Among the litany of things the coronavirus pandemic affected this year was the Maryland General Assembly’s ability to finish the business of the people in Annapolis. Social distancing and concerns about spreading COVID-19 forced the state Senate and House of Delegates to end their annual ses…

Covering COVID-19


Dear readers,

As the evolving concern and impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus heightens, all of us at your local newspaper and APG Media of Chesapeake are dedicated to providing the most recent and relevant information to our community.

During these unprecedented times, it is crucial for all people to get local and reliable information from a trusted source.

As we see our role to inform and update our community of the latest news or announcements, effective immediately, all local news, public information and announcements surrounding the coronavirus will be accessible as a public service to all visitors to our websites.

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Each and every day, we are grateful for the work of our associates, the support from our community and the trust our readers and clients bestow in us.

Be safe.

Jim Normandin

President and Publisher

Most folks who have long pedigrees in Southern Maryland, as well as those not originally from our area, have learned over the decades to live harmoniously by melding provincial sensibilities and sophisticated ideas through the social graces of a “live and let live” temperament, as well as mi…

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Letters to the Editor

In light of recent tragic events, and in the midst of a movement to finally achieve true, ubiquitous equality, it is important for us to reflect on all the ways in which systemic racism is built into our country. Some appalling but overlooked ways in which many minorities are unjustly oppres…

My Democratic Party is losing its moral leadership by using the coronavirus to fund poorly managed states and cities. My party wants the country’s economy to fail so Trump can’t take credit for what he had accomplished in employment and growth. Our political parties are never going to work t…

This is in reference to, “Charles County Charitable Trust funding cut,” a featured article in the Independent dated June 12, 2020.

I have observed Sheriff Berry since his election in 2014. When he won and became the first African American sheriff in Charles County history, he commented that, “I didn’t run to become the first black sheriff. I ran to make a difference.” Since then, I have seen him often use that line in h…