Folks who have moved here from other parts of the country quickly learn what we already know: Southern Maryland summers are brutally hot. And in St. Mary’s, scorching temperatures and their accompanying sweltering humidity can be hazardous for those who work outside. And it can be deadly for…

As names go, the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge rolls off the tongue about as well as “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins,” and fits about as well on a sign, too. But whatever the span over the Potomac is called, it is finally getting th…

A rather expansive article in the Aug. 2 edition of The Enterprise headlined “Market for medical marijuana budding” portrayed a rather favorable view of the expanding market for marijuana in Maryland — in spite of its status as federally illegal and untested by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis…

Next week, what will Maryland have in common with Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon? No sales tax. But remember, it’ll just be for a week here. The other five states offer that perk all year long.

Next Tuesday, Aug. 6, nearly two dozen communities in St. Mary’s will join neighborhoods throughout Southern Maryland and across the nation in celebrating the 36th annual National Night Out. From one end of the county to the other, and all in between, neighbors will be gathering for block pa…

While the U.S. Supreme Court regaled us with several politically charged and historically significant opinions on constitutional rights as it neared the end of its session last month — Maryland’s Peace Cross will stay, as will political gerrymandering which now can’t be touched by federal ju…

Whether it’s blackberries that were picked fresh, succulent ears of sweet corn or juicy, home-grown tomatoes from a farm stand along a county road, nothing tastes quite like local food that didn’t have to travel far to reach your taste buds.

Even in this age of instant information, and the notion that most everything useful must already have been invented or done, America’s beating the Soviets in the space race by successfully landing Apollo 11 on the moon July 20, 1969 — 50 years ago tomorrow — remains a really big deal. It was…

Movie buffs might remember director Richard Linklater’s 2011 hit film “Bernie,” which sympathetically portrays a funeral director in rural East Texas who befriends a crabby, rich elderly woman. In the film, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, the crabby old lady tr…

This month brought with it some new laws that have taken effect, after their examination earlier this year by the General Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan. Here’s a sampling of what’s now on the books in the Free State.

The St. Mary’s school board did a smart thing June 26. Officially. It gave Scott Smith a four-year extension as superintendent of the county’s public schools.

Not so many years ago, volunteer fire department carnivals were just about the biggest things to do in the summertime in St. Mary’s County. Folks with a hankering for Ferris wheels, cotton candy and bingo could pretty much run the carnival circuit from the day school let out until the buses …

In the second half of the 20th century, modern medicine was able to conquer smallpox and polio. Then, in the 1980s, another public health epidemic reared its ugly head: human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. HIV and AIDS.

America is working, or at least relatively few of our fellow citizens are not working, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency, which has measured unemployment since the Great Depression-inducing stock market crash of 1929, reported that the unemployment rate for April and Ma…

There was a time when unwanted telemarketing calls were the sole province of the landline. Now, of course, that method of communication has come to cellphone users. You see an unfamiliar number, usually from a geographical location not in your regular routine of callers. So what do you do? S…