Carroll County Times
Carroll County

Editorial: Thumbs up

Westminster High School junior Jeremy Price, 16, was one of 11 high school students selected to participate in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in late November as part of the department's Student Voices Series. Price discussed President Barack Obama's plan to create a new ratings system for colleges and other issues important to future and current college students with Duncan and other officials. Price was invited to the discussion by the National Association of Student Councils because of his role serving as state legislative affairs coordinator for the Maryland Association of Student Councils.
Students in the Textiles and Fashion Careers program at Carroll County Career and Technology Center recently collaborated with Stevenson University's design students to create and install high-fashion designs for an exhibit currently on display at the Greenspring campus. "Io, Tu, e La Moda Italiana" (Me, You, and Italian Fashion) will be on display through Jan. 18 before the Italian-inspired haute couture goes on tour to New York and then Italy. The exhibit features original fashions created by senior and junior fashion design majors with fabrics made in Italy and influenced by Italian fashion designers. In addition to giving the design students at Stevenson a boost in the workplace, the experience is also designed to give CCCTC students an opportunity to see options that could be available to them.
Tyler Graham, the intern for Mount Airy Mayor Pat Rockinberg, has developed the town's first app for smartphones, called Shop Mount Airy. The app syncs with the town's calendar for events, a map of Mount Airy and a feed where businesses can post deals and specials, as well as a coupons section with exclusive coupons for the businesses. Businesses can post on the feed, and within 48 hours a town administrator will approve the post and it will appear. The intent of the app is to help bring more local business to the town. For users, the app is free. For businesses, the app is also free - at least for now. In 2015, the town plans to charge $25 per year for listing the business in the app. It will go toward offsetting the cost of production.
The crews tasked with keeping the roads clear had a busy start to the week with two snowstorms. Many people rightly stayed off the roads during the worst of the storms, which helps crews get their job done safely. But trying to keep the roads clear as snow continues to fall is a difficult task, and with more snow in the forecast for today, crews could very well be out for the third time in just seven days.