Law enforcement officials seek new marijuana restrictions

Wicomico County is poised to become just the second jurisdiction in Maryland to crack down on marijuana use in public. The County Council recently heard an appeal from Sheriff Mike Lewis and State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes, who want county leaders to implement a measure that places medical marijuana in the same enforcement arena as alcohol. […]

Mardela school scrapped for now from spending plan

Highly anticipated plans for a new middle and high school complex in Mardela Springs appear either dead or significantly delayed for now. Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has officially removed more than $40 million in capital monies expected to be disbursed over five years for a new school to serve the western side of the […]

Council, Culver enter war footing on hirings

Appointments of key Wicomico officials have reached a new level of consternation as the County Council is standing up to County Executive and refusing to greenlight at least three hires he has made. At the council’s first meeting of the new year, members took an assortment of actions that push back on County Executive Bob […]

Wicomico HR Director hiring sees complications

These days within the Wicomico County government, not even the hiring of a new Human Resources Director is an easy proposition. When County Executive Bob Culver personally presented his choice to lead the department that oversees the policies affecting the nearly 600 full-time county government employees, he told County Council members that he was there […]

Opinions diverge in Wicomico Attorney ordeal

Who should serve as County Attorney isn’t exactly a burning issue within the citizenry of Wicomico County, but it is the centerpiece debate at the heart of the legislative-executive dysfunction under way in the Government Office Building. A layman’s reading on the County Charter is pretty clear. As adopted in 2004, the Charter says the […]

Culver forecasts tax hike depending on state actions

County Executive Bob Culver hit on a sour note last week during a public input session for Wicomico’s capital spending plans. In a meeting held last Tuesday night at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center that was dominated by requests for funding of Mardela High School rebuilding and renovations, Culver suggested that imminent pressure on […]

School commission’s ideals applauded, costs decried

Wicomico County public schools would have to spend an additional $83.2 million over a 10-year period to meet the goals of a state panel charged with improving education. The county’s contribution to that effort would be an extra $9.4 million over the decade, beginning in 2020. State coffers would finance the remaining $73.8 million Wicomico […]

Lobbyist hiring comes as surprise to County Council

Some long-building tensions came spilling into public last week, as evidenced by a barking match between Wicomico’s County Executive and Council President. The drop that made the governmental cup runneth over pertained to County Executive Bob Culver’s decision to hire a lobbyist to aid the county’s business in Annapolis, and his apparent failure to tell […]

Salisbury Rising 2019: Powell Building a big project

The last truly large “to-be-developed” building in Downtown Salisbury is undergoing a renaissance that serves to symbolize the next stage of the city’s rising progress. Brad Gillis, and Chris and Joey Gilkerson – the Development Office leaders of Gillis Gilkerson – are injecting new life and imagining new purposes for the Powell Building, located on […]

Culver defends letter on Folk Festival alcohol permit

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said Monday that he enjoyed attending this year’s National Folk Festival, has a friendly relationship with Salisbury’s mayor, and that he was only trying to protect local decision-making authority when he wrote that a top-ranking state official had committed an “unlawful action” regarding the event. In a 75-minute news conference […]

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