School funding leads General Assembly issues

As they head back to Annapolis this week, Lower Shore lawmakers will be asked to tackle issues ranging from how to fund education priorities recommended by the Kirwan Commission to whether Salisbury should control liquor licensing inside city limits. The Maryland General Assembly, which convened Wednesday, also faces what state Sen. Mary Beth Carozza calls […]

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 […]

Opinions diverge in Wicomico Attorney ordeal

Who should serve as County Attorney isn’t exactly a burning issue within the citizenry of Wicomico County, but it is the centerpiece debate at the heart of the legislative-executive dysfunction under way in the Government Office Building. A layman’s reading on the County Charter is pretty clear. As adopted in 2004, the Charter says the […]

Congressman Harris blasts Trump impeachment vote

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md. 1st, voted against both articles of impeachment that were approved Wednesday against President Trump. “Today was a sad day for our republic and for our Constitution,” Harris said in a statement late Wednesday. “Congress passed the articles of impeachment on a purely partisan vote by Democrats — with no support […]

State DNR survey records rockfish declines

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the results of the young-of-year striped bass survey, which tracks reproduction of the species in Chesapeake Bay. The 2019 juvenile striped bass index is 3.4, below the 66-year average of 11.6. The young-of-year striped bass survey measures the annual spawning success of the state fish, commonly known […]

Salisbury Mayor’s Race: Day and King battling it out

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and his opponent in the upcoming city election, Wayne King, set out decidedly different visions for the city during a debate in which King hurled accusations and biting remarks at the incumbent. On the stage last week at Salisbury University, King, who identifies himself as a conservative Republican, tried to paint […]

Council District 5: Angela Blake vs. Shawn Jester

Angela Blake, who was appointed to the Salisbury City Council in February to replace R. Hardy Rudasill, will face opposition from Shawn Jester for the District 5 seat. The city’s nonpartisan election will be held Nov. 5. Originally from Galena in Kent County, Blake studied at Salisbury University and stayed in the city where she […]

City District 3: Jack Heath vs. Riley Smith

City Council President Jack Heath points to his role steering Salisbury through a time of unprecedented growth while also cultivating civility on the council as reasons residents of District 3 should re-elect him for another four years in office. His opponent, Riley S. Smith, a former accountant, says he is fed up with increases in […]

City Districts 2, 4: Gregory competing; Boda unopposed

Residents of Salisbury’s District 4 will have a new City Council member following the Nov. 5 election after Councilman Jim Ireton did not file for re-election to his seat. Now two candidates, Michele Gregory of Parkway Avenue and Jonathan Taylor of Mill Pond Lane, are vying to fill the spot. Gregory, an early childhood educator […]

City District 1: Jackson, Marshall, Sheppard

Salisbury City Councilwoman April Jackson will face opposition from Timothy Sheppard and Mable E. Marshall for her District 1 seat in the city election on Nov. 5, but she hopes voters will give her a shot at a second term. “I really love it,” Jackson said of her time on the council. Her focus has […]