- The graduation rate for Howard County seniors — especially Black and Hispanic students — increased in 2020, as the school system remains near the top among Maryland jurisdictions in the metric.
- Laura Wetherald, a 34-year employee of the Department of Recreation and Parks, died Feb. 19 at the age of 65 from complications related to COVID-19.
- Some spectators will be allowed to attend Howard County Public School System athletic events when sports return next week.
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- Does your gun have a trigger lock? That’s gun violence prevention. Do you have a gun safe? That’s gun violence prevention. Do you take lessons to learn about best practices and to become a responsible and reliable shot? That’s all gun violence prevention heroics, too.
- Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co. plans to expand its pharmaceutical manufacturing with the acquisition of Fine Chemistry Services, a division of a Charlotte, North Carolina-based chemical manufacturer, for $570 million.
- The Howard County Board of Education is advancing a $960 million spending plan for fiscal 2022 that requests a considerable increase in funding from the county.
- Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson criticized the Howard County teachers union during his program Wednesday night.
- State officials have left county school systems to decide on their own how best to safely bring children and staff back to buildings, many of which have been shuttered since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.
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- The Laurel Elementary School food box giveaway — where a mixture of school staff, city officials and city police officers distribute boxes of food free of charge — is scheduled to continue through March.
- Maryland counties are announcing and revising plans and guidelines for holding classes while containing the spread of coronavirus.
- During the 17-minute State of Business address, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball touched on the county’s response to the pandemic amid economic uncertainty, as well as his efforts to encourage the county government and residents to spend money with local businesses.
- Bob Twigg and his son Austin opened Gladiators Pizza and Deli on Feb. 14. The restaurant, which Bob Twigg called "truly a hometown pizza shop," is located at 3900 Ten Oaks Road in Glenelg.