County Council unanimously votes against pay raise

CountyCouncil2017UPPER MARLBORO – The Prince George’s County Council unanimously voted on March 20 to accept all the Compensation Review Board’s recommendations except the suggested one-time pay increase for county council members of $10,000 per annum to offset the loss of their automobile allowance. The approved recommendations include offering slightly higher salaries for the chair and vice-chair of the county council and adjusting the county council and county executive salaries based on cost-of-living changes.  


Local business opens second location

LAUREL – The SharfPointers Driving Academy, Inc., also known as the SP Driving Academy, held a grand opening for their new location in Laurel on March 24. The small local business opened their first location in Lanham in late 2016.


‘Once Upon a Gown’ helps students find perfect formal outfit for free

OUAG 04SEAT PLEASANT –With the arrival of spring comes warm weather, longer days, green leaves – and prom. This year, Prince George’s native Alesha Wilson held her second annual “Once Upon a Gown” event to help students find and take home their perfect formal outfit for free.


Fire leaves two dead

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IMG 0905MOUNT RAINIER – For the third time this month, a house fire had taken the lives of two more people when their house went up in flames early on March 22 in Mount Rainier.


Local culinary competition heats up

Nadia Montague Bowie High SchoolOXON HILL – Junior and senior high school students from across the Washington, D.C. region participated in a two-hour cooking competition at Oxon Hill High School on March 17.

Those competing had been pre-selected from earlier competitions. Other factors went into the selection process, such as post-secondary educational plans and a serious commitment to building careers in food-related industries.    


Happenings in the city of Laurel

Opioid Epidemic

A panel of Laurel law enforcement officials and addiction recovery advocates discussed the far-reaching and local effects of this public health crisis, as well as how residents can be aware of and got involved in recovery efforts.

During this March 14 event, Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin said since Prince George’s County began experiencing the effects of the crisis after other nearby jurisdictions, the county’s response to the situation has been delayed.

“The dealings that I’ve had with Prince George’s County, are, I guess for a lack of a better description, we’re still in a state of denial as far as this goes, because we’re not seeing the large volume that other counties are within the DMV,” he said. “The response has been kind of stagnant. It’s starting to step up, but we’re still in a state of denial in Prince George’s County.”


Colmar Manor Fire leaves man dead

IMG 9910 1COLMAR MANOR – Just after 10:00 p.m. on March 11, firefighters from Prince George's County Fire Department were called to the 4200 block of Monroe Street in the Colmar Manor section of the county for a house on fire.