The morning fire led to a road block on Rogers Avenue at Old Frederick Road in Ellicott City.
Howard County fire crews responded to a fire at a mulch factory in Ellicott City this morning, according to a Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson. When crews arrived at 22 Daniels Road at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, they encountered smoke coming from the four-story stone building. A roadblock was set up at the Rogers Avenue/Old Frederick Road traffic circle while crews took on the fire, according to spokesperson Jackie Cutler. The road was re-opened just after 9 a.m. Two factory employees were on-site, Cutler said, and no injuries were reported. Inside the building, crews found smoldering debris; the fire was under control by about 9:30 a.m., according to Cutler.
The Felix family from Dallas, GA received thousands of votes to win Patch's Deck the House contest and $100,000 for their local school district.
Wednesday, January 2
In this year's Deck the House contest, the second time was the charm. Joseph Felix's home in Dallas, GA outshined the other 24 finalists to win the 2012 Deck the House contest and $100,000 for the Paulding County school district in Georgia. After placing second in the nationwide voting in the 2011 contest, the Felix home received nearly 11,000 votes this year to finally win Deck the House. A Columbia home was also selected as a finalist this year. Charles Daniels' home on Durham Road East near Wilde Lake made the finals for the second year in a row, but wasn't able to pull off the votes for a win. The home, with 100,000 computer animated holiday lights choreographed to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You," received about 300 …