Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The school will graduate over 1,200 students who will receive either degrees or certificates.
Howard Community College announced Tuesday they will graduate over 1,200 students from a wide range of programs this month. A total of 1,272 degrees or certificates will have been earned this year by students at HCC, according to the announcement. "An increased number of students came to the college due to the economic decline and HCC did experience considerable growth as a result," said Nancy Gainer, a HCC spokesperson, in an email. She said the college is also encouraging students to secure their degrees before transferring to a four-year college. "More importantly, students are coming to HCC because they recognize that they can receive a quality education while saving thousands of dollars," said Gainer, in an email. The large class …
Monday, April 29, 2013
May 1, 2013 will mark the 10-year anniversary of Blair's resignation from the paper of record. Today, he works as a life coach.
COLUMBIA, MD -- In the journalism world, the names of plagiarists are noted in the industry's history. But perhaps none is as notorious as Columbia native Jayson Blair. Blair resigned on May 1, 2003 from the New York Times after a string of improper journalistic practices that The Times called "a profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper." This week is the 10-year anniversary of his resignation. On Monday, he spoke with Patch about his past, what he's doing now, and how his notoriety affects his life. "A number of TV stations and newspapers have reached out to me this week," said Blair. "Most of them either want to look at what had happened or they want to look at the change in my life. I've been …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The fourth contested seat in Long Reach will not be decided until next weekend.
Here's how the village elections went on Saturday, according to Explore Howard: Wilde Lake: Challenger Nancy McCord beat incumbent Regina Clay. Oakland Mills: Incumbent Alex Hekimian beat challenger Julia McCready. River Hill: Incumbent Michael Cornell beat challenger Clayborne Chavers. The fourth contested election, in Long Reach, will not be decided until after next week due to problems with absentee ballots.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The man was seen on surveillance video buying cigarettes the day before he allegedly robbed the store with his face covered.
Police charged a 31-year-old man with armed robbery of a Snowden Exxon after a store clerk recognized the man as a customer from the day before. Cedric Ryan Murphy, who has no fixed address, was charged in the robbery. Police said a clerk at the gas station recognized the man who robbed him, even though his face was partially covered with a bandanna, as the same man who bought a pack of Newport cigarettes the day before. The man was wearing the same clothes on both days, according to police, who reviewed security footage from the incident. During the robbery, the man threatened the clerk with a knife and stole two to three cartons of Newport cigarettes and cash, said police. The robbery occurred Jan. 19. The Exxon is located in the 8200 …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Columbia Association announced Tuesday the parking lot will re-open on April 20.
Columbia Association announced Tuesday that the parking lot next to Lake Elkhorn off of Broken Land Parkway is finished being restored and is set to re-open on April 20 after dredging was completed at the lake in February. The parking lot was home to several pieces of large machinery during the dreding process. Elkhorn was the last of Columbia's three man-made lakes to finish the dredging process. Lake Kittamaqundi was finished in January of 2012 and Wilde Lake was completed in July of 2012. Sign up for the Columbia Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Commencement ceremony dates wer announced later than usual due to Merriweather Post Pavilion's schedule.
The Howard County Public School System has announced its commencement schedule - a little later than usual. "Many parents have asked why the graduation schedule announcement was delayed this year," spokesperson Rebecca Amani-Dove wrote in a statement. Merriweather Post Pavilion, where all commencement ceremonies will be taking place, has provided use of its facility for more than two decades, Amani-Dove wrote. As part of an agreement, Merriweather can schedule concerts into early June until April 15. "In prior years, the facility has often been able to provide the graduation schedule before that date, but could not do so this year," Amani-Dove wrote. Each ceremony will be broadcast on HCPSS TV and on the HCPSS TV website within hours of…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Police said the men stole two tablet computers from Sears and assaulted a salesperson before crashing a stolen van in North Laurel.
Three Washington D.C. men were arrested on Wednesday by Howard County Police after police said they stole two tablet computers from Sears inside the Mall in Columbia. Police said the men asked to see the tablets in a display case and when the salesperson opened the case, one of the men shoved the clerk while another took the two tablets around 12:50 p.m. on March 20. The men ran out of the store and drove away in a 2003 Dodge Caravan, but were followed by a witness who saw the incident, according to police. Police caught up to the Caravan, but the men failed to stop, and while attempting to flee collided into another vehicle. No one was injured in the collision, said police. Police apprehended the three men after a foot chase. The vehicle …
Friday, March 8, 2013
All three major bond ratings agencies gave the county the highest rating.
Despite the possible effects of mandated cuts on the local federal workforce, Howard County announced Friday that all three major ratings agencies gave the county a AAA credit rating. "Even though our solid position is confirmed for the 16th year in a row, Howard County can never rest easy in its approach to fiscal management," said County Executive Ken Ulman, in a statement. "In times of sequestration and concerns over federal furloughs, it must not be taken for granted that we will fare well in this market." Earlier this year, Moody's threatened to lower counties' bond ratings that were heavily dependent on federal jobs in their local economy, including Howard County. But Friday's announcement means Moody's wasn't prepared to make that …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Find out which top local high school teams are competing in the Maryland State Championships.
Tuesday, February 26
Oakland Mills, Columbia Long Reach, Columbia River Hill, Clarksville Reservoir, Fulton Additional Information: State championship tournament brackets Maryland high school basketball information - MaxPreps
Monday, February 25, 2013
Lawrence F. Twele will replace Laura Neuman, who was selected to be the County Executive of Anne Arundel County.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has selected Lawrence F. Twele as the acting President and CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. Twele will replace Laura Neuman, who left the position last week after being selected as the Anne Arundel County Executive. Prior to being selected, Twele served as executive vice president in charge of business development at the EDA. Before that he spent six years as the director of the Carroll County Department of Economic Development. "I am honored by the County Executive's and Board of Director's faith in my ability," said Twele in a statement. "Serving in this capacity will alow me to carry out the economic development mission of the HCEDA, while building on the groundwork laid by Laura…