Judge bars ex-student from school propertyA Carroll...


Judge bars ex-student from school property

A Carroll County judge has barred a former Westminster High School student from entering any county school building.

In a permanent injunction signed Wednesday, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered Dennis B. Jennings to stay away from his former school and all other school property. The injunction was sought by the county school board last week.

The request was the first sought by school officials in seven years.

Mr. Jennings, 19, was suspended from Westminster High School in April for unspecified "verbal abuse of faculty members and threatening a staff member."

School and board officials extended his suspension through next month.

Suspended students are not permitted back on school property for any reason during the terms of their suspension, but the court papers say, Mr. Jennings -- who would have been a senior this year -- kept returning to school.

Commissioners nix bridge at city pond

Carroll commissioners agreed yesterday they do not want to spend $29,000 to build a 60-to-70-foot bridge at the Westminster Community Pond.

The arched bridge would have connected a 40-square-foot island with the shore, Recreation and Parks Department Director Richard J. Soisson said. The bridge would have been built near the pavilion.

The county might have been able to get up to $10,000 in federal grants to help pay for the bridge, he said.

The community pond is a popular county attraction, and the bridge would have added another feature, Mr. Soisson said.

"I don't see how you can justify a $29,000 bridge for a 5-cent island," Commissioner Donald I. Dell said.

Commissioners Julia W. Gouge and Elmer C. Lippy agreed.

Education center collecting food

The Carroll County Education Center is having a food drive through Oct. 30 to benefit the Carroll County Food Bank in conjunction with Kids Helping Kids Harvest for the Hungry.

Nonperishable foods are being accepted from students, parents and the community. Boxes for food items are in the school lobby for drop-offs.

Students at the school also have "adopted" a family for Christmas as part of the Flood Relief Fund for Alexandria, Mo.

The Missouri family of a mother, father and two sons, 13 months and 2 years old, lost everything they owned during last summer's flood. They are staying with a family in Iowa.

The school PTA will sponsor several fund-raisers for the project, then students will shop for and wrap gifts.

The school is at 495 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 848-7022.

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