Wicomico schools would increase spending 3.78%

The Wicomico County Board of Education has approved a $236.98 million budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which increases total spending by $8.6 million, or 3.78 percent. The budget is essentially flat to the state’s Maintenance of Effort spending number, which is determined through a formula that ensures a school system is adequately funding public […]

Chamber to host ‘State of Schools’ event Jan. 27

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2020 State of the Schools Luncheon, presented by First Shore Federal and Comcast, on Monday, Jan. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkside High School in Salisbury. This is an opportunity to hear Wicomico schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin discuss achievements, goals for improvement […]

Mardela school scrapped for now from spending plan

Highly anticipated plans for a new middle and high school complex in Mardela Springs appear either dead or significantly delayed for now. Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has officially removed more than $40 million in capital monies expected to be disbursed over five years for a new school to serve the western side of the […]

2019 Year In Review: More progress, vital transitions

The year 2019 once again was a year of progress and transition in Salisbury and Wicomico County, with an array of quality-of-life initiatives gaining steam in an overall-positive business and retail economy. Folk Festival a success  Blue skies and temperatures in the low 80s evidently were the secret to a significant boost in attendance at […]

Bob Culver offers 2019 ‘State of the County’ report

County Executive Bob Culver presented his annual State of the County report at an event held Dec. 16 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Culver, a Republican who in December began the second year of his second term as the county administrative leader, stressed quality-of-life issues, financial stewardship and a hopeful future. — Editor. […]

Bennett teacher faces misdemeanor drug charges

Elizabeth Day, wife of Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and a teacher at James M. Bennett High School, was charged Friday in connection with an attempted drug transaction with a student. Day, 30, was charged with attempted possession of a controlled dangerous substance and contributing to certain conditions of a child, after turning herself in at […]

Chamber Forecast finds local economy good — for now

On the plus side, Wicomico County is enjoying a low unemployment rate, a consistent workforce number and a healthy increase in home values. Looking over the economic horizon, however, the improvements seen in the last three years would appear to be flattening out. “Things are great right now, but I don’t think it’s going to […]

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 […]