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Homestead Publishing Company's oldest and largest newspaper, The Aegis, has been publishing Harford County's history from its Bel Air, Maryland headquarters since 1856. Its second oldest publication, The Record, has been publishing Upper Bay history since 1868. Homestead Publishing Co. was formed by the merger of Shield Press and Susquehanna Publishing Co., owners of The Aegis and The Record, respectively, in June 1989. Today it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Baltimore Sun Co. which is owned by Tribune Company of Chicago. The company is named after the Homestead Publishing Co., the family farm of John D. Worthington Jr. who published The Aegis from 1920 until his death in 1964. His grandson, John D. Worthington IV, is publisher today. Homestead Publishing Co. is on Hays Street in downtown Bel Air in a recently expanded building. Its commercial printing operation, based entirely in Bel Air, has recently grown by leaps and bounds with boosted frequency of The Aegis to biweekly publication and additional printing work associated with the Baltimore Sun Co.'s purchase of Patuxent Publishing Company in 1998. Patuxent Publishing Company, based in Columbia, Maryland, publishes 13 community newspapers in Howard and Baltimore counties. Together, Homestead Publishing Co. and Patuxent form the Baltimore Sun Community Newspaper Group. In addition to The Aegis and The Record, Homestead Publishing Co. publications include The Aegis Weekenders, Harford and APG News, the only newspaper distributed on the Aberdeen Proving Ground. The newspapers have a combined readership of 422,000 per week, delivering the news of the day our readers depend on and expect. With more than 150 years of publishing experience, Homestead Publishing Co. is truly Harford County's number one news source. Together, the Homestead Publishing Co. family of community newspapers cover Harford County, Eastern Baltimore County, Western Cecil County in Maryland and parts of Southern Pennsylvania.

The city of Havre de Grace once again celebrated Fat Tuesday with a Mardi Gras parade down its own Bourbon Street (and W...
02/26/2020
Havre de Grace marks Mardi Gras with parade

The city of Havre de Grace once again celebrated Fat Tuesday with a Mardi Gras parade down its own Bourbon Street (and Washington and St. John streets).

The City of Havre de Grace once again celebrated Fat Tuesday with a Mardi Gras parade down its own Bourbon Street (and Washington and St. John streets).

The man pleaded guilty to acting as a straw purchaser for a bank executive buying a house in Rising Sun.
02/26/2020
Bel Air man pleads guilty in alleged Cecil County bank fraud; another charged in scheme

The man pleaded guilty to acting as a straw purchaser for a bank executive buying a house in Rising Sun.

A Bel Air man’s guilty plea to federal mail fraud charges was unsealed Thursday, Maryland’s U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Daniel Whitehurst pleaded guilty to acting as a straw purchaser for a bank executive buying a house in Rising Sun.

"We ask MdTA to abide by county and state regulations and abandon this foolhardy plan. We want green space not paved spa...
02/26/2020
Letter: MdTA should follow Harford County zoning regulations regarding Route 152 park-and-ride relocation

"We ask MdTA to abide by county and state regulations and abandon this foolhardy plan. We want green space not paved space," one reader writes.

The intersection of Mountain Road (Route 152) and Franklinville Road lies outside of the Development Envelope and the State Priority Funding Area where a paved park-and-ride location is planned by Maryland transportation. The land is forested and is a wetland area.

Hickory Elementary School held its annual Kids Heart Challenge event earlier this month to support the American Heart As...
02/26/2020
Hickory Elementary raises more than $29K for Kids Heart Challenge

Hickory Elementary School held its annual Kids Heart Challenge event earlier this month to support the American Heart Association, raising a school record of more than $29,000.

Hickory Elementary School staff got new hair cuts from students Friday, after students raised a new school record $29,287.75 for the American Heart Association through its annual Kids Heart Challenge event.

The contest is open to all high school students and all mediums are accepted, including watercolor, acrylic, mixed media...
02/26/2020
Deadline for Teen Dating Violence Awareness poster contest extended to Feb. 28

The contest is open to all high school students and all mediums are accepted, including watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastel and collage.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This is a national effort to raise awareness about teens, dating violence and how to promote positive and healthy relationships across the country.

