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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Farm Bureau says the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is down this year compared to 2014.

The bureau said Thursday a traditional meal for 10 adults with turkey and all the trimmings should cost $44.52, compared to $42.59 last year.

The price also includes dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a tray of carrots and celery, milk, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Prices vary depending on the location.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County officials have introduced a mobile app that sends emergency alerts to residents.

Carroll Emergency Management assistant coordinator Valerie Hawkins tells the Carroll County Times  that the app, known as Prepare Me Carroll, is meant to inform residents of events like flash floods, road closures and power outages in an easy and timely manner. It sends push notifications to users to issue safety reminders when hazardous weather is imminent.


WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Officials say 21 bridges in Carroll County that are too short to get federal funding will be inspected through a deal between the county and the state.

The county's Board of Commissioners recently gave the Bureau of Engineering approval for a pact with State Highway Administration to inspect the 21 bridges.

Debbie Butler, chief of the bureau, tells The Carroll County Times bridges longer than 20 feet are covered by federal funding.

The cost to inspect the short bridges is more than $50,000.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County law enforcement and public-health officials are initiating a crisis intervention team to safely manage people with mental illness.

The event Friday in Westminster adds Carroll County to at least five other Maryland jurisdictions that have embraced the concept.

Team members include law-enforcement officers who have been trained to compassionately manage people who are suffering from a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The opposing parties in a Maryland public prayer lawsuit say their attempt to negotiate a settlement has failed.

Attorneys for Carroll County and the American Humanist Association filed the status report Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

They remain divided on the correct interpretation of a Supreme Court ruling in May allowing clergy to invoke specific deities in opening prayers at government meetings.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The federal government has decided not to use a vacant Army Reserve building in Westminster to temporarily house immigrant children after objections from Carroll County officials.

A spokesman for Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris tells WBAL Radio that the congressman was notified late Saturday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided not to use the Westminster facility.

MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) - A tree fell at a summer camp during a strong thunderstorm, killing one child and injuring six others.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s office says that a storm struck about 7 p.m. last night when about 114 children ages 7 to 12 were attending an event at a hillside pavilion in the River Valley Ranch camp in Manchester.

As the storm approached, the children were brought to a nearby shelter on the hill.

Authorities say the tree fell on them when they were en route, injuring seven children.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The Carroll County Commissioners are reviewing their prayer policy in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The agenda for Thursday's meeting in Westminster includes a discussion of the board's April decision limiting opening prayers at public meetings to nonsectarian invocations. The decision followed a federal court order barring the commissioners from opening meetings with overtly Christian prayers.

In a ruling Monday, the Supreme Court approved of Christian opening prayers said by clergy at public meetings in the town of Greece, New York.

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A federal judge in Baltimore is lifting an order barring Christian prayers at the opening of government meetings in Carroll County, Maryland.

Judge William Quarles vacated his March 25 preliminary injunction Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Christian prayers at town board meetings in Greece, New York.

The plaintiffs in the Maryland case say they won't be deterred.

Attorney David Niose of the American Humanist Association says the two cases are factually different.

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SCHOOLEY'S MOUNTAIN, N.J. (AP) - Family and friends are saying goodbye to an Ocean City, Md., police officer killed when a small plane crashed into the ocean off the resort town.

Funeral services for 27-year-old Joshua Adickes of Berlin, Md., are being held Tuesday at Highlands Presbyterian Church in Schooley's Mountain, N.J. A burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery and a reception will be held at Schooley's Mountain Fire Company.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County may soon reverse a ban on guns at the county's solid waste facilities in response to a Second Amendment group's objections.

The Carroll County Times reports that the Board of Commissioners decided without a vote Tuesday to remove the county's 1992 prohibition on allowing people to carry firearms at facilities like the Northern Landfill in Westminster. The county attorney will create an amendment to the county code.

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The Carroll County Commissioners are deciding whether to make English the official language of the county government.

The vote Thursday in Westminster caps four months of debate.

The resolution was introduced to the all-Republican board in September by Commissioner Haven Shoemaker. If approved, Carroll would join Frederick and Queen Anne's counties in adopting such a policy.

Proponents say the measure would send a message that illegal immigrants aren't welcome in the county.