You can't mention 2018 without talking about weather. Intense precipitation washed out roads, softened soils and down trees. Festival goers were forced to turn elsewhere for entertainment on multiple occasions, as iconic Carroll County events were rained out. And a tornado tore through Mount Airy.
The Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission at a public hearing for the introduction of a revised Hampstead Overlook concept plan Dec. 19 suggested that the developer, Florida Rock Properties Inc., and its engineers, take the updated drawings back to Carroll County government for review.
As the holiday hustle reaches a peak, people rush to their local post office to ship out last-minute cards or gifts, the U.S. Postal Service must set deadlines for mementos to arrive before Christmas. The cutoff for packages and first-class mail is Dec. 20, while Priority Mail Express is Dec. 22.
The Taneytown Mayor and Council at their monthly meeting Dec. 10 introduced a bill that would amend the city’s campaign finance law. The ordinance amends the Campaign Finance Ordinance, which requires candidates for elected office to report contributions and expenses to the Ethics Commission.
Khalil Rich, 19, of the 3000 block of Dudley Avenue, has been charged with theft $1,500 to $25,000, unlawful removal of property, unlawful removal of a motor vehicle and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
The Times caught up with Steve Allgeier, chairman of the Westminster Tree Commission, who on Monday, Dec. 10, presented its inaugural Comprehensive Tree Plan to the city's Mayor and Common Council. The plan sets the foundation for an inventory of all street trees, and where there's room to grow.
The Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday approved a bill that would allow the sale of firearms as a permitted use under special exception in the downtown area. Sending it back to Council, commissioners suggested lawmakers consider limiting who's eligible for the special exception.
The Hampstead Town Council on Dec. 11 approved a petition to rezone the Hampstead Overlook property from industrial to residential after a fiery public hearing, during which speakers raised voices and made accusations of lawmakers. Now the project will continue along the 19 step planning process.
Hampstead residents and nearby Carroll County neighbors will have the opportunity to speak up in support or against a rezoning petition related to the proposed Hampstead Overlook development at a public hearing Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.. Here are five things to know before the hearing and vote.
Westminster's City Council voted unanimously Dec. 10 to introduce a bill that would allow the sale of firearms as permitted use under special exception to the city’s Main Street and historic downtown area. Similar legislation passed in February reopened the door for tattoo parlors in downtown.
The Carroll County agricultural industry, a pillar of its rural culture, has been left reeling after unrelenting rains soaked fields, delaying planting and rotting crops. In late November, the Trump Administration released its latest report on climate change, which predicts wetter weather and more.
Michael Steven Welsh, 32, of the 1000 Block of Jefferson Road in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, was arrested and charged with possession and intent to distribute suspected heroin after law enforcement officers found him slumped over in the driver's seat of his vehicle Nov. 29, police say.
Mount Airy on Monday held a public hearing for the proposed annexation of a 12.5-acre Carroll County lot, called Dorseytown, that's almost entirely surround by incorporated town limits. It's ineligible for town water and sewer. The planning commission recommended that council reject the petition.
Manchester resident Jason Howard Harmon, 37, was arrested Saturday, Dec. 1 after police say he arranged a drug deal with undercover police officers. Harmon is charged with possession and intending to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, and for evading arrest.
After a Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Nov. 28, Florida Rock Properties Inc., the developer behind a proposed 270-home community dubbed Hampstead Overlook, said it would pursue more environmental tests to ease community concern about chemical contaminants found on the property.
The Westminster Mayor and Council met Nov. 26 to sign off on a cable franchise agreement with Ting Fiber Inc and to change city code to allow for nightclubs in the city's Central Commercial Zone, which encompasses two former government properties — the old firehouse and post office.
The Westminster Volunteer Fire Department's Shift D worked 24 hours on Thanksgiving — their fifth consecutive year doing so. They break bread together like a loving family and respond to calls like a well-oiled, firefighting machine all in the same day.
Access Carroll Integrated Health Care provides medical services to those that need them most, regardless of their financial status. From addiction treatment to dental care, the organization improves patients health from teeth to toes. But they need the public's generosity to do it.
Gettysburg-based High Performance Homes, LLC custom built a home for Dan and Suzanne Swisher in Westminster. It's a high tech, energy efficient structure. It's also made to allow Dan to zoom around on his wheelchair, easily accessing important appliances, storage areas and simple pleasures.
Hampstead resident Brittany Phillips implored the Town Council at its Nov. 13 meeting to employ environmental tests organized by the Environmental Protection Agency. Mayor Christopher Nevin asked Phillips to meet one-on-one to discuss the matter. She and others in the audience were not satisfied.
Matt Khouri and Ryan Miller, both 28 and Liberty High School grades, and co-owner Will Jenkins, a 27-year-old Glenelg Country School grad, organized an event to built brand awareness for their Delmarva Boil Company shrimp business and raise money for Hurricane Florence-torn UNC Wilmington.
The City of Westminster Mayor and Common Council on Monday debated improving the city’s communication with the public, especially in respect to public safety. Lawmakers at the Nov. 12 meeting discussed bringing on a full time staffer or contracting a company to handle communications temporarily.
The Carroll County District Court has accepted a petition by the county's State's Attorney's Office to enlist the services of a special prosecutor for a criminal case against Taneytown Councilman Donald Frazier. Steven Kroll, of the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, will prosecute the case.
