After a spike in negativity among the Board of Carroll County Commissioners, the group tried something new Thursday morning, starting their meeting with something positive.
The recent acromony prompted a proposal by President Doug Howard that gives commissioners an opportunity to share positive comments about the county.
It follows two weeks of heated arguments among commissioners that included allegations of a politically motivated firing, disagreements on the structure of the commissioners' office and public discussion about the salaries of staff members.
On Thursday, the board meeting opened with the new segment, "Positively Carroll." It got off to a slow start.
Howard was the only commissioner to offer positive remarks, citing the hard work and effort he saw at the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair.
"As a kid who grew up in the city of Boston, being at the 4-H Fair was an education," he said.
Howard mentioned that 750 children entered projects in fair competitions and that more than $19,000 was raised to support cancer research.