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New Options for Moving Violations in Maryland

BERLIN – Practical judicial innovation is pretty rare, and for good reasons. Unlike the private sector, government, and especially the judicial branch, have particular responsibilities that must be met regardless of cost. But a newly passed law enacted this week solves a fundamentally weak procedural problem while not significantly reducing a person’s right to a… Read more »

County Honors Civic Leader

SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Board of Commissioners were sworn in at a ceremony Tuesday morning and welcomed new commissioners Jim Bunting representing District 6 and Merrill W. Lockfaw Jr. representing District 1. The commissioners approved a request to honor recently deceased civic leader Tom Patton by renaming the road that leads past the… Read more »

Animal Control Seeks Pet Food Donations

SNOW HILL – Animal Control officers kicked off the second annual Secret Santa Pet Food Drive this week by asking residents and businesses to help them provide nourishment to hungry pets this winter.  Small bags of cat and dog food are needed and can be delivered to Worcester County Animal Control (WCAC) in Snow Hill… Read more »

Angels in America

OCEAN PINES – Although Angel Food Ministries has been round for more than 15 years, the reduced-price food program made its way into the Community Church at Ocean Pines almost by accident a little more than two years ago. Since then it has grown to become a significant force against food hardship in the area…. Read more »

Parents Beware — Many Toys Still Toxic, Hazardous

SALISBURY – Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, Maryland Public Interest Research Group recently announced in its 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report.  Maryland PIRG released its report, which reveals the results of laboratory testing for toxic chemicals and identifies toys that pose choking hazards, with Tammy Griffin of… Read more »

First Grader a State Champion on Racetrack

BERLIN – Some kids learn to swing a bat when they’re 2 years old. Other kids learn to throw a football. When Kobe VanFossen turned two his father, Scott, took him out in the back yard and taught him to race four-wheelers. A year later VanFossen was racing competitively and has become a perennial name… Read more »

State Fire Marshal Campaigning for Residential Sprinklers

BERLIN – Maryland State Fire Marshal William Barnard has been testifying at more town and county meetings than he can recall in an effort to convince legislators not to opt out of a 2009 change to the building code requiring sprinkler systems in new construction of single and double family residences.  It’s a measure that’s… Read more »

Local Men Charged with Jacklighting

On Nov. 24, at 10:15 p.m., NRP charged three individuals with jacklighting after the vehicle they were riding in was observed shining the vehicle’s headlights onto fields and woodland along Newark and Williams Church Roads. NRP charged Michael Cori Cluster, 26, of Berlin, Franklin Timothy Brinker, 21, of Selbyville, Del., and Robert Howard Patterson III,… Read more »

Better Business Bureau Offers Cyber Monday Safety Tips

BALTIMORE – Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, has officially replaced Black Friday as the most popular day to shop for the holidays.  Shopping online means avoiding the crowds, but it also opens the buyer up to attacks from scammers and hackers. In order to fight these online grinches, Better Business Bureau | Greater Maryland… Read more »

SHA is Ready to Keep Eastern Shore Roads Safe During Winter

ANNAPOLIS – The memory of mountains of snow piled along highways still lingers in the minds of Marylanders and those who drove through the region last winter. While no one wants a repeat of those paralyzing storms, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has tuned up equipment, stocked up on supplies and… Read more »