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Baltimore County State’s Attorney Faces First Election Challenge In More Than A Decade

Robbie Leonard is challenging Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger in the Democratic primary. Courtesy: Robbie Leonard

Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger has not had a Democratic primary challenger since he was first elected in 2006.

That is about to change.

Report Finds Multiple Problems Within BCPS

Baltimore County School Superintendent Darryl Williams. Credit: John Lee

A scathing examination of the Baltimore County Public Schools finds a top-heavy school system with low morale, poor communication, and a dysfunctional school board. The report recommends nearly 200 changes the school system should make.

Icon Or Eyesore? The Retirement Of The Essex Cube Splits The Community

The Essex Cube. Credit: John Lee

For more than 40 years, a six by six-foot cube has been the symbol of Essex in Baltimore County. Now, there are are plans to replace the Essex Cube.

And that has ignited a debate between those who say the piece of art is a part of daily life and should stay, and others who counter the cube no longer symbolizes what Essex is about.

State Of Emergency Becomes Political In Baltimore County

Baltimore County Council. Photo by Lauren Watley, Baltimore County Government.

A politically divided Baltimore County Council voted Monday to extend the county’s COVID-19 state of emergency for 35 days.

The 4-3 vote was along party lines and came following a debate over the role and power of local government.

What To Expect As Baltimore County Public Schools Open On Monday

Baltimore County School Superintendent Darryl Williams. Credit: John Lee

Baltimore County Public Schools open Monday under a state of emergency that County Executive Johnny Olszewski put in place earlier this week due to worsening COVID-19 transmission numbers.

Olszewski: No One From County Government To Serve On Inspector General Work Group

Baltimore County Johnny Olszewski Credit: Baltimore County

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said he soon will pick people to serve on a panel that will propose changes to how Baltimore County’s Inspector General’s office works.

Baltimore County’s Redistricting Commission Hears Calls For Towson To Have Its Own Councilman

Photo credit: John Lee

The commission recommending how to redraw Baltimore County’s council districts is being asked to change how Towson is represented.

Baltimore County School System Sees 3% Of Its Students Sign Up For Fall Virtual Learning


Parents of nearly 3,500 Baltimore County students are choosing to opt out of the in-person daily instruction the school system will offer this fall and instead keep their children learning from home.

Mixed Drinks To Go Are Back In Baltimore County


To-go cocktails are legal again in Baltimore County.

State Of Emergency Ends But Food Insecurity Continues

Volunteers with the Student Support Network load food into a car on its last day of curbside distribution. Credit: John Lee

A volunteer program that for 15 months got food to thousands of people in Baltimore County is shutting down.