Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Car fire leaves disabled veteran stranded
NANCY BROMLEY McCONATY ― Maryland Independent

While disabled Vietnam veteran Jerry Taylor manned the Center for Abused Persons’ crisis hot line early Monday morning in Waldorf, someone shattered the window of his 1987 Plymouth Reliant and set fire to it.

The act destroyed 60-year-old Taylor’s only means of transportation that gets him to his jobs at CAP and the Spring Dell Center in La Plata.

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Commissioners split on shared septic
JAY FRIESS ― Maryland Independent

In a 3-2 vote, the Charles County commissioners passed a resolution last week that will allow the creation of shared septic systems in the county’s rural areas under limited circumstances.

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Commissioners await legal input for Civista loan action
JAY FRIESS ― Maryland Independent

Civista Medical Center in La Plata was supposed to receive a short-term loan from Charles County last week in order to keep from violating the terms of its bond insurance, but, according to the county attorney, the loan contract has been delayed.

County Attorney Roger Fink told the county commissioners last week that he and Civista’s attorney managed to gain some more time from the insurance company to craft the terms of the county loan.

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LTE: The process for how circuit court judges are appointed

I am writing this letter to help Sen. “Mac” Middleton and William Braxton understand the process of appointing a circuit court judge.
Next year, when a district court judge’s position becomes available, it would save us all a lot of time and effort if Sen. Middleton would just tell us whom to nominate.

I don’t know how we would eliminate the “legally and most professionally qualified” standard but perhaps Sen. Middleton or his sycophants can change the rules that we are obligated to follow.

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Mega Wind Farms Could Steer Storms
Michael Reilly ― Discovery News

Mega wind farms of the future could have a major impact on weather, clearing up cloudy skies and even steering storm systems, according to new research.

In the United States, wind power still only accounts for a little over 1 percent of electricity generation. But the industry is growing fast, from 17 gigawatts of installed capacity at the end of 2007 to 21 through the end of September.

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Employment Opportunity

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Job Title: Solid Waste Worker - Department: Public Facilities

Work Location: La Plata, MD

Salary: $26,752

Closing Date: 2008-12-05

Job Details

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At least 78 killed in coordinated attacks in India
Ramola Talwar Badam ― Baltimore Sun

Teams of heavily armed gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in at least seven attacks in India’s financial capital, killing at least 78 people and wounding at least 200, officials said Thursday.

The gunmen were specifically targeting Britons and Americans, media reports said, and may be holding hostages.

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Charles County Ready to Start Writing Electronic Traffic Tickets

Equipment to allow the issuance of electronic traffic tickets has been installed in most of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles and nearly 150 of the department’s officers have been trained to used the system as of last week.

E-TIX is a software-based system designed to expedite data acquisition during traffic stops and eliminate much of the hand written process needed to issue a traffic warning or citation.

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Md. Braces for Holiday Sales Slump, Tax Revenue Dip
ELI SEGALL ― Southern Maryland Online

For years, holiday shopping sprees have pumped ample cash into Maryland’s coffers, helping fund a range of government services. But this year, with the economy slumping, state officials are bracing for a dip in revenue, as consumers plan to buy cheaper gifts and spend less on holiday meals.

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Charles County Sheriff’s Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Nov. 26, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff’s Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.

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State Launches Website to Help Families During Tough Economic Times

Maryland has launched a new website designed to be a one-stop shopping resource for families in need of economic assistance. The site,, was announced by Governor Martin O’Malley on Tuesday.

“We have seen our share of challenges with a downturn in the national economy and a national mortgage crisis. This hasn’t been an easy year and far too many Maryland families are struggling to make ends meet,” said Governor O’Malley. “We know that these winter months, and these uncertain economic times will not be easy for many Maryland families, but it is our hope that this webpage will help Marylanders gain access to programs and services available to them if they qualify

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Remembering what’s important in our lives


Happy Thanksgiving. Most of us don’t have to look too far to find blessings to count. We can start with our families and then look around us to the lives we lead.

Times are tough right now, no doubt, and we are not accustomed to this much economic uncertainty.

But just about every one of us still has a higher standard of living than the great majority of the people who live on the globe.


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Police help kids give online bullies the brush-off
GRETCHEN PHILLIPS ― Maryland Independent

With the click of a mouse, bullying leaves the school yard and enters homes throughout the world.

With the age of the Internet, cyber-bullying allows for school bullies and even those who would not normally appear to be the bullying type an outlet for their behaviors.

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Having a holly trolley Christmas
NANCY BROMLEY McCONATY ― Maryland Independent

County sponsors historic site tours in holiday season

Charles County tourism officials are cooking up some old-fashioned holiday cheer by offering trolley tours to some of the county’s best-known historic spots.

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Amish, Mennonites came in 1939 in search of farmland
JASON BABCOCK ― The Enterprise

Amish and Mennonite families began moving to St. Mary’s County from Pennsylvania in 1939 for cheaper land and fewer restrictions on how they educated their children.

However, when the Navy began constructing a military base at Cedar Point just a couple of years later, the influx of people coming to St. Mary’s began eating away at the agricultural landscape here.


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