Participants in Wednesday’s Democratic debate recounted some urban mythology, stretched some statistics far beyond their meaning and got in some whacks at Gov. Larry Hogan that were based on facts — if perhaps lacking in context.
As the final hours approached for Tuesday night’s deadline to file for most county and state elected offices in the June 26 party primary election, there was the usual last minute flurry of filings for Harford County offices.
The Havre de Grace Mayor and City Council held a brief check presentation ceremony Tuesday for the city’s planned Gold Star Family Memorial Monument, as Mayor William Martin presented a check for $10,000 in city funds, and Harford County Executive Barry Glassman presented $10,000 from the county.
The appointment of Casi Tomarchio to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Steve Gammatoria to become Mayor Bill Marrtin’s chief of staff was approved 4-0 by the council at its meeting. Councilman Jason Robinson was ill and did not attend the meeting.
Harford County sold $55 million in bonds for capital projects Tuesday at a 2.78 percent interest rate, giving the county what its financial advisor called a "very successful" sale. The interest rate offered, however, is the highest the county has paid in its last three bond sales.
A referendum allowing the City of Havre de Grace to spend $1.1 million to purchase four waterfront parcels along Water Street passed Tuesday with an overwhelming majority – nearly three quarters of the 761 ballots cast were for "yes" votes.
After Harford County's previous administration did not end up building a consolidated Health Department building in Edgewood, as was once planned, the department's activities continue to operate in leased offices dispersed throughout the county at a cost of more than $1.3 million annually. There are no plans to build a new health department headquarters, a county spokesperson says.
For Vernon L. Gauss Jr., who has spent nearly eight years on the Harford County Liquor Control Board, including the past year as its vice chairman, Wednesday's board meeting was bittersweet, as he bid fellow board members and the staff farewell.
Director of Administration Billy Boniface was among five Harford County department heads and one deputy director who received $2,500 merit raises authorized by County Executive Barry Glassman effective Jan. 1.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is making funding of a new Havre de Grace High School one of his top requests to state legislators for the upcoming General Assembly session, which starts Jan. 13.
Two divisions of the Harford County Health Department are expected to move to a shopping center on Route 40 in Havre de Grace, joining the Office of Economic Development, which has also been renting space there since the spring.
Havre de Grace officials are considering legislation aimed at giving the city some control over the use a group of properties along the city's waterfront that Harford County acquired last year, as well as other publicly owned properties, if they are developed.
Madelyn Mitchell Shank, a lifelong Havre de Grace resident who was the founder of her hometown's iconic Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses and was instrumental in getting the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum going, died Oct. 12 at age 87.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and 16 members of his staff, as well as five members of the County Council, attended the annual Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City in August, at a cost to county taxpayers of more than $21,000.
The workings of a political machine can be a fascinating spectator sport, every bit as complicated as the off-season dealings of professional sports teams or the Hollywood insider reports on who is dating whom and the movie sets where they met.
David Craig served a record nine years and four-plus months as Harford County's chief executive and when he left office last December, very few of those who had served as his top advisors stayed behind with the county.
A "functionally obsolete" circuit courthouse, one which has both security and safety issues, is only one of several deficient facilities owned by Harford County that make up the government center in downtown Bel Air.
Most Harford County government employees are getting raises in the new fiscal year that begins July 1, but the biggest raise of all, almost 25 percent, will go to the man in charge, and he'll be getting it largely because of the efforts of his most trusted aide.
Gov. Larry Hogan entered a Baltimore hospital Sunday for his second round of chemotherapy treatment, as well-wishers prayed, sang and left him handwritten notes during a Harford County vigil that organizers pledged to repeat around the state.
Months after Harford County elected officials rushed through legislation last fall authorizing the installation of exterior cameras on nearly 500 local school buses, in order to catch motorists who don't stop for them as required by law, the program has yet to get off the ground.
After each new election, the outgoing Harford County executive has been paid thousands of dollars in unused, accrued leave. Former executive David Craig, however, may be the first to be denied his request for the payout, which would total more than $21,000.
The top Insurance Services Office rating for the Susquehanna Hose Company and the City of Havre de Grace was highlighted during the company's annual awards banquet Saturday evening, along with the company's supporters in the city, county and state governments, the top firefighters of 2014 and members who have saved lives during the past year.
Harford County government is moving forward with the sale of a tract of land just outside the Bel Air town limits to a privately owned water company that will use part of the site for a storage reservoir.
Following the dictates of a charter amendment approved by county voters in November, the Harford County Council recently confirmed the appointment of a dozen deputy department heads in County Executive Barry Glassman's administration.
Buildings owned by Harford County government could require more than $576 million worth of maintenance, repair and renovation work or replacement in 10 years if the county doesn't begin addressing some of those needs immediately.