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Divisiveness reigns during Brett Hill era in Ocean Pines

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 28, 2017) While there was no shortage of political lightning rods in Washington during 2017, Ocean Pines saw its own share of intrigue as Brett Hill, a fresh face during the election the previous August, swiftly assumed a pivotal role as both board member and interim general manager. Hill… Read more »

Pocomoke City digs deep for water solution

By Greg Ellison, Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2017) As Pocomoke officials pushed toward two solutions to address decades-old water quality issues in 2017, residents are holding out hope red-tinged flow from their faucets will soon become a distant memory. In early December, City Manager Bobby Cowger said public work crews would be removing underground water… Read more »

Berlin officials will look into downtown parking problems


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 21, 2017) Hoping to address parking concerns downtown, Berlin officials are considering the inclusion of a parking study in the next fiscal year’s budget. “There’s lots of conversations going on around parking and the need for additional parking,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said. “The town is looking at the… Read more »

Snow Hill’s burgeoning art scene


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 21, 2017) For a town of about 2,100, an unusually high number of artists live and work in Snow Hill. A rough estimate is that about two-dozen people are creating art or running studios and galleries, while the works artists create and galleries shows range from blown glass to… Read more »

After fire, Berlin family will rebuild


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 21, 2017) Hank and Julie Koenig of Berlin are rebuilding their home, following a fire at their 100-year-old residence on South Main Street last week that destroyed family heirlooms and claimed the lives of two beloved housecats. The home, built in 1914 and known locally as “The Pruitt House,”… Read more »

Praying for Christmas miracle in Pocomoke

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) Pocomoke City citizens are hoping for a Christmas miracle, as Mayor Bruce Morrison recovers from a subdural hematoma, or traumatic brain injury, in a hospital in Delaware. Morrison, according to town officials, was taken by ambulance from his home during the early morning on Nov. 29 to… Read more »

Full house hears renovation pitch for Snow Hill’s Sturgis

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) Representatives of Annapolis-based landscape architects Campion Hruby presented several ambitious renovation concepts for Sturgis Park in Snow Hill at a well-attended public meeting last Tuesday. Three named proposals were shown, with focuses ranging from ecological to civic, and each was designed to make use of the view… Read more »

Pocomoke Chief Harden asks for more PD officers

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) Pocomoke Police Chief William Harden wants at least one more police officer on staff, advising the City Council last Monday that only two officers generally patrol the entire town. According to the department’s most recent crime statistics Pocomoke Police answered 20,503 calls for service from Jan. 1… Read more »

Auditors: ‘financial health of the town appears strong’

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) The Town of Berlin is in strong financial position, according to a fiscal year 2017 audit report by Salisbury firm PKS & Company. Berlin received an unmodified or clean opinion, which is the highest level of assurance given, PKS partner Michael Kleger told the Town Council Monday… Read more »

Executive council works to reopen communication

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) Communication channels between committees, department heads and the general manager were reopened at the Ocean Pines Association Executive Council meeting last Monday at the Tern Grille. The executive council — the board of directors and various committee chairs — generally convenes once or twice a year with… Read more »