1. Flooding on May 15 resulted in the Frederick Police Department receiving 133 calls for service between 7 p.m. and midnight. Parts of Frederick saw more than half a foot of rain fall. The flooding caused approximately $6 million in infrastructure damage and 44 road closures. Another $16 million in damage was estimated for residences and businesses.
2. The 2018 midterms saw a "blue wave" across the country, flipping control of the House of Representatives to Democrats. A smaller "blue wave" hit Frederick County and flipped one seat in Frederick's state delegation to even out the balance of power. The balance of power on the county council flipped to the Democrats as well. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Republican Sheriff Chuck Jenkins were able to withstand increased Democratic turnout to earn re-election.
3. In May, FCC faculty affirmed a vote of no confidence in the leadership of college President Elizabeth Burmaster. Dozens of FCC faculty expressed concerns with Burmaster's leadership including alleging complaints of bullying, and verbal abuse. A News-Post investigation found a history of similar complaints about Burmaster dating back to 1994. In October, the college's board of trustees voted to request independent investigations into the president's behavior.
4. Oakdale High School earned its first state title for football with a 35-7 victory over Glenelg. Kent State-bound quarterback Colin Schlee threw for 210 yards and ran for 89 yards in his final game as a Bear.
5. Students across the country, including at several schools in Frederick County, participated in school walkouts to protest gun violence in March. More than 2,200 FCPS students walked out and hundreds more participated in some other form of demonstration against gun violence. Students at Brunswick High School stayed inside the auditorium and wrote letters to legislators. Frederick High School had students write their thoughts on post-it notes and hang them up around the school.
6. The H3N2 strain of the flu made flu season particularly bad at the beginning of 2018. Hospitals restricted visitors, and the vaccine was largely ineffective. It had killed 54 children nationwide by February. Colleen Morin, a popular bartender at Firestone's Culinary Tavern died from the flu in late January, rocking much of the restaurant community in downtown Frederick. She was 41.
7. A riot broke out at the Victor Cullen juvenile detention facility in April and resulted in injuries to eight employees. Eight juveniles were involved. Three of them were indicted and one was sentenced to five years in prison. An independent report was released in early December that stated the employees played a role in sparking the violence.
8. Maryland’s boundaries for the 6th Congressional District, which includes parts of Frederick, were deemed by a federal panel of judges to be unfairly drawn to benefit the Democratic party in elections. The panel ordered the lines be redrawn before the 2020 election and Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed nine people to a bipartisan commission to handle redrawing the lines. Frederick County residents Walter Olson and Deborah Lundahl were appointed to the commission.
9. A more-than-two-year battle between environmentalists and property owners on the Monocacy River continues to wage as the river management plan is being updated. The plan should come before the council in the near future. Past council President Bud Otis chose to not have the council's final act be to vote on the plan.
10. Fatal overdoses from heroin and opioids are likely to top 2017 numbers. As of Nov. 30, there have been 51 fatal overdoses, which equals the number of overdoses in all of 2017. However, total overdoses and non-fatal overdoses are trending down in 2018, so far. There were 254 non-fatal overdoses through Nov. 30, compared to 291 in 2017. In an effort to provide support to those fighting opioid addiction, the county has proposed a plan to use a portion of the work release center as a detox center.