Carroll County government lowered flags to half-staff this week to honor former county commissioner Richard Yates, a Sykesville resident who died March 5, at age 86, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster.
Yates served as a member of the Board of County Commissioners from 1994 to 1998.
During his tenure, he was president of the board and is credited with taking leadership on several key initiatives. For example, while the commissioners were sitting as the Board of Health in 1996, the board support the Partnership for a Healthier Community — a group that operates today as an advocate for health and fitness initiatives across the county.
That board also...