Charlene Mull, a 64-year-old employee at the Walmart in North East, has drawn thousands of likes and comments on social ...
02/26/2020
Meet the Cecil County Walmart employee whose in-store photo shoots are going viral

Charlene Mull, a 64-year-old employee at the Walmart in North East, has drawn thousands of likes and comments on social media from users around the world for posing in humorous pictures posted to the store’s page.

Charlene Mull, an employee at the Walmart store in North East, has drawn thousands of likes and comments on social media from users around the country and world for posing in humorous pictures posted to the store’s page.

The attorney for a Harford woman accused of striking her boyfriend with her car has filed motions to dismiss the case, c...
02/25/2020
Harford woman charged with attempted murder seeks dismissal in case, disputes charging documents

The attorney for a Harford woman accused of striking her boyfriend with her car has filed motions to dismiss the case, citing a "knowingly false statement" by police in charging documents that initially had her held without bail.

The attorney for a woman accused of striking her boyfriend with her car have filed motions to dismiss the case, citing a "knowingly false statement" by police in charging documents that initially had her held without bail.

"We, the residents of Abingdon, are not opposed to development. However, we are pro-smart-development and unfortunately ...
02/25/2020
Letter: Harford Council should oppose Abingdon Business Park for same reasons as Route 152 park-and-ride relocation

"We, the residents of Abingdon, are not opposed to development. However, we are pro-smart-development and unfortunately this project seems to fall short in that respect," one reader writes.

Councilman Joseph M. Woods does not want to relocate the Route 152 park and ride lot because it will “congest the roads and impact the area’s residents.” Yet he and five other County Council members have strongly supported construction of the Abingdon Business Park.

A controversial statewide bill inspired by two teenagers who suffer seizure disorders could ensure students across Maryl...
02/25/2020
Maryland lawmakers mull bill that would make life easier for kids who need medical cannabis at school

A controversial statewide bill inspired by two teenagers who suffer seizure disorders could ensure students across Maryland who qualify for medical marijuana get easier access during the school day.

A controversial statewide bill inspired by two Millersville teenagers who suffer seizure disorders could ensure students across Maryland who qualify for medical marijuana easier access during the school day, if it is successful in the legislature.

Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler says the waivers used by his department are “a last resort way to document a victim’s...
02/25/2020
Hundreds of Maryland sexual assault survivors signed waivers from police. Now lawmakers want to ban the forms.

Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler says the waivers used by his department are “a last resort way to document a victim’s wish to not pursue an investigation any further.”

Baltimore-area police departments long offered sexual assault victims a waiver form to document that they didn’t want to go forward with their case. Most stopped, but some still do. Now some Maryland lawmakers want to ban police from using such waivers in sexual assault cases so victims aren't dis...

Harford County is filled with passionate people and businesses striving to make the community a better place to live. Th...
02/25/2020
Best of Harford County 2019

Harford County is filled with passionate people and businesses striving to make the community a better place to live. These Harford players are at the top of their game — according to you, our readers.

Here, we celebrate local businesses, organizations and people that are the best at what they do.

This could be the region’s first February on record without even a trace of snowfall — unless some flakes materialize th...
02/24/2020
Maryland weather: There has always been at least some February snow, until this year. Will that change this week?

This could be the region’s first February on record without even a trace of snowfall — unless some flakes materialize this week. Slight chances of light snowfall are forecast overnight Wednesday and Friday.

This could be Baltimore’s first February on record without even a trace of snowfall — unless some flakes materialize this week. Slight chances of light snowfall are forecast overnight Wednesday and Friday.

The Aberdeen Police Department arrested three young people and charged them with possessing stolen guns after they were ...
02/24/2020
Aberdeen police charge three connected to alleged drug-deal shooting

The Aberdeen Police Department arrested three young people and charged them with possessing stolen guns after they were accused of shooting at a juvenile as part of an alleged drug deal.

The Aberdeen Police Department arrested three young people and charged them with possessing stolen guns after they were accused of shooting at a juvenile as part of an alleged drug deal.

