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Worcester County seeks public participation with food drive

WORCESTER COUNTY–Worcester County Volunteer Services and Liquor Control are hosting a canned food drive for the Maryland Food Bank, Jan. 27-Feb. 7. All county employees and the public are invited to participate. Canned food items can be deposited in specially-marked Maryland Food Bank barrels at these participating locations:   •Worcester County Jail in Snow Hill… Read more »

OPA and Sam’s Club to continue membership offer through 2014

OCEAN PINES–Sam’s Club will continue to partner with the Ocean Pines Association to bring a special membership offer to benefit area residents and the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department.  The offer, which was originally scheduled to end in December, has now been extended through 2014. The benefits of this offer include receiving a $10 gift card… Read more »

Clerk of Court Steve Hales plans to retire after 28 years

WORCESTER COUNTY–After 28 years of being an elected public official serving the citizens of Worcester County, Clerk of Court Steve Hales is retiring instead of running for re-election this year. “It’s the hardest decision I ever made in my life,” Hales said last Friday. “I fell in love with the office and the people we… Read more »

Town okays container ban boundary zone expansion

BERLIN—The Town Council voted to approve an expansion of the container ban boundary zone to include a broader swath of town businesses beyond those directly on Main Street, at the request of Economic Development Director Michael Day on Jan. 27. During special town events, physical barriers are placed at the north end of Main Street… Read more »

Operating, capital project proposals for FY 2015

MARYLAND—As the General Assembly begins its 2014 session, legislators will deliberate proposed allocations for state aid to Worcester County totaling more than $35.8 million, a 2.1 percent increase from the roughly $35.1 million amount that was appropriated to the county for fiscal year 2014. The amount proposed for fiscal 2015 represents $695 per county resident… Read more »

OP committee likely to ask board to wait on proposals

OCEAN PINES—The Budget and Finance Committee is expected to meet on Jan. 30 to hash out the final version of its recommendation letter to the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors on the proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget, Committee Chairman Dennis Hudson said on Jan. 28. Although no draft of the letter was released, Hudson… Read more »

Cathell, county’s Register of Wills, files for fifth term

WORCESTER COUNTY–Charlotte Kerbin Cathell, register of wills for Worcester County, has filed for re-election. She has served the citizens of Worcester County for four terms and takes pride in the knowledgeable, professional and friendly constituent service provided by her office.  When asked why she has filed for re-election, Cathell said, “I love my job –… Read more »

Taylor executive director of youth, family services

BERLIN—When Steven Taylor decided to step back a bit from his daily management duties as co-owner of Ayers Creek Adventures to succeed Teresa Fields as executive director of Worcester Youth and Family Services on Jan. 6 he became the second man to hold that post in the organization’s history. In doing so, Taylor is returning… Read more »

Assistance Program offers outreach, education events

SNOW HILL–The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program has an ongoing outreach and education campaign to reach uninsured residents in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The program held 36 public and private outreach events to educate communities about Maryland’s health insurance exchange and the local consumer assistance program. Throughout February, staff will continue to provide… Read more »

Farlow to run for Worcester County State’s Attorney post

WORCESTER COUNTY–Attorney Mike Farlow wants to return to the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office. Farlow, a Democrat, was deputy state’s attorney for eight years under former State’s Attorney Joel Todd and is now seeking election to replace State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby, a Republican. “I loved the position,” Farlow said last Friday. “I loved helping victims,… Read more »