Six Things To Know About Columbia, 9/14

A bail bondswoman homicide, race politics and a 200-year-old manor? Columbia has it all.

1) The Weather

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. West wind between 3 and 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. – From the National Weather Service

2) Event Not To Miss

Historic Oakland 200th Birthday Celebration

Celebrate Historic Oakland's 200th birthday Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at , 5430 Vantage Point Road. The event includes a walking tour of the Oakland estate, a concert by U.S. Army Field Band, and a demonstration of dances from the early 1800s.

3) Question of the Day

Are you concerned about crime in Long Reach? A teen was stabbed to death there in July and a bail bondswoman from Baltimore was fatally shot there Monday night. Post your thoughts here.

4) Most Commented Story: Race Politics and the Howard County School Board

School Board Commission Hears Testimony On Election Process

The topic of race was front and center during a public hearing held before the Howard County Board of Education Study Commission, which has the job of deciding the fate of how the county’s Board of Education is elected.

Do you think school board members should be appointed rather than elected, and that race should be a factor? Join the discussion here.

5) Featured Reader Comment

“More than racial diversity is lacking, there is also an issue of geographic diversity. How about elections based on voting district?” Reader Dana Cooke on the Columbia Patch Facebook page, commenting on the school district debate.

6) Headlines You May Have Missed

Fight at Harper's Choice McDonald's: Howard Co. Crime Roundup



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