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 […]

Brouhaha erupts over Folk Festival license process

County Executive Bob Culver is expected on Monday to publicly explain his intentions when he dispatched a letter to Maryland’s top legislative leader challenging the State Comptroller’s decision to grant a beer and wine license to the just-held National Folk Festival. In his Aug. 27 letter to state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., […]

NAI Coastal enters commercial market

A new commercial real estate company has arrived on the Eastern Shore. Several top producing leaders have joined forces to open NAI Coastal, a new brokerage under the umbrella of NAI Global. With more than 375 offices and 6,000 professionals, NAI Global generates $20 billion in gross annual revenue making them the fourth-largest commercial real […]

Wicomico County leaders at odds on a variety of matters

Summer vacations ended with Labor Day and schools officially reopened this week. With a back-to-work atmosphere taking hold, Wicomico County’s governmental command structure remains a bit unsettled back inside the Government Office Building in Downtown Salisbury. Among the ongoing county matters as the calendar prepares to turn to fall: •County leaders are considering whether to […]

Nicole Acle selected to Wicomico’s District 2 seat

Wicomico’s County Council on Monday selected Nicole Acle to fill the District 2 seat recently vacated by Marc Kilmer. A resident of the West Nithsdale community in Salisbury, Acle was one of four nominees put forward by the county’s Republican Central Committee. Officially sworn in on Tuesday, she is the first woman to serve on […]

Republicans pick chairman as council nominee

The Republican Central Committee will submit another list of four names from which Wicomico County Council members can select a new member to represent District 2. The roster will include three names from the previous list, plus a new contender: the chairman of the Central Committee itself. Austin Whitehead, whose district residency status sent the […]

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