St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

Carter Gets Life in Prison for Murder of Estranged Wife

State's Attorney Richard Fritz announced that James Mitchell Carter, 46, of Church Drive, Great Mills, was sentenced on Friday, October 11, 2013, to life imprisonment for the February 19, 2013, First Degree premeditated murder of Kimberly Dawn Carter. Ms. Carter is survived by her five daughters.

Real Estate and Property Tax Deadline Extended

The St. Mary's County Treasurer's Office has announced a change to a year-end tax deadline.

The December 31, 2013 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax deadline has been extended to January 2, 2014.

The Treasurer's Office will be closed on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014. The office will reopen on Thursday January 2, 2014.

Responsible Alcohol Service Training to be Held in November

The Alcohol Beverage Board of St. Mary's County will offer its quarterly Responsible Alcohol Service Training (R.A.S.T.) class on Tuesday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The session will be held in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building on the Governmental Center Campus, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown.

R.A.S.T. teaches participants how to develop responsible alcohol policies, review issues identified by enforcement agencies and afford an opportunity to network with peers as well as county and state officials.

While the goal of R.A.S.T. is to educate servers, sellers, managers and owners in St. Mary's County on alcohol beverage regulatory compliance, it does not fulfill the state mandated alcohol awareness training certificate requirement.

R.A.S.T. is offered quarterly and is free of charge. However seating is limited. To RSVP for the November 26 R.A.S.T., or for more information, call 301-475-7844 ext. 1600m via fax to 301-475-3364 or by email to or see the attached flyer for more details.

R.A.S.T. is scheduled to be held in 2014 on February 25, May 27 and August 26.

Wicomico Shores Golf Course to Host Thanksgiving Day Charity Event

The staff of the Wicomico Shores Golf Course will host the thirteenth annual Thanksgiving Day charity golf event on Thursday, November 28, 2013. Golf Course staff will donate their time to open the course that day and will waive greens and cart fees for patrons who contribute various non-perishable food and household items for charity.

This year, donations will be given to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church food pantry. Located in the Laurel Grove area of Mechanicsville, the pantry assists citizens in need from all over St. Mary's County. The facility provides direct aid to individuals and families facing economic hardships and who are in need of temporary assistance with food and other household items.

Golf Course staff hope to exceed last year's event total of over 2,000 items collected. Traditionally, most players donate at least one bag of non-perishable groceries, including such items as canned fruits and vegetables, boxed mixes, soups, canned meats, pasta and noodles. Cash donations will also be accepted.

Patrons are encouraged to reserve tee times at least one week in advance. Tee times will be for morning hours only. Please call the Wicomico Shores Golf Course at (301) 884-4601 or (301) 934-8191 for further information on this event or to reserve tee times for your group.

Kris Kringle Christmas Market to Benefit Southern Maryland Food Pantry

Southern Marylanders will now have a new holiday tradition to enjoy. The first ever Kris Kringle Christmas Market!

The market will be modeled after the famous markets found in Germany. The event, taking place over two days, will feature lights, holiday food, crafts, shopping, music and more.

This family-friendly event, which takes place Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, will benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank. Cost of admission is one dollar or a donation of one non-perishable food item to the food bank.

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