Salisbury marks new sewer plant’s achievements

After more than a decade of struggling to bring its wastewater treatment plant up to compliance, Salisbury officials celebrated the completion of a new plant that has significantly dropped nitrogen and phosphorous levels discharged into the Wicomico River. “Our long municipal nightmare is over,” Mayor Jake Day told state and local officials at a ribbon […]

Spider monkey passes at Salisbury Zoo

The Salisbury Zoo has announced the death of its 39-year-old male black-handed spider monkey, “Benny.” Zookeepers found him deceased in his exhibit last weekend. He was popular with Zoo visitors.  Born Oct. 26, 1979, at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the Salisbury Zoo acquired Benny in November 1990. He sired one offspring, Amy, in 1994; she currently […]

Big donation boosts Salisbury’s Bark Park

Salisbury’s furry four-legged residents will soon have their own place to romp and play with each other and their human companions along the city’s Riverwalk. On Tuesday, officials with SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate presented Mayor Jake Day with $15,125 for the new Downtown Bark Park near the Brew River restaurant. In July, the city and […]

Salisbury takes steps to form own liquor control system

Salisbury City Councilman Muir Boda has called for the city to establish its own liquor licensing board following allegations hurled on both sides as to how a license was granted for the National Folk Festival. “It’s controlling our own destiny,” Boda told the Salisbury Independent on Tuesday. City officials have been considering such a move […]

One On One, Sept. 12, 2019: Library’s Ashley Teagle

Ashley Teagle, Executive Director of the Wicomico County Public Libraries, talks about the many programs offered through the library system, the many things available at its locations, and discusses the role of a good library in a community.

Record crowds recorded for National Folk Festival

Blue skies and temperatures in the low 80s evidently were the secret to a significant boost in attendance at the National Folk Festival over the past weekend. The weekend total of 153,911 people far exceeded the hoped-for number of 120,000, and was more than double last year’s attendance. “Obviously there was a lot of stress […]

District 4 contender drops from City Council race

Johnsons Lake neighborhood resident Carol Smith has withdrawn as a candidate for Salisbury City Council a week after the filing deadline. In a letter to the newspaper, Smith said at the time she filed, there was only one other candidate in District 4, Michelle Gregory. “I strongly believe elections should always have a least two […]

Phase 1 of Salisbury Town Square celebrated

Salisbury’s emerging food truck scene now has a permanent spot Downtown where vendors can serve up everything from fish tacos and fried oysters to soft serve ice cream on a regular basis.  The spot alongside the city’s parking garage on South Division Street is a good opportunity for food truck owners, said Anthony Sessa who […]

Salisbury Zoo has new anaconda and iguana

A yellow anaconda from the South American tropics has joined other reptiles on exhibit at the Salisbury Zoo. The 34-pound snake named Arpona is one of the zoo’s latest additions and can be seen in the William E. Morgan Conservation Center. “She’s a pretty cool snake,” said zookeeper Hannah Buchek. The zoo acquired Arpona from […]

Folk Festival volunteer opportunities available

A bucket brigade – a human chain of first-responders, if you will – is generally a firefighting tactic used to put out a fire, in the absence of more sophisticated equipment. Not so at the National Folk Festival, which will take place Sept. 6-8 in Salisbury. For those three days the Bucket Brigade will be […]