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Laurel

Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes.
Beginnings: Because it was situated midway between Aquebogue and Mattituck on the North Fork, Laurel was known for many years as Middle District. When Riverhead Town split from Southold in 1792, the new border ran through the little farming community, dividing it in half. Middle District later became Franklinville some time before residents formed their own Presbyterian church in 1831, and finally Franklinville became Laurel in 1890. The substitution may have been inspired by the area's abundance of laurel trees and bushes. « Show less

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  • First snow of 2014 blankets Laurel, brings chilly winds

    First snow of 2014 blankets Laurel, brings chilly winds
    What started as over-sized, wet snowflakes became a heavy blanket of white over streets, sidewalks and tree limbs in Laurel Thursday night as a wintry mix brought nearly a foot of snow, and was followed Friday by blustery winds and cold, cold...
  • 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Show profiles

    Sgt. James Albright - Frederick, Md. James Albright received a Purple Heart for wounds he received during the invasion of France in June 1944.  After the war he worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick for more than 30 years.  He died at age 70 in 1986....
  • More police now sporting cameras on their bodies

    More police now sporting cameras on their bodies
    Officer Aaron Waddell pulled over a gray Dodge Caravan on Route 198 in Laurel and asked the driver for his license and registration. Waddell told the man why he stopped him — a suspected seat belt violation — and added, "Just to let you know,...
  • City asks for input on Laurel Lakes landscaping

    As the city moves forward with a project to clean up the upper of the two Laurel Lakes, Laurel officials are asking residents for landscaping suggestions. Officials from the Prince George's County's Department of Environmental Resources told the...
  • Arundel students excused for ice-day absences

    Arundel students excused for ice-day absences
    Anne Arundel County public school students won't be penalized for being late or absent Friday, after officials went ahead with an on-time opening despite dicey weather. Dozens of crashes were reported on roads across Anne Arundel Friday morning, as...
  • 7 years prison for ex-soldier accused of trying to join terror group

    7 years prison for ex-soldier accused of trying to join terror group
    A former Army intelligence specialist pleaded guilty Monday to destroying his computer in an attempt to cover his tracks before flying to Africa in a bid to join the Somali militant group al-Shabaab. Craig Benedict Baxam, 26, of Laurel was sentenced in a...
  • College students from Laurel earn degrees, recognition

    Greyson Charles Mann, of Laurel, was named to the fall dean's list at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Joshua Sheppard, of Laurel, graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the Brock School of Business at Samford University, in...
  • Laurel alumna Smothers has role in film about interracial brothers

    Laurel alumna Smothers has role in film about interracial brothers
    Monica Smothers, a Laurel native who caught the theater bug while a student at Laurel High, has one of three lead roles in a film that is opening Jan. 16 at the Avalon Theatre in Washington. The film, "25 Years," is directed by Derek Gray, of Baltimore,...
  • Laurel Police report robbery with knife [Crime log]

    Laurel police report felonies, arrests and property crimes. Prince George's County police report violent crimes and property crimes. Anne Arundel County police report major crimes. Howard County police report major crimes, break-ins and car thefts. City...
  • Leatherbury passes Van Berg for fourth on all-time win list

    Leatherbury passes Van Berg for fourth on all-time win list
    King Leatherbury tied and passed Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg for fourth on the all-time win list with a pair of victories Saturday at Laurel Park. Leatherbury got win No. 6,417 when Toni With an I ($11.20) emerged victorious in the fourth....
  • Laurel schools will open Thursday two hours late

    Laurel schools will open Thursday two hours late
    It's back to class for Laurel students Thursday after officials for Prince George's and the Howard school systems said schools would be open, starting two hours late. A cold but sunny day Wednesday allowed workers to catch up on clearing snow and ice...
  • Traffic: Emergency roadwork on MD 147

    Traffic: Emergency roadwork on MD 147
    The state Department of Transportation said that emergency roadwork in Baltimore County on MD 147 South at Putty Hill Avenue that began on Wednesday continued Thursday morning. The Maryland Transit Administration reported minor local bus, mobility...