Fifty-one percent of respondents told the Goucher College pollsters their taxes are already “too high,” while 44% said t...
02/24/2020
Goucher poll: Kirwan school proposals popular, but half of Marylanders think taxes are already ‘too high’

Fifty-one percent of respondents told the Goucher College pollsters their taxes are already “too high,” while 44% said their tax obligation is “about right." Only 3% said their taxes are “too low.”

Marylanders overwhelmingly support the programs to improve public schools proposed by the state’s Kirwan Commission, but roughly half of state residents believe they already pay taxes that are “too high,” according to a new Goucher College poll.

The events for Havre de Grace’s 2020 Independence Day celebration will include a five-day carnival in June followed by t...
02/24/2020
Havre de Grace Independence Day carnival set for June, parade and concerts July 5

The events for Havre de Grace’s 2020 Independence Day celebration will include a five-day carnival in June followed by the annual downtown parade, concerts and fireworks show on July 5.

The events for Havre de Grace’s 2020 Independence Day celebration, including a five-day carnival in June followed by the annual downtown parade, concerts and fireworks show on July 5, are set following the City Council’s approval of applications for the events during the council meeting Tuesday.

Learn more about the history and evolution of the leap day.
02/24/2020
The story behind leap day: Why and when it happens

Learn more about the history and evolution of the leap day.

2020 is the start of a new decade. It’s also a leap year, meaning February will have 29 days instead of its usual 28. Though we’ve learned to expect this phenomena every four years, few people know much about its origins aside from the fact that it’s meant to make up for the fact that a normal...

“This just isn’t right. That kid had the whole world in front of him,” Rick Forney said of his Naval Academy son who die...
02/23/2020
‘Our worst nightmare has come true’: Midshipman David Forney’s father speaks about unimaginable loss

“This just isn’t right. That kid had the whole world in front of him,” Rick Forney said of his Naval Academy son who died on campus Thursday. “David is so damn smart and talented. He could have done whatever he wanted. We couldn’t be any prouder of that boy.” https://trib.al/3nb0Qol

David Forney had recently completed a decorated career with the Navy football program and was preparing to audition for professional scouts. The standout offensive lineman was the absolute epitome of power and strength – a 6-foot-3, 300-pound behemoth.

Havre de Grace ended another division championship season with a win. The Warriors (19-3) turned back a talented and vis...
02/23/2020
Havre de Grace boys close basketball season with nice win

Havre de Grace ended another division championship season with a win. The Warriors (19-3) turned back a talented and visiting Newark Charter (12-7) team for a 57-50 non-league victory.

A handful of boys basketball teams closed out the final full week of regular season play with wins Friday night.Leading the way was Havre de Grace, which ended another division championship season with a win. The Warriors (19-3) turned back a talented and visiting Newark Charter (12-7) team for a 57...

Led by two champions and 12 wrestlers placing fifth or better, C. Milton Wright won its first-ever Upper Chesapeake Bay ...
02/23/2020
C. Milton Wright wrestles to first-ever team title at UCBAC tournament

Led by two champions and 12 wrestlers placing fifth or better, C. Milton Wright won its first-ever Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference wrestling tournament title Saturday at Edgewood High School.

Led by two champions and 12 wrestlers placing fifth or better, C. Milton Wright won its first-ever Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference wrestling tournament title Saturday at Edgewood High School. The Mustangs totaled 224 points to easily win ahead of runner-up Patterson Mill (175) and third pla...

"If the proposed bills House Bill 677 and House Bill 388 are passed, effectively making Maryland a 'sanctuary state,' ou...
02/23/2020
Letter: Del. Szeliga’s fear-mongering makes state more dangerous, not sanctuary laws

"If the proposed bills House Bill 677 and House Bill 388 are passed, effectively making Maryland a 'sanctuary state,' our state will not suddenly become a more dangerous place," one reader writes.

I strongly disagree with Del. Szeliga’s extremely narrow view on immigration and public safety in her recent commentary “Public safety should not be politicized” that appeared in the Feb. 14 edition of The Aegis.

