- Howard County school system Superintendent Michael Martirano is proposing an operating budget of $932 million for the next fiscal year that adds more than 130 teachers and staff to address special education needs, expected enrollment growth and mental health services.
- The Howard County school system is now aiming to get students back in classrooms in a hybrid learning model on March 1, and the Board of Education did approve the framework for a potential hybrid model.
- A Columbia couple are among a small network of families across the country who are welcoming asylum-seekers into their homes for long-term stays. By taking in a Honduran mother and her young son, the Zinners wound up forging bonds that have made the strangers like family.
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- The River Hill Square development has been taking shape at the site of the former River Hill Garden Center. Two tenants, credit union SECU and Starbucks, opened their doors in 2020. Other businesses tentatively scheduled to open in 2021 include Cold Stone Creamery, Five Guys and a new location of Salon Suna, a beauty salon from Glenwood.
- A Columbia man is facing federal charges of making multiple social media threats to blow up a federal building and kill elected officials, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland said Thursday.
- In the year since it formed, Howard County Truth & Reconciliation has been digging through remnants of the past, uncovering new and discarded information about lynchings, and subsequently sharing and explaining the findings to residents via Facebook and emailed newsletters.
- The Ellicott City historic district lost one of its staunchest supporters with the death of Charlotte Holland on Dec. 29 after a long illness. She was a well-known, industrious and enthusiastic volunteer.
- Del. Reid Novotny said he introduced legislation Wednesday in the General Assembly to strip student school board members in Maryland of their vote if it is a “deciding vote” on a motion.
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- “Winfield was cheerful and vivacious,” said Baltimore musician Paul Johns. “He was outgoing to people.
- The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for ARTsites 2021, an outdoor public show featuring large-scale sculpture. Both artists and community sites interested in hosting a piece are encouraged to apply.
- More than 200 people have died of COVID-19 in Howard County since the pandemic began, according to the county’s health department.
- Howard Community College will be the next COVID-19 vaccination site beginning Monday, county officials announced Tuesday.
- The Howard County Public School System on Tuesday once again delayed the return of its in-person small group programs due to the county’s “continued unfavorable COVID-19 rates,” according to a news release.
- Celebree School announced franchisees Arpit and Shwetank Patel have signed a lease for 8003-8039 Laurel Lakes in Laurel with plans to open a Celebree School in April.