Donations and time needed at shelter for dog care [Highland/Fulton ]

Howard County Times

Highland is the home to a dog rescue organization called Canine Humane Network, a nonprofit “dedicated to saving the lives of homeless dogs and providing foster homes and adoption programs for rescued dogs.” It was founded in 2016 by Mona Hicks and since its inception, has rescued over 600 dogs from high-kill shelters.

“We now have over 200 volunteers and a facility on Clarksville Pike in Highland, where we can accept transport or shelter dogs and prepare them for foster or adoption as well as conduct training classes,” Hicks said, in a statement.

The recent big news at the shelter was the very generous donation of an installed back-yard fence by Bev and Doug Depasse, at FBD Fence Co. This now allows the dogs to be off-leash where they can run and play amongst themselves. You can get more information about the organization, how to volunteer or how to make a donation by going to

I think there are a few folks in the county that have very good ideas on how to address the problem of overcrowding in some of our county schools. Here’s your chance to speak up and make a difference.

The Howard County Public School System’s Board of Education is asking for your help while it reviews various options regarding overcrowding at certain county high schools. The board has several options under consideration, but would like to hear from you.

There will be a public hearing on Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Department of Education.

You can review the options by going to its visiting website at You can pre-register online through 4 p.m., Sept. 7 at this link: And, you can send comments to the Board at

In my last column, I introduced some of the new faces of Lime Kiln Middle School staff. Here are some more: Coleen Reiff, part-time teachers’ secretary; Tanja Wheeler, family and consumer science teacher; Marlo Murphy, ELA and social studies teacher; Ronda Harrison, student assistant; and, Susan Burgio, student assistant. Welcome.

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