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Board of Education approves Health Fund Deficit Reduction Plan

The Howard County Board of Education approved the collaborative plan with the County Government to reduce the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) Health and Dental Fund deficit. The modified plan sent to the Board earlier this week from County Executive Calvin Ball, proposed eliminating the debt of $39.2 million over four years, through year-end savings […]

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Howard raises human trafficking awareness

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball recently joined representatives from HopeWorks, the county’s Office of Human Trafficking Prevention and the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) to fill pavement cracks outside the county’s George Howard Building with red sand to honor victims and survivors and raise awareness about human trafficking. Between 2014 through 2018, the HCPD handled […]

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State gives $1M to small, minority businesses

The Maryland Department of Commerce announced that four small and minority-owned businesses, including one in Columbia and one in Annapolis, have received a total of $976,000 in loans, equity investments, and lines of credit through the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority (MSBDFA). The businesses will use the funding to support expansions and facility improvements, […]

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Dentsu Aegis Network joins Merkle

Dentsu Aegis Network has acquired Digital Pi, a digital marketing agency focused on marketing automation consulting services in the business-to-business (B2B) sector. The combined company will join Columbia-based Merkle, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, as an extension of its B2B business. Digital Pi’s marketing technology expertise and data-driven services support Merkle’s strategic plans […]

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Howard County faces stark health disparities, report says

Persistent racial disparities in numerous health measures pose challenges and opportunities for Howard County, according to a new report released by the Horizon Foundation. The report details inequities in prenatal care and infant health, chronic disease, mental health and advance care planning and analyzes root causes and calls for specific solutions and broad action by […]

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Where have all the trees gone in HOCO?

In Howard County, for decades, more trees have been cut down than State law allows. Development waivers, allowing more tree removal than regulations permit, have been granted because county decision makers have been too lenient. State Forest Conservation law requires a higher standard than just economic need. Yet, for 20 years developers have reasoned that […]