Will the renovations and additions to Hammond HS and Talbott Springs ES be on the chopping block again?

Howard County Board of Education Member Vicky Cutroneo shared an upcoming agenda item that is planned to be discussed on December 5th relating to Hammond High School and Talbott Springs Elementary School: Here is the frustrating thing noted in the agenda item: "On August 28, 2019, Dr. Martirano met with the County Executive to continue our collaboration on the Capital...

Howard County Board of Education responds to letter from County Executive concerning request for Emergency Legislation

Back on November 21st I wrote "Letter from County Executive Ball To The Board of Education Concerning Emergency Legislation To Effectuate A Budget Augmentation" and the Howard County Board of Education has responded with the following: Dear County Executive Ball: This letter is in response to your November 20, 2019 letter requesting additional information on the budget augmentation to reduce the...

Howard County Executive Ball Highlights Accomplishments of 1st Year in Office

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball celebrates the completion of his first year in office this week while highlighting the accomplishments of his administration from the past year. County Executive Ball was sworn into office as the 10th Howard County Executive on the evening of December 3, 2018. County Executive Ball released the following video highlighting the accomplishments achieved by...

Howard County Council Elects New Officers on December 2, 2019

Announced via press release: At its legislative session on December 2, 2019, the Howard County Council elected new officers. They are as follows: County Council Chairperson Deb Jung, District 4 Vice Chairperson Liz Walsh, District 1 Zoning Board Chairperson Opel Jones, District 2 Vice Chairperson David Yungmann, District 5 Board of License Commissioner (Liquor Board) Chairperson David Yungmann, District 5 Vice Chairperson Christiana Rigby, District 3 The County Council also announced...

Howard Police investigating fatal collision in Columbia

NEWS RELEASE: Police investigating fatal collision in Columbia One person was killed and another was injured in a collision Monday night in Columbia. At approximately 9:44 p.m., a 2004 Mercedes-Benz S430 was traveling westbound on Route 108 past Manorstone Lane when it crossed into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason and struck a 2013 Hyundai Tucson traveling eastbound. The driver and sole...

Howard County Council Passes The Plastic Bag Fee And Rejects A Plastic Bag Ban

Very late in the evening of December 2nd the Howard County Council passed CB64-2019 (the plastic bag fee legislation). The final vote was 4 - 1 (Yungmann voting no). There were three amendments to the original legislation also discussed and voted upon: Amendment 1 from Councilmember Jones (This would double the money that stores are allowed to keep from the fee...

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball to Host Transportation Forum on December 2nd

This evening, December 2nd, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Elkridge Fire Station, located at 5700 Rowanberry Drive in Elkridge, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will host a transportation forum. Ball will be joined by Office of Transportation Administrator Bruce Gartner, Department of Public Works Director Jim Irvin and Howard County Police Department Captain Chris Neubauer to deliver...

Ellicott Mills Middle School Will Stop Grading Math Homework Of Students

Howard County Board of Education (HoCoBOE) Member Chao Wu shared information relating to the future homework policy at Ellicott Mills Middle School as it relates to math homework. According to the letter sent out to parents, starting on December 2nd math homework will continue to be assigned but will no longer count towards a students grades. Here is what...

Amendment to the plastic bag fee would double the revenue to stores providing plastic bags at checkout

Howard County Councilmember Opel Jones has submitted an amendment to CB64-2019 (the Howard County Plastic Bag Fee / Tax) legislation that would double the revenue that stores would receive for providing plastic bags at checkout. The original bill called for stores in Howard County to receive 1 cent for every 2 bags they provide us at checkout...but the new amendment...

Howard County Police identify pedestrian, driver in fatal Elkridge collision

NEWS RELEASE: Police identify pedestrian, driver in fatal Elkridge collision Howard County police are identifying the pedestrian and driver in Wednesday’s fatal collision in Elkridge. The pedestrian, Jackie Leroy Brown, 72, of Elkridge, was pronounced dead at the scene. At approximately 5:46 p.m. on Nov. 27, a 2004 Toyota Sienna was traveling southbound on Washington Boulevard just south of Montgomery Road when...