GOP makes nominations for County Council seat

Four finalists nominated to fill the Wicomico County Council seat vacated by Marc Kilmer will be interviewed in open work sessions before one is appointed. The county Republican Central Committee received some 20 applications for the seat to represent District 2 and they were narrowed to four: Julie Brewington of Eden, Joseph Collins of Mardela […]

Culver says council’s actions will delay school project

What seemed like a basic power struggle between the county’s executive and legislative branches has exploded into a government-choking drama that could delay construction of a planned county school. After the County Council on Tuesday declined to confirm County Executive Bob Culver’s recently appointed Finance Director, then blocked his paying unconfirmed employees and restricted his […]

Tonya Laird Lewis named to Wicomico school board

A Willards mother of two who works as a substitute teacher in the Wicomico schools system was named to the open post on the county school board. After a convoluted succession of abstentions, recusals and pointed debate about the appointment process on Tuesday, Tonya Laird Lewis was selected over Gains Hawkins to fill the seat […]

Cannon signals he’ll back Lewis for school board

The Wicomico County Council next week will again vote for an applicant to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Education. Last week, council members voted, but it repeatedly ended in a tie, with three voting for Gains Hawkins and three voting for Tonya Laird Lewis and with Council President John Cannon abstaining each […]

Cuts to Meals On Wheels would hurt region’s seniors

Officials at the Maintaining Active Citizens, known as MAC Inc., are asking legislators for help after the Maryland Department on Aging cut funding for meals for senior citizens — both Meals on Wheels and entrees served free of charge at senior centers. MAC officials learned this month state funds for Senior Nutrition Services would be […]

Wicomico Council seeks to cut executive’s office budget

Wicomico Council members knew they were venturing down an awkward budget road last week when they discussed cutting County Executive Bob Culver’s inter-office spending plan by a whopping $85,000. Then, while repeatedly pausing to make mention of their predicament, they plowed ahead anyway. The seven-member legislative branch met last Thursday to go through the county’s […]

GOP to present 4 nominees for Kilmer replacement

Members of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee are reviewing applications for the seat that will soon be vacated by County Councilman Marc Kilmer, who will resign June 15. Central Committee members received more than 20 applications and will reduce the number to four finalists. Those names will be sent to the County Council by […]

School board nominees fall short in council vote

The matter of appointing a new Board of Education member to represent District 3 was returned to the Nominating Commission, after Wicomico County Council members repeatedly reached tie votes at their meeting Tuesday. Council members, at different times during the meeting, nominated and voted for the two candidates – Gains Hawkins and Tonya Laird Lewis […]

Wicomico Council dismisses County Attorney

Rocketing itself into uncharted governmental space on Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council confirmed county department head appointments the County Executive hasn’t made and used a super-majority vote to dismiss the hand-selected County Attorney. In its unprecedented actions, the council used its stipulated powers to act independently on the attorney’s position in government and used implied […]

Budget concerns impact sheriff’s building timeline

Funding for the county’s new Public Safety Building has been delayed for one year because of concerns by county officials about major impending expenses. “We are now just awarding the design of the building, so in terms of a design-construction schedule, we determined we will not need the second half of the money for the […]