To the convictions levied against Cecil County State’s Attorney Ellis Rollins III, who now awaits sentencing after a long six months of preparing for the case that concluded last Friday. Four Pennsylvania women testified that, from their adjacent hotel, they witnessed Rollins suggestively dance naked and masturbate directly in front of the sliding glass door of his high-rise Ocean City hotel on several occasions while he was attending the Maryland State’s Attorneys Association convention. The fallout has undoubtedly distressed life and work in his office after he recused himself from prosecuting while the case was pending. The embarrassing and now criminal episode shines another unflattering light on the Cecil County community to a regional audience.
To the retirement of longtime Cecil Whig reporter Cheryl Mattix, who will leave full-time work at the end of the year. Mattix has reported for the Whig and its sister publications for nearly 32 years and while we support her in her new endeavors, we cannot help but add our sadness in her departure. It is softened by her choice to stay involved through continuing to write her weekly “Mattix on Matters” column, but we’ll surely miss seeing her in our newsroom each day. Mattix has been a foundation who many have attached themselves to through decades of changes at the Whig. She’s unquestionably been a mentor to scores of journalists who have penned its pages. So to Cheryl, we offer our everlasting gratitude.
To the news that the errors from the Maryland Comptroller Office’s local income tax payments between 2010 and 2014 resulted in a more than $340,000 debt for North East. The town’s director of finance and administration said the total is equatable to almost an entire year’s income tax revenue for the town. The statewide error came to light after several special taxing districts in various counties began to realize they were not getting their fair share of income tax revenue. An audit then revealed that while the state collected the right amount of money from taxpayers, taxpayers were not always classified in the proper taxing districts. The problem stems from misinformed residents who filed with the wrong info and was compounded over the years without necessary oversights. The only good news in the mess is that repayments of the money don’t have to start until 2024, with one-tenth of that total amount taken every year, but it likely means the town can expect leaner years in the late 2020s.