Calvert County:

Oscar Awards to be Announced at Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival: The prestigious Oscar Awards recognize those who give their time, utilize their skills and talents, and continue to strive through their actions to be exemplary stewards of our natural resources and wildlife.

Mechanicsville man charged in Dunkirk PNC Bank armed Robbery: Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a suspect in connection with the armed bank robbery which took place on February 14, 2022, in Dunkirk, MD.

Calvert Deputy injured after juvenile suspects in stolen vehicle hit patrol car: On February 14, 2022, shortly after 7 a.m., deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau received a lookout for two vehicles traveling southbound on Rt. 4 thru Dunkirk at speeds of 100+ MPH, weaving in and out of traffic, passing on the shoulder, running red lights with zero regards for the citizens in our community.

Lawmakers Want To Social Distance Maryland Sportsbooks: The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission issued five Class A sports betting licenses to MD casinos last November. However, a pair of senators filed legislation last week that would keep new Maryland sportsbooks from operating too close to the already established facilities.

Charles County:

Suspect in 2020 Mount Clare Place murder captured in Texas: On February 4, 2022, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Artie Cofield, 51, of Virginia. Cofield was known to the victim. On February 12, Cofield was located in Wichita Falls, Texas by the United States Marshals Service. Cofield is currently being detained in Wichita Falls and is awaiting extradition.

Charles Unified bocce rolls up the season with an interscholastic tournament: Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school students recently gathered on a Capital Clubhouse ice rink to face off. There was no ice, no sticks or pucks. Instead, the floor space was converted into three 60-feet-long courts for the 2022 Interscholastic Unified Sports Indoor Bocce District 8 Tournament. Athletes and partners took turns studying the courts, planning their next move. 

North Point High School freshman Sienna Hennek, left, and Claire Hamilton, sophomore, discuss a play during the 2022 Interscholastic Indoor Bocce District 8 Tournament held in February at the Capital Clubhouse.

Charles Co. schools taking steps to move toward standard system operations: Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) continues to take steps toward resuming standard school system operations. This includes the recent reinstatement of 100 percent spectator access at school events along with concession sales, resuming out-of-county field trips, and welcoming volunteers back to schools.

Plans for New Charles County Public Library in La Plata Announced: In the shadow of the more than 56-year-old La Plata library, the Town of La Plata Council voted to approve a lease for a new library in La Plata with Charles County. The Town approval comes after last week’s approval by the Charles County Board of Commissioners. The County will build the new library on land owned by the Town at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Talbot Street. 

St. Mary’s County:

Suspect captured in September 2021 Great Mills Sheetz Armed Robbery: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division made an arrest this week in an armed robbery investigation in Great Mills last September.

First Landing Wine & Arts Festival to take place in April: Experience a full day of fun at St. Clement’s Island Museum with St. Mary’s County wineries on the First Landing Wine Trail, as well as local artisan and craft vendors, kids’ activities, boat rides, and more at the 2nd annual First Landing Wine & Arts Festival.

Pax River’s Mentor of the Year encourages hands-on experience: Tony Spadarella, NAWCAD Patuxent River’s 2021 Mentor of the Year, believes that the best way to teach someone is to give them the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.

Rear Adm. John S. Lemmon, right, presents Tony Spadarella with the 2021 NAWCAD Patuxent River Mentor of the Year Award during a ceremony at the VX-20 hangar on Feb. 8.

Jill Tennyson Promoted to Head Track and Field Coach at St. Mary’s Ryken:  St. Mary’s Ryken (SMR) is pleased to announce Jill Tennyson as Head Track and Field Coach. The position was previously held by Coach Gary Wynn who was just announced as Head Football Coach.

State of Maryland:

Poll: Crushing Workloads Burning Out Educators; Right to Bargain for Smaller Classes Would Improve Retention: A majority of Maryland educators report that classes are so large, stress levels so high, burnout so exhausting, and staffing shortages so prevalent that they are more likely to leave the profession or retire early, according to a recent poll conducted by the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA).

Southern Maryland Housing Inventory Continues Lacking As 2022 Begins: As the new year rang in, many homebuyers had hoped new options would be plentiful as we turned a corner from an extremely competitive market in 2021. Unfortunately, the trend of historically low inventory levels across Southern Maryland appears to continue driving the market.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop Below 700, ICU Levels Below 150: Hospitalizations Now Less Than One-Fifth of Omicron Peak Level Lowest Case Rate, Positivity Rate in United States

Maryland Department of Health updates reinfections data among COVID-19 cases: The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today updated reinfections data posted to the COVID-19 surveillance dashboard at Maryland is now counting 24,800 COVID-19 reinfections among its cumulative cases, dating back to late September.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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