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Past articles by Mike:

From head to tail: Judges size up cream-of-the-crop cats in Frederick

More than 100 felines made a beeline to Frederick on Saturday for the annual Mad Catters Easter Eggstravaganza Cat Show. → Read More

Death at Fort Detrick under investigation

The death of a Fort Detrick resident on Thursday is under investigation, according to Fort Detrick officials. → Read More

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, town officials dispute road closure

In Mount Airy, the volunteer fire company and town officials are at odds over the possible closure of part of a downtown road. → Read More

Mount Airy searches for ways to save money on skate park

Should parks and recreation facilities make money for towns and municipalities? Should they break even? Or should they be a publicly subsidized good that provides a safe, healthy place for → Read More

Urbana High School victorious in 35th annual FCPS Academic Tournament

Eight weeks of a cerebral grind came to an end Friday as Urbana High School’s academic team won the 35th annual Frederick County Public Schools High School Academic Tournament. → Read More

Walkersville looks to crack down on blighted buildings

WALKERSVILLE — Town officials are debating whether adding a blight ordinance to the town’s code is necessary to deal with properties that have been vacant for long periods of time → Read More

Frederick County officials lobby for more road funding from state

Before the legislative session in Annapolis ends in April, leaders from several municipal governments in Frederick County hope to come away with more money to fix roads — restoring funding → Read More

Frederick woman, third oldest American, dies at 113

Helen Ida Wheat lived through more than a century of history, and she did it all while sticking close to her family, said Janey Andrews, Wheat’s daughter, on Thursday. → Read More

Monday's snow turns into Tuesday's rain; power restored to 180 FirstEnergy customers in Thurmont area

Power was restored to roughly 180 FirstEnergy customers in the Thurmont area around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Todd Meyers, a spokesman for FirstEnergy. The 90-minute outage began shortly before 7 a.m., leaving primarily Thurmont residents without power, Meyers said. The outage was believed to be caused the an ice-laden tree branch touching down, but not falling onto, a power line. Without… → Read More

Frederick police arrest man who tried to kidnap his former fiancee

Frederick police on Friday arrested a man who they say assaulted his former fiancee multiple times while attempting to kidnap her. → Read More

Plans for new library in Walkersville moving forward

Frederick County is preparing to build a library in Walkersville that will be six times the size of its current one. The new library is expected to include an expanded → Read More

Walkersville seeks money for new water treatment plant

WALKERSVILLE — Town officials are looking into ways to pay for a new water treatment plant to replace the current one, which they say is old and uses antiquated equipment. → Read More

Roof collapses at field house at Mount St. Mary's University

The south end of the roof of the John J. Dillon Field House collapsed Saturday afternoon as a result of heavy snow, Mount St. Mary's University spokesman Christian Kendzierski said. → Read More

Coping with snowstorm fever, inside and out

With heavy snows continuing to dump on Frederick County well into Saturday, residents sought creative ways to deal with their plight. → Read More

Maryland State Police respond to eight snow-related incidents in three hours on I-70

With the first signs of snow beginning to fall Wednesday night, Maryland State Police responded to eight vehicle incidents over the course of about three hours, Sgt. Paul Schur said. → Read More

Frederick County educators discuss how to prepare students for rapidly changing workforce

Perhaps the biggest constant in the job market these days is change. → Read More

Broadway legends come to Middletown to teach dance workshop

Terrence Mann stood in front of a group of teenagers at the Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance in Middletown on Monday and gave orders. → Read More

Man at center of Lake Linganore dispute defends his tactics

He was the bane of his Lake Linganore neighborhood, with his outrageous, aggressive and sometimes obscene signs, his assertive personality and refusal to bend — even to the point of → Read More

Frederick woman advocates for Death with Dignity bill

In 2008, Geraldine Lloyd, a Frederick artist, writer and activist, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a disease that attacks her body’s bone marrow. In 1993, she was told by → Read More

Students honored for following in Martin Luther King Jr.'s footsteps

As the nation celebrates the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday was Jan. 15, Frederick County residents came together Thursday to honor students who → Read More