Wicomico executive branch facing open posts, questions

Wicomico County’s executive branch problems are mounting, and the growing list of staffing questions and County Council spending roadblocks are beginning to hamper some county functions. With the announcement that county Director of Administration Wayne Strausburg would soon retire, and Strausburg’s deputy, Assistant Director Weston Young, is departing in two weeks, the list of challenges […]

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 […]

Census forms in the mail; officials urge attention

While the world is practically on lockdown to help slow down the spread of coronavirus, Salisbury and Wicomico County officials hope residents will use part of their confinement time to fill out their 2020 Census forms.  The forms were mailed out last week to homes all over the country in advance of National Census Day […]

Delmarva Power projects seek to improve reliability

Delmarva Power is energizing two major substation projects in the Salisbury area this year, part of the company’s ongoing efforts to deliver safe and reliable service for customers across the Eastern Shore. The new Beaglin substation and upgraded Fruitland substation will enhance electric service for more than 21,000 customers across Wicomico County. “To provide customers […]

Bob Culver will seek treatment for liver cancer

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver confirmed Monday that he has been diagnosed with liver cancer and will seek treatment and possibly an organ transplant. Culver, 67, first broke the news on Thursday, when he informed county department heads and other key employees. He made clear on Monday that he will not step down and will […]

Suspect identified in university racism incident

The Salisbury University Police Department, working with the FBI, has identified a suspect in the racist and threatening vandalism recently discovered on campus. The matter has been referred to the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office for appropriate charges and prosecution. The suspect is not believed to have an immediate connection to the campus. “The racist […]

Dr. Hanlin reappointed schools Superintendent

The seven members of the Wicomico County Board of Education have unanimously reappointed Dr. Donna C. Hanlin to a second four-year term as schools Superintendent. The reappointment took place during the open school board session held Feb. 11. Hanlin’s term was set to expire July 1 and the school board was required to approve a […]

Animal laboratory will be build off Nanticoke Road

The Maryland Department of Agriculture hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory on Nanticoke Road in Salisbury. Specializing in poultry disease, the new Salisbury lab will play a critical role in regional efforts to safeguard the health of millions of birds on the Delmarva Peninsula. The department works […]

Appointments battle might imperil Wicomico borrowing

The potential ramifications of Wicomico County not having a duly appointed County Attorney and Finance Director became clearer in a public meeting last week. The county’s second-ranking executive official, Administrative Director Wayne Strausburg admitted to County Council members that Wicomico’s ability to borrow money to fund capital projects was in jeopardy because the council had […]

Acle, Scott will vie for Wicomico County Council District 2 seat

A previous County Council candidate and the recently appointed council member will face off in a special election this November. Democrat Alex Scott of Salisbury was a last-minute filer for the District 2 Wicomico County Council seat now occupied by Republican Nicole Acle. Scott, the owner of The Brick Room in Salisbury, sought the District […]