ANNAPOLIS — Comptroller Peter Franchot announced Jan. 7 that processing of personal income tax returns for Tax Year 2019 will coincide with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) start date of Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Business tax returns are already being accepted for processing.

EASTON — President Donald Trump, on Friday, Dec. 20, signed into law the SECURE Act, a retirement savings game-changer that attempts to address the student debt crisis and acknowledge an aging workforce.

WORTON — The Animal Care Shelter for Kent County is taking another swing at replacing its aging headquarters, this time with the requisite zoning hopefully in hand.

EASTON — The headlines scream, “Board members inappropriately benefiting from business with nonprofits,” “Nepotism in nonprofits puts the interest of leaders ahead of charitable missions”, and “Conflicts of interest in nonprofits cause grave concerns.”

OWINGS MILLS — Maryland Public Television’s original series “Maryland Farm & Harvest,” now in its seventh season, will feature farms and locations in Caroline, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Wicomico counties during a new episode airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.

CHESTERTOWN — The AARP Tax-Aide Program, which prepared federal and state income tax returns at no charge for more than 450 Chestertown-area residents in 2019, has announced that it is moving one of its locations for the upcoming tax year.

CHESTERTOWN — A proposal to offer tax credits for state-mandated fire-suppression sprinkler systems was hailed as a development incentive by a local real estate agent at a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 7, while a resident who built a new home last year hoped it could be applied retroactively.

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s agricultural industry leaders will enjoy networking, food and conversation with state and national legislators at the 50th annual Taste of Maryland Agriculture gala on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

ANNAPOLIS — Some construction projects in Maryland are costing tens of millions of dollars more than original estimates, in large measure because of a lack of skilled trades in the region.

ANNAPOLIS — Enhancing quality of life is a goal that’s at the heart of most policymaking regardless of whether you are working from a community or town, county, state or national perspective.

CAMBRIDGE — On Dec. 3, 75 Shore Leadership alumni, current class members and guests met at the Hyatt in Cambridge for a night of congratulations and celebration for the Shore Leadership Class of 2019.

DENTON — Last month Congress passed, and the president signed into law, the 2020 spending package that contained the RURAL Act and other key provisions for electric cooperatives and their consumer-members.