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County Revenue Projection Shows $200K Shortfall

SNOW HILL – Worcester County assistant finance officer Phil Thompson presented the Worcester County Board of Commissioners with his department’s revenue projection for the fiscal year 2012. While the assessable base will only decline about $1 million this year, for the 2013 fiscal year the assessable base may drop more than $1 billion, according to… Read more »

SHA crews pre-treat interstates in preparation for two-day ice event

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland State Highway Administration crews are preparing for a storm forecasted to begin later tonight and continue Tuesday with sleet, freezing rain and light snow possible through Wednesday morning. Motorists should be aware that even a thin layer of ice on the roadway can result in dangerous driving conditions. “Based on the latest forecast,… Read more »

OPA proposed budget includes fee increase

OCEAN PINES – Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson presented his proposed budget to the association members for 2011-2012 fiscal year. Although there will be more changes before February’s final approval, as it stands the $10 million budget includes a $45 assessment increase. The potential slots revenues will not be included in the coming… Read more »

Wild horse shot at Assateague

BERLIN – Superintendent Trish Kicklighter announced that one of the wild horses inhabiting Assateague Island National Seashore was shot and killed last weekend during a two day deer hunt.  The 28 year old horse was found dead by a hunter on Saturday, Jan. 15, and reported to park rangers the following day. An investigation is… Read more »

Berlin announces planned power outages

From the Town of Berlin’s Facebook page:   Town of Berlin Maryland The Berlin Electric Department will be relocating seven existing utility poles to enable a new sidewalk to be installed from Showell Street to Henry Park on Flower Street. This work will require short duration scheduled outages to neighborhood electrical services during the relocation process…. Read more »

Group wants to bypass Liquor Control Board

SNOW HILL — The Worcester County Alliance for Fair Markets (WCAFM) is a business association formed with the aim of allowing liquor license holders to purchase beer, liquor and wine from wholesalers other than the Worcester County Liquor Control Board (LCB). Joe Moore, attorney for the WCAFM, testified before the Worcester County Commissioners seeking their… Read more »

Downtown wall stabilized; Goobers still open

BERLIN — It was early December when Fred Fields, a subcontractor who often does work for local businessman Jack Burbage, got to work shoring up the wall in the property across from town hall. The work was the result of something Fields noticed during a regular inspection of the property and, as far as Fields… Read more »

Slots: Where does the money go?

BERLIN — While attendance has fluctuated at the Casino at Ocean Downs, the slots parlor is already emerging as a leisure destination for locals and, at the very least, a curiosity-satisfying stop for visitors. As the winter turns to spring then summer state lottery officials will be able to get a better estimate of the… Read more »

Town Plans to Lower Electric Bills

BERLIN – Two years ago the Town Council was told that there was no way to get a fair deal for the town electric company rate payers unless they committed to a long term power purchase agreement. This week the mayor and council voted to seek a new shorter term deal after two years of… Read more »

Worcester County Developmental Center Opens New Facility

NEWARK — The Worcester County Developmental Center has always been about self-sufficiency in their operations as well as their training programs. So in designing the new center, which opened this week, everyone involved wanted to make sure they could not only grow, but move toward a more self-sustaining model and train their clients to do… Read more »