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Local Development Council Discusses uses for Slots Funds

SNOW HILL – Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan was elected chairman of the Local Development Council for Ocean Downs Video Lottery Facility (LDC) by acclamation at the council’s organizational meeting Monday. The committee is comprised of community, business and public safety members from the municipalities as well as the unincorporated areas of Worcester County. County… Read more »

Town Considers Disbanding BUC

BERLIN – The week the Town Council issued a statement saying the group would begin considering disbanding the Berlin Utility Commission. Over the next three town meetings the council will hear first and second readings on the issue and take public comment before making a final decision, but the intent of the move is clearly… Read more »

Residents Want to Switch from Propane to Natural Gas

OCEAN PINES – In the era of political pressure coming to bear with relative ease, the notion of what can and can’t be done is more tied to will than ever before, or at least that’s what a loose configuration of Ocean Pines members and residents are hoping as they begin to try and pressure… Read more »

County not Getting a Square Deal from Annapolis

BERLIN – As part of her town meeting presentation, Judy Boggs invoked an Internet meme purportedly of Cicero’s rant against the dole and how to best rectify Rome’s financial troubles. Boggs said, that according to the famous Roman politician, “The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the… Read more »

OPA board approves $10 million budget

OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Association board of directors succeeded in passing a budget that reduces the assessment increase by $10 while retaining the contributions to reserves. The $35 increase supports a $10 million budget that retains several of General Manager Bob Thompson’s revenue-driving plans while reducing or eliminating others. “It’s a long road… Read more »

Sports Core pool has re-opened

OCEAN PINES – Working nonstop with the Public Works Department, the aquatics staff has completed repairs to three ladders, an underwater light, acid- washed the pool and refilled it with 161,000 gallons of fresh water in less than 48 hours. Sports Core indoor pool is open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. for open swim. There is… Read more »

AAA Mid-Atlantic: Will gas prices peak to $5 per gallon?

TOWSON – The national average price for a gallon of gas shot up four cents overnight, while Maryland’s average rose three cents, raising fears that pump prices will continue to escalate in the wake of the ongoing turmoil in Libya. Political unrest in the region is unnerving traders in future markets across the globe. Current… Read more »

Wind Energy Touted

BERLIN – State Sen. Jim Mathias’ appointment to the Senate Finance Committee didn’t take long to begin paying area dividends as the committee prepares to consider a bill that would make the area off the Ocean City coast the lynchpin of the state’s move toward energy independence. Mathias is a co-sponsor of the bill that… Read more »

Oglesby Reaches Settlement with Gulyas Lawsuit

SNOW HILL – Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby this week reached a settlement with creditor Thomas Gulyas. Oglesby was investigated by the Maryland Elections Committee after allegations that then-candidate Oglesby misappropriated funds from his 2006 campaign for the office. Gulyas was prevented from discussing the terms of the settlement because of a confidentiality agreement… Read more »