The Baltimore Sun from Baltimore, Maryland on March 28, 1984 · 73
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The Baltimore Sun from Baltimore, Maryland · 73

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Wednesday, March 28, 1984
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i 1 J' 12 ( " ' (i M r 1 V M 1 At c Newsmakers J. HUGH NICHOLS For every county voter concerned with education, two are concerned with public safety, County Executive J. Hugh Nichols said last week in touting a fun-draising drive by Metro Crime Alert. Page 6 Fingerprinting a hit More than 4,000 county children have been fingerprinted in a voluntary program the police back as a crime prevention measure. Page 2 Words from the new schools chief "The County Council and local businesses ought to be just as concerned about education as the school administration," says Dr. Michael E. Hickey, the county's newly appointed schools superintendent. . " Page 4 Sport s Runners ready? Glenelg's relays opened the spring track season Saturday. In boys' competition this spring, everyone's chasing Glenelg. But Atholton s girls, the team favorite, will have lots of competition. Previews of what's to come. Page 23 7-1 1 baseball combo was unlucky Varsity baseball teams had 11 games scheduled in the past week. Four were washed out and seven were losses. Page 24 TJeek in review English teachers: 'Help' County English teachers want fewer students and more aides to help with paperwork following a year-long survey of local schools' language arts departments by a study team from West Virginia University. The team cited little need for substantive curriculum changes, but recommended stronger emphasis on self-paced instruction and greater opportunity for individual creative projects. to meet those objectives, teachers told the school board Thursday, they need help. The board authorized a committee to review the West Virginia recommendations. Reward offered for teacher A $1,000 reward has been posted for information leading to finding Oliver Wendell Mun-son, the Ellicott City Middle School industrial arts teacher who disappeared from his Catons-ville home on February 1 3. Mr. Munson, 38, had been scheduled to testify in a stolen car trial after unknowingly buying such a vehicle, police said. If you think you can help, call Baltimore county police at 494-21 98. Interested in gardening? See our special section for spring. Page 1 1 IT . J- " a. - i r . J Tvj.!, taunt- Chew-1 THE HOWARD SUN JEO KIRSCHBAUM fhllllf fill Members of t16 Columbia Figure Skating Club's Novice I precision team practice at the Co-vsi 1 1 1 1 y VI 1 1 1 1 lumbia Ice Rink for an upcoming Virginia competition. See article on Page 6. aD sttaDOs dd cafeDe Mlie Lack of public awareness cited in holding advisory board's report By Rick Belz The Howard Sun Cable television subscribers will pay more for the service if the County Council follows last week's Howard County Cable Television Advisory Board recommendation to increase rates as requested by Howard Cable Television Associates, Inc. But the Council, concerned the public may not have had enough time to understand the increases, responded by postponing its consideration of the increase until May. At the same time, residents of Kings Contrivance and the southern section of Howard county, areas now outside the cable television franchise area, have formed their own cable television committee and are writing letters to the Council seeking to tie any rate increase for Howard Cable (a division of Storer Communications, Inc.) to an expansion of the franchise area into their neighborhoods. HCCTAB found the request of Howard Cable for increases in both the basic subscriber rate and the installation fee to be warranted. No increase was requested for premium services. HCCTAB Chairman Thomas Moore said, "We looked at the figures given to us and compared them to other, similar operations, and based on arguments presented to us, justification existed for the increase. In fact, we found that the service provided to Howard county was cheaper than most." Mr. Moore noted "not a single person spoke against the rate increase at our public hearing last Wednesday March HCCTAB also recommended maintaining lanpage in the franchise agreement that requires a three-year interval between rate increases. Howard Cable had asked for the deletion of that language. The advisory board made no recommendation, however, concerning the expansion of the franchise area. Mr. Moore is one of four members appointed to the board by the county executive, based on Council recommendations. The other members are Donald Kirkley, Grace Evans and Scott Kramer. Basic rates are due to increase $2, or 20 percent from the current $9.95; the $15 installation fee would jump to $25, a 66 percent increase, and the monthly additional outlet fee would double, from $1.50 to $3. Storer, 88.1 percent owner of the county cable franchise. Please see CABLE, Page 1 0

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