- The system’s weekly dashboard, which tracks the number of COVID cases and people in quarantine, reported 239 people have the virus, including four staff members. Last week, 211 had it. The number of people in quarantine for being in close contact with someone who tested positive is 325. Last week, that number was 605.
- Carroll County Public Schools will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to mark to the start of construction on the new East Middle School.
- The holiday shopping season kicked off with Small Business Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving. Locally owned shops on the main streets of Sykesville and Ellicott City saw a rush of shoppers, a much-needed economic lift. Through December various events, from tree lightings to cookie strolls to Santa visits, are being held around the region to attract customers to shop at small businesses, where holiday-related year-end sales are vital, according to the nonprofit groups who support and market them.
- Carroll County’s school board has scheduled a special meeting on Monday to discuss the search for a new superintendent.
- As part of a package of committee reassignments announced earlier this month in anticipation of the 2022 legislative session, Republican Del. Haven Shoemaker, of Carroll County, has been appointed to the Judiciary Committee by the House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones.
- Carroll County weekly COVID-19 data released Tuesday was a mixed bag. While the total numbers of cases dropped for the first week in a month, the positivity rate jumped more than a point. In addition, two county residents died due to the virus.
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- The Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department responded to a dwelling fire which resulted in $100,000 of property damage over the weekend.
- The Tuesday after the Thanksgiving holiday has been touted by the global generosity movement as Giving Tuesday, a day for people to donate what they can to local nonprofits and other organizations.
- Kekuta Bah of Silver Spring developed his new skill during the lockdown at the start of the pandemic and his quick development led to his selection as the Mid-Atlantic region’s No. 1 seed in the National Collegiate Performing Arts College DJ Championship.
- Carroll County Community College announced the appointment of Kelly A. Koermer as the new vice president of Continuing Education and Training this month.
- Sykesville resident Ben Bergamaschi, 15, is one step closer to becoming an Eagle Scout after leading the effort to build and install three structures around Piney Branch Lake at Piney Run Park in Sykesville, complete with lifesaving equipment used in cases of overturned boats or people falling into the lake.
- Although Mike Flemming was inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his dedication to the sport, he said dedication to family is what’s most important.
- According to the CCPS dashboard, which updates every Wednesday, 211 people have the virus this week, including four staffers. It’s a 12-person increase from last week. The number of students in quarantine is 605, which is a 47-person increase from the week before.
- Three local organizations have joined forces this year to bring residents the 2021 Holiday Hopper contest, inviting guests to three festive events in the county and giving participants the opportunity to win free sweet treats.