Q & A: Sheriff Mike Lewis is building a strong, protective force

Sheriff Mike Lewis ranks as one of the most popular publicly elected officials in Wicomico County’s history. Personal, engaging and charismatic, he’s one of those rare people difficult to overlook. The sheriff excels at making his presence known, and when he begins to speak, it’s impossible to close your ears. A Salisbury native, Lewis retired […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999

Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999 — The Tri-County District of the Boy Scouts has honored Gordon D. Gladden of Salisbury as its Distinguished Citizen of 1999. Raised in Chance in Somerset County, Gladden is president of Avery W. Hall Insurance in Salisbury. His participation in community activities is legendary — among many other groups, he has either […]

Wicomico executive, council tensions appear to ease

When the County Council met in a work session Tuesday, the past two weeks of derision between the body and the County Executive’s Office was undoubtedly on everyone’s mind. Within about 90 minutes, however, the combatants appeared to be ignoring their differences and the county government was conducting business as usual. As one unnamed council […]

What led to the Wicomico council/executive rift?

The following is intended to address questions that have been forwarded to Salisbury Independent over the last several days: Q. What is the current dispute between the County Executive and the County Council? A. For the council’s Feb. 3 night time work session, Council President John Cannon had scheduled senior officials in the Executive’s Office […]

Wicomico Council responds to County Executive’s letter

The letter war between the two branches of Wicomico County’s government continued Thursday with a written rebuttal made public by members of the County Council. County Executive Bob Culver sent a letter Monday to Council President John Cannon, blasting the legislative leader for criticism Cannon lobbed at the executive’s office when senior administrative staff members […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1989

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1989 — The Salisbury City Council granted final approval Monday night for the rezoning of a 27-acre parcel that would allow expansion of the Salisbury Mall. The mall’s owners, the Equitable Life Assurance Society, through their attorney, K. King Burnett, say the mall must be expanded so it can compete with the new […]

Executive calls on Council President to step down

Following public comments a week ago in which Wicomico County Council President John Cannon declared County Executive Bob Culver’s relationship with the council to be “dysfunctional,” Culver has sent a letter to Cannon urging that he step down as council leader. Culver dispatched the three-page letter a week after Cannon made council meeting comments that […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Feb. 7, 1969

Friday, Feb. 7, 1969 — Salisbury’s economy is off to a strong start in 1969. Two significant business barometers registered close to the $100 million mark in January: Check clearances for January totaled $96.9 million and bank deposits were reported at $94.6 million. Both barometers were in the vicinity of $84 million in January 1968. […]

Downtown Market Street buildings find quick buyers

When Peninsula Insurance closed two large office buildings in Downtown Salisbury last summer and cut or transferred more than 40 employees, it was a gut punch to city redevelopment efforts. After all, these two buildings had held insurance offices dating back decades and were once owned by the legendary Sam Seidel. With efforts to ensure […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1978

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1978 —  A Baltimore County developer who wants to build a housing complex just outside the city limits and a Salisbury City Council determined that annexation is the only solution to extending water services to new addresses are on a collision course. Clayton Emory said the county’s Urban Services Commission has a […]