Newspapers — especially community newspapers — are alive and kicking, no matter what you may have read online. We chronicle the lives and times of our neighbors, and keep a close eye on government. And in addition to our print products, we maintain an up-to-date website to serve the public. …

As the calendar flipped to October this week, the attention of commercial and recreational catchers of oysters turned to the tasty bivalves, as the season officially began Tuesday.

A whole passel of laws, hundreds of them, kicked in yesterday in Maryland. A lot of them come under the general headings of health and criminal justice. Here’s a brief look at a few bills that became law Oct. 1.

This week, the county commissioners voted to forward 18 of 22 legislative proposals to our local legislative delegation, inviting them to advance those suggestions as bills during the next 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly, which starts Jan. 8.

Since St. Mary’s does not have code home rule — and likely never will — its citizens must depend solely on state representatives to make and change laws that apply to the county. Each year, the county commissioners decide what positions to take on proposed legislation before passing their re…

Although it’s growing all the time, St. Mary’s County still has plenty of events that celebrate its down-home, rural heritage. The best and biggest example of that is setting up right now just south of Leonardtown.

If you compare the hurricane season to a football game, we’re only now coming up on halftime. And Mother Nature likely hasn’t shown us the worst pages of her playbook yet.

With the barrage of mass shootings in the news over the past couple of years, it’s possible for some folks to become numb to the latest accounts of such carnage. Don’t let yourself do that. The worst reaction we could have to such evil would be no reaction at all.

With the barrage of mass shootings in the news over the past couple of years, it’s possible for some folks to become numb to the latest accounts of such carnage. Don’t let yourself do that. The worst reaction we could have to such evil would be no reaction at all.

There was a time in Southern Maryland when students saw clear harbingers that summer was ending and school was looming. First and foremost, the end of August into Labor Day brought the tobacco harvest. The cutting, spearing and hanging of the plant to cure for market was another step in that…

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said it’s currently the No. 1 complaint coming to him and his colleagues across the country. That’s not really surprising since it happened some 3.5 billion times around the nation in April alone, and estimates have that number somewhere north of 4 billi…

This week, St. Mary’s County received information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s reporting system for controlled substance transactions, revealing the top 10 pharmacies for opioid sales here.

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…