• KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN Michael D. Mallinoff is the County Administrator for Charles County Government

The digital age is transforming the way we receive our daily news, and provides new opportunities for you to connect with your county government. Interacting and creating relationships with Charles County Government allows you to see the people behind the organization name. To create a space…

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by David Eicholtz, La Plata The writer is the Charles County Director of Fiscal and Administrative Services

Clean, potable water is important in keeping any community healthy and safe. While our Utilities Division assists with county water and wastewater facilities, the Water and Sewer Billing Office, under the Accounting Division, assists with your county water and sewer payment.

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by William Stephens, La Plata Director of the Department of Emergency Services, Dr. Dianna E. Abney, Health Officer of the Charles County Department of Health

This column is provided in partnership with the Charles County Department of Health.

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by Darrell Brown, La Plata The writer is the director of the Charles County Economic Development Department.

The College of Southern Maryland announced it will lease the former Ely’s Warehouse in the Town of Indian Head for the Velocity Center, a one-of-its-kind facility that will encompass an education center, research site and technology incubator. Renovations on the space are anticipated to begi…

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN Michael D. Mallinoff is the County Administrator for Charles County Government

The digital age is changing how we communicate, which means more time is spent on mobile devices and computers. Charles County Government is working to fulfill your communications needs, including offering electronic options. Electronic communication provides an easy, quick way to stay infor…

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by Haywood Evans, La Plata The writer is the Charles County Director of the Department of Community Services

Each of our lives are filled with milestones; if you are turning 65, this is a significant time in your life. It is often an age of retirement and enjoying the fruits of your labor, but it is also a time you are faced with making Medicare decisions.

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN Eileen Minnick is the Charles County Director of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

If you love to golf, come visit the White Plains Golf Course to hit your next great shot. The course, located at 1015 St. Charles Parkway, White Plains, is an 18-hole, par 70 regulation golf course with lots of fun for all.

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by William Stephens, La Plata Director of the Department of Emergency Services

For the third consecutive year, NBC Universal’s Clear the Shelter initiative is helping homeless animals nationwide find forever homes. During late spring and early summer, shelters see an influx of animals, which makes it difficult to find homes for all. The Clear the Shelter initiative pro…

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN Eileen Minnick is the Charles County Director of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Charles County has great parks, facilities, and things to do for all ages. Why not go out and explore the area? The Crain Memorial Welcome Center, located at 12480 Crain Highway, Newburg, off of U.S. 301 North, helps residents and visitors alike plan their Charles County explorations through…

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by William Stephens, La Plata Director of the Department of Emergency Services

With hurricane season starting June 1, now is a great time to prepare your family for hurricanes. Each year, we witness the devastating impacts of hurricanes. Hurricanes are not just a threat to coastal communities. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and flooding can be felt hundreds of …

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN Eileen Minnick is the Charles County Director of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and as summer begins, it’s a great time to celebrate the importance of getting active and enjoying the great outdoors in Charles County.

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN Haywood Evans is the Charles County Director of Community Services Eileen Minnick is the Charles County Director of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Community centers have an important role in society — helping you meet new people, connecting with your community and increasing your quality of life. To better serve you, there will be a new multi-generational community center in Waldorf with activities and services for all ages, expected t…

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Crystal N. Hunt, La Plata The writer is the Charles County Public Information Officer/Chief of Media Services

When FOX 5 News came to Charles County last summer and featured the Town of La Plata in its Zip Trip series, we had a great turnout. The event was so successful, our county is getting this special recognition again in Waldorf. You, your friends and your family are invited to O’Donnell Lake (…

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by David Eicholtz, La Plata The writer is the Charles County Director of Fiscal and Administrative Services

As a taxpayer, you are vital in helping Charles County Government provide services to our community. Reviewing the county budget is one way you can find out how your tax dollars are being used. Let’s explore how the budget process works.

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by Steve Kaii-Ziegler, La Plata The writer is the Charles County Director of the Department of Planning and Growth Management

From the region’s first American Indian inhabitants at least 12,000 years ago to the establishment of Naval Support Facility Indian Head in the late 19th century, our county’s history reflects Southern Maryland’s diversity and continuity of life. Charles County’s historic sites, districts, l…

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by Bill Shreve, La Plata The writer is the Charles County Director of the Department of Public Works

To do our part in keeping Charles County a beautiful place to live, work, and play, Charles County Government offers many environmentally-friendly programs throughout the year.

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by Carol DeSoto, La Plata Senior Commissioner Specialist, Charles County Government

Your county government encourages you to get involved by applying to serve on a board, committee or commission. If you have a specific passion, area of expertise or interest, volunteer for a member vacancy today.

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by Marcia Keeth, La Plata Deputy Director of the Economic Development Department

Those of us who work in economic development and partner agencies are often asked: How do I get free money to start a business? We’re used to explaining that no, there is no free money. But yes, there is still a lot of other help and support for a business owner or entrepreneurial dreamer wh…

  • KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN by William Stephens, La Plata Director of the Department of Emergency Services

March 20 marks the beginning of spring and Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week. In support of this important week, the Department of Emergency Services would like to remind you to prepare before emergencies happen.

  • By KNOW YOUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT COLUMN Eileen Minnick is the Director of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism for Charles County Government

Since its establishment in 1658, Charles County is continually creating its mark on our nation’s history through notable figures, landmarks and monumental past events. One of these landmarks is Mallows Bay, home to the “Ghost Fleet,” the largest ship graveyard in the Western Hemisphere.