Community has lost 2 respected journalists

Susan Parker and Liz Holland were, for decades, extraordinarily dedicated community journalists for Delmarva Now and The Daily Times. A public reminder of their commitment to this area should accompany their well-deserved retirements — especially during a time in which journalists everywhere are criticized for the important work they do. It is an honor of […]

Departing state Sen. Jim Mathias says farewell

As I write this on my last full day as your State Senator for District 38, I want to thank all my constituents and our neighbors in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties for the privilege of serving you and our Lower Eastern Shore.   My 2018 campaign provided you, the voters of our district, a […]

Greg Bassett: Reporter Mary Corddry left a legacy

Mary Corddry died on Christmas Eve. Probably only a handful of people remember her, but the service she provided several times every week over three decades merits a thorough remembrance. Corddry was the Eastern Shore correspondent for the Baltimore Sunpapers. For many years that made her the most prominent newspaper reporter who covered the Eastern […]

Letter To Editor: Wireless tower wrongly located

Editor Of The Independent: In October 2018, the Wicomico County Board of Appeals was presented with an application for setback special exception for a wireless telecommunication installation on Fire Tower Road.  The application requested the setback be reduced 2.5 times, from 1,000 feet to approximately 400 feet for both the road and the residences along […]

Greg Bassett: Celebrate like a Pilgrim this year

We like to call it the all-American holiday, a time of great gratitude for the good things in life, a family reunion, a salute to hot cider, roast turkey and pumpkin pie. The it slips out the back door, hardly noticed, and we say: “Where did Thanksgiving go?” For all of its good intentions, Thanksgiving […]

United Way Board responds to ousted CEO’s statement

The following official statement regarding Kathleen Mommé’s column in Thursday’s Salisbury Independent was released today by United Way Board President Dana Seiler. — Editor. This is in response to an editorial published by the Salisbury Independent on Aug. 30 by Kathleen Mommé, concerning her departure as CEO from The United Way of the Lower Eastern […]

UW’s CEO: I did not resign — I was terminated

It has been an honor to serve our community for the past 35 years including the past 24 years with the local United Way making a real impact in our neighbor’s lives. Every moment of these years, I have felt that it has been a true blessing to serve, continuously break performance records, always give […]

Remembering Fish Powell, ‘Ocean City’s patriarch’

Susan Canfora recalls that she met Fish Powell in the fall of 1985, within weeks of moving to Ocean City and accepting the position of associate editor at a weekly newspaper.
He had been mayor since April of that year and, when she walked into his office at City Hall, notebook in hand, he appeared comfortable in the position. In his usual good mood, he was sitting at his desk, laughing as he talked to a colleague. The little dog he often took to work, a Chihuahua, was taking bits of cooked steak from his hand.

William Turner: Why pre-kindergarten matters

This past year, the Wicomico County Board of Education, requested resources to fully fund countywide pre-kindergarten classrooms from the County Executive and County Council. During the meetings that followed there was discussion of the importance of pre-k education and the effects it has on children’s preparedness to come to kindergarten “ready to learn.” The state […]

How the National Folk Festival has changed communities

The National Folk Festival, set to launch in Salisbury on Sept. 7, promises to spring a pleasant surprise on inhabitants of the town and the region, based on its track record in other places across the country. The unique multicultural musical event, free to the public, has been bringing fresh energy to American cities for […]