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  • Columbia turns 50

    Columbia turns 50

    Columbia celebrates its 50th year this year. The milestone milestone comes at a pivotal time for the planned community, which is old enough that some of its earliest neighborhoods are fraying and need uplift, and young enough that it is only now undertaking the task of creating a true downtown....

  • 50 years of Merriweather

    50 years of Merriweather

  • Merriweather, the arts, remain at the core of Columbia's future [Commentary]

    Merriweather, the arts, remain at the core of Columbia's future [Commentary]

    Part of our series of essays from leaders imagining the future of Columbia. Before the new city of Columbia had any residents, it had an artist-in-residence. Gail Holliday's iconic work in the early days of Columbia defined the blossoming community, helping craft its identity and make it immediately...

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  • Howard police to launch pilot body camera program Friday

    Howard police to launch pilot body camera program Friday

    The Howard County Police Department is expected on Friday to launch the first of two 45-day pilot programs to test police body cameras, an increasingly used public safety technology. Following a months-long process by a 19-member police department committee to formulate a pilot policy to guide...

  • Third person charged with human trafficking of teen in Jessup

    Third person charged with human trafficking of teen in Jessup

    Howard County police have charged a third person in connection to the alleged human trafficking of a 16-year-old girl, saying the woman helped two other people force the teen into prostitution at Jessup motels. Jessica Lynn Smitherman, 31, of Laurel, was charged with human trafficking of a minor...

  • Seven arrested in series of Elkridge burglaries

    Seven arrested in series of Elkridge burglaries

    Howard County police have arrested and charged seven people in connection to at least nine burglaries over the past month in Elkridge. Between May 22 and June 26, police have investigated residential burglaries along Deep Run Parkway, Keeton Road, Baja Way and Paul Martin Drive. After making the...

  • Nine arrested for impaired driving over Memorial Day weekend

    Nine arrested for impaired driving over Memorial Day weekend

    Howard County police arrested and charged nine drivers with driving under the influence from May 27 to 28 during stepped up patrols. The arrests were not during a checkpoint, but as part of additional patrols to find impaired drivers, said Lori Boone, a police spokeswoman. Drivers charged with...

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  • Howard County schools launch website for Public Information Act requests

    Howard County schools launch website for Public Information Act requests

    Howard County schools interim superintendent Michael Martirano emphasized the need for transparency at a press conference Friday that formally launched the school system's new Maryland Public Information Act request website. The website, which has been live since July 1, allows users to submit...

  • New studio/gallery at Savage Mill is 'dream become reality' for artist

    New studio/gallery at Savage Mill is 'dream become reality' for artist

    Anna White was leaving Rams Head Restaurant at Savage Mill last spring when she noticed a space available on the second floor of the mill. Recently moved from New Jersey, the ceramic artist had been looking for a new studio space. What she saw at Savage Mill also spoke to another vision she had....

  • Police: Man wanted in Jessup murder found in Texas

    Police: Man wanted in Jessup murder found in Texas

    Anne Arundel police said a man charged with the murder of a man in Jessup last month was arrested in Texas on Thursday. The department said Santos "Abel" Diaz-Lemus, 31, from the Columbia area, was arrested in Kingwood, Texas, around 10 a.m. Thursday by officials with the United States Marshals...

  • New Americans naturalized in Howard County

    New Americans naturalized in Howard County

    In 2012, Benish Irfan and her young children left behind everything they knew in Lahore, Pakistan. They traveled more than 7,000 miles to join Irfan's husband, an American citizen, stepping off the plane in a country where Irfan couldn't speak the language. The family found a home in Ellicott City...

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