Culver seeking new funding for Beaver Run project

County Executive Bob Culver is sticking by his declaration that Beaver Run Elementary School construction bond borrowing can’t begin this year, even as the County Council is publicly insisting the executive is wrong. In a letter dated June 13 and addressed to county schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin, Council President John Cannon labels Culver’s assertions […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, June 20, 1969

Friday, June 20, 1969 — Swimming, fishing and boating are prohibited on Johnson’s Lake for the next several days as county officials undertake an emergency cleanup effort. Wicomico Parks Director Lorne Rickert asked city Public Works Director Philip C. Cooper to have his crews open the dam gates near Isabella Street to lower the lake’s […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, June 13, 1985

Thursday, June 13, 1985 Despite scattered rain throughout the weekend, the 37th annual Delmarva Chicken Festival was ruled a huge success. Festival Chairman Robbin Gray said the attendance figures were near record levels. He said the rainy weather might have actually helped the event held on the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center grounds. “People couldn’t […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, June 6, 1981

Saturday, June 6, 1981 — Teachers representatives from each Wicomico County school have announced that their colleagues will no longer extend volunteer time for school extracurricular activities if their 9 percent negotiated pay increase — cut to a 7 percent hike by the County Council in recent budget discussions — is not funded as promised. […]

Culver says council’s actions will delay school project

What seemed like a basic power struggle between the county’s executive and legislative branches has exploded into a government-choking drama that could delay construction of a planned county school. After the County Council on Tuesday declined to confirm County Executive Bob Culver’s recently appointed Finance Director, then blocked his paying unconfirmed employees and restricted his […]

Tonya Laird Lewis named to Wicomico school board

A Willards mother of two who works as a substitute teacher in the Wicomico schools system was named to the open post on the county school board. After a convoluted succession of abstentions, recusals and pointed debate about the appointment process on Tuesday, Tonya Laird Lewis was selected over Gains Hawkins to fill the seat […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, May 30, 1966

Monday, May 30, 1966 — At a profit-sharing dinner with his employees, Franklin P. Perdue announced that sales for the year ending March 31 amounted to a whopping $35 million. The total exceeded last year’s record-breaking amount of $31.6 million. Perdue said the new grain facility under construction on Zion Church Road will be able […]

Wicomico Council seeks to cut executive’s office budget

Wicomico Council members knew they were venturing down an awkward budget road last week when they discussed cutting County Executive Bob Culver’s inter-office spending plan by a whopping $85,000. Then, while repeatedly pausing to make mention of their predicament, they plowed ahead anyway. The seven-member legislative branch met last Thursday to go through the county’s […]

Wicomico Council dismisses County Attorney

Rocketing itself into uncharted governmental space on Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council confirmed county department head appointments the County Executive hasn’t made and used a super-majority vote to dismiss the hand-selected County Attorney. In its unprecedented actions, the council used its stipulated powers to act independently on the attorney’s position in government and used implied […]

Wayne Strausburg on a Wicomico revenues hunt

For a long, long time in Wicomico County, the County Council’s members served as both the legislative and executive arms of government, but hired a single person to act as their administrative head. Also for a long, long time, Matt Creamer served in that administrator’s role, acting as the council-appointed leader of the county’s administration. […]