Community Players to offer online performances

What is a community theater group to do when there’s no stage available and it’s unsafe to gather an audience or cast because of a global pandemic? As they say in the circus world, the show must go on. “Our patrons and audiences have been wonderful,” said Sharon Benchoff, lighting designer and current president of […]

Parsons Cemetery receives state preservation award

Members of the Parsons Cemetery Advisory Committee gathered recently at the cemetery to accept a surprise award from Preservation Maryland. The Community Choice Award, although unexpected, provides a public and welcome affirmation of the committee members’ loving stewardship of the historic cemetery located in the heart of one of Salisbury’s oldest residential areas.  It’s hard […]

Debbie Donaway: Covid-19 recovery ‘long, hard process’

Debbie Donaway of Salisbury battled Covid-19 and has lived to tell the story. Donaway, the Executive Director of Salisbury Urban Ministries, a nonprofit that operates in the Church Street neighborhood and provides assistance with food, medications and other necessities for those living in poverty in Salisbury, is well known throughout the community. People have been […]

Salisbury mourns former Council President Smith

Whatever the project before her, former Salisbury City Council President Louise Smith would quietly and methodically rise to the challenge, never complaining or seeking personal glory. On Tuesday, Smith died at her home at Mallard Landing in Salisbury. She had celebrated her 80th birthday on April 16, and shortly after that came her cancer diagnosis. […]

Well-earned retirement: K-9 dog ‘Rookie’ calls it a career

In the chaos following an early-morning May 2016 assault in Fruitland, deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene to assist Fruitland Police. Among those responding were Deputy First Class Bobbi Jo Lewis and her partner. The victim’s arm was partially severed in the assault. Fortunately, a motorist driving by had spotted […]

Ed Taylor left indelible mark on Wicomico County

Edward T. Taylor was, according to those who knew him, an avid fisherman. He caught the fish, he cleaned them himself and he would fry them in a big steamer pot in a screenhouse in his back yard. A man who was generous by nature, he frequently shared them with friends, neighbors and supporters. They […]

Toneisha Harris is a Top 5 finalist on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

From the time she was old enough to begin kindergarten, friends and family knew Toneisha Harris was something special. “Toneisha came from a musical family,” said longtime family friend Eddie Harmon of Salisbury. “Her mother sings, her aunts sing, they are a local gospel group known as the Veney Gospel Singers, and in fact this […]

Wendy Thompson passes away from car crash injuries

Wendy Laing Thompson, 79, of Whitehaven, died Wednesday, April 22, 2020, of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash last weekend near Allen. Born in Oxford, England, she was the only daughter of the late Mary Grace Laing and Donald Laing of Swindon, Wiltshire, England. Her father died during World War II. She trained as […]

Salisbury community mourns passing of Pat Jolley

Patricia Anne Jolley, second-generation owner and operator of the family-owned Jolley Memorial Chapel in Salisbury, died Wednesday, March 25, following a sudden brief illness. Her passing has sent shockwaves through the Salisbury community. “My mother loved people and loved her community, was passionate about her faith in God and providing comfort to those who were […]

Olde Towne Café owner finds that it really pays to be kind

In a sea of Facebook Live videos, one recorded by Olde Towne Café owner Vicente Hernandez in late January really stood out. Flashing his friendly trademark smile, Hernandez announced a special deal for Friday morning that week. “I’m offering a two-for-one special Friday morning,” Hernandez said, “for everyone who comes in Friday morning and buys […]