Business

Every other Friday at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, excitement brews. It’s when Café Skillz opens its doors for teachers and staff who need a late morning caffeine buzz or sugar rush. Kimberly McCloskey’s Life Skills class runs a coffee shop, providing Keurig-brewed coffee and tea, along with scones, cookies and brownies. Everything...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 11/13/2017 to 11/17/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 11/13/2017 to 11/17/2017

During the week of November 13, to November 17, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Leonardtown Road at Thomas Stone High School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Marshall Corner Road at McDonough High School Middletown Road at Westlake High School Cameras are activated Monday through Friday, all...
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High School Teacher Indicted on Sexual Abuse of a Minor Charges

High School Teacher Indicted on Sexual Abuse of a Minor Charges

On November 6, Charles County Sheriff’s officers arrested LaToya Niccole Parker, 40, of Waldorf, after a Charles County Grand Jury indicted her on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, displaying sexual material to a minor, and solicitation of a minor. The incidents occurred between the fall of 2016 and March 2017 while Parker...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 11/6/2017 to 11/10/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 11/6/2017 to 11/10/2017

During the week of November 6, to November 10, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 10/30/2017 to 11/3/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 10/30/2017 to 11/3/2017

During the week of October 30, to November 3, 2017, automated speed enforcement cameras will be activated in the following school zones: Indian Head Highway at Smallwood Middle School Berry Road at Jenifer Elementary School Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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St. Mary’s College to Waive Application Fee for First-Generation Students

St. Mary’s College to Waive Application Fee for First-Generation Students

St. Mary’s College of Maryland will waive the application fee for any first-generation student who applies to St. Mary’s College. Per www.imfirst.org, a first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This means that that student is the first in his or her family to attend a four-year college to attain a bachelor’s degree. “First-generation students...
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