City looks for new ways to boost home ownership

Salisbury City Council members began looking at ways to boost home ownership in the city where less than 30 percent of houses are owner-occupied. During a Monday evening work session, the council listened to presentations about the work Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County and Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Service are already doing in Salisbury and […]

Hogan re-imposes health curbs: ‘Virus is winning’

A spike in Covid-19 cases has state and local health and government leaders concerned with the approaching holiday season and cold winter months, and prompted Gov. Larry Hogan to give a dire warning to Maryland residents. “This is not the flu, it’s not fake news, it’s not going to magically disappear just because we’re all […]

Salisbury Main Street project declared complete

After four years of construction dust, noise, street closures and general inconvenience, Salisbury officials celebrated the competition of the Main Street revitalization, including the reopening of the former Downtown Plaza. The work is “one of the biggest projects in Salisbury’s history and what I believe to be the single-most and transformative work to happen in […]

Council asks dispensary to stop selling beer, wine

Wicomico County Council members are hoping to end wine sales at county liquor dispensaries as a way to help out small businesses that hold beer and wine licenses. “The idea here is to try to eliminate as much government competition with the private sector,” Council Vice President John Cannon said during a recent work session. […]

Mayor Day checks in from Africa for city address

Salisbury residents got the rare chance to see and hear Mayor Jake Day — who has been on an overseas deployment with the U.S. Army since June — when he made an appearance during the annual State of the City address last week. “Hello, my beautiful little city,” Day said in a video that preceded […]

Special tax district sought for big-ticket developments

Salisbury officials are eyeing tax incentives for properties in the Downtown area to help spur development of apartment and hotel projects in the city’s core. Known as HORIZON – or a Hotel Or Residential Incentive Zone – it can stimulate new development by offering property tax abatements that lower the amount of taxes owed for […]

Strong turnout reported as Wicomico voting begins

Voters across Maryland turned out in record numbers on Monday, the first day of early voting, surpassing the previous record set in 2016, according to state elections officials. In Wicomico County, about 2,600 people cast votes at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, the county’s only early voting location, said Anthony Gutierrez, elections supervisor for […]

Acle, Scott square off in Wicomico District 2 election

District 2 voters will decide on Election Day who will represent them on the Wicomico County Council as a replacement for Mark Kilmer who gave up his seat in June 2019 to return to his native Idaho.  For the past 14 months, Nicole Acle has filled the spot after she was appointed by County Council […]

Library Director assails government interference

The outgoing Executive Director of the Wicomico Public Library blamed interference by certain County Council members and, at times, intimidation and bullying, as the reason for her recent resignation. “I just feel like the county government needs to get out of the way and let the Library Director run the library along with the Board […]

Salisbury seeking Covid battle reimbursements

The city of Salisbury is on track to be reimbursed for expenses related to Covid-19, including the purchase of personal protection equipment such as face shields and masks. A $109,028 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already been approved and will cover 75 percent of the cost, Fire Chief John Tull told City […]