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Past articles by Jasmine:

Frederick receives 2020 Tree City USA recognition

FREDERICK, Md (WDVM) — The City of Frederick is continuing a forty-year streak with its 2020 Tree City USA recognition. Frederick is the longest-running recipient of the designation in the state of Maryland awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation. According to the Tree City USA website, the program began in 1976 as a framework for […] → Read More

Shooting suspect surrenders himself to police

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — The Frederick Police Department says a suspect wanted in connection to a July shooting has turned himself in. According to investigators, Nathaniel Julius unexpectedly surrendered himself on Monday. “It is nice when people who are accused of a crime or have potentially made a mistake, that they will face reality,” explained […] → Read More

“Busy” Election Day anticipated in Maryland

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — On Election Day, Maryland voters can cast their ballot in-person at one of more than 300 vote centers across the state. “We’ve consolidated the number of vote centers but put them in larger facilities so we can process more voters more quickly and keep them farther apart for social distancing purposes,” […] → Read More

Animal shelter “overrun” with kittens, offers adoption promotion

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Grey ones, black ones, shy ones, and outgoing ones. The Frederick County Animal Shelter has all types. “We have tons of kittens everywhere,” said humane educator Bethany Davidson. You can find them overrunning what was once a nearly empty area of the county animal shelter. “We had been really light on […] → Read More

Frederick County reports “troubling” rise in COVID-19 cases

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Frederick County officials are reporting a troubling rise in COVID-19 cases. “There are predictions of another surge, we’re seeing it in other parts of the country and we’re potentially seeing it here,” said County Executive Jan Gardner. “And it’s scary.” During a public briefing on Thursday, Gardner announced that the number […] → Read More

FCPS: Two food distribution employees test positive for COVID-19

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — Two Frederick County Public School employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The school system sent out a Find Out First alert Thursday, sharing that the employees support meal distribution in the Brunswick community.  During an investigation, those who worked closely with the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) employees were notified […] → Read More

Frederick County launches grant programs for farmers, historic property owners

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Frederick County announced two grant initiatives for farmers and historic property owners. “Farmers in Frederick County and across our county have experienced low commodity prices over the last few years and increasing farm debt,” said County Executive Jan Gardner during a public briefing. County officials say the coronavirus pandemic has also […] → Read More

New director of housing and human services begins role

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Earlier this year, the City of Frederick re-envisioned their efforts in housing and human services, leading to the creation of an entirely new department and leadership role. On Friday, Ramenta Cottrell finished her first week on the job filling the new role. “I always had just a passion for serving others,” […] → Read More

Frederick discusses extending outdoor dining ordinance to October 2021

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Pop-up dining in the City of Frederick, set up during the coronavirus pandemic, could continue for another year. On Wednesday, the Board of Aldermen began discussions to extend the ordinance allowing pop-up dining and enhanced food truck operations through October of 2021 or the end of Maryland’s State of Emergency. “Which […] → Read More

New Maryland law toughens stance on crimes involving strangulation

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Beginning October 1st, a Maryland law goes into effect that defines strangulation as a felony offense. It’s a change that advocates and attorneys, like Joyce King with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, have brought before the state general assembly twice before gathering bipartisan support for the law earlier this year. […] → Read More

Local farm searches for runaway emu

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Just inside the front pen of the Walden Line Farm lies the scene of the breakout. “It was right here,” says Karin Walden pointing to a white fence lined with chicken wire. “I intertwined it again, but Emmy broke through it again.” It’s been about a month since owner Walden’s pet emu, […] → Read More

Frederick police search for two suspects involved in stabbing

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Frederick investigators are looking for two male suspects believed to be involved in a stabbing. According to the Frederick Police Department, arrest warrants have been issued for 27-year-old Rickey Wooten and 19-year-old Jajuan Anderson in connection to the stabbing of a man on Sunday night.  Police say the victim was found […] → Read More

Celebrate Frederick launches inaugural Craft Beverage Week

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — After having to cancel a lineup of beloved summer events this year, Celebrate Frederick is back with a new experience. On Saturday, the non-profit is launching the first-ever Craft Beverage Week. The idea is to replace much-anticipated fall events that have traditionally highlighted the growing local craft beverage industry.  “In the […] → Read More

Volunteers help preserve Brunswick’s oldest cemetery

BRUNSWICK, Md. (WDVM) — On Tuesday morning, Diane Ellis and Wayne Allgaier roamed the grounds of Old Berlin Cemetery. For the past two years, they’ve dived into the history that lays under the field of tombstones. “This is the final resting place of the people who really built this town. You’re talking about all the […] → Read More

Modavar Pharmaceuticals moves into Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — A new pharmaceutical company is planting roots in Frederick County, Maryland. The county’s Office of Economic Development announced that Modavar Pharmaceuticals … → Read More

Downtown Frederick Partnership celebrates 30 years of vibrancy

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — The Downtown Frederick Partnership is celebrating 30 years of dedication to bringing vibrancy into the historic area. Official say that 30 years ago, Downtown Frederick lacked the action it currently has now. “Downtown wasn’t really in great shape. We had a lot of vacancy, not a lot of restaurants, not a […] → Read More

Goodwill locations to close temporarily for modifications

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md (WDVM) — As Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley completes a merger, several stores in the area will temporarily close for changes. The Frederick-based company recently combined operations with Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona. Beginning this week, several stores will close for modifications including reorganizing merchandise, updates to their point of sales […] → Read More

In the Streets cancelled, plans revealed for socially distant events

FREDERICK, Md (WDVM) — For more than thirty years, thousands of visitors have flooded downtown Frederick for the event now known as In the Streets. But organizers say it won’t happen this year. Celebrate Frederick announced Monday that due to the coronavirus pandemic the 2020 event is cancelled. The organization cited health concerns as up […] → Read More

Frederick Community Action Agency opens COVID-19 testing site

FREDERICK, Md (WDVM) –There’s a new testing site in the City of Frederick. The Fredrick Community Action Agency (FCAA), which supports low-income families and those experiencing homelessness, has set up a COVID-19 testing tent outside their location on West All Saints Street. According to officials, to qualify for testing, patients must meet the following criteria: Fever […] → Read More

Man dies after medical emergency at Sugarloaf Mountain

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — A West Virginia man died Saturday after hiking at Sugarloaf Mountain in Frederick County, Maryland. According to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the 52-year-old man suffered a medical emergency while on a hiking trail. Witnesses on the trail saw the man collapse and began CPR until EMS responders arrived, deputies say. EMS attempted to save the man, […] → Read More