Carroll County Times Opinion

Thumbs up, thumbs down [Editorial]

Thumbs up: West Middle School seventh-grader Jack Tissue was among a group of about 670 students who participated in the National History Bee in Atlanta the weekend of June 6-8. Jack participated in the national competition following his qualification in a regional competition at one of 37 sites around the country. Though Jack didn’t make it to the championship round of 128 students, his success in both the school and regional level competitions was impressive, given the focus of the questions and the content Jack would have learned in school curricula, teachers said.

Thumbs up: The Carroll County Board of Commissioners set aside additional funding to keep the cold weather shelter operational next year. Human Services Programs of Carroll County will get $66,270 from the county to pay for the continued operation of the cold weather shelter, located on Stoner Avenue in Westminster. In the past, the county has only covered $6,500, while the nonprofit picked up the rest.

Thumbs down: Despite record turnout in the eight-day early voting period, turnout for Tuesday’s primary election was among the lowest Carroll County has experienced in the past 20 years. A total of 28,040 people cast their ballots Tuesday or during the eight-day early voting period that ended June 19, only about 24.5 percent of the 114,358 people registered to vote in Carroll. Several races, including three seats on the board of commissioners and the state’s attorney’s race, were essentially decided in the primary because there are no challengers for those spots in the general election.

Thumbs down: Two heat-related deaths have occurred so far this summer, both during the week of June 17 to June 23, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. While both were over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions, it should still serve as a reminder to be safe in the heat and check on elderly neighbors during especially hot days.

Spruce, dried heather and maple syrup, all local and true to historic recreation, are the flavoring agents of a beer batch the Historical Society of Carroll County is creating for its upcoming Hops in History event Aug. 9. Hops in History, which is in its first year, is intended to show the importance of breweries and beer in Carroll County's history all while serving a few drinks and some fun. Organizers expect about 250 people to attend the event, which is billed as a family-friendly day, complete with freshly brewed root beer and vanilla ice cream for the children.