“It is horrific. It is educational malfeasance,” said Del. Kathy Szeliga, who represents Harford and Baltimore counties,...
02/22/2020
Baltimore County lawmakers criticize use of Trump alongside Nazi, communist symbols in high school history lesson

“It is horrific. It is educational malfeasance,” said Del. Kathy Szeliga, who represents Harford and Baltimore counties, about a slide used in an Advanced Placement history lesson at Loch Raven High School.

A Baltimore County lawmaker is criticizing a slide used in a Baltimore County Advanced Placement history lesson that links an image of President Donald Trump, with Nazi and communist symbolism.

Naval Academy officials announced early Saturday morning that Midshipmen football player David Forney was the student wh...
02/22/2020
Navy football mourns offensive lineman David Forney, who died on Naval Academy campus Thursday

Naval Academy officials announced early Saturday morning that Midshipmen football player David Forney was the student who died late Thursday night on campus. The 22-year-old Walkersville resident was found unresponsive in his dormitory room at Bancroft Hall by a fellow midshipman. No cause of death has been released.

Naval Academy officials have announced that Midshipman First Class David Forney died Thursday night. Forney was a standout starting guard for the Navy football team and a Walkersville native.

"We have a grandchild who is in kindergarten at Forest Lakes Elementary School. Most people take the time to lodge a com...
02/22/2020
Letter: A great time at Forest Lakes Elementary picnic with grandparents day

"We have a grandchild who is in kindergarten at Forest Lakes Elementary School. Most people take the time to lodge a complaint about our local school system, but this is a hearty 'Thank you to FLES!'" one reader writes.

We have a grandchild who is in kindergarten at Forest Lakes Elementary School. Most people take the time to lodge a complaint about our local school system, but this is a hearty “Thank you to FLES!”

As governments and health agencies shut down travel and limit public gatherings in an attempt to contain the deadly coro...
02/22/2020
Maryland universities worry coronavirus outbreak in China could prevent foreign students from getting here

As governments and health agencies shut down travel and limit public gatherings in an attempt to contain the deadly coronavirus, Maryland colleges and universities say the response could slow — or shut off — a pipeline of Chinese students.

As governments and health agencies shut down travel and limit public gatherings in an attempt to contain the deadly coronavirus, Maryland colleges and universities say the response could slow — or shut off — a pipeline of Chinese students.

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The Newcomers Club of Harford County: Meet new people and learn about the area while enjoying social activities and interest groups. Open to new and established residents. Meets the second Tuesday of the month, between September and May, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1200 East Churchville Rd., Bel Air, MD Contact: [email protected] or website: newcomersofharfordcounty.com. 7PM to 9PM
Art to Soul Galleria’s February Farewell to Fallston Sales Event… Help Us Say ‘Song Long for Now” at our end of month Sales Send Off for this one of a kind and very unique Maker’s Marketplace… It’s the last opportunity to stop and shop our fabulous finds, amazing art, creative crafts, great gifts and other clever collectibles. Embrace the opportunity to shop local in our eclectic environment where everything is hand crafted by out of this world artisans. From stained glass and mosaics, fine oil and acrylic paintings, prints, cards, textiles, wood works, metal and soft sculpture, jewelry and so much more! Mark your calendar for our farewell to Fallston! Join us at the Art to Soul Galleria for One Weekend only… Saturday, February 22, 10:00 – 4:00 PM and Sunday, February 23, 11:00 – 3:00 PM ** Snow Dates if needed: Sat 2/29 & Sun 3/1 Art to Soul Galleria is located in the lower level (below the Thrifty Kitty) 2101 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Art2SoulGalleria/
Just wanted to thank The Aegis for publishing a Puzzles To Go section for January 2020! A client of mine shared this with me- I would love to know more about this section. Does it come out monthly or annually? Thanks!
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The Harford County Senior Softball league is now welcoming all new and returning players from ages [45-70+] for the upcoming 2020 season. [Ballplayers from surrounding counties and states are encouraged to join as well.] Additional details about the league and an online registration link can be found on our website: http://www.hcseniorsoftball.com/ New and current players can also contact Mike Laird, League President, who can be reached at [email protected].
The Hero Rescue is having our official launch event on Jan. 28th! 6-9pm at AleCraft! Come out and meet us!!
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