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Urbana Schools Welcome New Staff

Photo | Tracey McCabe

Frederick County Public Schools welcomed students on August 25th. Here students from Centerville Elementary walk to school with their parents, cameras in hand to capture first day 
of school photos.

By Rachel Thurman Turkey, chips, string cheese and other school lunch treats are being bought by the bag full because Aug. 25 marked the first day back to school for Frederick County Public School (FCPS) teachers and students. Urbana area…

UHS Band Camp Launches Season

Photo | Shannon Wagner


Frederick County Public Schools opened their doors on a sunshiny Monday, Aug. 25, for the new school year, welcoming more than 40,000 students across the county. Long before this date, 80 Urbana High School students were hard at work spending 12-hour days training, drilling and marching as part of the Mighty Hawks Marching Band.

By Rishub Nahar In Urbana’s late summer months, residents may hear a distant buzz emanating from Urbana High School (UHS). While some may call it a cacophony, it is in fact the sound of progress as the Urbana High School…

Police Blotter

Compiled by Kristy Crawford and Bethany E. Starin Law and Safety Event Promotes Safety in Urbana The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office hosted three community events in early August, called National Night Out and Open House. The first event was held…

Your Views

Local Response Farrell Keough, a long time supporter of burning garbage and tires correctly, stated in a prior edition that Jan Gardner signed the Energy Recovery Agreement as she did all the agreements associated with the planned $3 billion garbage…

Your Views

Education More Than a Test Thanks to Kristy Crawford for her July article on the Urbana woman who reluctantly gave up teaching because our approach of “teaching to the test” is failing to educate our children effectively. We would like to…

Are Apps Good For Babies?

By Robyn Monaco Is there a parent among us who hasn’t downloaded an “educational” app for our baby or toddler? I did for a flight from Baltimore to Rapid City, S.D., with a four-hour layover in between. It seemed like…

Ultimate Frisbee Gains Popularity in Urbana

Photo | Rishub Nahar

Ultimate Frisbee is a growing sport in Urbana and a recent game included (from left to right) Soham Roy, Nicholas Danner, Bhasswanth Portalanka and Navneeth Babra.

By Rishub Nahar On a summer evening in Urbana, you’ll find swirling disks cutting through air and whistling through space outside Centerville Elementary School. You can see about 30 sweat-drenched players pumping endless adrenalin, massive arrays of skills and personalities…