Discussions about renewable energy have become more and more frequent in St. Mary’s County, with some residents supporting the rise of solar farms in the area as others oppose it.

County officials are hoping to streamline bus routes, add extra benches at stops and make other improvements in hopes of boosting St. Mary’s transit service — but all at a price to taxpayers.

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Zah’yon Cunningham of Lexington Park checks out some reindeer at the Bay District firehouse’s annual Winter Wonderland event on Saturday. Holiday activities included crafts, fire truck rides and pictures with Santa.

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Question: Where is it acceptable to dress as a chimney, or wear large rubber ears, or dress as an elf, or pull on holiday-themed leggings?

Brina Doyle, a Historic St. Mary's City employee, pokes out a fire below a smoked duck at the annual Hearth and Home event on Saturday. Those in attendance had the opportunity to explore the skills that allowed people over 300 years ago to weather the cold and survive. 

Chase Langley of Ridge gets his face painted at the Bay District firehouse's annual Winter Wonderland event on Saturday. Holiday activities included crafts, fire truck rides and pictures with Santa.

Ariel Dufoue of Lexington Park decorates a Christmas tree at the Bay District firehouse's annual Winter Wonderland event on Saturday. Holiday activities included crafts, fire truck rides and pictures with Santa.

The St. Mary’s County commissioners made a motion to support the pursuit of a Southern Maryland National Heritage Area designation presented by the county’s department of economic development at Tuesday’s meeting.

A 50-year-old Morganza man was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Saturday night and another driver was transported to a hospital, police say.

A rejection of a holiday rebate by St. Mary’s commissioners last month led to a special school board meeting Tuesday morning to approve a new — and reduced — plan for the $1.5 million they tried to give to school staff as a reward for conservative spending through their health care plan.

A Lexington Park man remains in the custody of the St. Mary’s jail following a police pursuit where an officer’s duty weapon was fired on Friday night.