- Carroll County schools plan to award bonus pay to all system employees for going “above and beyond the normal call of duty” while dealing with challenges of COVID-19 this school year.
- Carroll County Public Schools reported 946 positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday. It was the first time case numbers dropped below 1,000 in nearly four weeks. Positive cases include 74 staff members and 872 students, according to the CCPS COVID-19 dashboard.
- Save Point Arcade has become the go-to spot for video game enthusiasts in the region. Located in Union Bridge, Save Point features a donation-driven free-play arcade with more than 20 rotating games, and also buys, sells and refurbishes video games from every era.
- The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is launching a $2.5 million project to upgrade the aging storm drain system on MD 851 in Sykesville.
- Eight Carroll County residents died this past week from in the last week due to the coronavirus, according to data from the Carroll County Health Department.
- Firefighters from Carroll and Frederick counties worked to extinguish a barn fire Monday on a farm in the 7300 block of Middleburg Road in Keymar. The blaze was reported at about 12:10 p.m., and was controlled after about two hours.
- The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Carroll County over the holiday weekend, warning citizens of impending snow, sleet and rain.
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- As the omicron variant continues to spread in communities, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and other staff worked to secure additional COVID-19 tests for deputies and the county’s detention center.
- On Friday morning about 40 members of a senior bowling league at Mount Airy Bowling Lanes celebrated Joseph Mullineaux’s 99th birthday with a surprise marble cake with chocolate frosting, and kind words
- In celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory, the Carroll Arts Center will host a performance of “Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King,” on Monday. Anyone who has volunteered for a nonprofit organization in the past year may attend for free.
- Carroll County’s Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to update a policy aimed at limiting political conversations in classrooms. Board members removed a portion of the policy that focused on tracking teachers who violate it, instead approving a formal complaint form “for parents to use with any unresolved issues or concerns at the school level,” to be posted to the school system website.
- A drop-in center in Westminster has been serving dozens of people daily for the last two years, offering Carroll County’s most vulnerable a place to escape poor weather, enjoy a hot meal and get connected with services.
- Maryland Print and Design in Sykesville was chosen to be one of those recipients of the BGE Energizing Small Business grant, along with several other Carroll County small businesses, to assist with COVID-19 relief and recovery.
- Carroll County Public Schools reported increases in COVID-19 cases and quarantines this week among students and staff in the county’s elementary, middle and high schools. The school system’s COVID dashboard, which updates weekly on Wednesdays, reported 1,313 positive cases this week, up from 1,197 in the week ending Jan. 5.
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- As the latest surge of COVID-19 cases continues to impact Carroll County, the health department reported 4 deaths this week due to the virus. On Tuesday, Carroll Hospital’s patient count was elevated once again, with 180 total patients, 63 of whom have tested positive for COVID-19. In the Critical Care Unit, 15 patients, all of whom are COVID positive, were being cared for, with all but two on ventilators. Three of those 15 patients had been vaccinated against COVID-19.