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Mathias pledges to work with both parties

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Sen. Jim Mathias, a Democrat, said his approach to the final leg of the District 38 senate seat is simple – continue working with people and politicians on both sides of the aisle for the betterment of Marylanders. “I’ve worked with Republican governors, I’ve worked with Democratic governors,… Read more »

Carozza campaign highlights partnership with Gov. Hogan

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Delegate Mary Beth Carozza, a Republican, said she is unafraid to draw distinctions between herself and Democratic Sen. Jim Mathias in the campaign for the District 38 Maryland Senate seat. Carozza was elected four years ago to a newly created District 38C seat in the Maryland House of… Read more »

Falling out at local United Way

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Former United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore President & CEO Kathleen Mommé last week issued a statement regarding her apparent termination in July, while the nonprofit’s board released a statement disputing some of her claims. The Salisbury-based organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties with a… Read more »

Snow Hill man dies in car crash early on Sunday morning

Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) “Alcohol and speed” were factors in a crash that claimed the life of 32-year-old Russell Kenneth Mariner III of Snow Hill early Sunday morning, according to a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office news release. County police and the Berlin Fire Company at about 3 a.m. on Sunday responded to a… Read more »

Legislative study: Worcester taxes low, crime rates high

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Among the benefits of living in Worcester County are low tax rates and ample education spending, while the drawbacks are high crime and unemployment rates, and subpar income levels, according to a 2018 “Overview of Maryland Local Governments” study published by the Department of Legislative Services. Maryland, according… Read more »

Worcester rabies cases up, 18 confirmed so far this year

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Confirmed cases of rabies are up this year, a Worcester County Health Department official said on Tuesday, and pet owners are being encouraged to be vigilant in ensuring rabies vaccinations are up to date. The health department confirmed four cases of rabies last month: a raccoon in Berlin… Read more »

What to do with bulkhead staging?

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Waterfront lot owners in Ocean Pines could see a significant assessment increase if future bulkhead repair bid requests do not include the swim and racquet club park area as a staging ground, as has been the practice for more than a decade. Several homeowners, citing safety, environmental and… Read more »

Excepting write-in, Berlin incumbents assured of reelection

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) “At this point in time, it’s looking like we may not end up actually holding the election,” Administration Services Director Mary Bohlen said during a Berlin Board of Supervisors of Elections meeting Tuesday night. Three incumbents and no challengers filed for the Town Council election before the Sept…. Read more »

Heiser previews agenda for Berlin Town Council

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Worcester County State’s Attorney Elect Kris Heiser on Monday took the occasion of a Berlin Town Council meeting to introduce herself to town officials and the audience. Heiser is an Ocean City resident who had been working for the Wicomico County State’s Attorney office. She is also familiar… Read more »

Orientation over, directors focus on work session, Sat.

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) All seven members of the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last Friday took part in a nearly 10-hour orientation meeting that included legal and financial presentations, a meet-and-greet with department heads, tours of three facilities, and an extended brainstorming session on goals and priorities. The directors met at… Read more »