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Nock elected to Pocomoke Council

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 5, 2018) Pocomoke City native Todd Nock on Tuesday became the youngest city councilman in recent memory, besting challenger Ryan Hurley 66-25 in the contest for District 4. Results were announced inside the Pocomoke Library just after 7 p.m., when polls closed. Waiting inside were the two candidates, and… Read more »

Snow Hill landmark finds tenant

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 29, 2018) It was a family affair on Tuesday, as representatives from Community Behavior Health signed a memorandum of understanding to bring a wide range of mental health care services to the old Oscar Purnell Mansion on 107 East Market Street in Snow Hill. The practice will essentially get the… Read more »

Berlin recovery house to regroup

After pulling zoning appeals application, group will seek another location in town By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 29, 2018) Hope4Recovery last week pulled its application with the Berlin Board of Zoning Appeals to establish a certified recovery house on William Street in Berlin. Members of the board of directors on Saturday said they would… Read more »

Ocean Pines F&B contract not yet inked

Closed session on Monday not enough to close deal By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 29, 2018) No agreement was reached on a contract for Ocean Pines food and beverage management during a closed session discussion Monday night. General Manager John Bailey, in an emailed statement Monday evening, said, “The Board had a great discussion… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: South county edition ends

The Bayside Gazette is ending its southern Worcester County edition after this week, but not before acknowledging the support it received from readers and the leadership in that area. Officials and residents of Snow Hill and Pocomoke were not only receptive to our venture, but did whatever they could to help us establish ourselves. Readers… Read more »

Coming soon: slew of Berlin events

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 22, 2018) Berlin’s first major event of the year, the Berlin Spring Celebration next Saturday, will start a slew of happenings in town that will run all the way to Dec. 31. “Right now it’s the quiet before the storm,” Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said. “And… Read more »

Snow Hill Police Chief Davis talks police responsiveness

Says office generally very reactive; stresses need to report crimes immediately By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 22, 2018) Although residents at the last two Snow Hill Town Council meetings complained about communication issues with local police, Snow Hill Police Chief Tom Davis said his office is generally very reactive, with an average response time… Read more »

UPDATED: Berlin rehab center withdrawn

By Kara Hallissey, staff writer, and Josh Davis, associate editor (March 23, 2018) A proposal for a rehabilitation center on William Street in Berlin was apparently withdrawn on Thursday by the applicant. The home would have required approval by the Berlin Board of Zoning Appeals, but Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart said Patrice Hamilton-Ottey of… Read more »

Ocean Pines GM weighs in on audit and budget deficit

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 22, 2018) It’s a popular misconception the projected $2 million budget deficit in Ocean Pines is somehow connected to multiple theft allegations that recently led to approval of a forensic audit, General Manager John Bailey said this week. “The [deficit] is dealing with red ink in the current year… Read more »

Tinkergarten ask sparks debate on public, private use

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 15, 2018) Using public parks for private gain sparked some contention at Monday’s Berlin Town Council meeting, as elected officials weighed in on both sides of the issue. Resident Alison Giska, a literacy coach with the Worcester County Board of Education, asked about using town parks for Tinkergarten classes, a… Read more »