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The title of Teacher of the Year for Harford County was given to Christina O'Neill, Bel Air Middle School language arts teacher. O'Neill was chosen from the more than 3,200 teachers in the county.

Election Day for the Harford County presidential primary had a low turnout. Only about 2.5 percent of the county's 126,00 registered voters bothered out to cast their votes.

Main Street in Bel Air hosted the fourth annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. Local men donned their finest high heels to raise money for SARC. The marches are held all over the country to raise awareness and to put an end to the cycle of violence.

A traffic light at the intersection of Boulton Street and Gateway Drive was finally approved. Residents of English Country Manor have asked for the traffic light for years because Boulton Street is the main exit for their community. Construction should begin in the next fiscal year.

A Harford Community College student was arrested for making "dangerous threats" near the college library . The student did not have any weapons on his person or in his car. The sheriff's office responded to a 9-1-1 call and had the suspect in custody within 50 minutes. The student was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for an evaluation.

The Aegis was named Newspaper of the Year among the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association's non-daily newspapers with a circulation of more than 20,000. This award was the third award won for The Aegis in recent years. The paper also won Newspaper of the Year in 2001 and 2008.

PNC Bank on North Main Street closes its doors for good. Customers accounts were moved to the PNC Branch in Bel Air located at 130 S. Main Street which is only half a mile away.

A four-alarm fire began Easter Sunday near Trimble and Dembytown roads in Joppa. Approximately 60 homes were evacuated, but the fire never got any closer than 200 feet to any of the residences.

Lisa Elaine Carroll, 39 of Joppa, was charged with allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old Florida boy. Carroll was charged with nine felony counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and a misdemeanor count of traveling to meet a minor. The two met while playing together on a online video game War 2 Glory. Carroll admitted to driving to Florida on two separate occasions to visit the teen. Carroll was being held at the Harford County Detention Center while she was waiting for an extradition hearing.

Bel Air High School put on a production of "Titanic, the Musical" to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the ship. They offered a Titanic dinner event, the menu included items that were offered for the final meal on the ship. The timing of the Saturday's performance was scheduled to coincide with the actual sinking of the ship 100 years prior.

State police agreed to a settlement of a federal suit filed on behalf of the protesters of the pro-life group Defend Life. The suit was filed in 2008 after the arrests of 18 of their members for holding graphic abortion images as they marched along Route 24 in Bel Air. The settlement included a $385,000 payment to the group and a requirement to provide training in constitutional law for state troopers.

Demolition begins on the former bank building on Main Street in downtown Bel Air. The Town of Bel Air purchased the former Branch Bank and Trust Company at 33-37 S. Main St. in August 2011. The town plans to demolish the building and use the lot for parking and eventually the location may be used for another government building.

The 2011 American Thoroughbred Horse of the Year, Havre de Grace, was retired from racing after suffering an ankle injury while training at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.

John Archer School held its first prom for juniors, seniors, their parents, and school staff. A number of businesses in the community donated their time and services for the prom to make it a special night for the students.

A nine-year-old Jarrettsville girl was seriously injured in a lawn mower accident. The girl was taken to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Baltimore.

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