December: 600 wins, Baby! Harford teacher gets Milken Award

North Harford High girls varsity basketball coach Lin James got her 600th career win, a 61-32 home victory over Harford Christian.

County Executive David Craig announces his plans for the rest of his term in office. Topics of consideration include school construction, the water and sewer authority, public safety and county employees.

A new MedStar Health facility is scheduled to be built on the corner of Plumtree Road and Route 924 in Bel Air. Construction of the new facility should begin in the Fall of 2013.

Town hall meetings were hosted by Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane. Topics of discussion included property crimes involving drug addicts and highway safety concerns of the citizens. Burglaries committed by people with drug habits remain a problem in the northern half of the county, as well as serious traffic accidents. The sheriff did say that overall crime was down and more focus would be placed on highway safety enforcement.

Bane also said he was looking into the possibility of getting speed cameras for Harford County in areas where speeding is an issue.

A teacher from William Paca/Old Post Elementary School in Abingdon, Lauren Hunter, was the recipient of the prestigious National Milken Award. Hunter, a reading specialist, received the $25,000 cash award for continually showing high levels of growth and advancement with her students each year.

Christmas arrives in Harford County with three of the county's annual parades. Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace were the hosts of the seasonal parade that signifies the start of the holiday season.

North Harford High girls varsity basketball coach Lin James got her 600th career win.

School security was heightened because of the prediction of the end of the world scenario. Added police presence at the middle and high school levels were implemented as were a few behind the scenes security measures. Teri Kranefeld, manager of school communications, sent out a "robocall" message to parents regarding the rumors related to Harford County Public Schools. "At this time, none of the rumors have been deemed credible; however, we will remain vigilant in investigating all rumors." Although student attendance was down slightly, no disasters were reported in any of the Harford County Public Schools.

Hanukkah arrives in Harford as well with two public menorah lighting ceremonies. The first was held in Havre de Grace at the Temple Adas Shalom and the second was held at the Reckord Armory in Bel Air.

The Dark Horse Saloon in Bel Air was the scene of a multiple stabbing. One of the victims was stabbed in the neck and chest and a second had stab wounds to the back. Police said that both of the victims, who were yet to be identified, were 26 years old.

The Harford Ballet Company performs "The Nutcracker" at Aberdeen High School.

Noodles and Company arrives in Harford County, getting ready to open soon in the former Baja Fresh space in Bel Air's Tollgate Marketplace.

The owner of the 21-year-old Forest Hill Station train shop announces that it will close its doors after the holidays. The store is the only model train store in Harford County and its building was once a station for the Ma & Pa Railroad.

Oak Grove Baptist Church announces its expansion on the corner of Route 22 and Thomas Run Road. The church is planning to add a two-story building that will have a multipurpose space with an indoor basketball court as well as more office and educational space.

The Bel Air Reckord Armory was host to the "Merry Tuba Christmas." This was the event's sixth year in Bel Air. The audience sang along to holiday classics while 35 tuba players played.

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