Melanie Dzwonchyk

Writer

Melanie Dzwonchyk is editor of the Laurel Leader and news editor of the Howard County Times and the Columbia Flier. A Laurel resident for more than 30 years, she started as features editor of the Leader in 1995.

Recent Articles

  • Friends of the Laurel Library to gather donations for September book sale

    Friends of the Laurel Library to gather donations for September book sale

    Members of the Friends of the Laurel Library will be collecting donations for the group's Giant Book Sale scheduled for September. Donations of gently used children's books, hardback and paperback adult and teen fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs and CDs and be brought to the lobby of the Laurel...

  • Laurel mayor enters Prince George's County Council race

    Laurel mayor enters Prince George's County Council race

    Laurel Mayor Craig Moe plans to throw his hat into the ring for the 2018 county council race. An announcement released Thursday said Moe, who has served as mayor since 2002, plans to file as a candidate for Prince George's County District 1. The seat is currently held by two-term Councilwoman Mary...

  • Living the legacy of a pioneering newspaper woman

    Living the legacy of a pioneering newspaper woman

    As the Laurel Leader approaches its 120th year this September, one editor was at the helm for a good third of its life. Gertrude Poe, who died July 13 at the incredible age of 101, is widely recognized as a pioneering woman in journalism who guided her weekly broadsheet as four decades of American...

  • Police report fatal shooting in South Laurel

    Police report fatal shooting in South Laurel

    Prince George's County police said a Baltimore County man was found fatally shot in a car in South Laurel Tuesday night. Police identified the man as Dustin Khoury, 17, of Sparrows Point, and said they are investigating this as a non-random shooting. Police found Khoury around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday...

  • Gertrude Poe, 101, edited Laurel Leader for 41 years

    Gertrude Poe, 101, edited Laurel Leader for 41 years

    Gertrude L. Poe, who guided the Laurel Leader for 41 years as editor before retiring in 1980, died Thursday, July 13, 2017 at her home in Ashton. A family member, Vicci Rodgers, confirmed her death. Ms. Poe was 101. Her career at the Leader began in 1939 when, after graduating from Washington College...

  • Laurel man arrested in NAPA store armed robbery

    Laurel man arrested in NAPA store armed robbery

    A Laurel man has been arrested in the armed robbery last May of the Main Street NAPA Auto Parts, Laurel city officials said Monday. Laurel police arrested Barry Linn Richardson Jr. on July 7 and charged him with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission...

  • Patriotic parade tops Fourth of July fun

    Patriotic parade tops Fourth of July fun

    Color guards, McGruff the Crime Dog, pageant winners and a marching Panamanian band added entertainment to the 39th annual Fourth of July parade Saturday in Old Town Laurel. The late Kay Harrison, who headed the Fourth of July Committee for years and died of cancer in May, was represented by granddaughters...

  • Water service restored at Bryant Woods Elementary in Columbia

    Water service restored at Bryant Woods Elementary in Columbia

    Water service has been restored at Bryant Woods Elementary today after a water main break near the school cut off the water supply early this morning, schools spokesman John White said. White said the school was aware of the water issue before the school day, and the principal sent messages to...