This week, high school students all around Cecil County took their final walks on the campuses of their respective high schools. The method was not like any most of us are aware of as COVID-19 has made graduations virtual this year. The staff at the Cecil Whig took photos of those ceremonies and we plan on a post-graduation section in the June 3 edition of the Whig. With the ceremonies at local schools often covering several days, we weren’t able to get pictures of the entirety of graduation ceremonies, but we were able to capture the end of this unique school year at each of our public high schools.

JIM NORMANDIN

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.

If you have questions or would like to submit information, please submit your questions to us and our news teams will do our best to assist you in providing information.

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

When this school year began back in 2019, no one could have envisioned how it would end.

The Cecil Whig has been the newspaper of record for Cecil County for generations. For the past 178 years, we have been your source for local news. It’s my goal that everyone be featured in the Cecil Whig at least once at some point in their lives. Everyone in the county has something that makes them remarkable, and it is my greatest joy to log that for the annals of history.

We would expect that anyone who has seen even just a handful of courtroom dramas, be it movies or television shows, has at some point heard a character — not a real lawyer, just an actor — object to the judge because the other not-real attorney was “leading the witness.”

Government crackdowns on journalists are unsurprising in places like China. What’s chilling lately is how many other governments — including some in countries with free-press traditions — are now using the global pandemic as an excuse to muzzle the media, stifling clear-eyed coverage of the crisis when and where it’s needed most.

Community newspapers provide hyperlocal coverage of all the issues that matter to you as a citizen, a neighbor, a family member, a voter and a taxpayer. The multi-faceted team at the Cecil Whig, a flagship paper of APG Media of Chesapeake, works hard day and night to bring you the news that matters most.

Less than two months ago, as COVID-19 began its spread throughout our State, I received a horrifying, almost unthinkable warning from some of our nation’s top public health experts. Without immediate and drastic action, the pandemic could kill more than 12,000 Marylanders and overwhelm our State’s health care resources.

The people of Cecil County — including the staff of the Cecil Whig — have been incredible to one another during this global pandemic, and it is a remarkable thing to watch and be a part of as your local newspaper.

In today’s edition of The Cecil Whig, intrepid reporter Jacqueline Covey has written an article that explains the concept of constant yield as it exists in the State of Maryland. The story was written to both educate citizens in Cecil County on the concept of constant yield, which has existed in the state since the late 1970s, and to clear up issues relating to an ongoing debate in the county about rising taxes.

As part of the belt tightening forced by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) last weekend proclaimed a spending freeze by state government. And as the General Assembly pauses between its truncated session and a possible special section at the end of May, Hogan said with no ambiguity that if the Senate and House have pushed legislation that would cost more money, he would not endorse it.

Not that we’d wish disease on anybody, but if karma is paying attention, here’s a group of ill-mannered people who wouldn’t get much sympathy if they caught the coronavirus: jerks who try to scam people during this pandemic.

We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, but its impact on America’s communities is local.

We’ve fielded some tough questions from our loyal readers over the past few weeks, as the coronavirus has tightened its grip on the daily work and personal lives of all of us.

“We know that our high-technology society is handling our environment in a way that will be lethal for us. What we don’t know — and had better make haste to test — is whether a high-technology society can achieve a safe, durable and improving relationship with its environment.”

Editor’s Note: Mr. William Carroll is the new Deputy Editor of the Cecil Whig. Please join us in welcoming him to the county and community. What follows is his first editorial. — B. Rae Perryman, Editor

Over the course of just a few short weeks, the coronavirus has twisted its tendrils into the fabric of our daily lives. Due to the threat of the pandemic in Maryland — and now, with its aggressive arrival — it controls commerce, social interaction and most everything else.

RISING SUN — You don’t need me to tell you that supplies of the new essentials (household disinfectants, staple foods and paper products) are in short supply.

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