The auditorium of Garrett College was the setting for a candidates forum, held Monday evening and sponsored by The Republican newspaper. Candidates for county commissioner, the Garrett County Board of Education, and Garrett County sheriff responded to a wide variety of questions submitted by the audience. Topics ranged from fracking to Deep Creek Lake to funding for education to jobs/economic development to the problem of illegal drug use in the county, among others. The entire 2-hour forum can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WLSRwh2hek&feature=youtu.be. Pictured on the stage, from left, are sheriff candidates Skyler Hebden and incumbent Rob Corley; county commissioner candidates Bob Gatto, Jim Hinebaugh, James "Smokey" Stanton, Bill Welch, April Hebden, Paul Edwards, Larry Tichnell, and Leo Martin; and board of education candidates Fred Gregg, Stuart Harvey, and Monika Rinker. At the podium is Don Sincell, editor of The Republican, who moderated the program. Early voting for the 2014 general election began this morning. Early and absentee votes will be combined with ballots cast on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, to determine final results. To see today's entire issue, click on "Your Virtual Newspaper" above.
Today is Oct. 23, 2014.