Operation Christmas Child is taking its philanthropic initiative in Carroll County to the next level, aiming to collect 18,000 shoebox gifts. The gifts are distributed to children in need across the world. The effort has collected and distributed 157 million since its inception.
The Maryland Department of the Environment and Department of Agriculture set dates and locations for six regional workshops to help communities initiate the third phase of the Watershed Implementation Plan, which aims to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution in line with the Total Maximum Daily Limit.
Mount Airy has scheduled a meeting for residents impacted by the tornado the touched down in town Friday, Nov. 2. Those that accrued damages or that have concerns, town resident or not, can attend the 7 p.m. meeting with the Maryland Insurance Administration Monday, Nov. 12 at Mount Airy Town Hall.
Taneytown has issued a code violation to Councilman Donald Frazier after criminal charges revealed that he rented out at least one room and apartment in the basement of his Bentley Street home. The City Code does not allow for apartments or rentals in the zoning district where his home is located.
The Taneytown Mayor and City Council convened Wednesday, Nov. 7 for their monthly workshop meeting, at which they commemorated late City Manager and former Mayor Henry Heine. Back to business later in the meeting, the lawmakers evaluated next steps for the proposed National Civil War Memorial.
Voters resoundingly elected incumbent Republican lawmakers in the three legislative districts that touch Carroll County (Districts 4, 5 and 9). In District 5 — which covers most of Carrol — Republican Sen. Justin Ready, and Delegates Susan Krebs, Haven Shoemaker and April Rose cruised to victory.
The Mount Airy Mayor and Council deliberated Monday, Nov. 5 an ordinance that would establish in law council members duty in their capacity as liaisons on volunteer commissions. The bill stems from planning commission debate about the competing responsibilities of Councilman Bob King, the liaison.
Manchester resident Larry Burbank was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Oct. 25 in Glen Burnie. The Hall recognizes “Maryland senior citizens 65 years of age or older who have made outstanding volunteer contributions affecting the lives of people in the State of Maryland.”
A tenant of Taneytown Councilman Donald Frazier has filed a criminal complaint against him after Frazier allegedly burst into her apartment and assaulted her Oct. 19, leaving the woman shaken and her young son hysterical, court records, a police report and a 911 recording show.
Taneytown mayor and City Council visited renown sculptor Gary Casteel's studio Thursday. The 72-year-old artist has proposed plans for a National Civil War Memorial in the small city, 15 miles south of where the war-defining Battle of Gettysburg took place.
Residents of Hampstead, and nearby Carroll County neighbors, questioned Maryland Department of the Environment experts about the dangers of a once-polluted agricultural property, which Florida Rock Properties Inc. hopes to develop into a community called Hampstead Overlook.
Brett Owen Mack, 28, of the 100 Block of Westminster Avenue, was charged with reckless endangerment, intoxicated endangerment and first- and second-degree assault, according to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrest report Friday. Mack’s bail status was not available via electronic court records.
Westminster's Mayor and Common Council voted to introduce a zoning amendment that would allow for taverns and nightclubs in a tiny downtown zoning district. Council also approved the bid of a construction company to upgrade the city's sidewalk curb ramps to meet ADA regulations.
At two of Carroll County's iconic farms — Baugher's and Showvaker's — the search for the perfect pumpkin was on Saturday as children, couples and families employed their own carving criteria to pick their ideal gourd.
Taneytown's Board of Zoning Appeals approved Wednesday, Oct. 17 Carroll Biz Challenge winner Brewery Fire's appeal for special zoning to allow the microbrewery to open up show in the city. Dave Palmer and Jesse Johnson, the owners, benefitted from an outpouring of local business support.
Sculptor Gary Casteel, of Gettysburg, made it his mission to create a National Civil War Memorial after finding that it, unlike other major wars the United States participated in, did not have a national memorial. He's proposed to the Taneytown Mayor and Council they erect it in the small city.
Democrats Emily Shank and Jaime O'Marr are running to represent Maryland's 5th Legislative District in the state House of Delegates and Senate. Republican incumbent Sen. Justin Ready is seeking reelection. The candidates discussed state and local issues at a Community Media Center candidate forum.
The Town of Hampstead Mayor and Council were briefed by Town Manager Tammi Ledely about two mistakes related to two major projects — the Main Street Revitalization and the proposed Hampstead Overlook development. The errors are not expected to delay their respective projects.
The City of Westminster Common Council convened Monday, Oct. 8 to discuss its new water allocation policy, including a master distribution chart that works similarly to a balance sheet. Council members discussed the importance of viewing water as a invaluable, finite resource like money and gold.
As the national opioid overdose crisis and policies to combat it evolve, the drugs remain a crucial tool in treating cancer-related pain. Doctors use opioids, paired with other techniques, to improve patients quality of life. Cancer advocates work to negate unintended consequences of opioid policy.
Finksburg's Revolution Motor Works has joined a national campaign called Brakes for Breasts, for which it will donate 10 percent of each brake job to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation partnered with state and federal agencies to spearhead an initiative to increase stream-side forest in Carroll County. On Saturday, Oct. 6 the nonprofit, along with an army of volunteers, planted more than 1,000 trees on Travis Trout's farm in Keymar.
A host of veterans, public officials and civilians gathered Saturday, Oct. 6 to rededicate Westminster's Longwell Avenue Armory in the name of Private Jerome L. Day, the first soldier from Carroll County to die in World War I.