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Safety concerns at county schools

Worcester scrambles to plug security holes after Florida shooting incident By Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) With all eyes focused on school safety after the latest in an ongoing series of gun-related massacres at schools across the country, plus the efficacy with which social media can recycle old information and present it as… Read more »

Emotional support group meeting in Pines

Next session scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, at OPA Community Center on Pkwy By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) A personal tragedy last year led Berlin resident Colby Phillips to launch the Renee Gavas Emotional Support Group. Phillips said a friend called looking for such a group last summer, a place where she… Read more »

Hill accounts differ from board, Ocean Pines Police chief

Former director and interim GM make letters public By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) A war of words between the Ocean Pines Board of Directors and former director and interim general manager Brett Hill escalated last week, as Hill forwarded to local media a letter from the board to him and his nearly… Read more »

City seeking grant funding to rehabilitate old armory

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) While Pocomoke City Planning Director Dan Brandewie said on Monday he was pursuing grants to rehabilitate the old armory building, some residents are apparently already putting in work to make the gym usable for children’s programs. Conditions inside the building, however, are not favorable and several City… Read more »

Cowger: Bullets flying everywhere

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) A shooting at the Pocomoke American Legion last month was apparently not an isolated event, based on discussion during a Pocomoke City Council meeting Monday night. According to a police report, Pocomoke Police were dispatched at about 1 a.m. on Feb. 18 and found multiple gunshots had… Read more »

Batie opens new law office inside Rt. 611 Decatur Business Ctr.

(March 8, 2018) Marianna Batie, an Eastern Shore native with 15 years experience practicing law, has opened an office in West Ocean City. The firm will represent clients in a range of legal matters, including but not limited to: Wills and Trusts, estate administration, business formations, sales and purchases of businesses, Medicaid applications, formation of… Read more »

Cook files again for Snow Hill Eastern Dist.

Incumbent will seek third term; prioritizes revitalizing downtown and Sturgis Park By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) Eastern District Snow Hill Councilwoman Alison Cook, 40, has filed for reelection, citing downtown revitalization as a key priority of her campaign. A New Jersey native, Cook moved to Snow Hill in March 2008. She is… Read more »

Multi-burglary suspect sentenced to 15 yrs.

Visiting Pocomoke Council Bill McDermott announces ‘exceptional’ court outcome By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) Interim State’s Attorney Bill McDermott took the occasion of his visit to the Pocomoke City Council Monday night to publicly announce a significant prosecutorial outcome. “Laquan Townsend, who was arrested some time ago … had a lot to… Read more »

OP Chamber to host business expo

Eighth annual event held at Ocean Downs Casino, March 15 from 4-7 p.m. (March 8, 2018) The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce will hold the eighth annual Chamber Business Expo on Thursday, March 15 from 4-7 p.m. at the new event space at Ocean Downs Casino. Ocean Downs is the title and event sponsor of… Read more »

Pocomoke Chamber on rebound

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) The Pocomoke Chamber of Commerce suffered some setbacks last year, but Chamber President Michelle Redinger said the organization is working to bounce back. Old phone numbers for the chamber have been disconnected and emails as recently as last week were returned with the message, “The Pocomoke Chamber… Read more »