Howard Community College to Hold New Student Orientation Aug. 10, 11

Howard Community College is hosting two virtual new student orientation sessions in August to prepare first-time students for success in the fall semester. The first session is scheduled for August 10, 2020, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing. A parent and family session will be offered on August 11 from 6–7:30 p.m. on Zoom. All orientation sessions will...

Weekly tracking charts of Coronavirus data in Howard County and Maryland – August 1st

We have another week of interesting data related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Howard County and in Maryland. Below are the weekly tracking charts I have been working on for some time now and some comments on the data this week. If interested in the data behind the charts I have this handy Google Sheet with the specifics of...

Pregnant woman shot in Columbia dies; baby critical

Police offer reward of up to $5,000 for information A pregnant woman shot on Friday night while inside a residence in Columbia has died. Her baby was delivered and is in critical condition. At approximately 11 p.m., police responded to the 6600 block of Dovecote Drive for a report of several gunshots. Police discovered that multiple bullets had been fired into...

History of Best of Howard County – Best Blog Award

I thought I would put together a little history of the winners of “Best Blog” in the annual Best of Howard County Awards (Howard Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Contest) . Here is what I was able to find in the history: 2011: HoCo Rising Honorable Mention: HowChow 2012: HowChow Honorable Mention: HoCo Rising, Pawsitive Outlook, Tale of Two Cities 2013: HowChow Honorable Mention: Tales of Two Cities, HoCo Rising,...

Howard County Police investigating shooting in Columbia

ARTICLE UPDATE:  https://scotteblog.com/2020/08/01/pregnant-woman-shot-in-columbia-dies-baby-critical/ Howard County police are investigating a shooting in Columbia on Friday night in which a woman was struck in a residence. At approximately 11 p.m., police responded to the 6600 block of Dovecote Drive for a report of several shots fired. Police discovered that multiple bullets entered a residence from outside, striking an adult female victim. She was...

Howard County Police in July arrested two men and two juveniles for possession of child pornography

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ARRESTS Over the past several months, Howard County police have investigated numerous tips from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) related to the possession and sale of child pornography. These complex and technical investigations often require peeling back layers of online anonymity behind which suspects hide their true identity. Thanks...

Nominations are open for Howard Magazine’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Contest

It is that time of year again...time for the nominations for Howard Magazine’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Contest (or also known as the Best of Howard County Awards). Nominations are open now until August 10 at 5 p.m. Then the contest voting period begins on September 3 at 9 a.m. and ends on September 14 at 5 p.m.. All winners will...

Maryland Department of Health reports 3,530 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Howard County and 88,346 cases in Maryland on July 31st

Maryland Department of Health reports 3,530 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Howard County and 88,346 cases in Maryland on July 31st. Maryland has 1,169 new cases and Howard County has 58 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the past 24 hours. I am planning on a COVID-19 Weekly Chart update tomorrow. I would expect to see it around noon on...

Expanded masking order in Maryland starts today at 5:00pm; Posts by the Governor and Howard County Executive

The following was posted by Governor Larry Hogan on Facebook: Effective this Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m., we are expanding the current statewide masking order requiring the wearing of masks or face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state. Face coverings will also be required at outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to...

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball highlighted rental and eviction rights for tenants ahead of August 1st

“This Saturday, many residents will face another month of missed rent due to income loss from COVID-19,” said Ball. “It’s critical that tenants are aware of their rights. Under the current Executive Order issued by Governor Hogan, a court cannot order the eviction of any tenant who can show that their failure to pay rent was a result of COVID-19. While we’ve allocated $1.5...