October: Good student test scores; bonuses for county workers - maybe

Data released showed that most Harford County Public High Schools scored high in reading and math in the Maryland High School Assessment. That data also placed three high schools – Aberdeen, Joppatowne and the Center for Educational Opportunity – as Schools in Need of Improvement.

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance and the Historical Society of Harford County debuted the county's first Hometown Heroes Banner program. The program included several banners, each a tribute to veterans and people serving in the military.

Three men were shot and wounded over a period of two days in Edgewood and Perryman. Two men were sent to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore in a double shooting in Perryman and in a separate incident, another man was sent to shock trauma for a gunshot wound in Edgewood.

Five Harford County establishments were found in violation by the Harford County Liquor Control Board for serving alcohol to a minor. These include the Mountain Branch Golf Club in Joppa, Hilton Garden Inn in Aberdeen, Wetlands Golf Club in Aberdeen, Half Pints Sports Pub and Grill in Bel Air and American Legion Post 47 in Havre de Grace.

Three Fallston couples sued Jones Junction, BGE and a real estate company about lighting outside of the dealership. The suits were filed in August and claimed that the lighting on a Jones Junction property disrupted their quality of life.

The Harford County Council unanimously approved to deed two properties on Tollgate Road to Catholic Charities, which runs Anna's House, a shelter for homeless women. The charity has run the shelter for the past 15 years at that property.

A Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl ring was reported stolen from a Forest Hill home. The stolen ring was from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had the number 44 engraved on the inside.

The City of Aberdeen was approved to get a $2.5 million settlement from a nationwide lawsuit. The lawsuit was about spillage of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) by gas stations after the city dealt with contamination from a 7-Eleven station on Route 40.

The 30 members of the company F 1-111th Aviation Battalion in Edgewood, part of the Maryland Army National Guard, were deployed to Iraq. The members left to provide air traffic control service for Operation New Dawn and are expected to return in a year or so.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) planned a protest against Aberdeen Proving Ground as part of campaign to end Army animal testing involving monkeys. The protests were canceled after PETA announced the United States said they would stop animal testing.

An 11-year-old Joppatowne girl appeared in a popular television show. Eden Wiggins starred in an episode of the CBS drama "A Gifted Man."

An Aberdeen Crips gang member was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. Tyrone Moore, 21, was sentenced to 147 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy, carjacking and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

The percentage of overweight or obese children and adults tripled since 1996 to a total of 60 percent for Harford County. The county also ranks the worst in the state for seven of 39 health objectives, including the seasonal flu vaccine rate for adults.

A 13-year-old Bel Air girl won a state competition for baton twirling. Haley Herbert won the Miss CAMA title for the 10-12 age group in September's Capital Area Marching Association (CAMA) competition.

A man tried to abduct a 14-year-old boy at a bus stop in Abingdon. The student was headed toward his bus stop when a man with a black van threatened to hurt him if he didn't get into the vehicle.

Harford County Executive David Craig announced he would give all county government employees, school system employees and sheriff's office employees a one-time bonus of $1,250. The bonuses were to be funded by a $32 million budget surplus from the 2010-11 fiscal year.

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