Ellicott City business owners rebounding again from catastrophic floods

After the damage caused in the 2016 and 2018 floods, business owners are reopening their stores in Ellicott City every day. It’s those brick and mortar stores, along with the residents, that make the town unique. But some say the toll could be greater than dollars and cents if another major flood hits.

Ellicott City continues to battle back from devastating floods even as the future remains uncertain

The beauty and charm of Howard County’s historic Ellicott City have been tested since its founding in 1772 by devastating, at times deadly, floods. Yet the town keeps coming back. In this special report the Capital News Service looks at what makes Ellicott City so vulnerable and why so many believe the efforts to save the town are worth it—even as they differ on how best to do it.

Students study life beneath Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Many consider Baltimore’s Inner Harbor crucial to the city’s economy and environment. Now, some students—and their instructors—are getting a first-hand look at what exists beneath the harbor’s waters and why it’s worth protecting.

Underwater Halloween takes pumpkin carving to the deep

The usual equipment for Halloween pumpkin carving might include a pen, a scoop, and sharp knife. But, at a diving quarry in Frederick County, this pumpkin carving competition called for goggles, air tanks and flippers.

Early voting gets underway for November general election

Big turnouts were reported on the first day of early voting for the November general election.

NOAA releases prediction for the upcoming winter

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this winter will be pretty standard. It could be wetter than normal, meaning rain and snow, thanks to El Niño.

Growing sport of pickleball provides lifeline in cancer battle

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – The owner and founder of Eastport Pickleball, Sara Aiken, manufactures pickleball paddles out of her living room. She teaches the game to newcomers of all ages, which has turned into a tight-knit group.

Local agencies join in Hurricane Michael relief effort

ROCKVILLE, Maryland – Montgomery County Urban Search and Rescue team is among the local groups offering aid to help with the recovery from the ravages of Hurricane Michael.

School safety app and hotline rolled out to help prevent school shootings

Governor Hogan has announced the launch of a 24-hour tip line and a mobile app for Maryland students to help prevent school shootings. The goal is for students, parents, teachers and anyone else to report troubling behavior to try and avoid possible problems. The hotline and the app are anonymous and operate 24 hours a day.

Local elementary school students get hands-on lifesaving lessons for Fire Prevention Week

October is National Fire Prevention month. It officially kicked off with Fire Prevention Week October 7-13. To mark the occasion, a Baltimore elementary school got a special visit from some firefighters who brought with them a few important fire safety lessons.