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.

Crisp evenings and mornings late last week gave way to another round of summer days to begin the official fall season — official at least by the astronomical calendar. The autumnal equinox took place in the wee hours of Monday morning when the Earth’s position in its trajectory around the su…

Determining a patient’s wishes for end-of-life care is one of the most challenging issues in medicine. Too few people discuss or complete advance directives while they still have the mental and physical capacity to do so. Then, if illness strikes, medical staffs and loved ones are forced to …

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.

We can all hope to look so good and be so active at the age of 96. The Charles County Fair, occupying 35 acres south of La Plata, has kicked off for another run through Sunday.

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.

School is officially back in session in Charles County as of Tuesday, and that means the big yellow buses are on the roads once again.

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 to attorneys general 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 billion for July …

Folks who have moved here from other parts of the country quickly learn what we already know: Southern Maryland summers are brutally hot.

President Donald Trump has signaled, if lightly, a willingness to consider measures to address mass shootings in America. Democrats should stop playing politics and engage him in a productive policy discussion.

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 the latter is nonsensical while the former is sorely needed — the steel …