Meet the super candidates: Townsend, Hughes, Hanlin

Finalists for superintendent of Wicomico County schools have been interviewing for the top position and meeting with members of the school board and the community. This week the candidates —  Dr. Cathy J. Townsend, Dr. Lorenzo L. Hughes and Dr. Donna C. Hanlin  — met with panels composed of support staff, retirees, business leaders, teachers, […]

Chamber/BEACON Forecast scheduled Dec. 6 at SU

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and BEACON at Salisbury University will present the 2020 Southern Delmarva Economic Forecast on Friday, Dec. 6, at Salisbury University. The event will be held in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri Academic Commons. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. to be followed by the Eastern Shore Delegation […]

Former guidance counselor pleads guilty to sex offenses

A former Wicomico County teacher and school guidance counselor has pleaded guilty to multiple offenses concerning his improper interaction with school students. Allen E. Mitchell, 33, of Salisbury, pleaded guilty Oct. 9 to sexual abuse of a minor, manufacturing of child pornography, contributing to the condition of a minor and telephone misuse in an obscene […]

Salisbury Rising Q&A: This community is truly alive,’ says Mike Dunn

Seven questions with Mike Dunn, CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee. A nonprofit group with a mission to serve as a catalyst for community improvement, GSC is made up of more than 100 individuals representing businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational and civic institutions. Q. What have been the most significant community changes that you have seen […]

Public schools ready for students’ return next week

When students return to the classroom next week, Wicomico County Public Schools will be ahead of schedule along the path to reaching some strategic goals, according to Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin. Named superintendent in 2016, Hanlin spent her first year taking stock of the system and listening to the community. She held focus groups within […]

Gains Hawkins: We must build a Smart Community

I knew from the outset that the odds of my securing the District 3 open seat on the Wicomico County school board were unlikely.  The process wasn’t going to be a job interview, but rather a political appointment and the Republicans with a 4-3 majority had the votes. Council President John Cannon’s muddled management of […]

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 […]

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 […]

School board nominees fall short in council vote

The matter of appointing a new Board of Education member to represent District 3 was returned to the Nominating Commission, after Wicomico County Council members repeatedly reached tie votes at their meeting Tuesday. Council members, at different times during the meeting, nominated and voted for the two candidates – Gains Hawkins and Tonya Laird Lewis […]

Q&A: 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. […]