Wiley Hayes, Carroll County Times

Wiley Hayes

Carroll County Times

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Past articles by Wiley:

Sykesville to feel the chill at town's inaugural Ice Fest

With the recent snowstorm, most people probably developed a healthy level of concern regarding the icy roads that followed — if they didn't have it already. → Read More

Commissioners make statement on school closure plans

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners are urging the county's school system to maximize operational and capital savings when it implements school closures and countywide redistricting, with a promise to at least consider raising taxes to offset the remaining funding gap if these measures are taken. → Read More

Carroll introduces new ag preservation easement formula

Carroll County will soon switch to a formula-based approach for determining the fair market value of farms whose owners wish to permanently preserve them as agriculture land. → Read More

Renovations on new courtroom nearing completion

A smell of drywall dust, hanging electrical wires and unfinished flooring marks the entrance to what soon will be the most up-to-date courtroom in Carroll County. → Read More

Sykesville passes law intended to ease development

The Town of Sykesville recently passed a law that enables the town to provide tax breaks to developers of historic areas designated for growth — notably the Warfield Complex — in order to ease the process and encourage development. → Read More

Carroll to seek issuance of $28 million in bonds

Carroll government is hoping to take advantage of lower interest rates to save nearly $500,000 during its annual bond sale. → Read More

Sykesville hires consultant on Streetscape project

The Town of Sykesville has hired a consultant to analyze how an impending state-funded project, Streetscape, will affect the community and the town's economic base, as well as paint a "big picture" of its overall impact on the municipality. → Read More

Westminster to expand fiber optic network

Westminster has begun the engineering of the second phase of its fiber optic network, expecting to provide high-speed Internet capabilities to 2,000 additional homes west of Md. 31. → Read More

Protest draws equal support, opposition on Rothschild's Muslim remarks

A coalition of interfaith groups protesting a recent opinion piece , which was written by Commissioner Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, and defended presidential candidate Ben Carson's comment that a follower of Islam can not be president, attracted a crowd that was anything but one-sided. → Read More

Islamic group, allies to protest Rothschild remarks

A coalition of advocacy groups will hold a news conference in Carroll on Thursday to ask the County Board of Commissioners to repudiate an opinion piece written by Commissioner Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, saying they believe it contains "irresponsible," "hate-filled" and "un-American" rhetoric. → Read More

Planning commission seeks legal advice on private communications

Carroll County's Planning and Zoning Commission has asked for legal advice regarding the extent to which elected and appointed officials may speak about ongoing issues outside of public meetings. → Read More

Tug-of-War event builds support for Special Olympics, unity through competition

Francine Davis described herself as the Ray Lewis of her group of correctional officers who participated in the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Tug-of-War fundraiser Friday. And she certainly fit the role, motivating her team with the same intensity as the all-time-great Baltimore Ravens linebacker. → Read More

Commissioners make funding commitment to school system

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners has voted to not reduce future school system funding when savings resulting from school closures and redistricting are realized, but at least one commissioner says he fears the commitment could lead to heavy tax hikes in the future. → Read More

County partnership adds security for domestic violence victims

It took six years before Catherine Blumberg was able to remove herself from an abusive relationship in 2013. During that time, despite repeated physical assaults, she only ever reported the abuse twice. → Read More

County's business incentives outweighed by expected revenue

When Lehigh Cement Co. in Union Bridge approached Carroll County government requesting assistance with a project designed to transport 3.5 million tons of limestone to Union Bridge from New Windsor annually, the county offered a $100,000 grant to assist them in the endeavor. → Read More

Carroll receives federal grant for emergency operations

When an 82-year-old man went missing from New Windsor on Monday, Carroll County public safety staff were able to activate the county's reverse 911 system to notify people in the area. He was found just hours later. → Read More

Commissioners: School closure savings to stay with CCPS

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners say they are committed to ensuring any money saved as a result of closing schools and redistricting will continue to be allocated to the budget of the county's public schools. → Read More

Medical marijuana zoning details considered in Westminster, Mount Airy

Two Carroll municipalities — Westminster and Mount Airy — are in the midst of delineating where medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries can be located within town limits. → Read More

Sykesville, Mount Airy poised to bring first micro-distilleries to Carroll

The craft distillery craze that has swept the nation in the past decade has finally come to Carroll. → Read More

Fate of Mount Airy Fall Festival dependent on hurricane forecast

The impending weather this coming weekend could bring an end to a three-decade run for the Mount Airy Fall Festival. → Read More