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Worcester County Commissioners candidates

(Nov. 1, 2018) With the Worcester County elections less than one weeks away, voters will see races in four districts. Profiles of the candidates in each district begin below: District 1 Merrill Lockfaw  Worcester County has been good to District 1 County Commissioner and lifelong resident 70-year-old Merrill Lockfaw. “It’s been very enjoyable working with… Read more »

Carozza eyes Sen. seat in election

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 1, 2018) Delegate Mary Beth Carozza, 57, says it’s about public service, not politics. “I deliberately don’t call it politics because that sounds like a game, and I think when you talk about public service, you’re letting the voters know that you’re in it for the right reasons,” she said…. Read more »

Addressing the Epidemic: Heroin and Opioids

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor  (Nov. 1, 2018) The heroin and opioid epidemic has touched most communities in Worcester County – and in Maryland. By all accounts, the face of addiction is the face of your neighbor. They are sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, veterans and star athletes. They are without a single race… Read more »

Agreement reached to drop Brett Hill’s election lawsuit

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) Terms to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Ocean Pines Association and a member of the board of directors have apparently been agreed upon. Former director and interim general manager Brett Hill filed the suit in June, alleging a violation of association bylaws after he was rejected as… Read more »

Gulf between golf, Director Daly

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) Remarks made by Ocean Pines Director Frank Daly dominated the public comment period of a board meeting on Saturday, as members of the golf community strongly objected to any notion of temporarily closing the course in order to save money, and a battle of words erupted between Daly… Read more »

Complaint letter targets OPA, county over Swim & Racquet Club

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) A complaint letter obtained this week by the Bayside Gazette was apparently sent to county and Ocean Pines officials on Oct. 8 regarding “Industrial Use at [the] Swim & Racquet Club.” Attorney Bruce Bright of the Ocean City law firm Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand asked that the… Read more »

Council approves BFC contract, but questions remain

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) The Berlin Town Council approved a $605,000 contract for services with the Berlin Fire Company and Berlin EMS on Monday, as Councilman Thom Gulyas, the lone dissenter in the 3-1 vote, sternly outlined the reasons for his “no” vote. The contract represents a significant increase in the town’s… Read more »

Mathews used to being calming presence for town

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 18, 2018) Once and future Snow Hill Mayor Stephen Mathews confirmed on Tuesday he would take over for departing Mayor Charlie Dorman, who will leave the post on Oct. 31. Mathews will be sworn in on Nov. 1 and will serve until a special election is held next May. Dorman… Read more »

Berlin honors baseball, softball all-stars

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 18, 2018) Along with the milestone of the 150th anniversary of the Town of Berlin’s incorporation, officials on Saturday also celebrated another historic event: a pair of state champion Little League teams. Nornie Bunting, Berlin Little League president, said the occasion of having state champions in both boys’ baseball and… Read more »

Turmoil in Snow Hill as mayor exits

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 15, 2018) The abrupt resignation last week of Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman wasn’t as simple as the “time to move on” scenario initially outlined in Dorman’s announcement. Statements released by Dorman and the Town Council this week revealed a strong disagreement between the mayor and council about how… Read more »