Calvert County:

Calvert Marine Museum welcomes new employees: The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) is delighted to welcome Bonnie Barrett as the new Director of Development and Jenny Liese as Events and Facilities Coordinator. Both positions are key components in sustaining the mission of the Calvert Marine Museum Society and the museum.

Calvert Marine Museum awarded national grant with University of Florida: A team from the University of Florida and the Calvert Marine Museum was recently awarded $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to teach middle school students and teachers about artificial intelligence using fossil shark teeth!

Off-Duty Calvert Cop charged with DUI following January crash:  The Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Jermaine Parvell Mason, 39, in connection with a motor vehicle collision that occurred on January 7, 2022. 

CalvertHealth Foundation Supports Expanded Urologic Services at 33rd Annual Benefit Golf Classic:  The CalvertHealth Foundation will be hosting the 33rd Annual Benefit Golf Classic on Monday, May 9 at the Cannon Club in Lothian, MD. Various sponsorship levels are available including tee signs, foursomes, contest sponsors, and corporate packages.

Charles County:

Richards sentenced in 2019 DUI fatal crash:  Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, February 24, 2022, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Donine Carrington Martin sentenced Jermaine Shawn Richards, 41, to 10 years with all but 8 years suspended in prison for the Motor Vehicle Manslaughter of Timothy Brown. Upon release, Richards will be on supervised probation for five years.

Hitting the right note — CCPS students perform Instant Concert: Take a few trumpets and flutes, a handful of clarinets, throw in some saxophones, add a dash of percussion and sprinkle of trumpets — mix it all together and you have an Instant Concert.

John Hanson Middle School seventh grader Benjamin Shoemaker, left, and Gabrielle Morris, a Hanson eighth grader, practice saxophone in the lead up to performing in the Instant Concert on Feb. 12. Credit: Charles County Public Schools / Charles County Public Schools

Hawks Get First Two Wins of 2022 Season at Thomas Nelson: The College of Southern Maryland Hawks baseball team earned their first two wins of the spring 2022 season on Sunday, February 20, beating the Thomas Nelson Community College Gators 15-5 in five innings in Game 1 and 13-2 in six innings in Game 2.

Charles Co. student charged after bringing “ghost gun” to school: On February 22 at 12:30 p.m., a school administrator at Robert D. Stethem Educational Center in Pomfret, MD observed a male student with what appeared to be the outline of a gun inside a crossover book bag that was strapped across his chest.

St. Mary’s County:

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Celebrates Black History Month: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has a proud history that dates back to 1637, just three years after English setters landed at St. Clement’s Island and established the Maryland colony.

Trio from SMC of MD Field Hockey Named NFHCA Scholars of Distinction: The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced the 2021 NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction on Thursday morning. The St. Mary’s College of Maryland field hockey team had seniors Sophie Carlson (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Rachel Lansbury (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson) and first-year Jillian Mazingo (Queesnstown, Md./Queen Anne’s County) named Scholars of Distinction.

2022 Independent Artist Awards Announced for Three Local Authors!: The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recently announced that $264,000 has been awarded to sixty-nine Maryland artists through the 2022 Independent Artist Awards (IAA) program. This year’s awards feature the literary arts including poets, playwrights, novelists, and essayists from all across the state. 

Many activities planned for this weekend’s Moll Dyer Day in Leonardtown: The upcoming Moll Dyer Day event is a two-day celebration of Leonardtown’s most famous local legend. No other Leonardtown historical figure has captured the hearts and attention like the legend of Moll Dyer. An increasing number of guests visit the famed Moll Dyer Rock each year that bears her now fading handprint left that fateful night in 1698 – many leaving little trinkets and gifts by the rock in its new location at Tudor Hall Manor.

State of Maryland:

State Panel votes to end statewide School Masks Mandate: The Maryland Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review(AELR) voted today 17-1 to accept the Maryland State Board of Education’s recommendation to end the statewide school mask mandate effective immediately.

Maryland lawmakers resurrect paid family, medical leave bill, as other states make it law: Baltimore nurse practitioner Rebecca Coppola cobbled together disability pay, accrued sick days, and five paid days off from her employer in order to spend the 12 weeks at home she felt she needed to adequately care for her first newborn.

Maryland sees drop in unemployment claims: The number of initial unemployment claims filed in Maryland dropped this week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Maryland COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop Below 500, ICU Levels Drop Below 100: Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped below 500—another major milestone for the state’s declining health metrics.

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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