Local State of Emergency declared

CAMBRIDGE — A Declaration of Local State of Emergency and Executive Order was issued in Dorchester County on March 23, 2020 in order to provide the County Council the necessary powers and resources to combat the threat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has on public health and the safety and welfare of our citizens. This Declaration […]

Still no confirmed COVID-19 in Dorchester

CAMBRIDGE — As of 10 a.m. today, March 24, Dorchester County still does not have any reported cases of a positive COVID-19 test result, a statement from County Council Member Lenny Pfeffer (District 4) said. “The Dorchester County Public Schools are doing great things with their food drop off locations,” the statement said. “They have […]

County Council writes to oppose new gun restrictions

Dear Senator Eckardt and Delegates Adams, Mautz and Sample-Hughes: I am writing on behalf of the Dorchester County Council to express its support of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and to seek your assistance to preserve citizens rights under this amendment. The Second Amendment states that, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary […]

Letter: Council urges local delegation to oppose gun restrictions

EDITOR’S NOTE: Members of the Dorchester County Council decided unanimously Feb. 18 to oppose new restrictions on gun ownership and use under consideration in the state legislature. The following letter was sent to the local delegation on Feb. 20, and released for publication. Dear Senator Eckardt and Delegates Adams, Mautz and Sample-Hughes: I am writing […]

Council, sheriff, state’s attorney oppose new gun restrictions

CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County Council members voted unanimously Tuesday evening to oppose bills under consideration in the State Legislature that would restrict gun ownership and use. They did so at the request of Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr. “There have been numerous gun laws introduced in Annapolis this year, I read them, and they’re just […]

County IT hacking probe continues

CAMBRIDGE — As Tuesday’s meeting of the Dorchester County Council got underway, President Jay Newcomb (District 1) gave an update on the Jan. 27 hacking of the local government’s information technology system. Data and some of the system’s functions have been locked by the digital hacking, and are being held for ransom. Payment has been […]

Council, Sheriff discuss interrogation room

CAMBRIDGE — Maybe it’s not a done deal, after all. Two weeks ago, the County Council voted 3-2 to deny Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr.’s request to use an office in the 911 Center for interrogations, instead giving the space to Emergency Services for a break room — but they are now in talks to […]

Letter to the Editor: The importance of local journalists

To the Editor: A friend in Cambridge recently emailed the Banner article, “Sheriff’s request for interrogation room denied, 3-2; Space goes to EMS for breakroom,” from the Jan. 22 edition, written by Editor Dave Ryan. I was taken aback by the level of thorough reporting of Mr. Ryan, which required a follow-up with the county […]

Council names January Mentoring Month

CAMBRIDGE — Members of the Dorchester County Council proclaimed January as Mentoring Month. Reading from the proclamation, Council Member William Nichols (District 2) said, “We recognize the selfless individuals who devote their time, energy and expertise to ensure that future generations of Americans are better prepared to lead their communities.” He said mentoring groups help […]

County’s IT system has been hacked; FBI investigates

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County government’s information is under assault. “The county’s IT [information technology] system has been hacked,” Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr. told the Banner on Tuesday morning. “It’s a ransomware attack, where they’re demanding payment in Bitcoin.” The response is already underway. “The FBI is involved in it,” the sheriff said. “Some […]