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Home Healthy Checklist for this Summer

Did you know there are easy steps you can take to help eliminate hazards within your home? It can be as simple as checking, replacing, or cleaning an area in your home to prevent an accident or illness. SMO Energy is helping homeowners like you identify a few areas in the home to check...
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Stay Safe and Healthy During High Heat!!!

Stay Safe and Healthy During High Heat!!!

From our National Weather Service: Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 94. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Monday: Sunny, with a high near 93. West wind 3 to 6 mph. Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. Tuesday: Sunny, with a...
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Charles County to Host Fishing League Worldwide Tour at the Potomac River

Charles County to Host Fishing League Worldwide Tour at the Potomac River

Charles County will host the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Tour from Thursday, June 15 to Sunday, June 18 at Smallwood State Park (2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury). The tournament will feature 320 pros and co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in...
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Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 6/12/2017 to 6/16/2017

Speed Camera Locations for Charles County 6/12/2017 to 6/16/2017

During the week of June 12, to June 16, 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 Poplar Hill Road at Malcolm Elementary School Piney Church Road at St. Charles High School Cameras are activated Monday through...
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Troopers Remind Motorists to ‘Move Over’

Troopers Remind Motorists to ‘Move Over’

After one trooper was struck and injured on Sunday, June 11, 2017, it is clear to Maryland State Police that drivers need to be reminded about the state’s ‘move over’ law, which is intended to increase safety for police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel when they are working along Maryland roads. The intent of...
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UPDATE: Missing Teenaged Girls From Calvert County Located in West Virginia

UPDATE: Missing Teenaged Girls From Calvert County Located in West Virginia

UPDATE 6/10/2017: The two 14-year-old girls reported missing from Calvert County have been located by police in West Virginia. They were unharmed and were with their male companions. Their parents have been notified by Maryland State Police. 6/9/2017: The Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack are searching for two teenaged girls from Calvert County,...
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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on 2016 Heroin and Opioid Overdose Statistics

Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on 2016 Heroin and Opioid Overdose Statistics

Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement regarding the 2016 Drug- and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in Maryland Report, released by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: “Since before taking office, Lt. Governor Rutherford and I have been laser-focused on addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic, and these deeply troubling numbers show that this...
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Charles County Corrections Staff Participate in Christmas in April

Charles County Corrections Staff Participate in Christmas in April

On Saturday, April 29 during the annual Christmas in April program, employees from the Charles County Detention Center (CCDC) along with their family members gave a makeover to the home of an 80-year-old Charles County widow. The woman, Mrs. Mary Rose Coates, cares for her two young great-grandchildren full time while their mother works...
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Waldorf Man Seriously Injured in Motorcycle in Crash Lothian

Waldorf Man Seriously Injured in Motorcycle in Crash Lothian

On June 7, 2017 at approximately 8:25 p.m., officers responded to the area of Sands Road and Whittington Drive in Lothian for a motorcycle accident. Investigation showed that Antonio Omeekco Hall, 39, of Waldorf, was operating a 2009 Suzuki motorcycle, and traveling south on Sands Road when he failed to negotiate a turn, was...
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State Police Barracks Become 24-hr Drop-off Locations For Unused Prescription Meds

State Police Barracks Become 24-hr Drop-off Locations For Unused Prescription Meds

As part of Maryland’s combined effort to reduce opioid abuse, Maryland State Police barracks across the state have become around-the-clock drop-off locations for unused prescription medications. Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi directed that all barracks be ready any time to accept unused medications.  “The Maryland State Police is a full partner in...
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Maryland Acquires Lowest Cost in History for Electricity Rates for State Buildings and Facilities

Maryland Acquires Lowest Cost in History for Electricity Rates for State Buildings and Facilities

The Hogan-Rutherford Administration today announced the Department of General Services’ successful implementation of a reverse auction for energy purchases, which will save Maryland taxpayers $25 million over the next four years through 2021. The commodities procurement will provide a significant portion of the state’s electricity supply to state-owned facilities. “By pooling the state’s future...
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Two La Plata Burglars Caught After Getting Stuck in the Mud

Two La Plata Burglars Caught After Getting Stuck in the Mud

On Saturday, May 27, 2017,  at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 9000 block of Penns Hill Road in La Plata for the report of trespassing. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who had received a telephone call from a friend who stated...
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Wednesday’s Pet is RIO GEORGE

Wednesday’s Pet is RIO GEORGE

Wednesday’s Pet for 6/7/17 is RIO GEORGE Featured Pet: GEORGE Rescue Group: Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland Breed: Beagle Sex: Male Size: Medium (44 lbs) Vetted: Neutered and Up-to-date with routine shots Adoption Fee: $300.00 Donation George is a 2-year-old all-around great guy. He found himself in the shelter when his owner gave him...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Nine New Correctional Officers

