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The Kent County Board of Education recently voted to do a renovation study for Galena Elementary School as well as look into improvements to Trojan Stadium at Kent County High School...

 

The Kent County Board of Education recently voted to do a renovation study for Galena Elementary School as well as look into improvements to Trojan Stadium at Kent County High School. At the August 14 meeting, the board voted to spend $34,750 on three separate studies from three different vendors for needed repairs to Galena Middle School. One of the contractors has already visited the school and said the building has many problems, especially the HVAC system along with the gym and cafeteria, but the school has quote “good bones”. He also said the school has wasted space inside that is not being used. The board also wants to move ahead with a concession stand and bathroom at Trojan Stadium , a project that the athletic boosters have been raising money for. Board President Trish McGee said that despite improvements to the field, the rest of the facilities has given the school a reputation for not having a nice stadium.

A Denton man died on Sunday after being struck by a pickup truck in Caroline County. 40-year-old Joseph Allen Meiklejohn was walking on the right shoulder of Rt. 313 near Smith Landing Road between Denton and Greensboro around 11am when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by 56-year-old Linda Sue League of Greensboro. Meiklejohn was pronounced dead at the scene and charges are pending against the driver, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident. Rt. 313 was closed for about four hours.

One man died in a Friday morning motorcycle accident near Barclay. 28-year-old Jaime Damasendo Escalante, Jr. Of Marydel died after losing control of his motorcycle on westbound Rt. 302 east of Rt. 313 around 6am. Witnesses reported he was driving excessively fast when he crossed the center line, lost control and was ejected after hitting a State Highway Administration sign. He was taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover where he later died from his injuries.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office is asking the public for information after a car fire in the early morning hours of Aug 13. Firefighters from the Betterton Fire Company responded to a Nissan Altima on fire on Lambs Meadow Road around 1:12am and the Fire Marshal’s office was notified on August 17. The owner of the car was not known at the time of the news release. If you have information, you are urged to call the Fire Marshal’s office at 410-822-7609.

The Maryland State Highway Administration has announced they will resurface MD 213, Maple Avenue and Washington Avenue in Chestertown from the Chester River Bridge to Worton Road, Rt. 297. They will also resurface Morgnec Rd. Rt. 291 from Rt. 213 to the entrance of Washington College. The work will begin 6pm Sunday night, Aug 27 and the work will be done from 6pm to 6am Sunday nights through Friday mornings. Work will start at the bridge and move north with milling and paving. Weather permitting, the work should be finished by late September.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an attempted hacking of a Kent County government bank account. Someone, using an account number on a check issued by the county government, tried to use it to gain access to the account and make purchases. Sheriff’s department Lt. Dennis Hickman described it as “not a very good attempt” and was stopped due to the county’s security measures. The incident happened in late July and was discovered by county staff when reviewing bank statements and the incident was reported to the sheriff’s department by the county’s chief financial officer Pat Merritt.

The transportation provider for the Kent County school system has hired 20 local drivers and is looking to hire more before the start of school on Sept. 5. At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Karen Couch gave an update on Reliable Transportation’s progress on preparations for the school year saying that, to go along with the 20 drivers already hired, they have another 15 drivers available from their headquarters in Baltimore for the first week of school if necessary. Reliable is using the former Queen Anne’s County Bowling Center in Kingstown as their local base of operations. Dr. Couch said that the school system needs about 24 drivers with extra drivers needed for field trips and other needs. Reliable will hold a hiring fair from 1 to 4 this Saturday at the former bowling alley. Dr. Couch also said the move out of the former Worton and Millington elementary schools went well and praised the custodial and maintenance staff for their work moving boxes into Garnett, Rock Hall and Galena elementary schools. She said the school system is still addressing excess furniture and will likely sell excess furniture and discard broken items. Couch said that estimates for moving playground equipment from Millington and Worton are too high and that it would be more cost effective to purchase new equipment. Crouch also addressed concerns about elementary school class sizes with consolidation and using under 28 students per class as the standard, the highest should be at 24 students per teacher with most classrooms under 20.

An elderly Stevensville couple died after an early Monday morning fire at their home. The fire was reported shortly after midnight at a one story home on Old Love Point Road and firefighters had to fight heavy fire conditions to get the occupants out of a rear entrance of the home. 77-year-old Charles Miller and his 76-year-old wife Carol Miller both died of their injuries Monday evening at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. The fire appears to have started in an attached rear screened in porch but the cause of the fire is not yet known. A smoke alarm with a battery was found in the home but it has not been determined if it was working.

A Maryland State Police trooper from Worton was charged with drunk driving after a Sunday evening accident in Cecil County. 26-year-old Tanner Nickerson, a six year state police veteran, was off-duty when his patrol vehicle rear-ended a vehicle on Rt. 213 in Cecilton just after 9pm and the accident caused minor injuries to a 49-year-old New Jersey woman and her 10-year-old child who were treated for minor injuries at the Elkton hospital. Nickerson was not injured but was charged with various offenses including drunk driving. He was processed at the North East barracks and released to a sober driver. He has been suspended with pay according to Maryland State Police protocol.

Washington College has purchased the Blue Heron Café in Chestertown and will convert the property to their Eastern Shore Food Lab. The lab aims to engage the community in the history, resources and traditions of food production.Owner Paul Hanley, who opened the Blue Heron in 1997, posted on his Facebook page that the decision to sell was bittersweet but he’s looking forward to the changes coming to the location. The Blue Heron Café will remain open through late October.

Last Tuesday the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners voted to approve a $6.5 million contract to bring a broadband fiber network to the county. The 3-2 vote to sign a contract with FTS fiber will require the company to secure bonding or another means of guaranteeing their contract. FTS is the company that is building the fiber network in Kent County and like in Kent County, they are guaranteeing that 99.9% of Queen Anne’s County will be able to connect to the network. The county already has Verizon and Atlantic Broadband, with Atlantic Broadband having a franchise agreement with the county that allows them to use the county right-of-way and the contract with FTS will not affect Atlantic Broadband. Commissioners Jim Moran, Robert Buckey, and Jack Wilson voted for the contract with Mark Anderson and Stephen Wilson voting against with Anderson wanting a see a letter of credit from FTS while Stephen Wilson questioned whether the government should be involved in providing broadband.

A Caroline County couple has pleaded guilty to human trafficking in relation to a 15-year-old girl who was injected with heroin and forced to engage in prostitution. 35-year-old Darlene Louise Allen and 26-year-old Paul Thomas Owen of Denton each pleaded guilty to the offenses that happened in December 2016. Allen was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday while Owen’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 14. Police said the incidents happened both at the Best Western Hotel in Denton and at the home of an elderly Greenwood, Delaware resident.