New legislators are sworn into office as General Assembly opens
Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:11

New legislators are sworn into office as General Assembly opens

 by Ben Boehl

    It is official. state Sen. Johnny Ray Salling and delegates Robin Grammer, Bob Long and Ric Metzgar are officially members of the Maryland General Assembly
    All four were sworn into office on Jan. 14 in a ceremony witnessed by family and friends.
    Salling, who will serve on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, called the moment “unbelievable. I’m really happy and honored that the people of the 6th District have picked me,” he said. “I’m thrilled to be here, and this is a great opportunity for the 6th District.”
    In the House, both Long and Metzgar will serve on the Ways and Means Committee, while Grammer will serve on the Appropriations Committee.
    “It’s been a lot of work, but it has been a lot of fun, too,” Long said of his first week in office.
    “It is humbling just to be a lawmaker.”

Payne Trucking drives into Dundalk area with jobs
Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:03

Virginia-based company hopes to bring 25 new jobs to area

 by Ben Boehl

    A little at a time, the future of the Dundalk-Edgemere region’s economy may be coming into view. 
    The Eagle reported in December that FedEx was looking into building a new distribution center at the former steel mill site. While FedEx has not yet made any official commitment, another shipping concern is already up and running locally.
    Payne Trucking, based in Fredericksburg, Va., has opened a new facility at 8225 Fischer Road, occupying the five acres and the 10,000-square-foot facility at the former Robbins Motor Transportation Company site since Dec. 31.
    Company president Daniel Payne started the trucking service in Virginia in 1971 and says the company is committed to Maryland.
    “’We have served the Baltimore area for the last 10 years. We were renting at Locust Point for two years, but we were still looking for something,” Payne said. “We wanted to be in Sparrows Point for the [future development of the area].”

New Keyway owners seeking to improve complex’s reputation
Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:32

$1.5 million in renovations, security upgrades at site

 by Nicole Rodman

    It is no secret that Keyway Apartments has suffered from a bad reputation.
    Complaints of trash accumulation, drug activity and poor maintenance have plagued the Willow Spring Road complex for years.
    A new owner, however, is seeking to change that.
    In October 2012, Keyway Management, LLC purchased the complex from then-owner Progressive Properties for $2.5 million.
    In November 2013, Keyway Management was acquired by current owner New Charm City Development, LLC.
    From the beginning, New Charm City Development sought to bring big changes to the rundown property.
    “The apartments were in horrible condition,” said Jenny McVey, director of operations for New Charm City Development.
    “They basically took over these apartments and completely renovated them,” she said of the new owner.
    According to John McIntyre, vice president of New Charm City Development, the company invested $1.5 million into renovations at Keyway.

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