In the days after Thanksgiving, many of us probably doled out cash or wrote a check to a charitable cause. Following on the heels of big spending days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday was a day to give pause in our frenetic holiday pursuit of gift s…

While other regions dealt recently with large winter storms and big piles of snow — several weeks ahead of official winter — we here in the Mid-Atlantic enjoyed, along with our turkey and stuffing leftovers, average to cool temperatures and light rain. But in preparation for what could come,…

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.

It should be easy for most of us to be thankful in Charles County. Just look around.

Earlier this fall, when a handful of big-box stores in Southern Maryland were already displaying Christmas trees next to the Halloween candy, you were flush with holiday denial. You could shake your head and keep walking down the aisle. Too soon, you could tell yourself.

There was a time in Charles when tobacco was king. The leaf was a pillar of the local economy, and although most of the tobacco produced locally wound up in Europe, plenty of folks here got and kept the habit of smoking. That led to a not-so-pleasant tradition: cancer.

Driving while intoxicated and distracted driving justifiably get a lot of attention. But in the midst of our too-busy, not-well-rested daily habits, another kind of impaired vehicle operation is worth noting: drowsy driving.

Monday marks the 100th anniversary of when President Woodrow Wilson first declared a commemoration of the end of World War I, which had occurred a year before. It was hoped it would be the war to end all wars, but that unfortunately was not the case.

As the weather turns cooler and people stay inside more in closer quarters, an unwelcome guest is starting to appear: the flu.

Last week a remarkable thing happened in Southern Maryland: We denizens of some of the most beautiful tidal land in the state lost some of the political power we greatly benefited from in the Maryland Senate.

Houses are lit up orange. Lawns are decorated with plastic tombstones, synthetic spider webs and ghoulish creatures, some who speak to us as we approach, some who are just meant to look scary, and others who are simply there to elicit a chuckle and entertain us.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says school buses are the safest vehicles on the road on any given day— bus travel is 70 times safer than riding in a passenger car.

Next April the decennial ritual and Constitutional requirement to count every man, woman and child living in the United States — the 2020 census — kicks off with National Census Day. That day, April 1, coincidentally, is also known colloquially as April Fool’s Day. But no one should be foole…

Humans vs. time. It’s one of the most fundamental clashes in competition. How can something done at an elite level be done even faster?

Newspapers — especially community newspapers — are alive and kicking, no matter what you may have read online or heard on television or radio. We chronicle the lives and times of our neighbors, and keep a close eye on government.

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.