Carroll Digest


Counterfeit $20 bills turn up at market in Sykesville

Two counterfeit $20 bills showed up at a market near Sykesville during the weekend, authorities said yesterday. State police at Westminster suggested that people take a second look at such bills, especially if the money has an unusual feel.

The two bills were discovered about 6 p.m. Saturday with the cash at Gaither Market in the 7200 block of Gaither Road. It is the fifth time in about two months that counterfeit bills had shown up in Carroll County, said Sgt. David A. Warner of the criminal investigation section at the Westminster state police barracks.

"It's something people should keep their eyes out for," Warner said. "It felt a little flimsy, but the color was good. The money has a different feel to it, a little softer, so they try to disguise it a little bit by crumpling it."

Single bills have been passed in four other reported incidents around the county, he said. In most cases, the bills were discovered later when the day's accounts were settled.

"Normally, you don't hear that much about counterfeit money," he said. "It's just floating out there."

Police know of no suspects or apparent source for the bills, he said. Anyone who receives such a bill is asked to call the Westminster barracks at 410-386-3000.

CCC enrollment growth leads community colleges

Figures from the Maryland Association of Community Colleges show that enrollment at Carroll Community College grew faster over the past five years than at any other of the state's 16 community colleges.

The number of full-time-equivalent students at CCC increased more than 44 percent, from 1,636 students in fiscal 1999 to 2,363 in fiscal 2004. That includes credit and noncredit students.

Statewide, community college enrollment increased 18 percent over the five-year period.

Maryland community colleges use a formula involving full-time-equivalent students to calculate enrollment. The state uses those figures to determine the funding it grants community colleges.

Janet Nickels, director of institutional research at CCC, said that as of Feb. 2, enrollment for spring had surpassed that of last spring.

Hearing on school budget scheduled for Thursday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a hearing on the superintendent's proposed budget for the 2005-2006 school year at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oklahoma Road Middle School.

This hearing was postponed from Feb. 3 because of inclement weather.

The school is at 6300 Oklahoma Road in Eldersburg.

Information: 410-751-3081.

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