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Nine New Correctional Officers

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is proud to announce the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (SMCJA) celebrated the graduation of fifteen correctional officers – nine from Charles County – from the 57th Corrections Entrance Level Training Program (CELTP) at a ceremony held May 19 at La Plata High School in La Plata, MD....
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Charles County Man Arrested for Firing on Anglers

Charles County Man Arrested for Firing on Anglers

A Charles County man was arrested on criminal assault charges after anglers on Middletown Branch complained that he fired on them. The victims told Maryland Natural Resources Police officers that they were bowfishing at about 10:30 p.m. May 13, when a man began yelling obscenities at them and shining a light on them. They...
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Independence Day Celebration to be Held at Regency Furniture Stadium

Independence Day Celebration to be Held at Regency Furniture Stadium

Spend your Independence Day with family and friends at the 2017 Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth on Tuesday, July 4 at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf) from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Event schedule:  4:30 p.m.       Best of Charles County Marketplace opens Celebrate Charles Family Fun Zone opens...
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Spartan Class of 2017 Sets the Tone for Graduations

Spartan Class of 2017 Sets the Tone for Graduations

“Being a Spartan is setting the bar – showing that we are capable of anything we put our minds to.” This message from senior class president Eryn Locks set the stage for the St. Charles High School Class of 2017 graduation, the first of seven Charles County Public Schools high school graduations. A sea...
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Thomas Stone Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2017

Thomas Stone Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2017

Find your purpose. Take the small roles in life. Leave an imprint on the world. These messages, and more, were shared by students in the Thomas Stone High School Class of 2017 during their graduation ceremony held this morning. For the 296 graduating seniors, today marks the first day of the rest of their...
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Warrior Pride on Full Display from La Plata Class of 2017 at Graduation Ceremony

Warrior Pride on Full Display from La Plata Class of 2017 at Graduation Ceremony

La Plata High School celebrated its Warrior Class of 2017 in a graduation ceremony held this afternoon at the Charles County Convocation Center. For the 251 La Plata seniors, today was the day most have looked forward to for several years. “We’ve wished, willed, and prayed that this day would come, counting down the...
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North Point Seniors Celebrate Successes at Graduation

North Point Seniors Celebrate Successes at Graduation

Rounding out the first full day of high school graduations for Charles County Public Schools was the North Point High School Class of 2017. The senior class donned the floor of their soon-to-be alma mater in the Convocation Center tonight, ready to start the next chapter in life. Honored in a ceremony tonight were...
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Lackey Pride Highlighted at 2017 Graduation

Lackey Pride Highlighted at 2017 Graduation

Henry E. Lackey High School is more than a school, it’s a community, it’s a family. “We support each other like a family, and we know that there will always be a sense of belonging to the Lackey community,” said Brett Culhane, salutatorian of the Class of 2017. Teachers, mentors and coaches instill Lackey...
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McDonough Students Celebrate Graduation

McDonough Students Celebrate Graduation

It is the smallest graduating class of 2017 in the county, but Maurice J. McDonough High School seniors graduating June 3 were strong in pride. The class stood united, all clad in purple gowns this year. The theme of connection ran deep during McDonough’s graduation at the Charles County Public Schools Convocation Center in...
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Westlake Honors the Past, Celebrates the Future at Graduation

Westlake Honors the Past, Celebrates the Future at Graduation

The Class of 2017 of Westlake High School capped off graduation season in Charles County on June 3. Honoring 271 seniors, the school celebrated the past and present, while looking toward the future. “Change is not easy for anyone, but the only way to grow is through change,” Chrystal Benson, principal of Thomas Stone...
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29 students participate in 2017 Master of Arts in Teaching Commencement Ceremony at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

29 students participate in 2017 Master of Arts in Teaching Commencement Ceremony at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the state’s public honors college, graduated 29 students with Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on Friday, June 2, in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall. The commencement address was delivered by Elias Vlanton, a retired Prince George’s County teacher and freelance journalist. In 2009 Vlanton was awarded...
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La Plata Native Honored with Dr. George W. Patterson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment

La Plata Native Honored with Dr. George W. Patterson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) recognized top individuals and teams who contributed substantially to the command’s mission success.  The annual Honorary Awards ceremony was conducted recently at Indian Head, Maryland. Mr. John Cox, a Virginia Tech graduate, and 13-year employee of NSWC IHEDOTD with the Systems...
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