- Maryland counties are announcing and revising plans and guidelines for holding classes while containing the spread of coronavirus.
- The Howard County Council passed the Plastics Reduction Act in a 4-1 vote Monday night, limiting single-use plastic such as straws, stirrers and certain condiment packets by restaurants and retailers.
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- The Spending Affordability Advisory Committee makes annual recommendations to the Howard County executive for the upcoming fiscal year on revenue projections, bond authorizations and long-term fiscal outlook. This is the third year in a row the committee has warned about the county’s fiscal future.
- Monday was the first day of hybrid learning in Howard County, with about 4,000 students in the 77-school system returning to classrooms to receive in-person instruction for the first time since March 2020.
- Theodore Proia, 33, opened JDog Junk Removal & Hauling in Elkridge in November, bringing the nationwide franchise to Howard County. JDog offers junk removal services as well as upholstery and carpet cleaning in 27 states and Washington, D.C.
- "I am excited to welcome many of our students back and know that many have been waiting for this day so they can see each other, but also receive the necessary instruction and support they need in-person," Howard County Public School System Superintendent Michael Martirano writes.
- George Phillips Jr., a a substance abuse counselor and member of the '80s pop group Starpoint, has died at 68.
- 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.
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- Laura Wetherald, a 34-year employee of the Howard County 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.
- 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.